THE Seagulls re-opened a three point lead at the top of the JD Cymru North table with a 4-0 away victory at Holyhead Hotspur – masterminded by a stand-out performance from skipper Tom McCready.
His fine overall performance deserved a goal and he got on the scoresheet by scoring the fourth goal and Bay’s 50th of the league campaign, after earlier hitting the bar with a free kick, while Tom Creamer, Alex Downes and Matty Hill (from a McCready corner) were the other scorers.
Manager Steve Evans also gave 17-year-old Joel Giblin from the Under-19s squad a first taste of first team football with a cameo appearance off the bench late on.
The skipper had already gone close, shooting over the bar from a Dylan Allshorn’s pull back and Craig Lindfield headed a big chance over the bar from six yards, before Bay took the lead on the half hour with Tom Creamer’s deflected shot after a good run and cut back from Alex Downes.
Alex then added the second himself with a superb volley from 10 yards into the corner of the net shortly before half-time.
Tom Creamer put another chance over the bar early in the second half and after the manager made a number a number of changes, substitute Matty Hill was denied by a good save from Holyhead keeper Adam Martin in a one-on-one.
Hill, however, did score on 68 minutes, cleverly clipping the ball in at the near post from Tom McCready’s corner, before McCready capped things off with that fourth goal 11 minutes from time.
Cameron Darling did not have too much to do in the Bay goal, and did not have to make his first real save until the 60th minute low down at the near post, as he kept a third consecutive clean sheet.
Manager Steve Evans commented: “It was a brilliant performance from start to finish. We dominated the game for large spells and on a difficult pitch played some superb one-touch football so I am very pleased.
“We scored some decent goals as well. I think we could have had a couple more in the first half but take nothing away from the lads, they’ve worked hard for that.
“Joel’s been doing really well for the Under-19s and it was a great opportunity for him. He deserved his place on the bench and did really well when he came on.”
See full post match interview on Manager Interview – Holyhead Hotspur vs CPD Bae Colwyn – 11th December 2022 – YouTube
COLWYN BAY: Cameron Darling, Stefan Edwards (Joel Giblin 83), Lewis Sirrell, Sam Downey, Tom McCready (c), Dylan Allshorn (Cai Owen 57), Craig Linfield (Matty Hill 57), Guto Williams , Kristian Platt, Alex Downes (Joe Williams 79), Tom Creamer (Ryan Edwards 57). Sub not used: Ryan Woods.