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GAP Connah's Quay

CPD Porthmadog v
GAP Connah's Quay

Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 27 Dec 2008
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Attendance: 213

Referee: Andy Harms

Magical Marc part of 11-goal holiday footiefest

SCORING ace Marc Lloyd Williams featured in the climax of an amazing 11-goal holiday spectacular, when he hit Porthmadog's winner five minutes into stoppage time. Chasing a ball over the top, the veteran marksman shrugged off tackles from two Connah's Quay defenders to fire past Wales' under-19 goalkeeper Chris Maxwell.

Williams enjoyed a little bit of luck, it must be said, because his first attempt was blocked and the ricochet gave him a second chance, which he buried from 10 yards. It was also Lloyd Williams' second late goal because he had scored, in fairly similar fashion, on 87 minutes, after pursuing a ball over Nomads' back division.

Porthmadog, who had been seeking their first win in this particular fixture for 12 years, had feared the worst again when trailing 1-5 up to 20 minutes from the end. Steve O'Shaughnessy's Nomads, from Deeside, had looked likely winners virtually throughout after setting a 2-0 lead inside the opening quarter of an hour or so and then going 3-1 up by half time.

When Quay added two more goals in the second spell, it looked all over, but soon afterwards they had left-back Phil Doran shown a red card for an outburst of language to referee Andy Harms.

Quay's promising start produced a Liam Loughlin strike after four minutes and a follow-up by Craig Jones after 17, before the home side's Gareth Parry supplied a close-range reply from a 21st-minute corner. Nomads looked like running away with the points when Peter Doran provided their next goal on the half-hour, Craig Jones also found the target on 58 minutes, and sub Mike Cronshaw headed in from close range on 70.

Porthmadog's sensational revival began when Rhys Roberts converted Mike Foster's corner from the right on 71 minutes and then Foster himself delivered from the spot after 77. With the fans on tiptoes in the closing stages, sub John Rowley netted on 81 minutes, Lloyd Williams enjoyed the equaliser on 87 and, in the stoppage-time drama, provided the story-book finish on 95.