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North East Wales League Premier: Quay Town on course for second place, Corwen lifts title trophy – Grassroots North Wales | Standing up for local sport | Dave Jones Sports Writer

Great goalmouth action from Greenfield against Connah’s Quay Town (orange and black). Photo: MATT JOHNSON

NORTHEAST WALES FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Table until May 18

Remaining fixtures

Tuesday May 21 – Mynydd Isa v Corwen, Penyffordd Lions v FC Queen’s Park

Friday May 24 – Corwen v Penyffordd Lions

Greenfield 1 Connah’s Quay Town 3

Connah’s Quay Town on the attack. Photo: MATT JOHNSON

Three first-half goals earned Town the win, leaving them well-placed to finish second in the Premier League.

Quay have now finished their matches and are six points ahead of third-placed Penyffordd Lions, who have a better goal difference.

Lions can still finish second but must win their final two games against FC Queen’s Park (home – May 21) and champions Corwen (away – May 24).

Connah’s Quay Town rounded off their league campaign at Greenfield on a winning note on Saturday.

Freddie Watts put the visitors ahead after an assist from Kyle Reid after 16 minutes.

Pascal Gomez was then the provider for further goals scored Lewis Harris And Jake Leonard before the break.

Ryan Jones With six minutes to go Greenfield pulled one back from the penalty spot but Town were a worthy winner.

Corwen 0 Mynydd Isa 0

Owen Cordiner is thwarted by Mynydd Isa’s keeper Karl Billingsley in the first half. Photo: GAVIN BILLINGTON

Perhaps not quite the result they were looking for on the night they lifted the Championship trophy, but it was what Corwen did this season that mattered most.

In their first match since being crowned champions of the North East Wales Premier Division, a large crowd turned up at the War Memorial Ground.

Since claiming the point needed for the title in their previous match at Penyffordd Lions, Corwen had also been granted a Tier 3 license by the FAW, meaning they secured promotion to the Ardal Leagues as soon as they asked for it.

Mynydd Isa players and match officials formed a guard of honor for the Corwen players as they took to the field.

In the 15th minute, Henry Evans unleashed a low shot that was saved by visiting goalkeeper Karl Billingsley.

Top scorer Owen Cordiner’s shot was blocked by a defender on its way to goal, slowing the pace and allowing Billingsley to stretch and make the save.

At the break, Isa’s Billingsley had to be substituted in goal, and with no goalkeeper on the bench, Michael Fleetwood swapped center back duties to don the gloves for the second period.

Scott Evans hit one just wide for the hosts, before Robbie Williams hit a great shot, but Fleetwood made a great fingertip save.

Fleetwood did very well to deny Tom Williams before the stand-in was able to catch the ball from a close-range header via the resulting corner.

Three minutes later, Mynydd’s Jay Wiles was on target from a 25-yard free-kick, which went into the air and towards goal, forcing Danny Jones to tap the ball onto the post.

The ball rebounded into the path of a visiting player, who managed to find the back of the net, but his joy was curtailed as the offside flag was raised.

Cordiner threatened twice late on for the home side, but was unlucky.

After the final whistle, the Corwen players were presented with the league trophy by league officials, with captain Scott Evans given the honor of receiving the award.