Sgorio’s Welsh Premier League 5-a-side team of the week.
John Danby (gap Connah’s Quay)
John Danby kept a clean sheet against The New Saints for the second time in two weeks. The Nomads’ side were well organized and Danby was on his toes to deny the champions with a couple of decent stops. TNS did have the ball in the net twice but were denied by the offside flag which meant that gap Connah’s Quay left Park Hall with a valuable point.
Matty Owen (Newtown)
Matty Owen was named in the ‘WPL Phase One Team’ last week and the midfielder was on the score-sheet at Maes Tegid on Friday night. His flukey cross somehow found the back of the net to claim a vital point away from home.
Michael Pearson (Airbus UK)
Michael Pearson returned into the Airbus defence after a three month spell on the sidelines due to an injury. The Pearson-Kearney partnership was reunited for the first time since October 2014 and they would’ve kept a clean sheet if the referee had not adjuged that Lee Thomas’ disputable goal was to stand. Pearson had a part to play in Airbus’ goal as he blocked the keeper from getting to Jordan Barrow’s corner that crept in at the near post.
Lee Hunt (Bala Town)
It was a great battle between Lee Hunt and Dave Jones on Friday night as the Newtown keeper produced a handful of brilliant stops to deny the Bala striker. Hunt combined well with Dave Thompson and Bala could’ve won comfortably would it not have been for the keeper’s impressive performance. But Jones did have one blip, when his scuffed goal kick fell straight to Hunt who was through on goal, but was brought down by debut defender Rob Williams who saw the red card for his foul. Late into added time and after 93 minutes of determination and perseverance, Lee Hunt got his deserved goal to nick a last minute equaliser.
Steve Lewis (Bangor City)
Star of the weekend, without a shadow of a doubt was the Beast, Steve Lewis. The Citizens’ January signing scored Bangor’s first WPL hat-trick since September 2012 (Chris Simm v Airbus) to secure a late and emphatic win against their fierce rivals, and Lewis’ ex-club, Rhyl. His third goal was proof that the big forward can produce moments of brilliance as he lofted the keeper elegantly from 30 yards. It’s a pleasure to watch a player that wears his heart on his sleeve and his passionate celebrations as well as Neville Powell’s unfortunate slip was the perfect ending to probably the best game of the WPL season so far.
On this day in 1961 one of the legends of Welsh football - Ian Rush - was born.