Venables lifts the Welsh Cup as Bala prevail

Reporter:

Gavin Grosvenor

CHRIS Venables captained Bala Town to their greatest glory on Sunday, lifting the JD Welsh Cup following a famous fightback against treble chasing TNS.

The 31 year old from Llandinam lifted the famous cup as captain of the Lakesiders.

Greg Draper had given TNS the lead only for substitute Jordan Evans to level.

With time running out a moment of skill from Venables saw him turn in the box and cross for Kieran Smith to head Bala to Welsh Cup glory.

Venables lifted the cup with Llanelli in 2011, scoring in the 4-1 final win over Bangor City while also ending a losing finalist with Aberystwyth Town in 2014 when he netted twice in a 3-2 defeat to TNS.

Venables said: “The club has worked hard to get where it has and it was great to see so many people celebrating our success.

“Having not beaten TNS in something like 30 attempts it was also pleasing that we broke our duck in such an important game with so much at stake.

“It was a good game to be involved in and we showed a lot of character in coming from behind the way we did.”

Venables signed for the Lakesiders at the start of the season having called time on his second spell with Aberystwyth Town where he won the league golden boot in 2014 and 2015.

Venables began his career with Shrewsbury Town before joining  Caersws in 2004, followed by a season each at Welshpool Town and Aberystwyth Town.

Venables would enjoy four seasons at Llanelli before returning to Park Avenue for a second spell in 2012 until his departure for Bala last summer.

“I’ve played in finals before and been fortunate to score in both and win one of them.

“I was very proud to lift the trophy at the end and am looking forward to Europe next season.”

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