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Pre-season Friendly	- Saturday 9th August
Porthmadog ... 3	Llangefni ... 1
Paul Roberts
Aden Shannon
Chris Jones

Today's match against Cymru Alliance hopefuls Llangefni was the last
opportunity for Tomi Morgan to experiment with his team selection before the
league starts next week. Tomi is clearly putting his own stamp on the team -
of the starting line-up, only Chris Jones and Eifion Jones remained from last
season's team. Partnering Paul Robers upfront was recent signing Aden
Shannon, making his debut for Port.

Neither team could gain the upper hand in the opening encounters and neither
keeper was seriously tested. It took a defensive mistake to allow the
opening goal. A speculative cross from the right was allowed to bounce over
the Llangefni defenders, finding Paul Roberts unmarked on the edge of the
box. He capitalised fully - lobbing the ball over the outrushing keeper. The
lead was short-lived however. John Keegan was adjudged to have tugged at a
Llangefni shirt and there was no mistake from the resulting penalty.

Shortly before half time, Port were granted a free-kick in a dangerous
position after Ceri James was felled on the edge of the box. Aden Shannon
showed why he has scored 61 goals in 102 appearances by curling a fantastic
shot past the keeper to give the home side a deserved lead. There seemed
little danger that Port would relinquish the lead after the break as they
went on to dominate possession. Paul Robert thought he had made it 3 when he
tapped in after a Chris Jones shot, but the linesman flagged for off-side.
It was Chris Jones, however, who put the result beyond any doubt: Paul
Roberts unselfishly providing the pass for the winger to tap in from 2
yards. Llangefni's only real chance of scoring during the half was well
saved by Richard Morgan after a penalty box scramble.

We shall see next week if Tomi's new team is strong enough to challenge for
a top 10 finish. On today's evidence, he seems to be assembling a strong
squad of players which will hopefully make the disappointment of the past
two seasons a thing of the past!

Pre-season Friendly	-Thursday, August 6th
Pwllheli ... 2	Porthmadog ... 3

In this penultimate pre-season friendly Porthmadog dominated possession 
and created a host of chances but the final scoreline clearly flattered 
the hosts, both of whose goals were gifts from the Porthmadog defence. 
Porthmadog opened with purpose and early chances fell to Carl Jones and 
Marc Evans. Totally against the run of play Pwllheli scored first after 
16minutes when an attempted clearance by Richard Morgan went straight 
to the Pwllheli attacker who converted with ease. Porthmadog redoubled 
their efforts, but it took until the 35th minute for the equaliser to 
arrive. A Carl Jones corner of the left was missed by everyone and fell 
to Ryan Davies beyond the back post and he lashed the ball home from 
10yards. Somehow the score remained 1-1 until half-time. Finally 
Porthmadog made their dominance count with two goals in two minutes 
early in the second period. Good closing down by the lively Mark Evans 
on 54 minutes as he charged down the Pwllheli keepers attempted 
clearance and the ball bounced into the back of the net. The third Port 
goal however had class written all over it, an exquisite dinked pass 
into the box by Ceri James and a great volleyed finish by Mark Evans. 
Evans hit the bar shortly afterwards and Chris Jones and Paul Roberts 
also went close. Ten minutes from the end Pwllheli grabbed a goal back 
Eifion Jones slipped as he dawdled with the ball at the edge of his box 
and the Pwllheli striker gleefully grabbed the chance to score from 
close range. Another good run out, with Port playing some good stuff at 
times, but again the defence is rather too charitable. Let's hope they 
become far less so when the real stuff starts next week.

Gerallt Owen

Pre-season Friendly	-Tuesday, August 3rd

Glan Conwy ... 1	CPD Porthmadog ... 5
		Chris Jones
		Mike Thompson
		Ryan Davies
		Dan Pyrs
		Cai Jones

This was the second of four pre-season friendlies for Port in the space of 
eight days, and featured a similar line-up to Saturdayís match, with the 
addition of fit-again Ceri James and absence of John Keegan, Carl Jones and 
Euron Roberts.

Port didnít have it all their own way in the opening half, and found 
themselves trailing after quarter of an hour with a failure to clear their 
lines resulting in a scrappy goal for the hosts. It wasnít until the last 
quarter of the half that Port started to take charge of things, but the goal 
was a long time in coming. Before Chris Jones notched up an equaliser on the 
stroke of half time, Port saw a penalty appeal being denied, Paul Roberts 
missing from the spot and a Chris Jones goal was disallowed.

Glan Conwy seemed to have put everything into the first half and struggled 
to make an impact after the interval. It took less than ten minutes for the 
visitors to take the lead, when Mike Thompson capitalized on a half clearance 
from an Eifion Jonesí header. Ryan Davies showed his fellow centre half how 
it should be done two minutes later when he headed one in from a Ceri James 
cross. Marc Evans was unselfish with the fourth, passing in the box to Dan 
Pyrs who took full advantage of the tap-in opportunity. Pyrs turned provider 
for the fifth, his cross finding Cai Jones, who coolly wrapped things up for 
Port. The hosts managed to put a few moves together as the game drew to a 
close, but never really looked like getting a second.

