THE Seagulls came from behind to secure a League and Cup double as they beat Porthmadog 3-1 in the Northern Final of the Welsh Blood Service League Cup at Bala.

They now play Barry Town United in the All-Wales final at Newtown next Saturday (April 29, 5:30pm kick-off).

The Bay, who were missing a number of players and had to replace Lewis Sirrell after the warm-up, dominated from the start, with Porthmadog keeper Morgan Jones saving a Sam Hart shot and Tom Creamer shooting just wide.

It was Porthmadog, however, who took the lead against the run of play as Meilir Williams rounded Jack Crichton to slide the ball home on 23 minutes.

The lead lasted only a minute before Matty Hill equalised with a header from Cai Owen’s great cross.

Morgan Jones then made a fine save from Joe Williams, held onto a Cai Owen shot, and dived full-length to turn a Matty Hill shot round the post to keep Porthmadog on level terms at half-time.

Alex Boss headed a Porthmadog chance over the bar early in the second half, but Bay continued to dominate with Tom Creamer shooting just wide and Cai Owen having a shot saved before they took the lead on 62 minutes.

Sam Hart saw his shot saved by the keeper, but Sam Downey fired home from the rebound to make it 2-1 on 62 minutes.

Bay then wrapped up victory ten minutes later when they were awarded a penalty for a trip on substitute Jamie Cumming and Craig Lindfield scored from the spot.

Jack Crichton had to make a good save to turn a Tom Mahoney free kick for a corner, from which Cai Jones headed over the bar, but Bay, with youngsters Joel Giblin and Will McKinley coming on off the bench, saw out the remaining minutes to lift their second trophy in eight days.

“I thought we were very good today. I thought we controlled the game from start to finish. We had a lapse of concentration and scored – Jack should have probably come out and taken control but he didn’t,” manager Steve Evans said.

“But we didn’t let it affect us and went straight up the other end and scored a great goal to get us back in the game. And then we controlled it, I thought we played some really good football.

“The pleasing thing for me was every time we lost it we won it straight back – the work ethic of the players has been phenomenal throughout the season.

“A great occasion for Bala, a great occasion for Porthmadog and a great occasion for Colwyn Bay. We were lucky to come out on top and win another trophy and it feels good.”

COLWYN BAY: Jack Crichton, Cai Owen (Jamie Cumming 70), Joe Williams, Sam Downey (c), Matty Hill (Joel Giblin 84), Craig Linfield, Guto Williams, Sam Hart, Kristian Platt, Alex Downes, Tom Creamer (Will McKinley 90). Subs not used: Sion Davies and Keiran Jones.

Attendance: 876

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Craig Lindfield celebrates after scoring Bay’s match-clinching third goal from the penalty spot. Photo by Sam Eaden/FAW