HOLDERS Henllan have once more won the Summer League’s Evans and Bridson Memorial Shield.

Chris Brown’s side, who defeated Cefn 3-1 in the showpiece final in 2022, repeated the trick with a hard-fought 1-0 triumph versus Llanfair in Rhewl last Friday.

Nedw Clwyd steered home the only goal of the evening late in the first half to seal the seventh Shield success in Henllan’s history.

Hundreds were in attendance for the final as the heavy rain thankfully stayed away.

Henllan went into the tie after defeating league champions Llanrhaeadr and runners-up Cefn in previous rounds, but Llanfair were the better team in the first half.

Huw Price’s determined outfit were a threat from set pieces, with one of these forcing Henllan keeper Leon Gierke into a fine reflex save.

Shaun Davies was a constant threat and his dangerous ball into the box just eluded a team-mate as Llanfair continued to threaten.

However, just minutes before the break, Henllan took the lead.

A free kick from the left was played low into the box and man of the match Clwyd steered the ball in at the near post.

Llanfair had booked their spot in the final courtesy of a 4-1 last-four win over Trefnant.

Elgan Lightfoot gave Llanfair the lead at the break, however Jared Jones hauled Trefnant level after a promising start to the second half.

Trefnant, who also hit the post, looked to be favourites when their opponents were reduced to 10 men with a sending-off.

However, this was the cue for Llanfair to take control of proceedings.

Efforts from Shaun Davies, Meirion Pughe and Harri Tudor sealed their spot in the final.

These matches brought to a conclusion a successful second season back for the Summer League following the Covid-19 pandemic.