WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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A 36-year-old who had not played a game for 18 months was the fairtytale hero as Caernarfon dumped Rhyl, one of his former clubs, out of the Welsh Cup at The Oval.

With six first team regulars sidelined, Carl Owen was an emergency signing for Canaries' boss Iwan Williams along with ex-Wrexham skipper Lee Fowler.

After the signing, Williams said: "Carl will be available for the Welsh Cup match, he has a wealth of experience and having kept himself in great shape I know he'll be another great addition to the squad."

And Owen duly obliged, coming off the bench to snatch a dramatic late extra-time winner with his only opportunity of the game, latching-on to a Darren Thomas pass before despatching a low strike that squeezed into the bottom corner to send the home fans wild.

After joining Bangor City from Glantraeth in the summer of 2000, Owen found his Welsh Premier opportunities limited and moved to Porthmadog, where he was top scorer for three consecutive seasons and won Welsh semi-professional honours, scoring in the victory over England in the summer of 2004.

Voted player of the season at The Traeth in season 2007/8, he transferred to Rhyl in July 2008. But his first team opportunities were few at Belle Vue and he moved to Airbus in June 2009, notching 15 goals from a WPL total of 64 from 174 (+39) games.

He then returned to Porthmadog in February 2011 and joined Caernarfon in 2014.

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30 March 2017

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