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Huws Gray Alliance -Saturday, 5 January
CPD Porthmadog ... 0 Rhyl FC ... 3
Paul McManus 22(p)
Dan Forbes 69
James Gambino 83
The turning point in today's game came in the 69th minute when some shambolic
defending gifted Rhyl a goal. Prior to this, although the visitors deserved
to be ahead, the only goal had come courtesy of a kick from the spot . Up
until the gifted goal Port were very much in a game which failed to reproduce
the flair of the previous encounter at the Belle Vue. Once that second goal
came Port had given themselves a mountain to climb and Rhyl relaxed to play
with more convinction than they had previously shown, adding a well struck
third 7 minutes from time.
After a tentative start it was Port who provided the first goal threat when
Darren Thomas, following a good run by Rhys Roberts, fired a shot from 18 yards
which keeper Alex Ramsey was relieved to see missing his right hand post. Much
of the play which followed was in between the two boxes but just after the
quarter of an hour Richard Harvey was glad to go down at his near post to cut
out Woodward’s low cross. Rhyl looked dangerous on the break and, when Forbes
found Marc Evans wide on the left, it took a good defensive header from Josh
Banks to cut out a dangerous cross. But two minutes later the visitors gained
he breakthrough when a penalty was disappointingly conceded. A confident Paul
McManus strike wide of Richard Harvey’s right hand and Rhyl were ahead. Around
the half hour mark another Rhyl counterattack threatened the Port goal but Forbes
blazed his shot over the bar. A minute later Richard Harvey at his back post
saved well from Cadwallader. But Port were not out of the game and a Steve Kehoe
thunderbolt from 20 yards was touched over the bar by the visitors keeper.
Towards the end of the half Port pushed forward in search of an equaliser with
Scott Sephton firing over from 20 yards and Graham Boylan only narrowly off
target when he met a Ceri James free kick. Half time came with Rhyl just about
deserving their interval lead.
The second half started uninspiringly apart from a 48th minute angled shot across
the face of goal from Tom Rowlands. Ten minutes into the second half a poor
Ramsey clearance straight to Darren Thomas provided Port with a good opportunity.
The ball was passed on to Scott Sephton whose stinging shot went straight at the
keeper who grateful for the opportunity to make up for his error. The game then
continued in rather pedestrian fashion broken up only by blasts on the referee’s
whistle for what felt like an endless series of free kicks. When the ref rested
his whistle substitute announcements took over as the only interest. With 69
minutes on the clock came the decisive moment of the game and seasonably had more
pantomime about it than football. Twice Port defenders could have cleared their
lines and under no apparent pressure the ball was squared across the face of goal.
Richard Harvey still had time to complete the clearance but allowed the ball to
run away from him and in nipped Dan Forbes to intercept and tap into an empty net.
Following this goal Rhyl started to look like champions in waiting for the first
time. Subs Gambino and Lewis combined well down the left and it needed a good
Harvey save to keep them out. Gambino continued to threaten and after a good Rhyl
build up he fired over the bar. It was Gambino who scored the third when he took
advantage of a partial clearance to drill clinically from 15 yards. The game was
now over and as Port pushed forward there was a 25 yard effort from Josh Banks and
one or two Carl Owen touches to remind us of what we have been missing over the
past 16 months. It was good also to welcome back Gruffydd John after a lengthy
Rhyl deserved the points, though the three goal advantage was probably flattering.
The game lacked the fluency and quality of the encounter at the Belle Vue but the
visitors will care little about that. I think it is probably safe now to wish our
friends at Rhyl well when they are back in the WPL. We shall miss our visit to the
Belle Vue next season!
Port: Richard Harvey, Steve Kehoe, Josh Banks, Dan Pyrs, Rhys Roberts, Grahame
Austin, Darren Thomas, Ceri James (Phil Williams 81), Graham Boylan, Scott Sephton
( Gruff Williams 78), Leon Newell (Carl Owen 67). Subs not used: Mike Foster,
Merfyn Williams (gk). Yellow: Rhys Roberts 21, Steve Kehoe 58.
