Jack’s treble in biggest win of season

Tim ChannonFirst Team

Jack Kelleher scored three times on his return from illness

Jack Kelleher scored three times on his return from illness

THREE goals from Jack Kelleher, including two penalties, earned the Seagulls their biggest win of the season with a 4-1 triumph against Ramsbottom United (April 2).

The striker on loan from Morecambe was returning after missing three games with tonsillitis and only started because Adam Morgan felt his hamstring tighten up during the pre-match warm-up and caretaker bosses Carl Rodgers and Luke Denson made a last minute change to the starting line-up.

But the move paid off with an opening goal after just 44 seconds.

Kelleher was found free on the left and he moved to the edge of the area before beating visiting keeper Grant Shenton inside his near post.

Kelleher then got a second from the penalty spot on 18 minutes after he was tripped as in the area he tried to go past full-back Luke Heron.

The rampant Seagulls then made it 3-0 on 27 minutes with a diving header by Stephen Wilson from a Josh Sumner cross.

Craig Ellison made a fine save to beat out a shot from Cameron Horner, before Ramsbottom got a goal back on 30 minutes when Alex Meaney turned in the box to score with a left foot shot.

The start of the second half was delayed after referee Helen Byrne felt unwell and had to be replaced by assistant Joseph Pettitt, and a stand-in was found to run the line.

The substitute ref then immediately awarded Bay a second penalty for handball from another Sumner cross and Jack Kelleher fired the spot kick into the roof of the net to complete his treble on 48 minutes.

Bay’s performance, after losing Carl Lamb at half-time also with a tight hamstring, fell away after that, but this was their fourth game in eight days and Luke Denson said afterwards that the heavy scheduled had told in the second half.

“Tiredness was a big fact in the second half, but fortunately we had a big enough lead to be able to sit back and defend it.

“It was good to get a win after the disappointment of losing on Thursday after I thought we have played well in the first half of that game to lead at half-time. It keeps us in with a shout, but we just have to take each game as it  comes and see what happens.”

Carl and Luke had former Manchester City and Tranmere keeper Eric Nixon helping them out in the dug out.

Colwyn Bay: Craig Ellison, Shaun Dowling, Luke Denson, Carl Rodgers (c) (Bradley Bauress 71 mins), Jordan Fagbola, Antonie Boland, Josh Sumner, Nathan Quirk, Carl Lamb (Jordan Harper 45 mins), Jack Kelleher, Stephen Wilson. Subs not used: Connor Roberts-Nurse, Ben Cartwright, Adam Morgan.

Attendance: 191

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THE Reserves opened a 13 points lead at the top of their division with a 2-0 win over Llandudno Junction at Llandrillo College.

An Ashley Seddon penalty and Josh Grant got the goals and manager Chris Thompson said: “It was a tough game and the players worked hard. We had a few important players missing but the lads who came in did well and battled to the end.

“The opposition had a few first teamers playing for them, which seems to be a recurring theme with every team that we play now, but another win shows the quality we have. Hopefully some of these players will be knocking on the first team door very soon!”