NEWFA Veterans Cup – former Wales defender Steve Evans scores wonder goal in Llay win

By N Beech

Courtesy of Dave Jones @ Grassroots North Wales

Deeside Dragons 3 Llay Welfare 6
Former Wrexham and Wales defender Steve Evans scored a wonder goal for Llay in their Veterans Cup victory at Deeside on Sunday.

Evans, now manager of Colwyn Bay, still dons the boots whenever possible for Welly Vets and his 35-yard half-volley was a highlight of the weekend triumph for Jonny Taylor’s men.

Llay were three-up inside the first 20 minutes through goals from Daniel Hughes, Matthew Davies and Christopher Owen.

In the second half, Evans’ cracker and David Lewis made it 5-0 before Carl Wilson got Deeside on the scoreboard.

Man of the Match Nathan Humphreys stretched the away lead to 6-1 before Graham Jones and Karl Jones bagged late consolations for the hosts.

Winning manager Taylor said: “I wanted the lads to go out and get the game won early so I could give other players minutes as we’ve two big games coming up and we’ll have had 4 games in 5 weeks after that.

“We were missing a few, so it was good to get some action for lads who hadn’t had much game time, but I know with what I’ve signed player-wise at the club I’ve a lot of strength in depth which is good so can always field a decent side

“We were coasting and comfortable and then the ref gave a penalty which was easily the worst decision for handball I’ve ever seen as it hit our player’s knee.

“But it didn’t affect the lads as they went on to score six and it could have been another 4 or 5.
“Into the next round we go.”

Hawarden Rangers 10 Brickfield Rangers 1
Alan Dawson scored five goals as Hawarden hit double-figures against the Bricky.

Dawson, probably the most prolific scorer in North East Vets football in recent seasons, netted on 30, 44, 71, 80 and 91 minutes, the latter goal a penalty.

Lee Reynolds, Stephen John Evans, Stephen Hopkins, Daniel Roberts and Jamie Brailsford shared the rest of the goals, Simon Parsonage replying for the visitors.

Mochdre Sports 5 White Bear 2
Ryan Holland was a four-goal hero for Mochdre, scoring on seven, 66, 82 and 86 minutes, with Anthony Priestley also on target after 64.

Paul Morgan and Andy Holliday replied for White Bear.

Ruthin Town 1 Denbigh Wanderers 1
(Ruthin won 9-8 on penalties)
Before kick-off it was easy to predict this battle between two great rivals would have gone all the way – and so it did.
Liam Lloyd-Jones gave Denbigh a ninth-minute lead, but Warren Aykroyd-Duckett levelled on 26.

No more goals so it went to spot-kicks and Ruthin’s Steve Roberts produced the crucial save which ensured the hosts won the shoot-out 9-8.

Buckley Town 5 FC Queen’s Park 2
Adam Funnell and Ross Gilbert scored two apiece as Buckley emerged triumphant over the Park.

Colin Cunningham set the ball rolling with Bucks’ fifth-minute opener, Rob Jones and Luke Daniels responding for the visitors.

Connah’s Quay Nomads 2 Penmaenmawr Phoenix 3
James Roberts’ 85th minute decider won a close-fought clash for Phoenix.

Neil Picton and Philip Mountford put the visitors two-up before Nomads fought back determinedly, a pair of Paul Whittaker penalties making it all-square, but Penmaenmawr had the last word.

Where next?

54 goals in just six Championship games, Park on the rise Courtesy of Dave Jones @ Grassroots North Wales

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