Coedpoeth United are the talk of Welsh football.
The Welsh National League Division One team earned an outstanding result in the JD Sports Welsh Cup, beating Penrhyndeudraeth 4-2 thanks to Curt Griffiths (2) and Nathan Jones (2).
Wrexham club Coedpoeth failed to win in 28 fixtures last season but they are through to the first round.
Tweets from within and around the club hailed Coedpoeth’s victory, saying: “Sensational. Superb. Stunning. Not any single superlative can sum up the ‘Poeth performance!
FULL TIME!@CPDPenrhyn 1-4 CUFC
Sensational. Superb. Stunning. Not any single superlative can sum up the ‘Poeth performance today!
See you in the First Round of the JD Welsh Cup. #JDWelshCup
— CoedpoethUnitedFC (@CoedpoethUtdFC) September 29, 2018
“After 4 years of getting our backsides handed to us, this win was for the lads who stuck by the club throughout. Coedpoeth United, you were outstanding! @CoedpoethUtdFC
“After the best day in while for the ‘Poeth all our youth teams came out on top in their North East Wales FA cup ties.”
The club’s successful weekend was completed when their under-19 team defeated Rhydymwyn 3-0 in a Queensferry Sports Junior League fixture at the Mornflakes Mighty Oats Ground.
A full house for ‘Poeth over two days.
The reward for their first team is a Welsh Cup first round clash with Ruthin, who will travel to the Penygelli Playing Fields on Saturday, October 20.
Coedpoeth’s young squad have earned one win in the Alliance this season after being relegated from Premier football in 2017-18, while their cup victory has lifted everybody at the club.
They came from behind to beat Penrhyndeudraeth, leading 2-1 at half-time thanks to a Griffiths double.
Jones completed their second with a double of his own to complete the scoring and manager Karl Fenlon said: “Chuffed is an understatement.”
Coedpoeth now face Ruthin, who play two tiers above them, at home in what will be a massive test and another big day for the club.
Coedpoeth United (v Penrhyndeudraeth): Thurnham, Lewis, Coates, Edwards, Roberts (capt), Taylor, Lewis, Hughes, Griffiths, Pawley, Jones. Subs: Woollett, Davies, Breeze, Turner, McCormick.
Caldicot Town won 2-0 against Merthyr Saints. Ben Smith converted a penalty after eight minutes following a foul on Harry Shelley and Sam Swann added the second. Simon Truman played a ball over the top of the Saints defence and Swann finished clinically.
Welsh Cup 2nd preliminary round @CaldicotTownAFC v @merthyrsaints and Town go 1-0 up after 8 minutes through @Ben___Smith penalty (yes we scored a pen!) after Harry Shelly was fouled pic.twitter.com/bTLI5gsXdz
— Mark Anderson (@MANDERS0N1973) September 29, 2018
Cwmbran Town scored two goals in two minutes to earn their 2-0 win against Newport Civil Service.
Owen Llewellyn and Jordan Hill scored second half goals for the Crows, who have earned seven wins and a draw from their last eight Welsh League and cup fixtures.
Dan Jenkins and Kofi Levi-Rowe combined to set Llewellyn for a simple finish, while Hill added the second after Llewellyn’s initial shot was parried.
Leo Ross (2), Elliott Ford and substitute James Greaney netted for Monmouth Town in their 4-2 win against Wattsville FC.
The Kingfishers ent ahead when Ford scored, while Wattsville hit back to equalise. Ross converted a penalty to put Monmouth 2-1 ahead and that was the half-time score.
Wattsville recovered again soon after half-time and at 2-2 the tie was again in the balance.
Ross went one-on-one with the goalkeeper to add Monmouth’s third and Greaney fired home from close range to complete the scoring.
Sully Sports won a thriller against a Cardiff Draconians team managed by former Cardiff City midfield player Layton Maxwell.
Goals from Conner McInery, Alex Bevan, Jordan Hill and Zach Cleary snatched the win for Sports after extra time.
Draconians pressed hard in the closing stages, but Sully held on the claim their place in the second round.
Llandudno Amateurs, who play in the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Premier Division, earned a shock win against Flintshire club Greenfield in the second qualifying round.
Welsh Alliance Division One team Greenfield were expected to progress, but Amateurs produced an outstanding performance and won 5-2 thanks to goals from Martin Hughes (2), Aidan Bell, Steve Kirk and Joe Jones.
Dion Gibbins, Alex Williams and Conner Kendrick led Cefn Albion’s fightback against in theior all-Welsh National League Premier Division.
Albion fell two goals behind when Corey Smart and Richie Jones scored, but hit back to emerge 3-2 winners.
Rhydymwyn, who play in Welsh National League Division One, went through after a penalty shootout.
We have been drawn away in the JD Welsh Cup against Welsh League Div 3 side @PantegAFC . Tie to be played on weekend of Oct 19/21. We look forward to visiting Panteg House Sportsgrounds.
— Penybont FC (@Penybont_FC) October 1, 2018
The score was 2-2 when the match was decided by spot-kicks and Rhydymwyn won the shootout against Llandyrnog United 3-2.