Rhyl: Alex Ramsey, Mark Powell, Mark Cadwallader, Russ Courtney, Stefan Halewood,
Matt Woodward, Danny Hughes, Paul McManus, Dan Forbes (Danny Jarrett 85), Marc Evans
(James Gambino 60), Tom Rowlands (Steve Lewis 64). Subs not used: John Leah, Greg
Strong. Yellow: Danny Hughes 49.
Referee: Gareth Wyn Jones Attendance: 214.
Huws Gray Alliance -Saturday, 15 December.
CPD Porthmadog ... 1 Llandudno ... 2
Dan Pyrs 20 Dean Seager 9
Dean Seager 81 (pen)
A gift wrapped early goal scored by Dean Seager and a late penalty by the
same player were enough to give Llandudno the three points. In between Port
dominated the possession and the territory but failed to turn these
advantages into goal scoring chances. They were left to rue another home
game where they could and should have gained a far better return from an
afternoon of frustration.
Port were on the attack from the start and in the first six minutes there
were long range sighters from both Darren Thomas and Ceri James as well as
a Scott Sephton header straight at keeper Metcalfe. Then out of the blue
disaster struck. Under no apparent pressure a Grahame Austin missed his kick
on the edge of the box allowed the ball to roll kindly for Dean Seager who
was free to pounce goalwards netting past the advancing Richard Harvey. Port
should have levelled the score almost immediately. Winning a free kick on the
left which Ceri James curled to the back post where two attackers got in
unchallenged, but Scott Sephton’s final touch took it wide. O’Mahoney broke
down the left for Llandudno but Seager failed to capitalise on a good cross.
But after 20 minutes Port drew level and deservedly so. It was a really good
move to set up the opportunity. Leon Newell did well to control a long cross
field pass, cut inside finding Grahame Boylan in the box with a low ball and
the striker played a perfect ball into the the path of Dan Pyrs who netted
with a low shot from 10 yards. Port continued to control play for the
remainder of the half with hardly a threat from the visitors. But despite
forcing a series of corners Port failed to add to the score. One of Port’s
better opportunities came from one of these corners with Scott Sephton
forcing Metcalfe into a good save low at his near post. The best chance of all
came on the stroke of half time when a long Ryan Davies cross field pass put
Leon Newell in behind the defence and in one one with keeper Metcalfe. The
keeper came out well and blocked the attempt to slip the ball past him into an
unguarded net. 1-1 at the interval.
Port started the second period with more fire looking to get the ball forward
quicker. A minute into the half Graham Boylan broke to the byline but once
again a failure to get bodies into the box allowed Darren Jones to clear for a
corner. At this stage Boylan was in the thick of things and following a good
break his attempt to lob the keeper went over the bar. Josh Banks, who was
having another good game at left back, tried a shot from 30 yards which had
Metcalfe back pedalling but again went over the bar. Just past the hour mark a
good Boylan lay off provided Scott Sephton with a shooting opportunity which he
struck well from the edge of the box, but Metcalfe pulled off an excellent save
diving to his left. Soon after another close range opportunity was deflected
away as a ball bounced dangerously loose in the 6 yard box with Ryan Davies
attempting to apply the final touch. Gradually with Port, despite the pressure,
failing to find a winner the visitors began to mount a few attacks of their own
with Lee Thomas and Dean Seager prominent. With the home defence becoming more
stretched as they pushed forward and a with less than ten minutes left a melee
in the Port box ended with referee Scott Langley showing Grahame Austin a yellow
card and pointing to the spot. Dean Seager coolly dispatched the 81st minute
penalty for his second of the afternoon. Port made late efforts to snatch an
equaliser but failed to trouble Metcalfe. Scott Sephton limped off with a foot
injury and there was another late late sub appearance for Carl Owen.
