Penrhyn's spot kick heart ache in cup thriller


Jonny Drury

PENRHYNCOCH suffered last minute heartbreak in the third round of the JD Welsh Cup after a controversial last minute penalty gave Cwmbran Celtic a fourth round spot.

The South Wales visitors raced into a 2-0 lead inside 25 minutes through Andrew Larcombe and Rhys Williams, however Penrhyn hit back to level the tie through Jon Evans and Elwyn Edwards.

And with the tie seemingly going to extra time, the referee judged that a foul had been made in the box, and Lee Challanger fired his side into the next round.

However the drama didn’t stop there, as Jon Foligno was booked, despite players insisting Dylan James made the foul.

Boss Gari Lewis described the defeat as “gut wrenching” for him and the players.

He said: “It was a very soft penalty, he has just put an arm across and the referee has pointed to the spot.

“The referee has been given a buzz from the linesman, but they have got the wrong player, and it has left a sour taste.

“It was a gut wrenching defeat to take, but that is football and you have to get on with it.”

The Roosters had already claimed the scalp of Newtown in theWord Cup this season, and Lewis has expressed his pride following the last gasp defeat.

“My lads have been superb all season, and on Saturday we were great, got back from 2-0 and had chances to win it.

“It should have gone to extra time, but that has gone now and we move onto the next game.”

Penrhyncoch travel to Llandrindod Wells on Saturday looking to re-claim top spot in the Spar Mid Wales Division One.

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