PROLIFIC striker Asa Thomas was the star of the show as Holyhead progressed to the JD Welsh Cup second qualifying round with a 5-3 win at Amlwch Town.

The deadly marksman has been in sensational form so far this term and turned in another performance of genuine quality to ensure the Harbourmen booked their place in the hat, with Thomas netting a treble throughout the tie to play a leading role in his side’s success.

Another player to stand out was Ryan Rees, who hit a brace for the visitors either side of half-time to round off their scoring.

A solitary goal from Andrew Papirnky was enough to give Barmough and Dyffryn United a 1-0 victory at Abermule, with Aaron Jones, Daniel Morris and Craig Owen on target for Aberffraw in their 3-1 home triumph over Llandudno Junction.

Two goals from Ceri Roberts was the highlight of Blaenau Ffestiniog Amateurs’ thrilling 5-4 success at a spirited Bro Goronwy side, but there was no such luck for high-flying Gaerwen following their narrow 3-2 defeat at the hands of Llanrwst United.

A tense first half saw United take a narrow advantage into the break when Callum Parry notched the opener on 43 minutes, and the same player was on hand to extend their cushion shortly following the interval when he fired his second of the afternoon from the penalty spot with 47 gone.

The hosts fought back with two goals of their own midway through the half, one coming from Shaun Monument, but Parry had the final say three minutes from time to enable his side to progress.

Pentraeth and Gwalchami bowed out of the competition with road losses at Glan Conwy and Llannefydd, but Nefyn United did manage to progress thanks to a hard-fought win over Llandudno Amateurs.