PICTURE BY Wynne Evans shows Cemaes Bay celebrating a goal.
CEMAES BAY and Talysarn Celts are this year’s North Wales Coast Football Association (NWCFA) Junior Cup finalists.
Neither club has ever won the prestigious tournament before and so the final – set to be played on May 14 (venue TBC) – promises to create a piece of history whatever happens.
Cemaes Bay booked their place in the final with a routine 7-0 win over Llanfairpwll away at Maes Eilian.
The last time these two sides had met, in the league in November, Llanfairpwll came away from School Lane with a 2-0 win.
But that was the last time Cemaes have lost a game since and this tie proved to be one-way traffic this time around.
The deadlock was broken when right back Sion Rowlands whipped in an inviting cross which was met by Sam Wiltshire on 15mins.
Pwll’s afternoon got worse when star man Marky Holland, just back from suspension, had to be replaced by Adam Thomas following an injury on the half-hour mark.
The Bay then got their reward for their continuous pressure when Matt Reynolds rose highest to head home on 39mins for his 31st goal of the season.
In the second half, Cemaes really took it up through the gears as they helped themselves to five more goals.
Midfielder Luke McKittrick made it 3-0 when he smashed the ball home from close range after the ball had fallen kindly to him in the box on 50mins.
Some brilliant football was then played for the fourth goal. Some fantastic play down the left between Reynolds who flicked the ball over his head whilst falling to Shane Pell saw the latter whip the ball in for Matty Roberts who scored a great diving header (59’).
It was 5-0 on 67mins when Wiltshire bagged a brace via a shot which slipped through the palms of Pwll stand-in goalkeeper Elliott Jones.
The introduction of Sol Williams to the field saw Cemaes’ attack become even more dangerous as the game came to its closing stage.
The 19-year-old winger bagged his first goal on 83mins after a driving run from captain Keenan Downey ended with a cross across the face of goal which saw him finish the move off.
Williams then made it 7-0 in the dying seconds when he pounced on a mistake from another stand-in keeper – Nathan McCarthy – who had been subbed on with 15mins left.
A great victory for Cemaes who booked their place in the final and enjoyed a fourth consecutive clean sheet also.
Joining Bay in the final will be fellow North Wales Coast West Division One side Talysarn Celts who beat Llanystumdwy 5-2 away at Dwyfor Park.
Going into the tie, both clubs had already beat each other in the league this season. Llanystumdwy beat Talysarn 2-1 in January and Talysarn best Llanystumdwy 3-0 back in August.
Peter Bridges and Jac Jones put them in command of the tie just 24mins in but an Owen Pritchard goal for Stumdwy set up a potentially interesting second half.
However, the Celts did well to kill the game off and march on into the final.
Young talent Jac Usher made it 3-1 almost immediately after the re-start to restore the two-goal cushion. Attacker Glyn Hughes-Thomas then made it 4-1 on the hour mark.
The game was well and truly done and dusted when Celts made it 5-1 with 10 minutes remaining. Darren Parry scored a late consolation goal for the home team but Talysarn put in a performance to remember to reach the final.
There were wild scenes of celebration at the full time whistle as green flares were set off in recognition of the historic occasion for the club.
A massive cup final now awaits these two brilliant clubs in 2 months time. Who are you backing to win?
The last team crowned NWCFA Junior Cup champions was Bro Goronwy back in 2018/19 season, beating Bryngwran Bulls 3-1 in Bethesda.
No full contest of the competition has been played since due to the coronavirus pandemic.
NWCFA JUNIOR CUP RESULTS 21/22
- Rhos United FC 6 – 1 Bethesda Rovers FC
- CPD Llanerch-Y-Medd FC 4 – 3 Llangoed and District FC
- CPD Cerrigydrudion 2 – 4 Llandudno Amateurs FC
- CPD Y Glannau 2 – 3 CPD Mountain Rangers FC
- Penrhyn Bay FC Dragons 2 – 4 Bodorgan FC
- Cemaes Bay FC 4 – 1 Abergele FC
- Talysarn Celts FC 9 – 2 Caergybi FC
- Llanystumdwy FC 7 – 5 Waunfawr FC
- Rhyl Dragons FC 1 – 0 CPD Cefni FC
- Rhyl All Stars FC 6 – 1 Holyhead Town FC
- CPD Henllan FC 8 – 2 Betws-Y-Coed AFC
- CPD Y FALI FC 1 – 6 Llanelwy Athletic FC
- Llysfaen FC 0 – 5 Bethesda Athletic FC
Byes: Bontnewydd FC, CPD Caer Clwyd, Llanfairpwll FC
- Bethesda Athletic FC 5 – 1 Llandudno Amateurs FC
- Talysarn Celts FC 5 – 1 Llanelwy Athletic FC
- Rhyl Allstars 1 – 2 Llanystumdwy FC
- Llanfairpwll FC 3 – 3 FT, 4 – 4 AET, 4 – 2 PENS CPD Caer Clwyd
- CPD Mountain Rangers FC 1 – 1 FT, 1 – 1 AET, 3 – 5 PENS CPD Llanerch-Y-Medd FC
- Cemaes Bay FC 3 – 2 Rhos United – (11 December 2021)
- Rhyl Dragons FC 2 – 2 FT, 3 – 3 AET, 1 – 3 PENS CPD Henllan FC
- Bontnewydd 1 – 3 Bodorgan FC
- Llanfairpwll FC 2 – 2 FT, 2 – 2 AET, 5 – 4 PENS Bethesda Athletic FC
- Bodorgan FC 0 – 3 Cemaes Bay FC
- CPD Henllan FC 2 – 3 Llanystumdwy FC
- Talysarn Celts FC 3 – 2 CPD Llanerch-Y-Medd FC
- Llanystumdwy FC 2-5 Talysarn Celts FC
- Llanfairpwll FC 0-7 Cemaes Bay FC
Cemaes Bay v Talysarn Celts – scheduled for May 14, venue TBC