ST ASAPH City Reserves reached the REM Jones Cup third round thanks to a narrow 3-2 victory over Denbigh Development.

The young Saints came out on top after a hugely competitive affair between the derby rivals, with Azz Elliott the star of the show for the home side with a sensational display in front of goal.

A cagey first half in difficult conditions brought little in the way of goalmouth action, but the tie came to life after the break with Elliott notching his first of the afternoon after 51 minutes.

The Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Division One basement dwellers answered back immediately through Owen Evans on 62 minutes, but this joy was fleeting as Elliott pounced for his brace after a period of pressure with 67 gone.

Elliott capped off a supreme performance with his hat-trick to double the Saints’ cushion after 73 minutes, and despite Ash Andrews netting on 80 for a frantic finish the hosts held on for a vital cup triumph.

All-conquering Llanelwy Athletic are also in the hate after sealing an emphatic 6-1 home win over Y Glannau.

A brace from Frankie Hennigan did the majority of the damage, with James Burke, Kevin Rickard, Chris McQuillen and Matty Lewis also on target for the home side during the rout.

Another team celebrating were Betws-y-Coed, who rallied from a goal down to secure a 5-3 success at Penrhyn Bay Dragons.

Tom Williams and Ben Williams were in fantastic form and notched a brace apiece for the visitors, with Scott Kearney hitting a two-goal salvo of his own for the Dragons.