- Nathaniel Car Sales Cup Semi Final-Cwmbran Celtic v Llanelli Town


                                  WELSH LEAGUE CUP -  SEMI-FINAL.

                              LLANELLI TOWN   3  CWMBRAN  CELTIC   0

     Llanelli Town have their sights firmly fixed on another double to emulate the achievement of last season, as they currently top the league table and look favourites for the title, while they are also through to the Welsh League Cup final, a trophy they won in 2016/17, after comfortably seeing off Cwmbran Celtic at Afan Lido` s Marston`s Stadium in the semi-final.

     A dire first half seemed to consist solely of how far downfield either team could send the ball, although the Reds looked the more likely to score in the few chances which were created.

     When Chris Jones swung a corner into the goalmouth, Ryan Fleming in the Celtic goal punched it clear where it rebounded off Joe Clarke and then another Reds player before ending in a harmless goal kick.

     Chris Thomas brought off a saving tackle on Josh Bull when the Celtic striker threatened to break up the middle, before Kurtis March glanced a header wide from close in from another Jones delivery.

     When a loose pass by Jones intended for Antonio Facciuto was instead intercepted by Callum Wakeham, he made ground into the Reds` box, but some good defending snuffed out the danger.

     Celtic then suffered a blow when Bull was forced off injured on 38 minutes to be replaced by Lloyd Kinsella, and when Simon Prangley picked out Iolo Jones wide on the Celtic left, he whipped a ball across the face of the goal before it was gathered safely by Craig Morris.

     The second half had to be an improvement on the first, and so it turned out with the Reds, at least, displaying some modicum of a passing game, with Lee Trundle accepting a ball from Jones only to see his finish cleared off the line.

     James Loveridge, with a surging run, forced Luke Jones to concede a corner taken by Trundle, whose delivery to the far post was met by Lee Bevan who powered his header past Fleming on 56 minutes to put the Reds ahead.

     Ten minutes later, March played a pass into the feet of Trundle whose instant reaction to meet it left the Celtic keeper helpless as it nestled in the bottom corner.

     Now totally in control, the Reds were looking capable of adding to their lead, with Loveridge forcing Fleming to turn his well struck shot around the post, before the tie was finally wrapped up six minutes from time when Trundle got his brace, picking up a long clearance from Morris before making room and firing into the net.

     There was still time for  Loveridge to see his finish pushed over by the Celtic keeper, but the Reds ran out worthy winners and now face either Pontypridd Town or Trefelin BGC in the final on Friday, 18th May, at a venue still to be decided.

     LLANELLI TOWN;   Morris; Graves (Samuel, 73); Facciuto; Finselbach (R. Thomas, 86); C. Thomas;

                                      Bevan; Jones; March (Davies, 79); Clarke ©; Trundle; Loveridge; Subs. not used;

 

                   

                                     Follows; Rees (GK).

     CWMBRAN CELTIC;    Fleming; Patel; I. Jones; Crees; L. Jones ©; Prangley; Wakeham;

       Cook (Baugh, 80); Bull (Kinsella, 38); Young; Ham; Subs. not used; Connor;

                                             Powell, Larcombe.

     SCORERS;                      Llanelli Town;  Bevan, 56; Trundle, 66, 84.

     YELLOW CARDS;           Llanelli Town;   Finselbach; Clarke; Graves; Trundle.

                                             Cwmbran Celtic;  L. Jones; I. Jones.

     REFEREE;                        Alex McInch (Cardiff).