Goalkeeper Sam Thomas saved three penalties in the shoot-out and that proved the difference.
Earlier, Jamie Wynne (2) scored for Rhydymwyn with Sam Lewis and Les Brophy (penalty) replying.
Holyhead Town were reduced to 10-men, but still emerged 4-3 winners. Jordie Lees, Ry Lees, Gary Jo Owen and Luke Roberts scored for Holyhead, while Ifan Mansoor, Cal McDonald and David Jones replied.
Pwllheli won 4-3 after extra time at Prestatyn Sports with Mark Jones (2) Jake Jones and Gareth Jones-Evans scoring. Ben Cawley, Darren Cassidy and an own goal provided Prestatyn’s goals.
Paul Rambaldi scored a last minute extra time equaliser for New Brighton Villa to make the score 3-3 and force a penalty shootout against Penmaenmawr.
Villa then won 4-2 after spot-kicks. Benn Lundstram (2) and Dan Hughes netted for home team Penmaenmawr during the 120 minutes, while Steven Orsler, Jack Leonard-Gill and Rambaldi replied.
— New Brighton Villa (@newbrightonvfc) September 29, 2018
Four-goal Sam Henry led Corwen to a 4-0 win against Lex, while Brickfield Rangers powered to a 5-0 victory at Llanrwst United with Alan Bull (2), Liam Sklenar, Joe Garner and Lee McBurney the marksmen.
Luke Fountain, Dan Evans and Dave Maddock led Llandudno Albion to a 3-1 win against Llanrug United, while Matthew Jones (2), Alan Mark Owen and Kevin Lloyd scored for Llangefni Town in a 4-0 success against Saltney Town 4-0.
Rhyl have landed a tricky away tie at Conwy Borough in the JD Welsh Cup first round.
The Lillywhites have a rich tradition in this competition, having won the trophy four times and finished runner-up four times.
Rhyl played a role in two Cardiff City double-winning seasons.
In 1926-27 the Bluebirds won the FA Cup, beating Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley Stadium, and secured a unique double by adding the Welsh Cup. Cardiff defeated Rhyl 2-0 at the Racecourse, Wrexham with Len Davies and Sam Irving on target.
Manager Eddie May and his City team won the Division Three title on 1992-93 and added the Welsh Cup, beating Rhyl 5-0 at the National Stadium in Cardiff.
Phil Stant fired a hat-trick and Cohen Griffith two in front of 16,443 spectators.
Cardiff City team v Rhyl: Ward, James, Searle (Brazil), Perry (Millar), Ramsay, Richardson, Stant, Blake, Griffith. Subs not used: Pike, Dale.
Rhyl lifted the trophy in 1952 (beating Merthyr Tydfil 4-3 in the final at Ninian Park), 1953 (winning 2-1 against Chester City at Farrar Road, Bangor), 2004 (defeated TNS 1-0 after extra time) and 2006 (2-0 v Bangor City in Wrexham).
Rhyl’s next Welsh Cup test in this season’s competition is a first round tie against Huws Gray Alliance Conwy Borough, who won the Welsh Alliance title plus the FAW Trophy and Cookson Cup last season.
Welsh League Division One leaders Penybont are away against Panteg, while Cambrian & Clydach BGC entertain Port Talbot Town.
The draw for the First Round of this season’s JD Welsh Cup was made at the FAW headquarters in Cardiff.
A number of intriguing ties were thrown up, as the 32 clubs playing at tier two level enter the competition.
Four of those sides from the north were drawn together, with Conwy Borough hosting Rhyl and Llanrhaeadr-Ym-Mochnant, winners against JD Welsh Premier League side Cefn Druids last season in the third round, will host Flint Town United.
Fifth tier Llandudno Amateurs, who play in the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Premier Division, were rewarded for beating third tier side Greenfield with a home tie against another Welsh Alliance side, Nantlle Vale.
There will be at least one fifth tier team in the second round draw after South Wales Alliance League Premier sides Sully Sports and Brecon Corries were paired together.
Meanwhile, two sides from the league below, Blaenrhondda and Cornelly United, were drawn away at Garden Village and Treharris Athletic Western respectively.
STM Sports have a home tie against Haverfordwest County, and former Welsh Premier League champions Cwmbran Town are at home against Afan Lido.
