Friday, April 29, 2011

Colwyn Bay victory secures play-off final against FC United of Manchester

 Source: Wales Online

 Colwyn Bay 2 North Ferriby 0

 TWO first-half goals gave Colwyn Bay victory over North Ferriby in front of a crowd of 861 last night and secured their place in next Monday’s play-off final against FC United of Manchester.

The final, at Llanelian Road, will be all-ticket, with tickets going on sale at ground from 3pm today.

It looks set to be a tremendous occasion with FC United certain to bring a huge following after they beat Bradford Park Avenue in last night’s other semi-final.

The only downside for the Seagulls last night were injuries to John Newby and their star attacker Jimmy McCarthy.

Both had to be withdrawn at half-time with head injuries and they could struggle to be fit by Monday.

Bay made a great start to the game and were a goal up after just nine minutes.

A long throw into the area by Jimmy McCarthy was played back by Danny Meadowcroft for Rob Hopley to volley a right footed shot into the corner of the net from the edge of the area.

Bay got a second goal two minutes into added time at the end of the first half.

McCarthy cut inside his fullback and although his shot was blocked, he followed up to score with a brave header as he was clattered by keeper Adam Nicklin and a defender.

The closing minutes of the game saw North Ferriby camped in Colwyn half, but, apart from beating away a shot from Gary Bradshaw, home keeper Sanna did not have a save to make as Bay ran down the clock.