PICTURE BY Wynne Evans shows Cemaes Bay players.
IT FEELS like a case of deja vu as we again announce that Cemaes Bay will be playing Talysarn Celts in the North Wales Coast FA Junior Cup final.
That is because – it has taken Bay TWO semi finals to reach the final of the prestigious tournament.
Following a resounding 7-0 victory over Llanfairpwll back in March, Bay were deemed to have played an ineligible player.
Pwll launched an appeal to the NWCFA and Bay counter-appealed that to the FAW and a replay was ordered.
On Tuesday night, Cemaes advanced to the final for a second time as they beat Pwll 3-2 after extra time at Maes Eilian.
Bay were 1-0 up just three minutes in through a Dafydd Evans own goal but talented youngster Ieuan Grenier brought Pwll level just minutes later.
The home team went in front on 52mins through midfielder Jac Jones but there was a quick response again as Matty Roberts got on the end of a Sion Rowlands assist on 58mins to make it 2-2.
In a very closely fought battle, no winner could be found in the 90 minutes and the tie headed into Extra Time.
Pwll’s young side did themselves and manager Gwyndaf Hughes very proud in this one – as they have done all season – but the final just wasn’t to be for them.
With penalties looming, Cemaes defender Rhys Lloyd poked the winner home in the dying moments to send Bay into the final again.
Bay will now face – as previously planned – Talysarn Celts in the final of the prestigious cup tournament.
The NWCFA Junior Cup is one of the biggest prizes of them all at lower level as it involves clubs from Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Gwynedd along the way to the final.
The cup’s history dates back to 1896 making it North Wales’ oldest cup competition.
Neither Cemaes or Celts have won the trophy before so it no doubt promises to be a night to remember when the two sides meet.
It has been confirmed that the NWCFA Junior Cup final will take place on Monday, May 30.
The match will be played at Gaerwen’s Lôn Groes ground with a 6.45pm kick-off time scheduled.