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23/09/2022 JD Cymru North Y Traeth k.o :- 7.30 p.m.
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CPD PORTHMADOG ..................1
Nathan Williams 13'
HOLYHEAD HOTSPURS ..................1
Jay Gibbs 31'
A worthy crowd of 346 witnessed this league match – a feature which would certainly have pleased the much-missed Meirion Parry. It was a very tight and sometimes physical affair which produced few chances. However, the result was a fair reflection of the night`s proceedings.
It was the visitors who started the brighter and after barely four minutes, Port keeper Morgan Jones was forced into a good diving save from a 20 yard thunderbolt by former Port playmaker Jay Gibbs.
On 13`,however, after a few promising forays into their opponents` half , Port took the lead when a fine left footed cross by Ifan Emlyn from the right flank found the head of Nathan Williams who did ever so well to outjump his marker to nod home past Alex Lynch in the Hotspurs` goal. 1-0 Port.
If Port had ambitions to extend their lead, then Hotspur had other ideas as they built up some impressively quick and intricate moves in the Port half prompted by the likes of Jay Gibbs, Adam Pritchard and Kenleigh Owen. On 20 minutes, Holyhead`s Harry Lewis again tested Morgan with a well struck free kick with Port`s custodian saving well. Indeed, it was no surprise when the visitors levelled the score on 31 minutes with Gibbs striking a terrific, unstoppable free kick from some 25 yards to make the rest of the half a tense affair for the home supporters as both teams continued to give as good as they got. Port set up several patient moves around the visitors` box as the half drew to a close but the first period ended level at one apiece.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with both sides attempting to attack with pace. The mercurial Rhys Alun often looked dangerous for Port as he refused to be intimated by the Hotspurs` sometimes strong arm tactics at the back, but the final ball in the box was well-read by both defences. The Hotspurs too produced some dangerous openings and, if anything, produced the lion`s share of goalscoring opportunities as underlined by a splendid save by Morgan from a great strike by Jack Walsh on the hour mark.
In the final twenty minutes, a flurry of yellow cards were brandished at both teams as they went tooth and nail for the win. The most blatant and cynical foul was dished out by Dean Garmey five minutes from the end as he wrestled Port`s Alex Boss to the ground when seemingly through on goal and one feels compelled to ask why a foul of this nature was only punished by a yellow card.
There were half chances in the end for both Rhys Alun and the ever-improving Cian Pritchard but it ended all square and that was fair enough.
Next Friday night, we travel to second-placed Llandudno for another league encounter with a 7.30 kick-off.
Daliwch i gredu!
Porthmadog :- Morgan Jones (GK), Iddon Price (capt.), Ifan Emlyn, Gareth Jones-Evans, Nathan Williams (Euron Roberts 50`), Meilir Williams (Gethin Williams 62`), Callum Parry ( Cian Pritchard 87`) Alex Boss, Rhys Alun, Cai Jones, Harri Hughes. Unused subs :- Ben Fisher , Cai Henshaw, Sol Kempster, Stuart Rogers. Yellow cards :- Harri Hughes (62`), Cai Jones (79`), Ifan Emlyn (21`)
Caergybi/ Holyhead Hotspur:- Alex Lynch (GK), Harry Lewis, Jamie Pick, Luke Roberts, Alex Jones, Adam Pritchard, Jack Walsh, Dean Garmey. Kenleigh Owen, Jay Gibbs, Aron Hughes-Jones. Subs:-Paul Pritchard (GK), Huw Watkins, Matthew Lewis, Michael Kelly, Dan Mowbray.
Yellow cards:- Dean Garmey (75`), Jay Gibbs (85`)
Dyfarnwr/Referee:- James Robert Walker Cynorthwywyr/ Assistants:- David Griffiths, Ryan Mark Hughesbr Torf / Attendance :- 346
21/09/2022 Cwpan GGC, Rownd 1af / WBS League Cup, 1st Round Y Traeth k.o :- 8.00 p.m.