A third straight win for Llandudno brings them within a point of Port. A good
seven match unbeaten run has given way to a three home matches, against Rhydymwyn,
Buckley and Llandudno, where Port have picked up only one point.
Port: Richard Harvey, Ryan Davies, Josh Banks, Dan Pyrs, Grahame Austin, Rhys
Roberts, Leon Newell (Carl Owen 86), Ceri James, Graham Boylan, Scott Sephton
(Phil Williams 76), Darren Thomas. Subs not used: Campbell Harrison, Merfyn
Williams (gk). Yellow: Ryan Davies 69, Grahame Austin 81, Rhys Roberts 86.
Llandudno: Andy Metcalfe, Ben Hughes, Luke O’Mahoney (Arran Boyle 68), Arran
Pritchard, Paul Roberts, Connor Tierney, Iwan Williams, Darren Jones, Lee Thomas,
Dean Seager (Peter Jones 90). Subs not used: Jordan Carrington, Julian Williams,
John Dowd (gk).
Referee: Scott Langley (Meliden) Attendance: 109.
Huws Gray Alliance -Saturday, 8 December.
CPD Porthmadog ... 1 Buckley Town ... 4
Leon Newell 50. Carl Lamb 29
Anthony Lipson 60
Mark Allen 73
Phil Molyneux 90
A week is a long time in football as Port discovered today. This was only
a pale shadow of the team who held rampant Rhyl to a draw last week or
for that matter the team, who only a fortnight ago, played and exciting
raw with today’s opponents. But that is not to take anything away from
Buckley who had more goal power and capitalised fully on any defensive
errors. Port enjoyed plenty of possession, especially in the opening half,
but failed to threaten in their opponents penalty area and created very
few chances during the 90 minutes.
The visitors were first to threaten and after only two minutes Richard
Harvey was relieved to gather a rebound off the post after Tom Smith had
broken clear down the right. The play that followed was mainly in midfield
with neither side able to establish control and create chances. There were
a couple of efforts from distance from Lamb and Lipton for Buckley without
threatening Harvey’s goal. The closest Port came to scoring in the first
half came after 11 minutes when the ball broke to Boylan, following a good
build up involving Rhys Roberts and Darren Thomas, and the forward was
unlucky to see his curling shot from 16 yards pass narrowly the wrong side
of the post. But the effort was unfortunately was not a signal for more Port
goal threats for though they enjoyed plenty of possession the slow build up
failed to trouble the Buckley defence. Though Buckley rarely threatened
themselves, apart from a Ryan Astley header straight at Richard Harvey, they
did take the lead as the game reached an uneventful half hour mark. Right
back Joe Freeman set up the Buckley goal breaking from deep and was allowed
to run all the way to the byline before crossing low for Carl Lamb whose
angled shot found the net at the far post. Apart from the goal there was
little else to worry either keeper, apart perhaps from an 18 yard effort
Taylor for Buckley which went narrowly wide. At the other end keeper Jones
dropped a cross but Boylan’s shot took a deflection for a corner and later
Banks’ left wing cross was only inches beyond the diving Boylan. Buckley
retained their 1-0 lead at the interval.
Port were quickly out of the blocks in the second period and Darren Thomas’
deep cross was met by Leon Newell whose shot was deflected on to the bar.
This was followed by a Rhys Roberts header which flew wide of the target.
Five minutes into the half and Port were level. A long ball out from the back
had Leon Newell racing in behind the Buckley defence. He held off a strong
challenge to score with a low shot from 15 yards past the advancing Ben Jones.
