Chrysanthou shines as West End edge towards Welsh League title

20130504_144923WEST END remain in pole-position to land their first MacWhirter Welsh League Division One title after seeing off a difficult Cwmbran Celtic side.

The Pryderi Park side will cement their place at the top of the table in the final week of the season if they can come through their last two fixtures, against second-placed Cambrian & Clydach and third placed Taff’s Well, unscathed.

West End now have a four-point lead after Anthony Wright’s side overcame the latest obstacle in the title race, in the form of a Celtic outfit who’ve rallied to three wins in their last four, despite their lowly position in the table.

Celtic’s end of season mini-revival will have in part been instigated by their tenacious approach which made life difficult for the Townhill side.

But it was Alex Chrysanthou who gave West End a 13th-minute lead, working space for himself inside the six-yard box before tucking a low shot into the corner.

The towering forward troubled the Cwmbran Celtic defence throughout the afternoon, as I suspect he has done for much of the season.

Chrysanthou used his strength and frame to impose himself, winning aerial flick-on’s, hooking the ball ahead or dropping short to feed the ball short back into midfield.

And it was Chrysanthou’s quick reaction which saw him extend West End’s lead the second-half.

West End skipper Dale Griffiths saw his penalty pushed away by the Celtic goalkeeper and it was Chrysanthou who reacted first and pounced on the loose ball sending it into the unguarded net.

The second goal appeased any lingering nerves amongst a West End side who found themselves on the back-foot following the restart. Cwmbran Celtic looking the more assured as they complimented their tenacity off the ball, with neat, composed passing when on it.

Clear-cut chances were something of a premium for Celtic however and left West End keeper Luke Martin largely untested.

And after second-placed Cambrian & Clydach were forced to settle for a point despite leading against promotion-seeking Haverfordwest County, West End’s lead at the top of the table was extended by a point in a favourable spring afternoon for the Swansea side.

Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League Play-Off
Bala Town 1 – 0 Connah’s Quay

MacWhirter Welsh League Division One
Bridgend Town 0 – 3 Goytre United
Caerleon 1 – 2 Tata Steel
Cambrian & Clydach 1 – 1 Haverfordwest County
Ton Pentre 0 – 2 Monmouth Town
West End 2 – 0 Cwmbran Celtic

MacWhirter Welsh League Division Two
Caerau 1 – 1 Dinas Powys
Caerau (Ely) 3 – 0 Briton Ferry Llansawel
Cwmaman Institute 0 – 1 Garden Village
Penrhiwceiber Rangers 2 – 0 Goytre
Undy Athletic 0 – 0 Ammanford

MacWhirter Welsh League Division Three
Abertillery Bluebirds 3 – 1 Bridgend Street
Bettws 1 – 2 Tredegar Town
Cardiff Met University 0 – 2 Risca United
Chepstow Town 1 – 2 Treharris Athletic Western
Llantwit Major 0 – 1 AFC Llwydcoed
Newport Civil Service 4 – 1 Newcastle Emlyn
Pontypridd Town 5 – 1 Treowen Stars

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