Welsh Cup second round spot for Sports
9:01am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Penarth sport
SULLY SPORTS 3,
AFC LLWYDCOED 1
AFTER light morning rain, the sun welcomed the two teams for this Welsh Cup first round clash.
A minute's silence was observed for Tegwyn Evans, MBE, a former president of the FAW, who passed away during the week.
Having already played two qualifying rounds to get to this stage of the competition, Sully's South Wales Senior Soccer League side pressed well on a lovely pitch, but their Welsh League Second Division opponents looked dangerous on the break.
Sully engineered the first clearcut chance when good work from McInery, Davies and Alex Long forced a corner and the resultant Long delivery was met by Ed Jones who forced a fingertip save. The goalkeeper was soon busy again keeping out a low Lawlor shot and a long-range effort from McInery. The pressure eventually told when more good work, starting with James and then involving Lewis and Long, ended with a crisp finish from the impressive Lawlor.
Although Llwydcoed stepped up the pace, they found the experienced defensive Sully line difficult to breach, with Jones winning the battle in the air and Fowler proving a major obstacle. Townsend was keeping the wide player in check and, when he linked well with the industrious Harding, the move led to a corner which Fowler headed against the bar. However, it wasn’t long before Sully netted their second when good work from Harding and Lawlor earned another corner and Long's kick was glanced home by Jones. McInery was inches away as the half time whistle blew.
After ten minutes of the second half, a jinking run ended with Long being brought down in the box, but his resultant penalty brought an extraordinary save from the Llwydcoed 'keeper. This was a shot in the arm for the visitors and Sully 'keeper Sharratt was quickly off his line to head clear.
Halfway through the second half, the visitors got themselves back in the tie through a 35-yard strike from Nathan Jenkins, but Sully responded positively and Jones and Lawlor were unlucky following corners. With the game stretched, Davies and Lewis found more space and, following another Long corner, Jones headed his second.
Llwydcoed threw everything at the home side, but Sharratt made a fantastic diving save and, to tighten things up and close the game out, Long was replaced by Rob Owen.
In the second round, Sully face more Welsh League opposition when they travel to First Division Ton Pentre on Saturday, November 9; kick-off 2pm.
Sully would like to thank MJM Computer Consumables, of Barry, for sponsoring the Welsh Cup match. Thanks also to Sian Lee and Mark for their work as physios and programme seller Tia Lee.
This weekend Sully return to league action at home to Ynyshir Albion.