But the Port revival proved short lived for within 10 minutes Buckley were
back in the lead. A poor pass at the back allowed Buckley in and Lipson was
freed on the right of the box to lift the ball over the advancing Harvey into
the net. Minutes later the ball was given away again and Port were kept in the
game by a good double Harvey save from Lamb at his near post. Port responded
with a break down the left from Josh Banks whose deep cross found Darren Thomas
but he lifted his first time shot over the bar. But with 73 minutes gone the
Flintshire club struck again when Taylor’s lob clattered the bar and the
quickest to respond was Buckley defender Mark Allen who headed the rebound into
an open goal. There was no way back now for Port though they might have cut the
deficit with five minutes left. A good Darren Thomas cross to the far post
reached Phil Williams who failed to get a clean shot on goal and Ben Jones was
able to palm the ball away to safety. In injury time Buckley rubbed salt in the
wound with a fourth. Norton’s low cross from the left was deflected into he path
of Phil Molyneux who tapped in from close range. A 4-1 win for Buckley and a
margin few would have expected at the start of the game.
This defeat brings to an end a 7 match unbeaten league run. This game also
provided such a huge contrast with the three performances on the road. Despite
using a similar pattern of building from the back, today they were unable create
many opportunities. A strong Buckley defensive and midfield performance
restricted Port’s opportunities to break forward and in the second half especially
the visitors were able to take advantage of home errors.
Port: Richard Harvey, Ryan Davies( Phil Williams 74), Josh Banks, Steve Kehoe, Dan
Pyrs, Rhys Roberts, Leon Newell, Ceri James (Gareth Parry 84), Gareth Boylan, Scott
Sephton, Darren Thomas. Subs not used: Campbell Harrison, Merfyn Williams.
Buckley: Ben Jones, Joe Freeman ( Phil Molyneux 63), Matty Hughes, Mark Allen,
Ryan Astley, Anthony Lipson, Derek Taylor, John Leonard, Tom Smith, Carl Lamb
(Reece Norton 63) , Adam Eden (Dylan Corrie 81). Subs not used: Aled Reece,
Referee: Scott Langley (Meliden) Attendance: 110.
Huws Gray Alliance -Saturday, 1 December
Rhyl FC ... 2 CPD Porthmadog ... 2
Danny Hughes 6 Josh Banks 26
Mark Powell 78 Ryan Davies 76
Porthmadog travelled to the Belle Vue as underdogs but they went on to
become the first club this season to take points off the league leaders
on their own ground and it could well have been more. Rhyl scored an
early goal with Port restoring parity midway through the opening half
before going ahead 14 minutes from time. But the lead lasted all of two
minutes as Powell struck for Rhyl with a 25 yard blockbuster. It was a
top quality match played in front of a crowd of 426. Port controlled
much of the opening half and created the better chances but Rhyl are not
league leaders for nothing and, despite being reduced to 10 men, made the
second half into a tense exciting attacking affair.
After an early period where both sides gave the ball away the home side
struck with an early goal. Tom Rowlands cut in from the right and his low
cross found Danny Hughes in space 15 yards out, and his low shot inside
the far post put Rhyl ahead after only 6 minutes. With the home side
continuing to threaten Marc Evans cut in from the left but his shot was
well wide. Following this Port got their passing game going and Rhyl were
forced to chase and close down. With 12 minutes gone a Darren Thomas corner
was flicked on by Scott Sephton for Rhys Roberts whose shot from 12 yards
went wide. But it was then Rhyl’s turn to attack and Richard Harvey pulled
off a good save from Marc Evans at his near post. Port however continued
to create the better chances and twice in a minute they could have scored.
A Darren Thomas free kick was headed down by Graham Boylan for Ryan Davies
whose powerful strike flew wide. Following this a good Port build up down
the Rhyl left and Ceri James put Scott Sephton into space on the edge of the
box but again the final shot failed to hit the target. But with 26 minutes
gone Port got the goal which their excellent passing game deserved. A good
build up through midfield and Ceri james split open the home defence with a
ball inside the back for Steve Kehoe to cross superbly to the back post and
Josh Banks scored his first goal for the club with the cleanest of headers
at the back post.On the half hour mark Rhyl striker Steve Lewis received his
marching orders for kicking out at an opponent. Twice Darren Thomas, for Port,
had efforts on goal first cutting in from the right and firing wide and then
close to the interval he had a shot blocked for a corner as he cut inside
from the left. For Rhyl Tom Rowlands sent a dangerous free kick across the
face of goal but the score remained at 1-1 at the interval.
