South Wales Alliance League side Cardiff Draconians pulled off a JD Welsh Cup shock on Saturday afternoon with a 5-1 win over Welsh League outfit Tredegar Town.
Joey Hooper, Jake Gammond, Liam Williams, Tom McLean and Leighton James scored for the capital city side, who are managed by former Liverpool and Cardiff City midfielder Leyton Maxwell.
There was another shock in Caerphilly as AFC Machen of the Gwent County League Division 2 stunned Welsh League Division 3 side Ely Rangers 4-0. Jake McCarthy, Dan Pavitt (2) and Ieuan Phillips scored for the underdogs.
On paper, the all-Welsh League Division 2 tie between Abergavenny Town and AFC Porth should have been an evenly contested match, but the North-Gwent side eased to a 7-0 win, with Dan Jenkins and Sean Feeley both netting hat-tricks and Jac Evans also scoring.
The capital-City derbies went with form as Bridgend Street beat Llanrumney 7-0. Captain Paul Fowler who won the Welsh Cup 10 years ago whilst playing for Carmarthen Town led by example scoring a brace. Also on target with two goals was substitute Jordan Franklin while Jeff White, Mike Murphy and Jason Martin completed the scoring in a comfortable afternoon for the Street.
Less than three miles across the City at Canal Park, AFC Butetown of the South Wales Alliance League were beaten 5-3 at home to Welsh League outfit STM Sports with Curtis Scotto (3), captain Dale Gardner and Joel Quini scoring for the St. Mellons-based side.
Talk about an upset! We suffer a heavy 5-1 defeat to @CDraconians that sees us knocked out of the Welsh Cup!— Tredegar Town FC (@TredegarTownFC) September 9, 2017
Joel Woodington scored a hat-trick for Pontyclun who beat Caerau 6-2 in the Llynfi valley. James Williams (2) and Jarrad Hill also scored for the Welsh League side.
In the west, Ammanford beat Merthyr Saints 5-2 with Gavin Jones and Craig Frater both scoring twice, to add to a Matthew Fisher strike. Chris Davies and Ryan Martin scored for the Saints.
In central Wales, Spar Mid Wales Division 1 leaders Llanidloes Town beat Barmouth & Dyffryn 3-0. Drew Reynolds – the son of Colin who played for Aberystwyth Town in the 2008/09 Final - scored the opener, before he was sent off. Rhys D Evans who claimed a JD Welsh Cup Player of the Round last season added the second and a penalty from Steve Jones in the second half concluded matters.
There was a shock in Mid Wales as Spar Mid Wales Division 2 outfit Abermule upset Division 1 Borth Utd 3-2, thanks to a brace from Barry Bellis and one from Tommy Jones. Lee Jones and Dan Hopton scored for the Crows.
Liam Sklenar scored the only goal of the game as Lex Glyndwr beat Hawarden Rangers in a tense all-Welsh National League Premier Division clash. In another battle between two clubs in that League, Corwen grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat against FC Nomads of Connah’s Quay.
The Deesiders led through a Kerion Moore goal (47’), before a dramatic injury time equaliser from Scott Evans sent the tie into extra time. Veteran Tommy Mutton and James Evans both scored in the additional period to seal Corwen’s place in Round 1.
Llay Welfare have progressed courtesy of a 3-1 win at Penycae FC in a Wrexham-area derby. Alistair Campbell scored twice in the first eleven minutes for the Welfare, before Austen Owens pulled one back on 16 minutes. The two-goal advantage was restored when Luke Kahil netted on 29 minutes, but despite the early flourish of goals in the opening third, there were no more in the subsequent hour.
FAW Trophy holders Chirk AAA progressed with a 1-0 win at Llanuwchllyn, with Louie Middlehurst scoring for the Colliers.
Llanrug Utd enjoyed a comfortable passage into Round 1, with a 5-1 triumph over Llandyrnog. Luke Phillips and Alan Mark Owen both scored twice, with the log-serving David Noel Williams also scoring. Alex Webster’s second-half strike was consolation for the visitors.
In a remarkable game on Anglesey, Gaerwen beat Pwllheli by the odd goal in eleven! Dylan Williams scored four goals for the hosts.
On Friday evening, Rhayader Town beat Brecon Northcote 3-2 courtesy of a Mike Fowlie hattrick, whilst Adam Renshaw and Callum Freeman both scored a brace as Mold Alex beat Acton 5-0.
The draw for Round 1 of the JD Welsh Cup will be shown exclusively live on the FA Wales Facebook page on Monday (11 September) lunchtime.