Borough started well and dominated the first 45 minutes with a host of chances being squandered and which proved costly in the end.
Conwy made a number of changes with Guto Hughes, Darren Gowans and Bren Hogan coming into the starting 11. The game kicked off and straight from kick off a terrible back pass from Iolo Hughes put David Maddock in on goal but he failed to take his chance with keeper Ben Heald coming to the rescue. As Borough settled into the game they got the ball down and played good football, they were rewarded on 14 minutes when Guto Hughes played in Tommy Creamer whose pass released Bren Hogan who delivered a superb ball for Cory Williams to head home. On 17 minutes the hard working Cory Williams created panic in the home defence when he collected the ball and ran at the Albion goal only to drag his shot wide with the keeper to beat. Minutes later another spell of pressure again saw Williams go close, at this stage Borough were bossing the game and causing the home side to defend deep but when they did break through they couldn’t find a way past keeper Aaron Hoyle in the Albion goal.
The 2nd half started and Borough still seemed to be in control of the game with neither keeper being unduly troubled. On 67 minutes Hoyle produced a good save from a Iolo Hughes header and this seemed to lift the home side who where still very much in the game. As the game went into the last 10 minutes the home side threw everything at the Conwy back line and on 81 minutes Joel Lloyd scored a free header when Conwy failed to defend a corner. If that goal was bad enough the winning goal on 89 minutes was even worse when a long throw was allowed to bounce inside the six yard box and Dan Evans reacted quickest to head the ball home and give Albion the win.
After the game we caught up with manager Gareth Thomas who described the second half performance as pathetic: "We have controlled the game for large periods and then switched off twice in the closing stages and conceded 2 poor goals. The lads have everything done for them and were prepared properly but time and time again we keep throwing these poor performances in. I will always back the players as it’s a squad I built and brought together but sometimes they have to look at themselves and they weren’t good enough tonight and have to accept that. We will work hard again on Monday in training and try and put this result behind us and move on. In the game we created enough chances in the first half and the game should have been put to bed, but with only being 1 up they were still in the game and kept going and got the win that no one can argue about. Good luck to them in the next round but we have to be better in our upcoming games".
FT: Llandudno Albion FC (2) v Conwy Borough FC (1).
Updated 20:30 - 5 Aug 2018 by Conwy Admin