WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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JONATHAN Hood was the hero as Port Talbot suffered goalkeeper woes at Newtown which could leave manager Andy Dyer short-handed for Friday night's Welsh Cup clash with Cambrian & Clydach.

First choice stopper Steve Cann went-off injured in the 24th-minute to be replaced by deputy Conah McFenton, who was then sent-off 13 minutes later for bringing down Jason Oswell.

The visitors led thanks to a 25th-minute goal from Jonathan Hood, who tapped home after Martin Rose had hit the woodwork, and then took over the gloves after McFenton's dismissal, but was unable to save the resulting Sean Evans penalty.

Hood was adjudged to have transgressed when bringing down Evans, but redeemed himself to save from the spot late in the game to secure a 1-1 draw, and the hosts were then also reduced to 10-men when Mark Griffiths was sent-off for elbowing Talbot full back Matthew Long.

Llandudno cemented second place with a 1-0 win over Gap Connah's Quay, a first defeat for new management duo Andy Morrison and Jay Catton.

Leo Riley, who scored his first Welsh Premier goal against Bala a week ago, was again the Seasiders' hero with the only goal of the game on 76 minutes.

Haverfordwest County and Rhyl remain in the drop zone after sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the New Bridge Meadow.

Luke Borrelli fired the Bluebirds into an early lead from the penalty spot, but Wrexham loanee Connor Bell secured a point for the Lilywhites with his seventh league goal of the season, getting the final touch to a free-kick on the half hour. 

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23 September 2017

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