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CPD PORTHMADOG ...........3
Cai Jones 24'
Meilir Williams 69'
Cian Pritchard 90'+ 4'
CEFN DRUIDS ...............1
Eric Durnell 47'
A venture back into the lesser-known territory that is the WBS League Cup for Port, & a successful venture at that as they proved too strong for a very young Cefn Druids side. In front of what was a very healthy for a Wednesday night & considering this was the 2nd of 3 home games in 6 days & despite the somewhat disjointed performance, the crowd were not to be too disappointed as Port played some attractive football leading to good goals.
In what was a relatively quiet opening 20 mins, Port seemed to just about shade it as the few chances that were created came at the Druids goal with Ifan Emlyn shooting just wide, a Cai Henshaw cross almost catching Cameron Dutton, the Druids keeper out & Sol Kempster heading over the bar from an Ifan Emlyn free kick. However, the breakthrough was made after 24 minutes, when Gareth Jones-Evans picked the ball up about 10 yards in his own half & topped off a driving run with a delicious defence-splitting through pass that left Cai Jones 1 on 1 with the keeper & he made the finish look easy as he slotted the ball into Dutton’s bottom left hand corner. 1 – 0 Port
The chances seemed to be flowing further for Port after they went ahead, although most were unlikely to trouble the Druids backline – the closest coming in the final 10 mins of the half as Callum Parry showed good strength to hold the ball up, before delivering a through ball to Alex Boss whose snapshot from a wide angle clipped the post.
This young Cefn Druids side did look dangerous on the break & whilst a lot of their approach play was good, their final ball always seemed to be lacking, be it a cross that went straight into Morgan’s hands or that final pass being overpowered. You’d have to say that Morgan was pretty untested in that 1st Half & Port went into the HT break with a seemingly comfortable 1 – 0 lead.
3 subs were made by Port at HT with Rhys Alun, Meilir Williams & Gethin Williams coming on for his debut appearance to replace Cai Henshaw, Callum Parry & Ifan Emlyn. This led to a slight tactical reshuffle in the Port XI & perhaps this was what led to an instant equaliser from Druids within 2 minutes of the restart as a strong run by their player down the wing led to him shrugging off the defender & slotting the ball across the 6-yard box, leading to easy tap in for Eric Durnell.
Port truly had not started this second half as their ball retention skills seemed to have deserted them leading to once again some strong Druids approach play, but that final ball lacking seemed to elude them mostly. However, they were unlucky not to equalise within 5 mins of pulling one back as another strong run & cross by their brightest player, Emmanuel Lawal picked out Osian Williams, who managed to successfully connect with an acrobatic effort, which hit the post.
Nearing the hour mark, Alex Boss was replaced by Cian Pritchard & we got our first glimpse of Port as an attacking threat in the second half with Rhys Alun picking the ball up & running at the defence, before a strike brought a good save from Dutton. Within a minute, Rhys Alun threaded a ball through to Cai Jones, who went into battle with their keeper to be first to the ball, it seemed as though Cai got there first & was taken out by the keeper. However, Port’s penalty appeals were waved away & a corner was given instead.
Going into the last 20 minutes, Port finally broke the tie as a clearing defensive header was picked up in space by Rhys Alun who drove forward & picked out Meilir with a great pass & led the CF to calmly slot it past the keeper. 2 – 1 Port – Rhys Alun & Meilir were at it again within an instant as a counter attack led to Rhys Alun flashing a back across the box, but it flashed centimetres wide of Meilir at the far post.
Going into 8 minutes of stoppage time, Cefn were clearly having to throw everything forward in the hunt for an equaliser & that proved to be their downfall as a break by Rhys Alun led to another peach of a cross across goal would surely lead to a simple tap in for Meilir, but some superb defending by Daniel Cabral prevented that. However, they were undone within a minute, as another devastating counter led to Cian Pritchard picking up an overhit cross, beat his man with aplomb & placing the ball superbly into the opposite corner. Port came out of this game with a comfortable 3 – 1 victory in the end & face a trip to Mold Alex in the next round.
