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CEFN DRUIDS EDGE PAST LLANDUDNO

3 weeks ago By Geraint Roberts

Despite hitting the woodwork on two occasions in the first half, Llandudno were defeated by Cefn Druids at the Rock.

Iwan Williams made two changes to the side that beat Bangor on Tuesday in the Nathaniel MG Cup replacing George Harry and Toby Jones with John Owen and Alun Webb.

Both sides were looking for their first victory in the JD Welsh Premier League before the game and it was Llandudno who pushed the hardest in the early stages of the first half.

Midfielder Zyaac Edwards had a wonderful chance to put Llandudno ahead after some good play on the left from John Owen, his strike looked certain to go in but the post kept him out.

Mark Connolly’s brilliant free kick on the 26th minute had to be expertly tipped over the crossbar by the Cefn Druids’ goalkeeper Michael Jones.

The Seasiders were putting all the pressure on after Mike Pearson and Owen all had half opportunities, but none really threatened the Druids goal.

Against the run of play, it was Cefn Druids though who broke the deadlock after 33 minutes when Dean Rittenberg bundled in the goal from a corner.

The equaliser came soon after though after some good link up play on the left between Owen and left back Steve Thomas, and it was Thomas’ shot that fooled the goalkeeper and sailed into the back of the net.

Llandudno’s first goal of the Welsh Premier League came at the perfect time, and they nearly took the lead when Owen, who had been a real threat in the first half, unleashed a vicious strike from 30 yards and was desperately unlucky to hit the crossbar.

The second half started with the home side putting on some pressure and it was just ten seconds after the restart when Arek Piskorski found some space but dragged his shot wide.

On the 52nd minute, Cefn Druids somehow failed to take the lead after James Davies missed from five yards out after his shot flew over the crossbar.

The home side took the lead on the hour mark and it was another corner, this time it was Nathan Peate who headed the ball past Shaun Pearson.

Ieuan Hewitt found himself up the pitch in the 64th minute and managed to direct his strike towards goal only for it go just wide.

Another corner proved to be another threat to the Llandudno goal, the ball fell to Cefn Druids’ Neil Ashton from around 15 yards out but his shot went wide.

Iwan Williams brought on Toby Jones and George Harry in an attempt to get an equaliser, replacing Leo Smith and Mark Connolly.

It finished with Cefn Druids getting their first victory of the season, Llandudno face Barry Town at the Giant Hospitality Stadium next weekend.

Updated 23:18 - 1 Sep 2018 by Geraint Roberts

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