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Juniors round-up – Wepre Scorpions U16s close in on treble

National title for aces

SCHOOLS: Flintshire Under 12s etched their name into our county’s rich footballing history after they were crowned national champions.

Alex Thomas’ side lifted the David Nickless Shield at the Welsh Schools Football Association (WSFA) finals in Oswestry in the most dramatic of fashions.

Flintshire were 3-1 up and cruising thanks to a Rhys Cooper double and a Cobey Cooper single before final opponents Afan Nedd hit back to make it 3-3.

Flintshire went close to winning it in the 89th minute through Shaun Myddleton but they were grateful to goalkeeper Alex Hollowood for keeping the scores level in extra-time.

Hollowood was not finished there, though, diving full length to save Afan Nedd’s first penalty of the shoot-out. Lewis Jones, Rhys Cooper, Craig Williams and Aled Smith then converted their attempts which meant Flintshire needed to net their fifth and final spot-kick to seal victory. The ball hit the post, however, meaning it went to sudden-death.

Afan Nedd scored their first penalty but missed their second after Sam Johnson had responded. That left it up to Ross Lavender to slip the ball home to earn Flintshire a nail-biting 6-5 success.

Manager Mr Thomas, a teacher at Connah’s Quay High School, said: “The players were cool in the penalty shoot-out and overall were the better of the two sides and deserved their victory.”

But there was SB Williams Shield final heartache for Flintshire U13s as they lost 4-1 to Swansea, with Michael Williamson’s late strike nothing more than a consolation.

Wepre close in on treble

CLWYD JUNIOR LEAGUE: Wepre Scorpions are within touching of completing the treble after they won 4-0 at Hawarden Rangers in the Under 16s Division on Saturday.

Jamie Wynne, Wyn Pearce, Ryan Holloway and Kieran Farr shared the strikes for the Scorpions, who have already won the U16s Division Challenge Cup and the NWCFA U16s Cup.

Wynne rescued a 1-1 draw for his side in midweek at Buckley Town Juniors, who led through Jarred Bennett. Wepre, thanks to Chadd Shelbourne, Sam Fryer and Wynne (2), also edged a thriller 4-3 at home to Halkyn United, who went close through Kyle Reid, Ben Donovan and Tom Lambert.

Buckley, courtesy of Bennett, Shaun Tinsley and Jordan Beck, also won 3-2 at home to Flint Town United Youth, who were level through Jack Petryzyn and Jamie Rowe. Josh Davies (2) and Jamie Rowe also fired Flint to a super 3-2 success at Hearts Roma.

Mold Juniors completed their campaign with a 10-0 victory at Ewloe Harriers given to them by Michael Taylor, Rhyss Nash, Elliot Davies, Jordan Ellis, Thomas Matthews, Jack Seery, Rhys Bithell and William Higginson.

Mold Juniors sealed runners-up spot in the U12s Division with a 4-3 win at Shotton Steel.

Jake Cruse (4), Lloyd Jones and Jamie Oldfield did the damage as third-placed Hawarden Rangers signed off with a 6-0 home romp over Penyffordd Pumas.

Hawarden Rangers brought the curtain down on the U15s Division season with a 2-1 home triumph over Holywell Town Juniors.

Jordan Walker and Thomas Bonney were on target for Hawarden, Kallum Pierce for Holywell.

Hawarden go out in style

WELSH NATIONAL LEAGUE: Hawarden Rangers completed a Premier Division campaign to remember with a 1-0 win at runners-up Penycae on Saturday.

Danny Sullivan got the goal for fourth-placed Hawarden, who claimed the scalp of new champions Llangollen Town last Wednesday when Liam Bowen, Louis Cunliffe and Nick Henderson fired them to a 3-2 home victory.

Castell Alun Colts finish sixth after they won 3-1 at home to Corwen last Monday, with Richard Driffield, Jack Jones and 15-goal top-scorer Mike Pritchard doing the damage.

Reserves & Colts Division winners Castell Alun Colts wrapped up their memorable season on the same night with a 6-4 success at Corwen given to them by leading marksman Damien Wilkins (2), Sam Jones (2), Jamie Millington and Callum Parlour.

Halkyn end on a high

WELSH ALLIANCE: Halkyn United ended the season in style with a 3-2 victory at high-flying Glan Conwy on Thursday night.

Top-scorer Shane Francis and Kevin Smart were on target for 10th-placed Halkyn, who had won 6-0 at home to Amlwch Town the Saturday before through Dwaine Durham (3), Francis (2) and Wayne Edwards.