Porthmadog: Morgan Jones, Ben Fisher, Euron Roberts, Gethin Maxwell (Stuart Rogers, 65), Sol Kempster, Ifan Emlyn Jones (Gethin Williams, 45), Gareth Jones-Evans, Cai Henshaw (Rhys Alun, 45), Cai Jones (C), Alex Boss (Cian Pritchard, 58), Callum Parry (Meilir Williams, 45)
Cefn Druids: Cameron Dutton, Daniel Cabral, Vinnie Cooke (C), (Peter Evans, 84) Osian Williams, Emmanuel Lawal, (Iwan Bennett, 84) Matthew Lloyd, Eric Durnell, (Terrell Nash, 77) Thomas Reilly, Iwan Hardy, (Tomos Williams, 84) Alex Whiting, Callum Roberts (Kian Parry, 72)
Dyfarnwr/Ref: Andy Harms
Torf / Attendance: 191
17/09/2022 Cwpan Cymru, Rownd 1af / Welsh Cup, 1st Round k.o :- 2.30 p.m.
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CPD PORTHMADOG ...........3
Alex Boss 17', 31'
Callum Parry 54'
MOLD ALEX ....................4
Rhys Nash 39', 56' 80'
Matthew Lewis 67'
For the second season in succession, Port crashed out of the Welsh Cup at the first hurdle. Football is a ninety-minute game. Port played very well indeed for much of the first half and we found ourselves 3-1 up after 54 minutes. Thereafter, however, we faded away badly against a Mold outfit whose physicality, determination and aerial power we ultimately could not match. Are we fit enough?
Port started much the brighter of the two sides and were it not for some poor finishing, we could have gone two goals ahead during the first ten minutes. On six minutes, an inviting low cross by Cai Jones was badly scuffed by a Port attacker and a few minutes later, Meilir Williams should have done much better when he screwed a shot wide of the target with only the keeper to beat.
On seventeen minutes, however, Port went deservedly ahead when Meilir Williams threaded a pass to Alex Boss who beat his marker and, despite slipping on the turf ,managed to put his low shot beyond Quinlan in the Mold goal. 1-0 Port.
Barely three minutes later, the same player produced a fine looking low left-footer which went narrowly wide after an exchange of passes with Rhys Alun. Then, it was Mold`s turn as a well-struck free kick by Danny Warren was smartly gathered by Morgan Jones. At this stage, it was the hosts who were asking most of the questions and on the half hour mark, Port doubled their advantage with another smartly taken goal by Alex Boss. Meilir Williams was again the provider as he found Boss with a low cross and the striker back-heeled the ball into the Mold net after a second bite at the cherry. 2-0. A cushion?
Port continued to probe as Mold attempted to counter-attack and a splendid left foot drive by Ifan Emlyn went just over the bar. Barely two minutes later, however, some disappointingly lax defending gifted the visitors a somewhat unexpected goal. Port failed to clear from a corner kick and the ever-dangerous Rhys Nash fired home through a forest of legs. The half ended 2-1 in the hosts` favour although Port enjoyed an almighty let-off two minutes from the interval when a Mold forward blazed over the bar with the goal seemingly at his mercy.
On 54` minutes, Callum Parry seemed to have put Port in Dreamland when his far post header from a pin-point Ifan Emlyn cross was well-directed beyond Quinlan`s left hand.3-1. Surely, the dreaded Mold hoodoo was exorcised at last. Or was it ?
From this point onwards, in all honesty, the game belonged to the visitors. They were first to everything and Port were suddenly under pressure. Port`s passing became ragged and we were the weaker side in those 50-50 situations. The celebrations after Callum`s goal had barely died down when Rhys Nash scored his second with a close range header with the Port defence all at sea. Then in the 70th minute, Matthew Lewis equalized with a free header inside the six yard area with Morgan Jones rather surprisingly choosing to stay on his line.
Four minutes later, and it was virtually all over when yet another far post header was well-converted by Nash to complete a proud hat-trick.
From Mold`s point of view, this was a hard-earned but very fine victory; for the neutral spectator it was a seven-goal thriller; for any diehard Port supporter it could be termed as ‘an absolute sickener’.