Port were first on the attack in the second half forcing a corner on the
right. Rhys Roberts rose well to meet Darren Thomas’s corner with his header
thudding against the underside of the bar. The referee ignored Port claims
that the ball had indeed crossed the line as it came down from the cross bar.
At the other end a well timed Dan Pyrs tackle halted Forbes as he bore down on
goal. it was end to end with Boylan for Port bursting into the Rhyl box but out
came Ramsey to save at the forward’s feet. Harvey was the next keeper in action
saving point blank from Marc Evans having been put in by Dave Forbes. Despite
being down to 10 men Rhyl were never going to settle for a tame draw. Rhyl
worked a good shooting opportunity for Danny Hughes but he screwed his effort
wide of the post. Josh Banks threatened Ramsey’s goal with a 20 yard shot from
wide on the left. A quickly taken free kick on the edge of the Port box put Marc
Evans one on one with Richard Harvey but again the keeper was equal to the task.
With 76 minutes gone Port went ahead for the first time. Following a partially
cleared free kick the ball was worked wide right to Steve Kehoe and for the
second time in the game he lifted a decisive ball to the back post where this
time Ryan Davies flung himself into diving header to beat the home keeper from
6 yards . Always a dangerous time straight after scoring and so it proved for
within two minutes the scores were level again. Following a throw on the Rhyl
left the ball broke for Mark Powell 25 yards out and he struck a cracking low
shot beyond Richard Harvey. Both sides had late efforts for winners, Darren
Thomas for Port had a low shot well saved at his near post by Alex Ramsey and
Richard Harvey diving to his left thwarted Joe Gambino’s added time effort.
This really was the Huws Gray match of the season so far. The final result could
have gone either way but all in all a draw was probably fair to both sides. The
players and the manager can be proud of a magnificent team performance of the
highest quality, coming as it does in the third consecutive away game against
teams who all presented difficult and serious challenges. The icing on the cake
for travelling Port supporters was Carl Owen’s return -albeit for 5 minutes- for
the first time for 15 months. Welcome back Carl!
Port: Richard Harvey, Ryan Davies, Josh Banks, Steve Kehoe, Dan Pyrs, Rhys Roberts,
Leon Newell, Ceri James (Carl Owen 87)), Graham Boylan, Scott Sephton (Phil Williams 83),
Darren Thomas. Subs unused: Gareth Parry, Campbell Harrison, Merfyn Williams.
Yellow: Graham Boylan 34.
Rhyl: Alex Ramsey, Matt Woodward, Liam Benson, Russ Courtney, Steffan Halewood, Mark
Powell, Danny Hughes, Paul McManus, Steve Lewis, Marc Evans (Joe Gambino 73), Tom
Rowlands (Dave Forbes 46). Subs unused: Josh Williams. Danny Jarrett, John Leah.
Red: Steve Lewis 29. Yellow: Liam Benson 50, Mark Powell 70, Matt Woodward 79.
Referee: Steve Hughes Attendance: 426
Huws Gray Alliance - Friday, 23 November
Buckley Town ... 0 CPD Porthmadog ... 0
The goalless scoreline does not begin to tell the story of this exciting
encounter played in atrocious conditions with the saturated pitch breaking
up early in the first half and by the closing stages it became very
difficult to keep their feet as players found themselves slipping and sliding
on the squelching ground. But both teams deserve to be congratulated as they
produced a game full of incident. Port dominated the opening half and must
count themselves unfortunate not to be in front going in at half time.
The second half was a very much an end to end contest with both teams throwing
everything into attack which made it highly surprising that the game
ended without goals. Twice Port found the net only to have the goals
disallowed and twice near the end Richard Harvey produced excellent
saves to keep the scores level.
