NWCFA Junior Cup: Cemaes, Llanfairpwll and Llanystumdwy into semi-finals!

PICTURE BY JWO Photography shows Ryan Folksman who scored directly from a corner for Cemaes Bay v Bodorgan.

THE PRESTIGIOUS North Wales Coast Football Association (NWCFA) Junior Cup is now heading into its final stages.

3 teams progressed to the semi-finals of the tournament on Saturday afternoon and are now one step away from that final.

Llanfairpwll arguably picked up the win of the day as they dumped North Wales Coast West Division One leaders Bethesda Athletic out of the cup after a 2-2 draw and a penalty shoot-out.

Dylan Williams led Llanfair to the semi-finals. PIC: Sam Eaden/Eado Photography

Llanfair skipper Dylan Williams put his side 1-0 up just before the break.

But, the start of the second half belonged to Pesda as they turned the tie on its head with 2 goals in 5 minutes after the restart. Top scorer Joe Todd fired in his 20th goal of the season before the in-form Dan Hughes made it 2-1 to the visitors.

Carwyn Roberts brought Llanfair level on the hour-mark and the two teams battled it out very well in tough conditions.

The game eventually headed into a penalty shoot-out, which Llanfairpwll won 7-6 to seal their place in the final four of a tournament which they have won on 3 occasions in the past.

Joining them in the semis will be Llanystumdwy who beat Denbigh-based Henllan 3-2 away from home in dramatic fashion.

Tom Williams was the hero for Llanystumdwy. PIC: Llanystumdwy FC

The home team first took the lead through Robert Lawson just 20 minutes into the tie.

Two goals in the space of a minute from Darren Parry (72’, 73’) looked to have put Stumdwy on the right track to advancing into the semi finals but Henllan still had another say in this tie as they drew level in the dying moments through Josh Griffiths.

It was Stumdwy who eventually had the last laugh though. In the 120th minute penalties were looming but substitute Tom Williams nodded the visitors in front.

But there was more drama to come as Henllan went immediately up the other end and were awarded a penalty – but Sam Davies’ effort was saved by Stumdwy keeper Iwan Davies who then also saved the rebound to send them through to the final four of the competition they last won back in the 2004/05 season.

Cemaes Bay also progressed to the semi final stages of the cup as they comfortably beat Bodorgan 3-0 away.

Under horrendous weather conditions in Ty Croes, the Bay took the lead through attacker Sam Wiltshire’s effort 13 mins in which squeezed in under Bodorgan keeper Josh Roberts.

Wiltshire (in red) set Cemaes on their way v Bodorgan. PIC: JWO Photography

Both teams came out fighting well in the second half but it was Cemaes who managed to find that two-goal cushion when Ryan Folskman’s corner found its way in over everyone in the box on the hour-mark.

The game was officially done and dusted when substitute Sol Williams finished from close range with 15 minutes to go. Bodorgan felt that there was a foul in the build-up to the goal but referee Gareth Parry waved play on. Keenan Latham was then dismissed for dissent as Bod ended the match with 10-men.

Despite their illustrious history, Cemaes Bay have never actually won the NWCFA Junior Cup in its entire 126-year history. I’m sure they will be looking to change that this year!

Talysarn Celts’ tie with Llanerchymedd was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and will be replayed at a later date to determine who will be the last team to reach the NWCFA Junior Cup semi-finals.

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