Hughes hammers Cwm into third round
11:25am Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
Nathaniel League Cup
Caerleon 1 Cwmamman United 2
Cwmaman, unbeaten in three games to date, travelled to higher-division opponents in confident mood in the Nathaniel League Cup second round - and dominated possession early on.
Cwm chances were created and wasted before Liam Soroka’s neat back-heel found Graham Bevan. The veteran’s left-foot cross found Andrew Bonomi, who rifled his shot past a helpless keeper.
United should have been out of sight on openings created, Neil Phillips and Bonomi went close with free headers, and they were denied what appeared a stonewall penalty when Bonomi was felled in the box.
The visitors’ wastefulness in front of goal looked to have cost them dear when Caerleon levelled before half-time. Cwm keeper Rob Jones and defender Neil Phillips got themselves in a real pickle with Jones pushing the ball into Phillips’ back and into the net for an own-goal.
Cwm came out after the break and began the second half as well as they’d started the first.
Craig Spring pulled the midfield and another seemingly blatant penalty shout was waved away when Bonomi was scythed down inside the area.
Sub Matthew Tregembo came on to cause the home side problems with his energy and intelligent runs, and the home goal fell under constant bombardment.
The pressure finally told when Liam Hughes smashed home from 15 yards for a deserved winner.
Cwm’s victory was again built on a strong defensive showing with Nathan McNeill, Josh Medwin, Neil Phillips and stalwart Bevan, along with keeper Jones, standing firm to guide them into the last 16.
Cwmaman face a home tie against Clydach Wasps of the Gwent League in the third round of the FAW Trophy on Saturday, October 26.
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