Afan Lido, last season’s winners of the newly re-named Word Cup, were eliminated 6-3 by Llanelli last night, who book their place in the last four of the competition.
Adam Davies and Craig Moses gave Llanelli a two-goal lead at the break after Alex Gammond picked up an early red card for his rash challenge. But the holders fought back level after quick-fire strikes from Lee Hartshorn and Kieran Howard, before the troubled Stebonheath side fired their way back into a two-goal lead through Geoff Kellaway and Antonio Corbisiero. Gavin Jeffries made it 4-3 as Lido again threatened to force their way back into the game. Llanelli ensured their passage into the semi-final’s however as Lloyd Grist and Chris Venables both extended the Reds’ lead inside the final ten minutes.
From the three remaining second round ties, Bala Town picked up a moral boosting win, overcoming Bangor City 6-1 – just days after crashing 5-0 at the Nantporth stadium. Lee Hunt opened with a 12th-minute strike against Nev Powell rotated side, before sealing the win by grabbing with Bala’s sixth of the evening.
The two remaining second-tier sides both crashed out. Nathan Thomas’ strike proved to be little more than a consolation as Welsh League Bryntirion fell 2-1 to Carmarthen Town with Liam Thomas netting a brace for the Old Gold.
At Cae Baker, Chris Budrys scored the only goal of the game as Airbus UK edged past Cymru Alliance outfit Penrhyncoch despite the dismissal of Ryan Wade.
TheWord Cup quarter-final draw (remaining fixtures to be played 30th October)
Bala Town v The New Saints
Carmarthen Town v Port Talbot Town
Connah’s Quay v Airbus UK
Llanelli 6 – 3 Afan Lido