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Monday, 01 May 2017 11:03

Canaries end on a high

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A very early start, travelling north for a weekend of cup finals. The decision to hold the Welsh Cup final in Bangor on a Sunday means travelling on Saturday anyway, and the Huws Gray Cup final at Conwy fits nicely into the plan.

Train times mean I get to Conwy with several hours to spare - no hardship in a lovely castle town by the sea on a dry, if slightly chilly day. But by 1.30, sightseeing is done and I'm out at the Morfa Ground to the west of the town, along with the early arrivals from Flint and Caernarfon for the Huws Gray Alliance's showpiece final. As a former Welsh Premier ground, the Morfa is well-appointed, although it's a shame the large seated stand behind the town end goal is cordoned off, meaning spectators are confined mainly to the railway side, with its terracing and stand, and the flat standing area at the clubhouse end. But with an attendance in the low hundreds - and many of them kids not really watching the game anyway - it doesn't matter all that much.

Caernarfon are favourites, of course. Indeed, both my cup final games this weekend feature an overwhelming favourite and a hopeful underdog. After a tentative and cautious start, the Canaries' superiority is quickly established in a three minute spell as Danny Brookwell opens the scoring when sent clear to beat Ben Jones in the Flint goal, then provides the cross for Jay Gibbs to net the second.

That burst has changed the game and leaves Flint facing the proverbial mountain. But half time arrives and they haven't even established a base camp.

The second half brings no change: Flint looking for anything that could spark a revival, Caernarfon still looking comfortable. And when substitute Kevin Lloyd taps in a third goal (Darren Thomas having done all the clever work on the wing), it's all over. Flint's best effort on goal - from Kyle Smith - does at least ensure Alex Ramsay earns his medal with a finger-tip save, but nothing threatens to loosen the Canaries' hold on the game, and the cup. The consolation prize, maybe, in a season when they had title hopes, but reason nonetheless for the Cofi Army to celebrate tonight.

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