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May 8, 2013, 11:45 PM
Llanfair United 0 Llanidloes Town 3
The Talbot Field: Spar Mid Wales League Cup Semi-Final
After enjoying several days of glorious sunshine and warmer temperatures, across the Welsh borderlands, it was a return for this evening cup semi-final at Berriew. The winners of this evening’s match would face Waterloo Rovers after the Welshpool-based outfit defeated Rhosgoch Rangers on penalties in the other tie. Llanidloes Town just need a point from Saturday’s match at Montgomery Town to claim the First Division crown. The Daffs recorded a 2-0 victory over Carno on Friday night to move a step closer. Llanfair United had already secured the Second Division championship, prior to last Wednesday’s 1-0 win at Llanfyllin Town, and were chasing a treble as the Mount Field club are still involved in the Second Division Cup. Llanidloes Town had beaten Presteigne St Andrews, Machynlleth and Hay St Mary’s, en route to the final, whilst Llanfair United overcame Llansantffraid Village, Llanfyllin Town and Berriew.
The opening stages of the match were relatively even, with both teams giving as good as they received, although clear-cut chances were few and far between. The Daffs went ahead when a good pass by Richie Evans found Jamie Breese inside the penalty area to turn the ball past Lee Andrew in the Llanfair United goal. The Daffs doubled their advantage three minutes before the interval, when the league’s leading scorer, Breese, latched on to a through ball, before sliding the ball past an onrushing Andrew. The Mount Field Club saw more possession in the final third, after half-time, but struggled in the final third. Llanidloes Town confirmed their place in the final, with three minute remaining, when Greg Brown latched on to a through ball and rounded Andrew before finding the net from a narrow angle. Llanfair United’s best opportunities were from long-range efforts but they rarely tested Dave Jones in the Llanidloes Town goal. The Daffs will now have the opportunity to exact revenge on Waterloo Rovers after losing to the Welshpool club in last term’s final.
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(This post was edited by barcud-coch on May 8, 2013, 11:47 PM)