On Wednesday night, we welcome Cefn Druids to Y Traeth in a League Cup 1st round encounter with a 8.00pm kick-off.
Porthmadog :- Morgan Jones (GK), Josh Banks, Euron Roberts, Iddon Price (Cian Pritchard 45`), Ifan Emlyn, Gethin Maxwell (Gareth Jones-Evans 45`), Meilir Williams (Callum Parry 45`), Cai Jones, Alex Boss (Cai Henshaw 66`), Rhys Alun, Harri Hughes (Sol Kempster 85`) . Yellow cards:- Cai Jones (80`), Gareth Jones Evans (90`+5`)
Yr Wyddgrug / Mold Alex :- Elliot Quinlan (GK), Matthew Lewis (Callum Freeman 73`), Steve Watkins, Ryan Coney ( Ellis Hickey 83`), Dominic Doherty ( Will Nevitt 90+3`), Danny Warren, Joe Ormrod ( ThomaEdwards 82`), Alex Smith (Shaun Tinsley 90`+2`), Rhys Nash, Dafydd Griffith, Henry Nash. Yellow card :- Henry Nash
Dyfarnwr/Referee:- Connor Charlton Fleming Cynorthwywyr/ Assistants:- Tomos Hugh Jones, Charley Louise Smith
Torf / Attendance :- 223
06/09/2022 JD Cymru North, Y Traeth, Porthmadog 7.45pm
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CPD PORTHMADOG ...........2
Callum Parry 9'
Meilir Williams 44'
PRESTATYN TOWN ...........0
In what was only their second home fixture of the season, there was a welcome 3 points for Porthmadog. It was a game where they totally dominated the opening half, netting both their goals from sweeping well worked moves and probably should have been more than two goals up at the interval. In second period, however, the visitors raised their game and, with the weather deteriorating, it became a rather scrappy affair with neither side able to exert control over events.
Port got off to a flying start netting after only 8 minutes and it was a top-quality move which created the opportunity. Ifan Emlyn opened up the Prestatyn defence with a through ball which found Meilir Williams who had pulled out wide left. The striker set up the scoring opportunity with a perfectly weighted low cross which put the advancing Callum Parry through on goal and he made no mistake from 8 yards.
Following on from the goal, Prestatyn then had their only real opportunity of the half when Jack Holden picked up a loose ball on the edge of the Port box but his shot lacked power and failed to trouble Morgan Jones.
The goal was a signal for a dominant Port spell: Rhys Alun cut in from the right and his low shot went across the face of goal. This was followed by a slick Port move but Prestatyn keeper Josh Cooke produced a good save to foil Callum Parry who was in on goal. Then the ball was scrambled off the Prestatyn line following a corner and Callum Parry, again a threat, drew another good save from keeper Cooke.
Late in the opening half there was a further period of Port pressure with Cai Jones’ flicked header from Iddon Price’s free kick coming close and following this, a Rhys Alun screamer from wide right was only inches over the bar. Almost inevitably the second Port goal arrived. Rhys Alun was sent bursting down the right and with his pace opening up the visitors’ defence he applied a low cross which invited Meilir Williams to steer the ball into the net. 2-0 at the interval the minimum the home team deserved.
Prestatyn were not prepared to lie down and accept things and in the second period they raised their game. The introduction of subs James Stevens and Finlay Shelbourne at the start of the second period had a significant effect on the visitors’ performance. Port meanwhile lost the services of Rhys Alun for the second period and soon after Nathan Williams also suffered an injury.
Play became increasingly scrappy and, with the heavy rain beating down, Port lost their dominance. Prestatyn now had their chances. Twice there were free kicks conceded in dangerous positions and twice Kurtis Pearson lifted his shots over the bar. Following these Morgan Jones was forced to make a good save at his back post from a Stevens close range effort. Despite increasing Prestatyn pressure the home keeper was only asked to make one more serious save when he tipped Shelbourne’s well struck shot over the bar. Late on Alex Boss came close for Port when he cut in cleverly from the right but saw his low shot deflected for a corner.
