FAW TROPHY SEMI FINAL AT CORBETT SPORTS STADIUM, RHYL FC
11 MARCH 2017 --- 2PM
|FAW TROPHY SEMI FINAL LLANGEFNI V CHIRK|
At last the blog returns to the Principality for a game of football and with a start just before 9.30am we would arrive in Rhyl around 3 hours later, only just mind you. After an uneventful first leg and change, as normal, at Piccadilly we would depart to Cheser and the North Wales coast. Only the Arivva Wales trains was not on the departure board and it was then that I realised no trains were running to Manchester Airport and very luckily we caught a connecting train to Oxford Rd which was just about to depart were todays Bangor train would be leaving from. With little time in Rhyl for this 2pm kick off times were crucial and there was a breath of relief when we claimed our seats on an unusually quiet train.
|DREAMING OF RHYL AND BEYOND|
|YOU CANT BEAT A GOOD CLOCK TOWER|
|BACK OVER THE RAILWAY LINE RHYL FC HERE WE COME|
|WE ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE THEN|
|LLANGEFNI TOWN FLAG|
|HERE IS ONE OF CHIRKS FLAGS FOR FAIRNESS|
A close game was anticipated and so it turned out to be with Chirk AAA from the Welsh National League and Llangefni Town from the Welsh Alliance both having top half of the table seasons. This was a nice neutral venue with Chirk making the trip from the border just north of Oswestry and Llangefni from Holyhead coming in a similar distance.
The game started of at a pace with both sides looking to attack but maybe it was all a bit to frenetic however Alun Roberts headed just over the Llangefni before Mathew Jones saw his effort ruled out for offside on 20 minutes to deny Cefni.
Chirk were becoming dominant though as the half wore on it was Louie Middlehurst who crashed a deflected header off the bar after 24 minutes then Craig Roberts fired just wide before Chirk did take the lead. The clock had moved round to 42 minutes when Thomas picked the ball up 25 yards out advanced to the edge of the box and drove low and hard across Llangefni keeper Stephen Sinclair into the bottom left hand corner to give Chirk a deserved half time lead.
|CHIRK KNOW HOW TO CELEBRATE THAT MATTY THOMAS GOAL|
Then he pushed over Mathew Jones effort before turning away for a corner a one on one shot from Anthony Hughes. This would be the turning point in the game for many as Bebbington had single handily denied Llangefni a way back into the game with his heroics.
As the match rattled on in entertaining fashion Nicky Williams and Middlehurst combined to miss and excellent chance for Chirk to extend their lead.
The remainder of play had seen a selection of chances missed by both sides but one thing that could not be doubted was the tremendous effort of both teams who had given their all at stages it looked like Llangefni would survive with dogged defending but overall the extra firepower that Chirk had just got them over the line. A credit to both sides the crestfallen appearance of the Llangefni players was hard to take at the final whistle for a side who had given their all but of course on the other side of the coin there were scenes of sheer delight from the Chirk players and fans as they now await a final against Penlan who won through 1-0 in the other semi final.
A brisk walk back to the expansive platforms of Rhyl station saw us depart just after 4pm and after a change in Manchester and some tea at the 'M's' we were soon underway again back to base station with the remarkable achievement of 4 trains caught and seats on all we climbed off our train just short of 8pm after an enjoyable day.
The blog send best wishes to Llangefni Town for the rest of the season and of course to Chirk AAA for the remainder of their season which includes an FAW Trophy final, enjoy!
|HUMOROUS END TO THE DAY AT MANCHESTER OXFORD RD STATION|