Port were first on the attack with Darren Thomas breaking down the right
and cutting inside only to strike into the side netting. With only five
minutes gone Leon Newell looked a certain scorer as he fired past the
advancing keeper Ben Jones, but his goal bound shot held up in the mud
and just as it was about to cross the line at the far post Joe Freeman
managed to scoop it clear. A minute later Graham Boylan did find the net
only for it to be ruled out for offside. Buckley did manage a few breaks
and when Derek Taylor shot from 15 yards it took a deflection with Richard
Harvey saving under his cross bar. When Aled Reece broke into the box it
needed an excellent covering tackle from Dan Pyrs to keep him out.
Similarly at the other end Joe Freeman produced a last ditch tackle to stop
Darren Thomas as he bore down on goal. Port continued to pressure the
home defence with the referee ignoring strong penalty appeals as keeper Ben
Jones sent Graham Boylan tumbling in the box. Later it was Ryan Davies who
kept the home keeper on his toes when he met a Ceri James free kick. Port,
who had continued in the same vein as at Penrhyncoch with some excellent
passing moves with Boylan linking up well at the front and both Darren
Thomas and Newell breaking dangerously down the flanks, could not apply the
final touch which their performance had deserved.
The second half was far more end to end with both sides showing good quality
despite the atrocious conditions and both pushed forward looking for a goal.
Buckley were first into the attack pushing Port back. Early in this second
period Derek Taylor broke down the right and his low shot took a deflection
for a corner. Matty Hughes then broke past Ryan Davies down the left but
there was no one on hand to apply a finishing touch as his excellent cross
went across the face of goal. But Port were soon back in the game setting up
an attack down the left and a good effort from Leon Newell went narrowly over
the bar. Buckley were then grateful when keeper Ben Jones saved at Ryan Davies’
feet following a Darren Thomas corner. Scott Sephton, just past the hour mark,
did find the net with a cracker from 18 yards but the linesman flagged that the
ball had crossed the goal line before Darren Thomas had crossed. Josh Banks for
Port then burst clear down the left but his shot from 16 yards was touched over
the bar by the home keeper. Towards the end of the game the home team came
again and Port were indebted to keeper Richard Harvey who pulled off two
excellent saves. For the first of his two efforts Derek Taylor fastened on to a
loose ball shooting from the edge of the box but Harvey was down well diving to
his right. Then he almost took advantage of a defensive slip but with only the
keeper to beat Harvey diving full stretch kept out Taylor’s point blank effort.
The home side did also force a couple of late corners but this often thrilling
game ended without a goal.
Point gained or two lost? Hard to say but what can be said is that this was
another good away performance full of good creative football despite the
conditions. Worth recalling that Buckley have also finished all square against
both Rhyl and Cefn.
Port: Richard Harvey, Ryan Davies, Josh Banks, Rhys Roberts, Dan Pyrs, Steve
Kehoe (Craig Roberts 71), Leon Newell (Aaron Richmons 74), Ceri James, Graham
Boylan, Scott Sephton, Darren Thomas. Subs not used: Gareth Parry, Merfyn
Williams (gk). Yellow; Ceri James 39), Steve Kehoe 66, Rhys Roberts 90.
Buckley: Ben Jones, Joe Freeman. Anthony Lipton, Mark Allen, Ryan Ashley, Tom Smith,
Derek Taylor, John Leonard (Adam Eden 39), Aled Reece, Rhys Norton (Phil Molyneux 65),
Matty Hughes. Subs not used: Carl Lamb, Dylan Corey, Steve Lunt.
Referee: Gwyn Vaughan (Abergele) Attendance: 136.
Huws Gray Alliance -Saturday, 17 November
CPD Penrhyncoch ... 0 CPD Porthmadog ... 4
Scott Sephton 4
Graham Boylan 41, 60
Darren Thomas 84.
Two goals in each half gave Port a more comfortable victory than they
could have dared to expect at a ground where many top clubs have come
a cropper. An early goal from Scott Sephton –his first for the club-
after only 4 minutes set the tone for the game and Port went on to give
what was undoubtedly their best performance of the season and perhaps
for much longer than that. There were excellent performances all round
and the only downer, on what was a good day to be a Port supporter, was
the straight red card shown to Graham Austin after 51 minutes.