Port held on to their opening half lead, to bring their season’s record so far to 3 wins and 3 losses and a halfway 8th place in the table. They now have a platform to build on. With games coming thick and fast they will be in action again on Friday away to Ruthin Town.
Porthmadog: Morgan Jones, Nathan Williams (Alex Boss 52'), Iddon Price, Josh Banks, Harri Hughes, Ifan Emlyn (Marcus Banks 85'), Gethin Maxwell, Cai Jones, Rhys Alun (Gareth Jones Evans 46'), Meilir Williams (Cai Henshaw 64'), Callum Parry (Cian Pritchard 64'). Unused subs: Euron Roberts, Stuart Rogers. Yellow:G Maxwell 62', Marcus Banks 89', Cai Henshaw 89'.
Prestatyn: Josh Cooke, Kyle Parle (S Roberts 62'), Jack Rimmer, Thomas Armstrong, Connor Whelan, Thomas Aylmer, Christopher Walker (F Shelbourne 46'), Kurtis Pearson, Jack Holden, Liam Van Gelder (L Fearns 72'), Jack Lloyd (J Stevens 46'). Yellow: C Whelan 34', J Lloyd 36', T Aylmer 52'.
Dyfarnwr/ Referee: Andy Harms, Ian Tuck, Rhys Williams.
Torf / Attendance 224
29/8/22 Cynghrair JD Cymru North League
CHIRK AAA .............. 2
Rhys Edwards 62',
Ed Baker (p) 90'+3'
CPD PORTHMADOG .......1
It proved a highly frustrating and disappointing August Bank Holiday afternoon for Port at Chirk. For the second time this season they saw a point disappear when they conceded a winning goal deep into injury time. It was a disappointing end for Port to a game played on a hard uneven surface that made it impossible to play attractive football, and that ultimately cost the visitors a valuable point on the road. In fairness to Chirk they battled away throughout and got their rewards in injury time to record their first league victory of the season.
The first half was, on the whole, pretty uneventful with very few goalscoring opportunities created.
Dale Davies, Chirk's no.9, fired across goal after 8'. Then it was Port’s young forward Cian Pritchard bursting through the Chirk defence but his final shot failed to trouble Chirk's goalkeeper Mark Richards.
After 21' Cai Jones was unlucky to see his shot parried onto the bar but only after the referee spotted a handball in the build up. Port came closest to scoring when Callum Parry's header hit the side netting after a great left wing cross from Harri Hughes.
Just before the interval Port lost the services of their experienced central defender Iddon Price who had to be subsituted on 42'minutes following an awkward fall on the hard surface following an aerial challenge. Iddon’s was replaceed by Ben Fisher.
With half time approaching Rhys Alun broke into the box but had his shot cleared away at the expense of a corner. Rhys Alun took the corner himself, and his cross was met by Nathan Williams whose' header flew past Mark Richards in the Chirk goal to make it 1-0 to Port and gave Nathan Williams his first goal since joining in the summer.
Port started the second half brightly and on 51' Rhys Alun scuffed his shot when in a great position.
On 61' the home team got their equaliser thanks to a huge strpke of good fortune but for Port it was a case of disaster striking when keeper Morgan Jones' attempted clearance hit the back of a Port defender and landed kindly for Rhys Edwards who gladly accepted the gift and slotted it home to make it 1-1.
Chirk gained in confidence from this event and for a time looked the more dangerous side on the attack, but Port still threatened on the counter attack and on 79' from one of these breaks Cai Jones was unlucky to see his shot hit the outside of the post from a narrow angle. Port had one more chance to get back in front as Harri Hughes hit the side netting from a Rhys Alun pass.
As the match drew to a close Chirk's Rhys Edwards’ fired a shot over the Port bar. Then just as everyone was settling for a point, the referee in injury time adjudged that one of Chirk's players was pulled down in the box and pointed to the spot. Up stepped substitute Ed Baker, who had only been on the pitch a few minutes, to slot the penalty home making it 2- for the home side.