JD Welsh Cup round one, full draw
Briton Ferry Llansawel v Caerau Ely
Cambrian & Clydach BGC v Port Talbot Town
Cwmamman United v Dinas Powys
Cwmbran Celtic v Ammanford
Cwmbran Town v Afan Lido
Garden Village v Blaenrhondda
Llandrindod Wells v Aberbargoed Buds
Llanidloes Town v Pontypridd Town
Panteg v Penybont
Penlan Club v Goytre United
Pontyclun v Llantwit Major
Radnor Valley v Goytre FC
STM Sports v Haverfordwest County
Sully Sports v Brecon Corries
Ton Pentre v Pencoed Athletic
Trefelin BGC v Swansea University
Treharris Athletic Western v Cornelly United
Undy Athletic v Monmouth Town
West End v Caldicot Town
Ynysddu Welfare v Taffs Well
Bangor City v Mold Alexandra
Berriew v Penrhyncoch
Buckley Town v Brymbo FC
Caersws v Holywell Town
Cefn Albion v Dolgellau Athletic
Coedpoeth United v Ruthin Town
Conwy Borough v Rhyl FC
CPD Pwllheli v CPD Porthmadog
Denbigh Town v Holyhead Town
Gresford Athletic v Brickfield Rangers
Guilsfield v Rhostyllen
Hawarden Rangers v Llanfair United
Holyhead Hotspur v Corwen
Llandudno Albion v St Asaph City
Llandudno Amateurs v Dyffryn Nantlle Vale
Llangefni Town v Borth United
Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant v Flint Town United
Llay Welfare v Rhydymwyn
Penycae v Airbus UK Broughton
Prestatyn Town v New Brighton Villa
Ties to be played on Saturday 20 October 2018.
JD Sports Welsh Cup second qualifying round results
CEFN ALBION 3 – 2 FC QUEENS PARK
CAERAU ELY FC 2 – 1 TRETHOMAS BLUEBIRDS FC
BERRIEW FC 5 – 2 BUILTH WELLS (AET)
LLANUWCHLLYN FC 1 – 4 HAWARDEN RANGERS FC
ABER VALLEY FC 1 – 2 TREFELIN BGC
PRESTATYN SPORTS 3 – 4 PWLLHELI (AET)
PENMAENMAWR PHOENIX 3 – 3 NEW BRIGHTON VILLA (2-4 PENS)
ABERBARGOED BUDS FC 1 – 1 BRIDGEND STREET (5-3 PENS)
LLANGEFNI TOWN FC 4 – 0 SALTNEY TOWN
LEX XI FC 0 – 4 CORWEN
CALDICOT TOWN FC 2 – 0 MERTHYR SAINTS FC
ST ASAPH CITY FC 3 – 1 BARMOUTH & DYFFRYN UNITED FC
MONMOUTH TOWN FC 4 – 2 WATTSVILLE
WEST END FC 5 – 2 ABERDARE TOWN
MOLD ALEXANDRA 2 – 0 CHIRK AAA (AET)
DINAS POWYS 2 – 2 PILL YMCA (4-3 PENS)
PONTARDAWE TOWN 2 – 2 PENLAN FC (3-4 PENS)
DYFFRYN NANTLLE VALE 2 – 2 MYNYDD LLANDEGAI (5-4 PENS)
LLANDYRNOG UNITED 2 – 2 RHYDYMWYN FC (2-3 PENS)
PENYDARREN BOYS & GIRLS FC 0 – 3 GARDEN VILLAGE
CARDIFF DRACONIANS FC 3 – 4 SULLY SPORTS FC (AET)
RHOS AELWYD FC 3 – 4 BRYMBO FC
NEWPORT CITY 0 – 3 PENCOED ATHLETIC AMATEUR FC
RISCA UNITED FC 2 – 3 TREHARRIS WESTERN ATHLETIC FC
LLANDUDNO ALBION 3 – 1 LLANRUG UNITED FC
BRECON CORRIES 2 – 0 ABERMULE
CEFN CRIBWR 2 – 4 PONTYCLUN FC (AET)
ABERFFRAW 0 – 0 RHOSTYLLEN FC (3-4 PENS)
LLANDRINDOD WELLS 4 – 2 FOUR CROSSES FC
PANTEG FC 3 – 2 PENRHIWCEIBER CONSTITUTIONAL ATHLETIC FC
PENRHYNDEUDRAETH 1 – 4 COEDPOETH UNITED
CAERSWS FC 8 – 0 TYWYN BRYNCRUG FC
STM SPORTS 12 – 0 GLYNNEATH TOWN
CWMBRAN TOWN 2 – 0 NEWPORT CIVIL SERVICE FC
LLANRWST UNITED FC 0 – 5 BRICKFIELD RANGERS FC
MACHYNLLETH FC 1 – 2 DOLGELLAU ATHLETIC AMATEUR FC
AFC LLWYDCOED 1 – 2 BLAENRHONDDA FC
LLAY WELFARE FC 3 – 0 FC NOMADS OF CONNAH’S QUAY
RADNOR VALLEY 4 – 0 CARNO FC
CORNELLY UNITED FC 4 – 3 CHEPSTOW TOWN FC (AET)
MELIDEN FC 1 – 2 PENYCAE FC
LLANFAIR UNITED 5 – 2 ABERAERON FC
HOLYHEAD TOWN FC 4 – 3 LLANBERIS FC
CROESYCEILIOG FC 2 – 3 YNYSDDU WELFARE (AET)
BOW STREET FC 1 – 2 BORTH UNITED
GREENFIELD 2 – 5 LLANDUDNO AMATEURS
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY FC 5 – 0 ABERGAVENNY TOWN
WELSHPOOL TOWN 3 – 3 LLANIDLOES TOWN (4-5 PENS)