Port were first on the attack and after an early sighter from Scott
Sephton they won a free kick wide on the right. Darren Thomas lifted the
kick to the back post where Sephton rose unmarked and this time with a
header over home keeper Jenkins found the net. Port continued to threaten
but the home side responded with a couple of dangerous breaks and in the
first of these Jonathan Evans cut in from the right and fired a dangerous
shot across the face of Richard Harvey’s goal. A Mark Gornall shot followed
from the edge of the box which drew a good save from Harvey down to his
right. But it was Port who looked the more likely to score again and with
21 minutes gone Leon Newell cutting in from the right was only narrowly off
target with a low shot. A minute later a Darren Thomas thunderbolt struck
the bar and it needed a good save from Jenkins to keep out Boylan’s follow
up header. Another Darren Thomas shot followed but a deflection took it
away for a corner. A good move involving Newell, Boylan and Darren Thomas
ended with Newell unfortunately lossing control at the last minute. The
only time the Port goal was threatened at this satge was when Josh Shaw fired
outside the near post having been put in by Jonathan Evans. But with Ceri
James and Steve Kehoe controlling in midfield it seemed only a matter of time
before Port would go further ahead. With four minutes to the interval a
bizarre incident occurred when keeper Lee Jenkins raced out of his goal only
to be beaten to the ball by Graham Boylan wide on the Port right. With the
keeper stranded the forward, from the corner of the box, cleverly chipped
the ball into the empty net. Before the halftime whistle blew there was time
for Leon Newell to bring a good save from Jenkins and the same player with
the final act of the half curled a free kick inches over the bar.
The second half opened much the same as the first but after 51 minutes
Grahame Austin was shown a red card for a tackle. For a time it looked
as though the balance of the game might change as the home side pushed forward
and put the Port defence under real pressure for the first time in the game.
The nearest that Penrhyncoch came to score at this stage was from a well
struck Mark Gornall effort which flew outside Richard Harvey’s right
hand post. Any home revival became less likely when Port added a third goal.
This was an excellent move with Dan Pyrs starting it off before it was
carried on by Leon Newell and Darren Thomas and Thomas’s low cross split
open the home defence for Graham Boylan to score his second cutting inside his
marker beating the keeper with a low shot from 12 yards. Port were now in
full control and Richard Harvey was hardly in action for the remainder of the
game.The home side also went down to 10 men when Llyr Hughes left the pitch
after receiving a second yellow card. Port were now keeping possession well
and Ceri James, back to his best, was anchoring the midfield and setting up
moves with accurate passing. The final goal was set up by him. Winning the
ball in midfield he broke down the right and with an angled cross field pass
put Darren Thomas through on the left. The winger broke into the box and
completed the scoring with a low 15 yard effort.
A clean sheet, the goal difference in the positive for the first time in a
while and one place up to 8th makes it a good weekend for the club and for
hard working manager Gareth Parry.
Port: Richard Harvey, Ryan Davies, Rhys Roberts, Steve Kehoe, Dan Pyrs,
Grahame Austin, Leon Newell (Aaron Richmond 82), Ceri James, Graham Boylan
(Craig Roberts 74), Scott Sephton, Darren Thomas (Josh Banks 88). Subs not
used: Phil Williams, Gareth Parry. Red: Grahame Austin 51.
Penrhyn: Lee Jenkins, Kristoff Nobovsky, Eilian Evans, Aneurin Thomas, Jon
Foligno, Gari Lewis, Jonathan Evans (Elwyn Edwards 77), Llyr Hughes, Jason
Rees (Sion Meredith 77), Mark Gornall, Josh Shaw. Subs not used: Dylan James,
Matthew Evans, Gavin Allen. Red: Llyr Hughes (2 yellows 36, 70).
Referee: Iwan Griffiths (Conwy). Attendance: 85.