Crannog book place in semi-finals

Sunday 2nd February 2020 11:24 am
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Cardigan’s Liam Doherty attacks against Crannog. Pic by Julie John.

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CARDIGAN Town, who had lost their long unbeaten league record to Crannog at the King George field the previous week, were edged out once again by the Llangrannog men in their Costcutter Ceredigion League Cup quarter-final tie.

Brynley Morris’ late winner ensured a 2-1 defeat for the Magpies, after Ryan Perry’s opening goal had been cancelled out by Mike Bridges for the home team.

This hard-fought and at times niggly cup encounter was played in very difficult blustery conditions, and it was the Magpies who made the best start as they put their hosts under great pressure.

They went ahead when roving defender Ryan Parry headed in a cross from Dylan Davies - but Crannog came back at them and Mike Bridges scored when he fired home a half volley past stand-in goal keeper Iestyn Evans for the equaliser.

With the advantage of the wind in the second half, Cardigan pushed on with influential midfielder James Evans carving out some excellent openings for the visiting team, along with Dylan Davies.

Young goalkeeper Tom James made some superb stops, with one of the best of these coming from a John Lumb shot, and another from winger Llion Williams.

Crannog looked dangerous on the break, but Parry and Lumb kept things tight at the back whilst at the other end central defender Mike Glover and midfielder Morris made some timely interventions to keep talented Cardigan front runner Liam Doherty from scoring.

The visitors brought on veteran Steve Blackford late on, but he was yellow-carded by referee Josh Townsend for a late tackle, and then 15 minutes later was sent off for a second bookable offence.

From the resulting free kick, which was strongly contested by the visitors, Morris found the top corner with a cross-shot, much to the delight of his teammates.

Meanwhile Crannog Reserves also had reason to celebrate as they reached the semi-finals of the Percy Eldridge Cup, with a 3-0 win at Cardigan Reserves.

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