RADNOR VALLEY proved too strong for local rivals Presteigne St Andrews running out 5-2 victors in an epic Aspidistra Radnorshire Cup first round tie.

The visiting Goats made a strong start as striker Charlie Beaumont saw his sixth minute shot from the edge of the penalty area deflected behind for a corner before Callum Matthews ran on to a through ball 12 minutes later but his effort on target was blocked.

Presteigne St Andrews were playing some nice football in the early stages, on a pitch that had survived an afternoon inspection, and former Knighton Town midfielder Brian White had an effort saved by Adam Jones in the 20th minute after going on a surging run.

Matthews headed wide of goal two minutes later from a free-kick played into the host's penalty area before the Llanandras Park men were finally rewarded for their efforts after 29 minutes when Matthew Tilson headed home from a hanging Henry Shaw cross to the far post.

Matthews saw another header go the wrong side of the woodwork from Ieuan Price's 32nd minute cross on the left before the Goats levelled eight minutes later when Price swept a cross past Jordan Bailey in the home goal from close range.

Presteigne St Andrews looked to respond before the break when Shaw tested Jones with a 25-yard drive but to no avail.

There was a sense of optimism amongst Presteigne St Andrews supporters with the score 1-1 at the interval.

Price struck a 25 yard effort over Bailey's goal 10 minutes after the interval before the home team regained their lead in the 62nd minute when Shaw drove into the Radnor Valley penalty area and beat visiting custodian Jones at his near post to make it 2-1.

Home supporters were now asking whether they could create a cup shock. However, there side was only ahead for eight minutes when former home striker Matthews was played in on goal before guiding the ball past Bailey.

The Goats took the lead within a minute of the restart when the Presteigne St Andrews defence failed to clear a ball into their penalty area and it eventually crossed the line off Ryan Jones from a Liam Jones clearance to give Radnor a 3-2 lead.

Radnor Valley eventually sealed the derby victory courtesy of two Charlie Beaumont goals in the final five minutes