Welsh Cup – 2nd Qualifying Round Holywell Town 8-1 Llanerch-y-medd.
Town welcomed Llanerchymedd to Halkyn Road and the Wellmen could have taken the lead as early as the 3rd minute as Luke Tyson saw his flick come back out off the post before the ball was cleared but the Wellmen didn’t have to wait long as Steve Thomas opened the scoring in the 7th minute, shooting well into the corner after a great move by Luke Tyson.
On 11 minutes, Llanerchymedd were unlucky not to equalise as Shaun Jenkins saw his shot well saved by Danny Stanton who got down early to save the forward’s effort. Barely two minutes had passed before Town doubled their lead through Graeme Williams. Jamie Jones whipped in a great cross and Graeme Williams was on hand to head the ball home. On 20 miiuntes, Town made it 3 as the impressive Luke Tyson finally beat the keeper after Graeme Williams saw his shot hit the post, Steve Thomas saw his follow up effort cleared off the line before Tyson made sure and his effort hit the back of the net.
The Wellmen were well on top by now and they made it 4 with 26 minutes gone on the clock. Graham Boylan started off a great move and he beat the challenges of the back four before laying off to Graeme Williams who made it 4-0. Graeme nearly completed his hat trick a few minutes later but saw his shot saved by Llanerch-y-medd keeper Alan Jukes.
On 40 miuntes, Steve Thomas saw his free kick saved well by Jukes and on the stroke of half time, captain Paul Williams made it 6-0 as his shot went in via the net to complete a great first half for the Wellmen.
The second half got under way and both teams tried to take control of the half, and 10 minutes into the half, the visitors were reduced to 10 men as Pat Roberts was sent off for words he said to the referee following an incident involving one of his team mates. A couple of minutes later, the Wellmen increased their lead as Mark Orme scored at the far post following a great free kick into the danger area by Paul Williams.
The visitors then had a couple of efforts on goal as Daniel Thomas saw his header go over the bar from a corner and Mathew Jones saw a shot saved by Stanton in the Wellmen’s goal. Sub Paul Williams then saw his shot go over the bar after being set up by Boylan and a few minutes later, Town could have added to their tally as a Jamie Jones cross across goal was deflected away for a corner.
As the match entered the final 10 minutes, another good Holywell move saw Boylan and Tyson playing a good 1-2 before Tyson saw his shot saved well by Jukes, then a minute later Dafydd Griffith saw his header go over the bar. Paul Williams had another shot go over before Llanerch-Y-Medd scored a consolation goal as Iwan Williams headed the ball into the back of the net from a corner.
Town weren’t finished though as Josh Roberts scored Town’s 8th with a brilliant goal, he picked up the ball from a Wayne Edwards lay off and his shot flew into the top corner with the Keeper well beaten. Wayne Edwards nearly added a 9th with barely a minute remaining but his shot went inches wide. It was a great performance by the Wellmen, especially in the 1st half and Town will now look forward to next week’s draw for the first round proper.