Though they had a few players unavailable this afternoon, Port will feel that this is a caseof points dropped but for Chrik it was a satisfying conclusion to pick up all three points for the first time in the league this season.
Manager Craig Papirnyk commented at the end, “Disappointing one today but huge thanks and appreciation to the CPD Porthmadog travelling supporters – awful bankc holiday traffic but they turned up in their numbers.
Next up for Port PRESTATYN TOWN at home next TUESDAY evening k.o.7.30pm.
Porthmadog Morgan Jones, Nathan Williams, Josh Banks, Iddon Price (Ben Fisher 42’), Harri Hughes Marcus Banks (Stuart Rogers 77’), Gethin Maxwell, Callum Parry, Cai Jones, Rhys Alun, Cian Pritchard (Cai Henshaw 58’), Subs unused: F Birt, Craig Papirnyk. Yellow: Gethin Maxwell 63’, Nathan Williams 84’, Cai Jones 90+2.
Chirk: Mark Richards, Adam Williams, Jack Edwards, Caleb Davies, Ryan Williams, Ashton Williams, Steffan Rogers (Ed Baker 86’), Ryan Davies, Gale Davies, Louie Middlehurst (Jack Orbell 65’), Rhys Edwards (Lewis Clamp 80’). Subs unused: Josh Jones, Harry Jones.
Dyfarnwr / Referee: Robet Jenkins, Patrick Wilding, Vaughan Harding.
Torf / Attendance 160
20/8/22 Cynghrair JD Cymru North League
COLWYN BAY ............ 2
Alex Downes 66', 82'
CPD PORTHMADOG ......0
Porthmadog found themselves today facing up to a strong and often impressive home side and both the outcome and scoreline were ultimately a pretty fair reflection on the afternoon`s proceedings. The game was played on an immaculate pitch surrounded by a very well-appointed Llanelian Road ground and the very commendable attendance ensured an excellent atmosphere throughout.
The first goalscoring chance fell to Port`s Alex Boss on seven minutes. After neat build up play down the left flank involving Ifan Emlyn, Harri Hughes and Meilir Williams, Alex evaded a defender and tried his luck from 18 yards but his worthy effort just cleared the crossbar.
Three minutes later, it was the Bay`s turn as Cai Owen turned smartly in the box only to send his right-footer well over the bar. The Seagulls were now beginning to build up a head of steam and on 16 minutes, the very impressive centre-back Lewis Sirrel blazed well over Morgan Jones` bar from point-blank range. Then on 22` minutes, the Bay ‘scored’ with a neat back-post header to put the icing on a tidy passage of play but, luckily for the visitors, it was promptly ruled out for offside.
Ten minutes before the break it looked as if the home side must score but Morgan saved brilliantly with an outstretched leg. Then, three minutes before the interval after excellent and determined work by Alex Boss down the right wing, Meilir Williams` firm goalbound effort was foiled by a very good last-ditch block. Thus, the half ended scoreless.
Eight minutes into the second period, the Bay fluffed a good chance at the far post after a well-floated free-kick and a minute later, Port`s Meilir Williams shot narrowly past the post following good work by the tenacious Harri Hughes.
The home side was starting to dominate as the second half wore on and it was little surprise when Alex Downes crowned an intricate move with a shot into the corner of the net and Morgan Jones was beaten at last. 1-0 to the Bay.
Port continued to counter-attack whenever possible but were perhaps resorting too often to the long-ball method as these were meat and drink to the strong and alert Bay defenders. However, a good break by McDaid produced a fine cross into the box but Alex Boss, under pressure, could not gain enough purchase on his header and the ball was cleared to safety.
The Seagulls continued to probe with pace and skill and on 75 minutes, Matty Hill raced through on goal but his delicate chip was brilliantly read and well caught by the increasingly busy Morgan Jones. Two minutes later and the Seagulls came closer still to doubling their advantage but were again foiled by a timely intervention by the Port keeper.
On 82 minutes, the killer blow was landed by a towering bullet header by the brilliant Alex Downes from a Tom McCready corner. Port insisted (and they certainly had a case!) that the ball had been cleared off the line but referee Owen Thomas had other ideas and the Seagulls had a cushion…..2-0.
