Weekend Lowdown: Welsh Premiership

by Sion Cleaver

Well, well, the past week or so has been crazy in the world of Welsh Premier League football, we’ve seen three matchdays and the goal count in the hundreds. Here’s the best of the action from Wales’ top-flight football league.

Sunday, 11th September – Neath 1 – 0 Carmarthen Paul Fowler placed a smashing strike into the Carmarthen net midway into the second half at the Gnoll to see Neath break their way into the lead. It was thanks to Lee Trundle’s quick thinking pass to Fowler, who cracked a low shot from eighteen years out past Carmarthen keeper Mike Lewis. The game wasn’t completely one sided however, with Carmarthen dominating at times, and were unlucky not to hit the net when Nick Harrhy’s curling shot skimmed the post. All in all, a  decent result for the Eagles, who are flying high in the Corbbett Sports Welsh Premier League.

Sunday, 11th September – Afan Lido 0 – 0 Airbus UK Broughton Airbus UK Broughton are still looking for their first three points of their Welsh Premier campaign after a goalless draw away to league newboys Afan Lido. The match’s biggest event saw a nasty injury to Airbus defender Tommy Holmes, who landed awkwardly in the 13th minute and dislocated his elbow. This injury saw a 35 minute delay as it was deemed not safe for Holmes to be moved from the pitch before paramedics arrived. The biggest chance of the match came from Afan Lido, who’s Leon Jeanne strike missed the bar narrowly. The match ended after a nasty streak of four yellow cards in a matter of minutes, two for each side.

Saturday, 10th September – Prestatyn Town 0 – 1 Bala Town The day’s extreme wind spoilt what was set to be a narrowly contested Northern derby, the match featured a few smashing chances, some aided by the wind, much like the marvellous winning goal from ex-Rhyl midfielder Connolly, who made a massive strike from the half way line to seal the three points and send the Bala Town faithful home happy.

Saturday, 10th September – Llanelli 9 – 2 Newtown Struggling mid-Wales outfit Newtown endured a result that most footballers wish they’ll never be on the receiving end of. Former Newtown striker Craig Moses scored a wonderful hat-trick against his former team, Llanelli’s Rhys Griffiths also hit three into the back of the Robins’ net. Newtown boss Bernard McNally told press “It was the worst day in footballing terms for me personally as a coach or manager, we completely lost our way”.

Saturday, 10th September – Bangor City 0 – 3 The New Saints A decent crowd at Bangor’s Farrah Road and a UK-wide Television audience, saw Welsh Premier champions Bangor City suffer an undeserved three-nil defeat at the hands of Oswestry based full-timers The New Saints. TNS’ Steve Evans headed in a third-minute corner to take the English side into the lead, Bangor dominated in the first half and were unlucky at several moments not to score. The second half was much of the same, TNS enjoyed spells of domination although the possession stayed very much with the losing side.

Saturday, 10th September – Aberystwyth Town 0 – 2 Port Talbot Town Cortez Belle and Chris Hartland both provided Port Talbot with two decent first-half goals against a strong Aberystwyth side following their midweek defeat away at Bala Town, where they lost 2 – 0. The home side, Aberystwyth, had several spells of possesion but they ultimately came to nothing, a well-deserved three points for Port Talbot.

Midweek results:

The league’s big boys, TNS took on another of the WPL’s big boys in Neath in mid-week. This Wednesday night tie saw a poor away performance from Neath, who conceded three goals to the 2009/10 Welsh Premier League winners. Newtown also lost at home to Prestatyn, who have been performing well as of late, goals from Paul O’Neill and Steve Rodgers took the away side into the lead early in the first half, Newtown’s Zach Evans got one back for Newtown in the 81st minute. Airbus UK conceded four goal at home to Champion’s Bangor City in this 4 – 1 defeat in midweek. Airbus, who have yet to win in this WPL campaign had a decent goal from Ian Sheridan in the 35th minute, sadly for Airbus, that’s where they’re chances stopped. Bala Town defeated a confident Port Talbot Town side in a game that saw a terrific performance for home side, Bala. Two goals from Chris Mason, one in the first half and one in the second, saw him single-handedly take the three points for Bala and leaving Port Talbot to look forward to a six hour coach journey home.

That’s it for this Welsh Premiership round-up, make sure to read next week’s edition, as it’s set to be one of the most exciting yet! Adios for now Amigos.

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