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Michael Parker scores The Nomads fifth of the day © NCM Media
Llanelli Town AFC0-7The Nomads


Llanelli Town AFC


The Nomads


JD Welsh Premier League
12.08.18 | 2:30pm

Attendance: 323
Michael Wilde heads home to score The Nomads' first goal of the 2018/19 campaign © NCM Media
Llanelli Town AFC0-7The Nomads


Llanelli Town AFC


The Nomads


JD Welsh Premier League
12.08.18 | 2:30pm

Attendance: 323
Michael Bakare rises to score the first of his brace on the day © NCM Media
Llanelli Town AFC0-7The Nomads


Llanelli Town AFC


The Nomads


JD Welsh Premier League
12.08.18 | 2:30pm

Attendance: 323
Declan Poole makes it 3-0 before half time © NCM Media
Llanelli Town AFC0-7The Nomads


Llanelli Town AFC


The Nomads


JD Welsh Premier League
12.08.18 | 2:30pm

Attendance: 323
Ryan Wignall gives The Nomads a four goal advantage in the second half © NCM Media
Llanelli Town AFC0-7The Nomads


Llanelli Town AFC


The Nomads


JD Welsh Premier League
12.08.18 | 2:30pm

Attendance: 323

NOMADS PUT SEVEN PAST LLANELLI IN SEASON OPENER

Report by Will Catterall

Connah’s Quay Nomads got off to a flying start in the JD Welsh Premier League 2018/19 on Sunday afternoon, defeating Llanelli by seven goals to nil.

The game was highly anticipated as the start of The Nomads’ domestic season, despite the side having played for much of July due to involvement in the Europa League qualifying round one.

It was likewise a big occasion for Llanelli as they made their return to the top flight after a five year absence.  The Nomads returned to Stebonheath Park for the first time since February 2013, when they won 1-0 in a league game.

Andy Morrison started a side including new signings Michael Parker, Danny Holmes and Laurence Wilson, who all made their JD Welsh Premier debuts with the club.

Llanelli manager Andy Hill started forwards Jordan Follows, James Loveridge and captain Joe Clark.

The Nomads’ attacking prowess was shown just two minutes into proceedings, when after a free kick from Loveridge hit the wall, Wignall broke into the Llanelli area to cause issues for the home side - his work led to Danny Holmes receiving the ball on the right wing, but his cross just evaded Wilde in the area.

Wilde soon corrected this in the sixth minute, rising highest in the Llanelli area to head in off the crossbar from a Michael Bakare cross.

Bakare then got in on the action himself, with help from trickery via Wignall who cut into the Llanelli area from the left before crossing from the right, allowing Bakare to head home from close range.

Although The Nomads were in a commanding lead and looked dangerous on each attack, Llanelli did have chances, with Laurence Wilson making a vital clearance on 19 minutes, near John Danby’s left post, he cleared the ball to deny Follows having a clear effort on goal from seven yards.

In the 24th minute, Declan Poole got himself on the scoresheet.  After a Bakare cross fell to him in the area, he sent a powerful effort in from the edge of the box with the shot taking a deflection off a defender on the way in.

The Nomads’ fourth wasn’t to come until the second half, but they did have chances to extend their lead earlier with Bakare breaking through on goal only for play to be stopped for an injury.

In the 42nd minute Michael Bakare nearly found Wignall unchallenged in the Llanelli area, but keeper Oliver Davies came off his line to sweep the ball from The Nomads’ winger just in time.

The second half saw The Nomads continue their dominance to seal one of their highest ever victories in the JD Welsh Premier League.

After Rob Hughes came off for Nathan Woolfe, The Nomads persisted in front of the Reds’ goal and made it 4-0 on 57 minutes.

From a Laurence Wilson cross, Wignall drove an effort towards the bottom right of the goal with his effort taking a touch off an unfortunate defender.

It took just five minutes for Nomads to get their fifth, following the substitution of Michael Wilde who came off for Andy Owens.

Owens played a big part in making it 5-0, using his strength and height to cause confusion in the Llanelli area from a Wignall cross, with Michael Parker striking from point-blanc to open his Nomads account.

On 65 minutes, a rare-headed brace from Bakare saw the scoreline rise to 6-0.  After Wignall went to byline and crossed, he connected with the ball perfectly, with Nomads’ offensive play showing no signs of letting up with 25 minutes to play.

This was personified when centre back and captain George Horan departed, with skilled midfielder Jay Owen replacing him in The Nomads’ third and final substitution.

For the final 15 minutes of the game, Andy Owens was leading the line and looking to add to The Nomads’ tally.

He went agonisingly close on 75 minutes, winning an aerial challenge with 'keeper Davies who was off his line, but a defender to his right made a vital challenge to deny him.

After both Michael Bakare and Declan Poole were found offside, it looked like The Nomads’ luck had ran out for the day, but in the last kick of the game on 92 minutes, Laurence Wilson made it 7-0 with a well taken strike from 12 yards out.

The result made history as Nomads’ biggest ever win under Andy Morrison, and goes down as one of their highest-scoring victories having beaten Afan Lido 8-1 in 2014, and Cemaes Bay 10-0 in 1998.

The Nomads now move onto a significant clash against league champions and rivals The New Saints FC next Sunday 19 August, for a 4pm kick off at Deeside.



MATCH STATISTICS

Starting XI
John Danby
Danny Holmes
George Horan George Horan was booked George Horan was subbed off
John Disney
Laurence Wilson Laurence Wilson scored 1 goals
Michael Parker Michael Parker scored 1 goals
Ryan Wignall Ryan Wignall scored 1 goals
Declan Poole Declan Poole scored 1 goals
Rob Hughes Rob Hughes was booked Rob Hughes was subbed off
Michael Bakare Michael Bakare scored 2 goals
Michael Wilde Michael Wilde scored 1 goals Michael Wilde was subbed off

Subs
Eric Green
Jonny Spittle
Andy Owens Andy Owens was subbed on
Nathan Woolfe Nathan Woolfe was subbed on
Jay Owen Jay Owen was subbed on
Noah Edwards


The Nomads' Goalscorers

Michael Bakare
(2)Laurence Wilson
Michael Parker
Ryan Wignall
Declan Poole
Michael Wilde

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

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