Rhiewsiders fall short in cup final


Gavin Grosvenor

Emrys Morgan Cup Final

Berriew Reserves 1

Llandysul 3

JONNY Roberts paid tribute to his Berriew braves after falling at the final hurdle as Llandysul lifted the Emrys Morgan Cup in Penrhyncoch on Friday.

Two goals from Adrian Hazelby proved crucial for the Ceredigion side who added the famous cup to their league honours.

Berriew manager Roberts said: “All credit to Llandysul as they played really well and deserved the win on the night.

“My lads deserve heaps of praise for getting to the final and put in a good performance at Penrhyncoch but it wasn't to be.

“The conditions were atrocious so the attitude my players showed to keep battling right through to the end was admirable. I am proud of them."

Llandsyul enjoyed the brighter start as Scott Thomas and Sion Price joined Hazelby in firing wide but it was Rhiewsiders who led as Mike Henderson-Smith capitalised on woeful defending to slot home.

Berriew saw strong penalty claims following a handball denied and the decision proved fateful as Llandysul made the most of the referee’s controversial decision as Thomas broke from inside his own half and beat six Berriew defenders before slotting home an equaliser.

Llandysul ended the half on top as Hazelby and Ben Thomas went close and continued in the same vein after the break, leading for the first time when Terry Maynard’s left wing cross was converted by Hazelby on the hour.

Hazelby completed his brace 10 minutes later with another close range finish following a fine run and left wing cross from Scott Thomas.

Berriew dominated the remainder of the game as the South Ceredigion side soaked up the pressure to be crowned 2017 Emrys Morgan Cup winners.

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