Barry 6-0 Porthcawl
Jenner Park, Barry / JD Welsh Cup / Saturday 14 October 2023
Barry cruised to a place in Round Three of the JD Welsh Cup with a flurry of second half goals, sealing a 6-0 win over Porthcawl Town Athletic at Jenner Park.
After the expected domination in the opening half, Michael George’s 26th minute opener was long overdue but Town continued to be mostly frustrated by a resolute defence by the Seasiders.
An overlapping run combined with a pinpoint Ollie Hulbert pass allowed for the Town wing-back to fire his effort into the upright of the netting at Andrew Fisher’s near post.
Jordan Cotterill doubled the Town lead on 58 minutes when a silky through ball from substitute Troy Greening allowed Cotterill his first goal of the season with a composed one-on-one finish.
In similar fashion to Cotterill, Hulbert got in on the action when he penetrated a gaping hole in the backline, slotting past Fisher just past the hour mark.
It didn’t take long for Callum Huggins to leave his mark on the second half. A Harrison Bright cross from the left hand side was nodded in from close range by the 18-year-old for his second goal from the bench in as many matches.
Kayne McLaggon made it 5-0 in quick succession, with the captain following similar suite to earlier goals, Cotterill feeding a through ball for the captain to become the fifth name on the scoresheet.
McLaggon secured a brace late on with Cotterill recording a hat-trick of assists, squaring a simple ball to the Barry striker to rub further salt into the Porthcawl wound.
With a league fixture against Pontypridd United just three days after the Welsh Cup Second Round, the Town opted to force a guaranteed place in Round Three of the draw with an imbalance of quality against a midtable, fourth tier Porthcawl Town side.
An array of chances came for the hosts in the first half, Rhys Davies set the intentions within the first minute when he found his way into the Porthcawl box before firing over.
A rare chance came for the visitors after 42 minutes with Evan Press disputing a foul, Jonah Lewis and Jordan Marks were able to link up on the edge of the Barry box before the latter failed to trouble Luc Rees with the effort.
The Town were prolific in the second half with substitutes impressing and total professionalism of a Cymru Premier outfit being shown when everything they touched turned to gold for a five-goal second half.
Barry Town United: Rees, Press, Sainty (Bright 51’), Blythe, George, Davies (Huggins 67’), Patten, Tomlinson (Greening 57’), Cotterill, McLaggon (c), Hulbert (Sylvester 67’).
Subs not used: Tucker.
Porthcawl Town Athletic: Fisher, Greenwood, Best, Budd (Jones 70’), Emery (c), McCarthy, Rayner, Hoven (Joyce 45’), Lewis, Marks, Edwards (Thomas 45’).
Subs not used: Amos, Adams.
Goals: George 26’, Cotterill 58’, Hulbert 65’, Huggins 69’, McLaggon 73’, 87′.