Pre-season Friendly	-Saturday, August 1st

Llanfairpwll ... 0	CPD Porthmadog ... 1
		Chris Jones

A similar team to the one that faced Llanrug on Tuesday lined-up against
Cymru Alliance side Llanfairpwll today. As with most games between Port and
Anglesey sides, this game had a little bit more 'bite' than most friendly

The travelling Porthmadog support will have been impressed with the initial
half an hour. Port dominated the play and put the home defence under a
considerable amount of pressure with Marc Evans and Paul Roberts having
chances on goal. Tomi will have been impressed with the performance of Mike
Thompson who looked dangerous down the left, while trialist right back Euron
Roberts certainly didn't look out of his depth at this level. As the half wore
on, however, the Cymru Alliance side got more of the ball and started to
look more dangerous themselves - in fact Richard Morgan in the Port goal was
forced make a fine double save to keep the scores level at half time.

The second half was a scrappier affair, with neither side stamping their
authority on the play. Most of Port's best moves came via the wide players -
Thompson and Chris Jones - however, newcomers Jack Jones and Dan Pyrs looked
competent in central midfield. It was a Chris Jones who, midway through the
half, scored the game's only goal. A great pass from Paul Roberts on the
left found the Port winger unmarked on the edge of the box and he made no
mistake in finding the back of the net. Both teams had numerous half chances
to alter the scoreline, but an useful afternoon's work-out finished with a
win for the visitors. So, not the fully convincing win that Tomi Morgan will
have hoped for, nevertheless, he will be pleased with the performance of
some of the fringe players. 

Pre-season Friendly	-Tuesday, July 28th

CPD Porthmadog ... 4	Llanrug Utd ... 2

Once again it was the mixture of trialists, re-signed players and three of
the new recruits John Keegan, Mike Thompson and Richard Morgan who started
the game. There was also one new addition -Marc Evans from Holyhead Hotspur.

The young striker took just 10 minutes to get his name on the score sheet
when he took advantage of a Chris Jones interception and though tightly
marked got his shot away and this was deflected into the Llanrug net. The
Welsh Alliance club were not however there to make up the numbers and
threatened on the counter attack and from one of these Ryan Davies had to
clear off the line. Port continued to build from the back but lacked the
final pass. A Keegan header struck the bar and after 36 minutes Port added a
second when Chris Jones got on the end of Mike Thompson's far post cross.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first but two goals within
a minute just after the hour mark settled the game as a contest. Paul
Roberts who was brought on in the second half fired into the net from 15
yards following a Chris Jones break down the right. A minute later Marc
Evans scored his second of the evening taking advantage of a good Carl Jones
cross. With numerous substitutions in the latter part of the half the game
lost its pattern but the visitors stuck to their task and earned themselves
a couple of consolation goals. The first resulted from a quick counter which
caught out the Port defence and 10 minutes from time a cross from the left
touchline evaded everybody in the home box on its way into the net.

Pre-season Friendly	-Saturday, July 25th

Nefyn United ... 0	CPD Porthmadog ... 2

Two goals -one in each half- by Paul Roberts gave Porthmadog a victory which
was more comfortable than the score suggests. A combination of solid
defending, wayward finishing and some narrow shaves kept the score down
to just two. In fact Richard Morgan in the Port goal had very few shots to
deal with throughout the game.
The first goal came in the 29th minute when Paul Roberts volleyed Chris
Jones's deep far post cross via the underside of the crossbar into the back
of the net. Though there were some good constructive passing movements they
failed to add to this in the first period though both Carl Jones and Paul
Roberts came close with good strikes.
New signings Ceri James and John Keegan were brought on in the second period
and their presence, together with the introduction of one or two more 
prospective signings, added to the pressure on the home side. To their credit 
Nefyn defended manfully and only yielded once when Steve Kehoe, who put in a 
hard working performance,broke down the right before cutting inside past two 
defenders and played the ball back for Paul Roberts who finished powerfully 
from 15 yards.Despite the pressure applied, and some good work down both 
wings,Port had to be satisfied with a two goal margin at the end.

Pre-season Friendly - Thursday, July 16th

Corwen FC ...1		CPD Porthmadog ...1

On a night of torrential rain which persisted throughout the 90 minutes both
sides were set a difficult challenge in the first game of the season. The
Port side containing a mixture of new signings and trialists opened well
enough with Ceri James spraying passes from midfield. Twice in the opening
10 minutes Port put the ball into the net only to be ruled offside with the
decision to rule out a Paul Roberts header looking highly debateable. Port
continued to dominate with Chris Jones a threat down the right but some of
the chances created were wasted thanks to some wayward shooting. Corwen
increased in confidence as the half wore on and put some useful moves
together without troubling Richard Morgan in the Port goal. But late in the
half a good move into the heart of the Port defence set up a shooting chance
and a deflection took it out of the reach of Richard Morgan. With the
weather getting the better of things the game deteriorated in the second
period. Port drew level when Paul Roberts scored from the spot after Chris
Jones had been brought down. Late on Corwen were awarded a penalty but
Richard Morgan denied the Wrexham area club the victory with a good diving
save to his left. Amongst the other Port newcomers who took some part in the
game were Paul Dowridge, Craig Wilkinson.


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