FAW Trophy exit – but grounds for optimism

Action from Friday night’s game
(Photo: Stuart Townsend)

Presteigne St Andrews FC are out of the FAW Trophy, but not before they gave higher graded Radnor Valley FC a major fright in their derby tie at Llanandras Park on Friday, 16 July.

Both sides had selection issues- Radnor Valley have had problems with Covid-19 while Presteigne had a number of players who were unavailable.

For the first three-quarters of the game things appeared to be running pretty much to form as Radnor Valley opened up a 2-0 lead.

But John Haycox’s side dug deep and Matt Strangwood put them back in the tie when he scored a long-range free kick on 70 minutes.

10 minutes later Presteigne were level when Sam Davies netted after a cross from the left-hand side.

So, 2-2 after the 90 minutes and the rules of the competition dictated it would be straight to penalties.

Those who turned out to watch the tie on Friday evening were to be in for a treat in terms of the shoot out.

The spot kick decider turned into something of a marathon as it threatened to run for longer than Coronation Street.

Both sets of players proved uber-reliable from 12 yards but only one side could come through and it was to be Radnor Valley who progressed after a 13-12 victory in the shoot out.

So, ultimately disappointment for Presteigne St Andrews in this one, but they would surely have taken great heart from their performance and from the way in which they pushed Radnor Valley all the way in this one.