After another brilliant 7 days of sport in North Wales, NorthWales.com looks at some of the highlights from all across the region in our very first edition of a sports section for the site!

From Chris Coleman to Elfyn Evans, we’ve tried to cover the biggest news stories in North Wales below. 

Football

WalesAn arbitrary result by all definitions, the national team’s draw with Finland over the weekend still left Chris Coleman with a sour taste in his mouth.

Wales slipped up in injury time to allow Riku Riski to put the Finnish level after Andy King netted his first international goal in three years to put Wales ahead.

“I thought we should have won, but the draw seems more like a defeat because of the manner in which they scored,” said Coleman at the end of the friendly match. Although not the result he was looking for from his squad, the performance will hearten supporters who may not have had much to cheer about of late.

In the lower leagues, Wrexham enjoyed a thumping of Conference National side Dartford by a four-goal margin.

With the home side grabbing the early initiative, Wrexham bounced back by netting four times in 20 minutes after a salvo of efforts before Johnny Hunt wrapped it all up in the dying minutes to give The Dragons an impressive 5-1 victory.

Elsewhere, Colwyn Bay slumped to a 2-0 defeat at home to Altrincham in the FA Trophy to dump them out of the competition which continues the team’s patchy run of form of late.

Rugby

Wales RugbyA comfortable victory over the weekend for the national side as they cruised to a 40-6 victory over a middling Argentina team that never really got going.

Gethin Jenkins’ 100th cap was capped off in style as tries from Phillips, North, Faletau and Owen sealed off a comfortable victory for Warren Gatland’s side after two penalties were scored by Sanchez of Argentina to set off some early jitters.

Locally, Menai Bridge stormed to 33-14 win over Bangor on Thursday in a floodlit match that had all the trimmings of a local derby.

Welsh Rally GB

Elfyn EvansIt would be hard to compile the best stories from the region about sport without referring to the mammoth success of the recent Welsh Rally GB.

Sebastoian Ogier clinched the title although it was a foregone conclusion before his engine had even started revving. His impressive and unassailable lead meant that the pack opened up to claim some glory and so it proved when local driver Elfyn Evans cruised into pole position on the day for WRC2 on stage 22 – a commendable achievement for the young man from Dolgellau.

 

Check back this time next week for more news from sport in North Wales!

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