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Cwmbran Celtic ended Penydarren’s 11 match winning run in 3 cup competitions this season with a 3-2 win in a pulsating cup-tie which was reversed to The Bont after twice being postponed at Celtic Park.

Celtic’s win was fashioned by a scintillating opening quarter on the 4G surface which was the finest spell of football I have seen from Celtic in 16 years of reporting in the Welsh/Cymru Leagues.
The win was founded on a masterstroke by manager James Kinsella who moved inspirational captain Andrew Larcombe into midfield. Larcs responded by scoring twice, the first on 10 minutes from a speculative 40 yard daisy cutter, and the second on 12 minutes with a flick on header from Isaac Powell’s free kick. Then on 16 minutes Tyler Broom fed Dominic Connor who put Celtic 3-up.
Penydarren hardly had a kick in this first quarter but later in the half they thought they had pulled a goal back but Caffell’s effort was ruled out for offside.
Despite the 3-goal deficit there was no way Penydarren were going to succumb without a fight and they predictably came out for the 2nd half with all guns blazing. They were rewarded on 58 minutes when a spectacular long range bullet of a shot by Alex Long zoomed over Lewis Watkins’s head before he had chance to react. Spurred on by the home crowd, Penydarren bombarded the Celtic defence with a wave of attacks but Celtic doggedly held out until the 85th minute when 16-year-old substitute George Kabzal lashed the ball home from close range. The hosts forced a succession of corners in the closing minutes but Celtic rode the storm to complete a magnificent victory to earn a home quarter final against current league champions and cup holders The New Saints.


Date Time League Season Full Time
January 25, 2023 7:30 pm FAW Welsh Cup 2022-23 0'


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Cwmbran Celtic303Win
Penydarren BGC022Loss

Cwmbran Celtic

5Jordan Meaney Defender
3Dominic Connor Midfielder 16'
4Andrew Larcombe Defender 10', 12'
8Alex McDowell 16 Defender
7Isaac Powell 18 Midfielder
9Lewis Iles Forward
10Tom Meechan Forward
1Lewis Watkins Goalkeeper
6Josh Rippon Defender
18Adrian Maquire 7 Forward
11Tyler Broom Defender
2Kian Bodenham Defender
16Elliott Jones 8 Midfielder
15Harrison Lewis Defender
12Sam Powell Defender