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GAP Connah's Quay Nomads lose NWCFA Challenge Cup final

GAP Connah’s Quay fell to a shock 1-0 NWCFA Challenge Cup final defeat to holders Llandudno on Saturday.

And things went from bad to worse for Nomads when they returned to their dressing room after the match to discover that some of their mobile phones and cash had been stolen.

“We lost £350 in total and a couple of mobile phones,” said manager Steve O’Shaughnessy. “It was a bad day all round as nothing went right for us on the field and then we had that bombshell when we came off it.”

Nomads were beaten by Danny Hughes’ first-half backheeled effort at Flint Town United’s windswept Cae-y-Castell ground.

O’Shaughnessy’s side failed to get a grip of the game and it was lower-league Llandudno, of the Cymru Alliance, who could have extended their lead in the opening period. The Welsh Premier League outfit upped the ante after the break, but their cause was not helped when substitute Aden Shannon saw red with 15 minutes to play.

O’Shaughnessy said: “There was a scuffle with a few players involved and one was singled out and sent off. It didn’t seem right. But what killed us was the three-week break since we last played.”

Nomads held their end-of-season presentation evening afterwards.

The top award went to Ben Alston, who won the Ron Morris Trophy for Nomad of the Year. Young Player of the Year Danny Pinch lifted the Harry Moulton Trophy, Players’ Player of the Year Danny Forde the Brian Morris Award and Liam Loughlin the Gap Personnel Manager’s Player of the Year. Dominic Auty was the youth team Manager’s Player of the Year and Michael Cronshaw the youth team Players’ Player of the Year.

The club’s ball boys were named Team of the Year while Ross Turtle, David Rapson and Sally Pearson also received awards for their outstanding service.