Quay Comeback Inflict First Loss To Town
By Sam Williams
Llandudno Suffer Home Defeat To Quay Side
Always a stern test, Llandudno hosted a Connahs Quay side at the Giant Hospitality Stadium on a bright Sunday afternoon.
No sooner had everyone taken their seats, Quay took the lead after a luscious delivery was headed in at the back post by Dan Roberts, the defender also on the books at assistant manager Iain Bennett's Llandudno Junction. The game saw a second goal after 10 minutes, the returning Cal Jones drove out of defence and played a perfectly weighted ball into the path of Osian Jones who finished with aplomb, notching his 8th goal of the season.
The first half was fiercely contested, with central defensive partnership Ant Marshall and Jones having a good battle with Quay forward Sam Haley, likewise Osian Jones looking to take the game to the Roberts duo of Dan and Sam.
Both teams got into good positions in the final 1/3 with plenty of crosses flying across the box but to no avail, a fine effort of all but 40 yards by Sean Mcaffrey nearly caught the Quay keeper off guard. After a lengthy dose of stoppage time both teams were level at the break.
Llandudno 1 - 1 Connah's Quay
The second half was a frantic pace also, with Llandudno stopper Loui Harris called into action on a few occasions with his opposite number pulling off a great point blank save from a Marshall header.
Quay midfielder Connor Harwood began having an influence from midfield, driving at the Llandudno defence, but the rear-guard stood firm.
As the clock ticked down Connahs Quay struck the decisive blow with 15 minutes remaining, Haley placing a curling effort beyond the reach of Harris. A couple of minutes later Dominic Mchugh struck a great volley into the top corner to make the score 3-1 with under 10 minutes remaining and that’s the way the score remained.
The young seasiders can be proud, boasting 7 under 17’s playing a part today and can take it as a massive learning curve coming up against a strong, well drilled Connahs Quay side.
Line Up : Harris, L.Hughes, Marshall (c), C.Jones, H.Jones, Owen, Mcaffrey, Royles, Os.Jones, Carey, A.Hughes
Subs (both used) : Thomas, L.Jones
MOM : Cal Jones looked solid on his return, but Sean Mcaffrey shown tremendous energy despite playing the day before and drove the side on from midfield.