By Ashley Cox

BARRY Town fans embraced a new Day at the weekend, as summer signing Marcus Day helped his new teammates to a 5-0 Nathaniel MG Cup win over Llanelli at Jenner Park.

The 20-year-old winger, who starred against Barry for Bristol Manor Farm in pre-season, netted twice in the first half hour of Saturday's knock-out tie, setting the tone for what would prove a comfortable afternoon's work against the travelling JD Cymru South side.

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Marcus Day made his mark against Llanelli

Sandwiching Luke Cooper's 19th-minute effort, Day's double helped him clinch the man of the match honours on his competitive Welsh debut, as Barry entered a performance every bit as encouraging as the previous weekend's run-out with Yate Town had been frustrating.

Far from the rusty outfit of a week prior, Barry's first-half sharpness put the game beyond Llanelli by the interval, while mainstay Mike Lewis would impress when called into action either side of the break, the goalkeeper ushering in a fifth season in the Jenner Park nets.

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Day led the way on Saturday 

After Kayne McLaggon made it four on 70 minutes, Day took a deserved round of applause, replaced in a double substitution that saw newcomer Aron Davies make his own Barry bow.

Then, Theo Wharton made it five, firing past goalkeeper Exauce Dimonekene from outside the box to wrap up a successful return to competitive football for Gavin Chesterfield's men.

With his players backed by vocal home support from both stands, long-serving Town manager Chesterfield later tweeted: "513 days without supporters... what a difference. Good performance, decent result, but the best thing about today was it felt normal".

Barry's comprehensive 5-0 victory was the biggest of the entire Second Round, a stage that saw eight of the twelve JD Cymru Premier entrants advance to the ensuing round of sixteen.

In the two all-top flight affairs, Aberystwyth Town edged past Penybont, 5-4 on penalties, following their 1-1 draw at Park Avenue, while the former Wales international midfielder David Edwards helped steer his Bala Town team to spot kick success at Flint Town United.

The headline result of the round saw nine-time winners The New Saints beaten 2-1 at Penrhyncoch, although TNS would field a completely changed XI for their MG Cup tie, less than 48 hours after a stunning 4-2 win over Viktoria Plzen in the UEFA Conference League.

There was a further scalp on the northern coast, as Prestatyn Town beat Cefn Druids 3-0 at Bastion Gardens, while former finalists Bangor City, Caernarfon Town and Newtown, along with the previous winners Connah's Quay Nomads and Cardiff Met University, all advanced.

Airbus UK, Haverfordwest County, Holywell Town, Pontypridd Town, Trefelin and Undy Athletic complete the field for the round of sixteen, with fixture dates expected shortly.