Just before the final whistle, substitute Cai Henshaw let fly with a good-looking 25 yard drive but it was comfortably gathered by `keeper Ryan Woods and that was that. This powerful Colwyn Bay side had achieved what their play merited and will undoubtedly be a very difficult team to beat. Moreover, in the shape of Alex Downes and Lewis Sirrell, they have two of the finest players you are ever likely to see at this level. As for Port, they did their utmost and produced very attractive football at times. It must be that ‘at times’ is not quite enough against a team of Colwyn Bay`s calibre.
Diolch yn fawr , Bae Colwyn am y croeso cynnes a phob lwc am weddill y tymor.
Next Friday evening , Port will welcome Mold Alexandra to Y Traeth. 7.30pm.
Colwyn Bay :- Ryan Woods (GK), Steffan Edwards (S. Hart 74`), Cai Owen (J. Williams (84`) , Lewis Sirrell, Sam Downey, Thomas McCready(capt.), Matthew Hill, Kristian Platt, Alex Downes (G. Williams 84`), Tom Creamer (D. Allshorn 57`), James Kirby. Unused sub :- Cameron Darling
Porthmadog :- Morgan Jones (GK), Nathan Williams, Josh Banks, Iddon Price (capt.), Ifan Emlyn, Gareth Jones-Evans (Marcus Banks 57`), Alex Boss (Cai Henshaw 82`), Meilir Williams (Jamie McDaid 57`), Cai Jones, Harri Hughes, Euron Roberts (Cian Pritchard 71`). Unused subs :- Fynley Birt (GK), Sol Kempster, Guto Griffith. (No cards for either side…..Excellent !)
Dyfarnwr/Referee:- Owen Thomas Cynorthwywyr/ Assistants:-Connah Sears , Vaughan Harding
Torf / Attendance :- 698
13/08/2022 JD Cymru North, Cae Baker, Penrhyncoch 2/30pm
CPD PENRHYNCOCH ..............0
CPD PORTHMADOG ...............3
Rhys Alun 30'
Callum Parry 62'
Ifan Emlyn (90' + 4'
For the first time in living memory, both sets of supporters witnessed a match on a typically Welsh grass-roots ground being played in tropical conditions with the thermometer readout at pitchside displaying a mind-boggling 32 degrees Celsius. Accordingly, the game was testimony to the high fitness levels of both sets of players as they succeeded in playing attractive football in such testing conditions.
On a beautifully manicured and picturesque Cae Baker, honours were pretty much even for the opening 20 minutes or so but it was the hosts who produced the game`s first clear cut chance when, on seven minutes, Geoff Kellaway did very well to find space in the box and send in a dangerous shot which hit the underside of the bar and bounced out to safety. On 23 minutes, however, it was Port`s turn to test the hosts` rearguard when a shot inside the box was well-saved at the expense of a corner by The Roosters` keeper Lewis James, Then,, from the resulting corner, James did even better to parry away a great goal-bound header by Nathan Williams. Port were now beginning to get their act together with the skillful Meilir Williams looking particularly threatening down the right flank. On the half-hour mark, the visitors duly earned their breakthrough with a wonderful goal. The industrious Callum Parry was clumsily brought down outside the box and up stepped the equally hard-working Rhys Alun to send a dipping drive into the top right hand corner of the net from fully 25 yards. What a goal……and an early contender for ‘Goal of the Season’ without doubt. It wasn`t all Port though. On 40 minutes, the hosts came desperately close to equalizing when a bullet header by Kolach was well-saved by Morgan Jones and scrambled frantically to safety by his co-defenders.1-0 it remained to the visitors at the end of the half. .
At the start of the second half, the home side delivered a stern warning as a blistering low left footer by Taylor Watts whizzed narrowly past Morgan Jones` post with the Port custodian well-beaten. .
On the hour mark, the game witnessed a very significant turning point when Rhys Alun sprinted clear on goal only to be brought down by Owain James who was immediately red-carded. This seemed to give Port much confidence and belief and henceforth began to dominate proceedings. .
