Date: Sat 12 Aug 2017

#JDWPL Saturday Round Up | Met and Llandudno emerge victorious on six-goal Saturday.

Two North versus South clashes were what we were treated to in The JD Welsh Premier League this Saturday, as Cefn Druids and Llandudno FC welcomed Cardiff Metropolitan and Carmarthen Town respectively to North Wales to contest the opening fixtures of their seasons. Read on to find out how both matches went.

Cefn Druids 0-3 Cardiff Metropolitan
The Rock
Cardiff Met Scorer: Chris Baker 13', 35', Eliot Evans 73'

Both of last season's newly promoted outfits did very well in upon their return to WPL level, with Cefn Druids recording a best-ever finish of eighth, and Cardiff Met narrowly losing out in The European Playoff Final to Bangor City. This season they look to match or better those feats, and it was only fitting that they should both get this new season underway by facing each other.

A fierce battle in midfield is what we were treated too, with The Students topping their counterparts in key areas in the first half, particularly in winning second balls and just generally finding their rhythm a lot more comfortably than Druids, as well as making the most of opportunities.

That's not to say the home side weren't without their first-half chances either, as Ashley Ruane and Lewis Buckley both had opportunities for Huw Griffiths' side, but Met stopper Will Fuller and their centre-back Emlyn Lewis were twice on hand with crucial blocks.

Met broke the deadlock after 13 minutes through Chris Baker, who popped up on the edge of the box to send a low drive past Michael Jones to make it 1-0. The Ancients stayed in the game and looked to battle back, but Baker scored again from an almost identical situation to make it 2-0, before debutant Dylan Rees' low cross/shot fizzed past Jones' far post seconds before the break.

Griffiths cut a frustrated figure at halftime, as his side had mustered up six shots to Met's three, yet it was The Students who led by two goals to nil at the break.

Ruane capitalised on a defensive mixup by The Students early in the second half to find himself one-on-one with Fuller, but the Cardiff keeper had quicker wits and smothered the effort. Druids threw absolutely everything at Met and, aside from the finishing touches, they were very strong in the second half, however Cardiff still looked dangerous and scored a third through a beautiful Eliot Evans free-kick.

If that didn't put the game beyond Druids, then Stuart Cook being sent off for a second bookable offence soon afterwards went some way to doing that, and Met went back to Cyncoed with all three points.

Llandudno FC 3-0 Carmarthen Town
Maesdu Park
Llandudno Scorer: Sam Hart 73', 94', Shaun Cavanagh 87'

Having won three of their four previous meetings with The Old Gold, you could have forgiven The Seasiders for being in somewhat of a confident mood ahead of their fixture this afternoon, and in the first half at least that is how it turned out to be.

Llandudno dominated proceedings in the first 15 minutes, more or less camped in Carmarthen's half as Marc Williams and Ryan J. Edwards caused the visitors plenty of problems, but their probing came to nothing.

From this point onwards Carmarthen grew into the game, but it was still Llandudno creating the chances as Toby Jones in particular was keeping Lee Idzi busy.

Five yellow cards for Carmarthen in the match demonstrated just how physical they were in the clash, but even so Llandudno still couldn't break through, and nor could The Old Gold do much to stop The Seasiders in their efforts.

A handball after 73 minutes gave The Seasiders a penalty, which Sam Hart stepped up to convert and give Alan Morgan's men a 1-0 lead going into the closing stages of the game.

A brief debut for Shaun Cavanagh proved to be very fruitful indeed, as he scored within two minutes of his introduction in the 87th minute, before winning a stoppage time penalty which Sam Hart converted to make it 3-0 and secure a perfect start for The Seasiders to the 2017/18 season.

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