Llanidloes Town 1 Monmouth Town 2

SAVED: A penalty in the fifth minute was well saved by Keiron Blackburn.

SAVED: A penalty in the fifth minute was well saved by Keiron Blackburn.

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Welsh Cup 3rd round - GOALS from Elliot Evans and Dan MacDonald secured Monmouth’s passage to the last 16 for the first time in their 137-year history in a tight game at Victoria Park.

The Kingfishers, Gwent’s only survivors and one of only three South Wales teams left in the one of world football’s oldest competitions, will meet Porthmadog in the fourth round at the Sportsground on February 1.

Town got off to an awful start, conceding a penalty in the fifth minute, which was well saved by Keiron Blackburn, before Ben Evans put through his own goal trying to cut out a searching cross.

Town, though, had already shown they were more than a match for Llanidloes, granted home advantage because of Monmouth’s rugby ground share.

Although the Kingfishers were without the suspended Elliot Ford, Evans, Harrhy and MacDonald were combining well, and Evans netted in the 26th minute.

Ten minutes later MacDonald put the Kingfishers in front, and Town were then in the driving seat although they didn’t look entirely at ease. MacDonald, Harrhy and Evans were playing havoc when they could and maybe should have put the game out of sight far earlier.

Manager and former Wales player Steve Jenkins said: “I thought we dominated without really controlling, but we played very well.”

This Saturday third-placed Town, sponsored by WyeMedia and Raduni Restaurant, are home to leaders Taffs Well (2pm). In the evening they celebrate with a Stars In Their Eyes night and invite all to join them for karaoke and fun. Entry is free.

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