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Welsh Cup: Battling Wellmen miss out on big derby

HOLYWELL Town entertained Cardiff-based Caerau Ely in the third round of the Welsh Cup but their excellent run in the competition came to an end as the visitors won 2-0.

The Wellmen were given a scare at Halkyn Road as early as the fourth minute as Ely’s Curtis Mathews broke clear and was through on goal with only Danny Stanton to beat.

Stanton came out to narrow the angle and it worked as the striker placed the ball the wrong side of the post. Town then went close as Marc Gunther shot wide.

In the 10th minute Steve Thomas pulled up with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Tom Carney.

Ely made their hosts pay for their early miss on 36 minutes.

The ball was swung over into the box and a slight miss kick saw it fall to Keyon Reffell, who controlled before shooting low past Stanton.

The goal took the wind out of the Wellmen’s sails and a few minutes before the break disaster struck as Ely got a second.

Dafydd Jones picked up the ball and ran into the box from the right and his shot beat Stanton to give them a two goal cushion.

Despite cranking up the pressure in the second half Holywell were unable to convert their chances and the Welsh Alliance side were eliminated.

The defeat was made harder to bear when the draw for the fourth round saw Ely given a tie at Holywell’s neighbours, Flint Town United.