SHELL-SHOCKED Newtown crashed out of the Welsh Cup after Llanelli returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion with Rhys Griffiths plundering five of their goals.
The Robins, forced into defensive changes, were cut to shreds on a disappointing afternoon.
“That was the worst I’ve felt since being involved in football. I felt embarrassed and so should the players,” said manager Darren Ryan.
“We were at sixes and sevens and I apologise to all our supporters who came down. It was not acceptable as there was a lack of effort from seven or eight players.”
Craig Williams launched the goal spree as early as the first minute when sweeping home Jacob Mingorance’s cross from the right.
Griffiths then opened his account by beating the advancing keeper Dave Jones on 24 minutes before heading home his second just a minute later.
The league’s leading scorer lobbed his hat-trick from the edge of the box close to half time with the Robins’ defence all at sea.
Mingorance made it five early in the second period when nipping in front of keeper Jones from a left wing cross, before Griffiths completed the romp with two late goals.
The striker bagged his fourth of the afternoon with a firm header on 75 before breaking clear two minutes from time to coolly round Jones.
Newtown did have their chances, new striker Marcus Sharrad sticking the ball in the net only to be denied by the offside flag, while substitute Jamie Haynes hit the woodwork and Tony Bird also went close.