News from the New Stadium

mike edwards goal against llandudno for holyhead hotspurA Mike Edwards brace within three minutes (17 & 20) proved enough for HGA Alliance Holyhead Hotspur to see off Welsh Premier League newcomers Llandudno in the first round of the Word Cup at the New Stadium on Tuesday evening. Although Edwards was the double salvo hero and match winner Campbell Harrison’s men gave a superb all round team performance and although on the back foot for almost all the second period having to withstand almost constant pressure held out to actually reduce the seasiders to very few clear cut chances while always looking capable on the break themselves.

The visitors had started the stronger Liam Dawson providing difficult to hold down the left and his shot was not far away on three and the same player skipped around keeper Carl Jones to the by-line but put his effort into the side net. 

However, Hotspur began to get their game going causing problems down the right in particular and on seventeen took the lead.  Mike Kelly played in Damian Ketley who almost to the by-line did really well to pull the ball back inside his defender to the lurking Mike Edwards who just inside the box placed his shot perfectly beyond keeper Dave Roberts.  Three minutes later Mike Kelly involved again did fine work down the right delivering a deep cross to the left of goal to Edwards who beat his man and sent an unstoppable drive into the top right hand corner much to the delight of the near 200 crowd.

The shell shocked visitors responded and Marc Williams looked in, but poor control let him down on twenty five.  The same player shot straight at Jones but Hotspur still threatened themselves and Ketley shot over on the half hour.  Both sides had spells of danger but half time Hotspur well deserved their two goal advantage.

The visitors meant business the start of the second stanza and Carl Jones had to gather at the second attempt from Danny Taylor while a left wing low cross on forty eight reached the unmarked sub Alan Bull with a goal gaping but took his eye off the ball and the chance was gone.

Llandudno continued to push forward in a game played at a high tempo throughout, but on fifty four Hotspur broke down the right and Kelly’s cross found Ketley who dragged his shot wide.  Williams was prominent for Tudno who were pressing by the minute but Holyhead were in resilient mood and on seventy three from another break out Ketley up on his own was again close.  On seventy six Hotspur had their biggest scare yet when from a corner on the right a shot came in which beat Jones for once but Brendun Hogan was perfectly positioned to hack off the line and the danger was averted.   Then the visitors had a free kick by James Joyce but somehow nobody connected when it only needed a touch at the far post.

Tudno were now camped in Hotspur territory but keeper Carl Jones and his defenders had that they shall not pass ‘mentality’ and held firm for a memorable victory and a passage into the next round of their new cup venture.

Report by Gareth M Davies and photograph by PM Photography