Kelleher double in crucial win

Tim ChannonFirst Team

Jack Kelleher scored twice on his debut

Jack Kelleher scored twice on his debut

THE Seagulls held on in a tense final few minutes to bag three precious points with a 3-2 away victory at bottom three rivals Stamford.

 A game of contrasting halves due to the strong wind, Colwyn Bay led 2-0 at half-time with two well taken goals from loan signing Jack Kelleher, and added a third through new left back signing Liam Gibson early in the second half.
 But Stamford pulled two goals in the last 15 minutes to make it a nervous  finale before the Bay got over the line.
  Kelleher had an excellent debut up front, particularly in the first half when he ran onto a Carl Rodgers pass to beat home keeper Paul Baston on 29 minutes and five minutes before half-time Kelleher capitalised on a poor defensive header to score again from just inside the box.
   Seven minutes into the second half Colwyn Bay moved  the ball nicely from the back down the left and Liam Gibson scored the third goal with a low angled drive.
 With the wind behind them in the second half, Stamford made a couple of forward substitutions and gradually began to pile on the pressure, missing two or three good chances before defender Paul Malone pulled a goal on 75 minutes with a looping header from a corner.
 That sparked more home pressure with Tom McGowan headed a second goal via the post with eight minutes left, but Colwyn Bay held on for a very welcome win.
 They move back above Stamford , go level on points with Marne and stay within three points of Whitby Town.
 Assistant manager Peter Cumiskey said afterwards: “The wind made it difficult second half, but I thought we battled superbly today and in the end 3-2 flattered them (Stamford) because I thought we looked threatening every time we attacked and should have won by more.
  “Even at 3-0 up we had chances to score a fourth or fifth, but once we conceded one we started to drop too deep with a lot of young lads in there, but they stood up to it to take the three points.
 “It was only in the last 10 or 15 minutes it became a right battle. Once they got a goal back to get their tails up it was always going to be that way, but overall I thought our performance was very promising.
 “We are gradually getting our team together, with competition for places, and I think we should have a strong finish to the season now.
  “Jack Kelleher looks a really good signing and Liam Gibson also did well. They took their goals really well and, and I thought the football we played for Liam’s goal, from the back and against the wind, was first class.”
 Colwyn Bay: Connor Hunt, Conner Roberts-Nurse, Liam Gibson, Jordan Fagbola, Carl Rodgers (c), Antonie Boland, Josh Sumner (Yoann Tsamas 69 mins), Bradley Bauress, Jack Kelleher (Joe Williams 90 mins), Carl Lamb (Luke Denson 77mins), Jordan Harper. Subs not used: Kieran Wolland, Shaun Dowling.
Attendance: 385.
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THE Reserves also won, 1-0 against Llanrug, to stay top of the table.
 Sean Sheridan got the only goal of a game, that was spoilt by the strong wind, after Ste O’Neill had to go to hospital for stitches to a cut above his eye following a clash of heads in the first half.