After a month in the hot seat, manager Andrew Wright finally got to see his team play at Lon Bach this afternoon as the Mawddach Challenge Cup tie against Meliden finally got played.
Chances were few and far between in the early stages and both sides were evenly matched with the first chance of note coming from a John Earnshaw free kick midway through the first half which bounced up in front of Meliden keeper Gary Higham, forcing him to palm over.
Meliden were restricted to long range efforts with Darren Hughes first shooting straight at Amlwch’s Ryan McKean before then firing over minutes later.
With ten minutes of the half remaining, Meliden were awarded a penalty following a foul by Colin Staines but McKean came to the rescue saving Darren Cassidy’s effort with his feet.
Meliden’s Michael Jones came close to opening the scoring late in the opening period but his header went wide of the home goal, leaving the game scoreless at the interval.
Amlwch’s John Earnshaw opened the scoring in spectacular style five minutes after the restart, lifting the ball over Higham from the touchline after spotting the keeper off his line.
Hughes came close to grabbing an instant equaliser when he found himself all alone with the home rearguard appealing for offside only to see McKean tip his effort over. McKean was soon to the rescue once again saving an effort once again with his feet following a goalmouth scramble.
Meliden were now pressuring for an equaliser but the Amlwch rearguard were resolute with players at times throwing everything in front of the ball in defending their lead.
Amlwch were given a glorious attempt to double their lead from an indirect free kick awarded after Higham was adjudged to have picked up a back pass but the keeper redeemed himself saving Chris Byast’s resulting effort at goal.
With ten minutes remaining Meliden’s task got harder when captain James Harper was dismissed for a second bookable offence and with the game going into injury time substitute Gareth Hughes looked to have sealed a first victory of Andrew Wright’s campaign when he slotted home to make the score 2-0.
With victory now surely secured Hughes almost scored another a minute later and with still no sign of the final whistle there was still time for another goal with Meliden substitute Jack McDougall giving the visitors a flicker of home but it was too little to late as the Blues hung on to secure a home tie in the next round against Kinmel Bay Sports with a Quarter-Final tie at home against Penrhyndeudraeth awaiting the winners.