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Sunday, 20 August 2017 12:14

Leonine

SATURDAY 19th AUGUST Ysgol Penyffordd, sunny intervals
PENYFFORDD LIONS 3 CEFN ALBION 2 (JD Welsh Cup First Qualifying Round)

Back to north-east Wales again for the fourth time already this season, but some of the most interesting Welsh Cup ties were in this area. Several new entrants to the cup to choose from, plus some more established clubs on my 'must visit' list, and in the end the decision came down to who was issuing a programme.

Now I'm not obsessive about programmes. I happily go to plenty of games where they aren't available, but the Welsh Cup is different: it's a competition rule that a programme or team-sheet be available for spectators, and while it may not be aggressively enforced by the FAW, failing to issue does rather disrespect our oldest and most prestigious cup competition and its sponsors. So It was good news when Penyffordd Lions confirmed they'd produce something for their game with Cefn Albion. Especially as the visit of Cefn Albion is exactly the type of cup match I look for - useful lower league side entertaining a club from higher up the pyramid.

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Monday, 09 May 2016 08:47

Final after final...

FRIDAY 6th MAY - Alyn Park, dry and overcast.
RHOSTYLLEN 2 ASTON PARK RANGERS 0 (Horace Wynne Cup final)

& SATURDAY 7th MAY - Afoneitha, humid and hazy.
LLANUWCHLLYN 3 CEFN ALBION 2 (Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Division One Cup

A third trip to north-east Wales in the space of a week - maximising use of an Arriva Trains rover - means another couple of cup finals, starting at Mold Alex's ground - a venue I haven't visited since the early 1990s. The ground is recognisable, although the stand and the adjacent iron shelter weren't here then, nor the clubhouse building near the entrance gate (much smarter on the inside than outside).  [article continues, click on Read More below if not visible]

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