THE first qualifying round of the FAW Welsh Cup has been and gone and it certainly didn’t disappoint up north.
As always, there were some giant-killings, some great debuts by players and plenty of goals.
Here’s the lowdown on the ties involving North Wales clubs:
Cefni enjoyed a spectacular 3-2 home victory over higher-league opponents Menai Bridge Tigers, coming from behind twice.
Tigers went ahead just before half time when debutante James Burgess – who signed from Amlwch Town over the summer – fired in.
In the second half, another player making his debut – Luke Miles – equalised for Cefni on 57mins to set up an interesting encounter.
The visitors were ahead through Callum Thomas some nine minutes later but Miles bagged again on 70mins as Cefni refused to back down.
And they got their reward for their persistence just five minutes from time when Gruffydd Huws scored the winner to secure a famous win for Cefni who were formed in the Anglesey League in 2018.
Trearddur Bay returned to official action for the first time since re-forming in style by beating tier three club Nantlle Vale 3-1.
TBay, who will play in tier five this season and no doubt be chasing a title, secured a great win thanks to a brace from goal machine Asa Thomas and a goal from former Caergybi defender Marcus Bell, who was later also sent off.
Elsewhere, tier four club Glantraeth beat newly-promoted tier four side Bethesda Athletic 1-0 at Trefdraeth.
Glan did well to stop a Pesda side who scored well over 100 league goals last season from finding the back of the net and a 70th minute goal from skipper Dion Evans sent them through.
Gwalchmai also enjoyed a fine victory as they beat fellow North Wales Coast West Premier side Mynydd Llandegai 5-3 away in a thriller.
Osian Jones put Mynydd ahead on the half-hour mark before a new signing for Gwalch, the talented Tom Kelly equalised moments later. 17-year-old Connor Owen, who scored 12 goals for Gwalch last season netted just before half time to make it 2-1 to the visitors.
But Gwalch carried on impressing as Owen completed his hat-trick and Gwion Thomas, who arrived from 21/22 tier five champs Llanerchymedd days earlier, made it 5-2 in injury time and Jones fired in another consolation goal for Mynydd.
Owen extended his side’s lead with 20mins to go before a Kane Roberts penalty on 85 mins made it 3-2 and set up a tense finale.
Tier five club Caergybi put up a brave fight against higher league opponents Penrhyndeudraeth only to crash out on penalties.
Goals from Huw Quaeck (23’) and Cybi forward James Ryan (28’), who returned to the club from Holyhead Town over the summer, were the only goals which could be found in a tight affair.
Caergybi were down to 10-men late on when Sion Thomas was dismissed and Penrhyn went on to win 4-2 on penalties.
Newly-promoted tier three club Bodedern Athletic were in ruthless fashion as they put Gaerwen to the sword with a 17-0 win.
Goals from the prolific Marc Evans (5), Chris Jones (2), Ryan Lees, Mo-El Arab and Daniel Jones made it 10-0 at the break.
In the second half, Evans helped himself to a further brace before Jenson Rowlands, Shaun Jenkins and Jordan Taylor got themselves on the scoresheet and El-Arab grabbed a brace to complete his hat-trick.
Nefyn United got one over on their local rivals Pwllheli with a 4-1 win.
Ifan Gwilym Jones – who scored 33 goals for Nefyn’s firsts and Reserves teams last season – picked up where he left off with a hat-trick in his first game of 22/23.
Tomi Evans was also on target for Nefyn before substitute Rhys Williams scored a consolation goal for Pwll late on.
Other results involving North Wales clubs in first qualifying round of FAW Welsh Cup:
- Pentraeth 1-4 Talysarn Celts
- Connah’s Quay Town 1-2 Flint Mountain
- Caerwys 0-4 Hawarden Rangers
- Brickfield Rangers 4-0 Mynydd Isa Spartans
- Penycae 3-2 Saltney Town
- Castell Alun Colts 1-2 Corwen
- Gronant 3-3 Greenfield
- Y Glannau 6-0 FC United of Wrexham
- Rhostyllen 3-3 New Brighton Villa (3-4 P)
- Coedpeth United 0-2 Ruabon Rovers
- Rhydymwyn 0-6 Rhos Aelwyd
- Sychdyn 0-7 Queen’s Park
- Llanfairfechan Town 4-2 Llanfairpwll
- Bontnewydd 4-0 Mountain Rangers
- Barmouth and Dyffryn 3-1 Blaenau Amateurs
- Amlwch Town 1-2 Aberffraw
- Y Fali 1-5 Llanerchymedd
- Penmaenmawr Phoenix 2-4 Llanrug United
- Llandyrnog United 0-2 Llandudno Amateurs
- Llandudno Junction 2-0 Meliden
- Llanuwchllyn 5-1 NFA
- Cerrigydrudion 1-4 Llansannan
- Llannefydd 11-0 Llysfaen
- Rhyl Dragons 2-3 Caer Clwyd
- Prestatyn Sports 6-1 Rhyl All Stars
- Mochdre Sports 2-2 Bro Cernyw (3-1 P)
- Bow 2-2 Betws-Y-Coed (2-0 P)