A minute later , a well-floated high cross from Ifan Emlyn found the head of Callum Parry whose glorious looping header went well beyond the helpless James and nestled in the back of the net. 2-0 Port. .
Understandably after this, Port did well to slow the game down a tad in order to conserve energy and a quartet of substitutes in the shape of Ben Fisher, Alex Boss , Cai Henshaw and Cian Pritchard gave worthy and intelligent performances in the closing minutes. In fairness, however, Penrhyncoch never gave up and they perhaps deserved better when a lapse in concentration between Morgan Jones and Euron Roberts ended with Roberts having to produce an excellent goal-line clearance. .
During the final 10 minutes, Ben Fisher came agonizingly close to putting the game to bed when his left-footed daisy cutter shaved the foot of the post at the end of a glorious move and Callum Parry`s firm volley cannoned off the underside of the cross-bar. .
It was Ifan Emlyn`s turn, however, to put the icing on the cake. Deep into injury time, a neat pass by Cian Pritchard provided him with a rare incursion into The Roosters` box and he produced an unstoppable low drive into the corner of the net to make it three-nil to the happy visitors. .
Few could complain about the entertainment provided this afternoon. From Port`s perspective, it was very much ‘job done’ with three great goals, three points and a clean sheet. Moreover, every single player played very well. Da iawn Port a diolch yn fawr i Benrhyncoch am y croeso CYNNES! .
Next Saturday, we face a tough challenge as we travel to meet the very promising Colwyn Bay. A great match in prospect. .
Penrhyncoch:-Lewis James (GK), Tomos Evans, Kieran Booker (D. Evans 66`), Gwion Pugh-Jones, Jon Foligno (J. Perry 66`), Owain James, Efekan Cholak, Steffan Gittins, Taylor Watts, Geoff Kellaway, Gavin Rowlands (C. Mann 60`) Unused substitute :- Sion James . Red card :- Owain James (61`) Yellow:- Taylor Evans (29`), Steffan Gittins (60`).
Porthmadog :-Morgan Jones (GK), Nathan Williams, Harri Hughes, Iddon Price (capt.), Ifan Emlyn, Callum Parry (Cian Pritchard 86`), Cai Jones, Rhys Alun (Cai Henshaw 86`), Gethin Maxwell (Ben Fisher 77`), Meilir Williams (Alex Boss 57`) Euron Roberts. Unused subs :- Stuart Rogers, Guto Griffith. Yellow card :- Euron Roberts (88`).
Dyfarnwr/Referee :- Mark James Cynorthwywyr/ Assistants:- Joshua John Roper, Steffan Rhodri Davies.
Torf / Attendance :- 125.
02/08/2022 JD Cymru North, Y Traeth, Porthmadog 8pm
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CPD PORTHMADOG ………………. 0
GRESFORD ATHLETIC ……………… 1
Adam Hesp 90’+2’
On a night of high winds and driving rain Port and Gresford entertained fans with an exciting end to end game. It was tense, with supporters kept on the edge of their seats to the very end with the Gresford winner coming in the 2nd minute of added time. Though the result could have gone either way it is difficult to begrudge Gresford their 3 points. Even though there was plenty of goalmouth action at both ends, it was the visitors who created the clearest chances on goal, often being restricted only by an outstanding performance by Morgan Jones in the Port goal.
In his match report last Saturday Dylan Rees said, “For Port travelling supporters there was no better feeling than winning in the last minute” Well yes indeed, but last night they were experiencing what it is like to be on the receiving end of a late, late winner. With the wind howling in their faces, the Port defence lined up in front of hero keeper Morgan Jones as Charlie Mann wound up on the right touchline for a long throw which sailed deep into the box on the back of the gale with a final touch applied by the tall figure of Adam Hesp to snatch the winner.
Port started the game with the wind on their backs but it was the lively Gresford outfit who supplied the first threat with Deacon firing over the bar and Macready shooting straight at the keeper. Port soon got their act together and Callum Parry got on the end of an Ifan Emlyn cross but his header was narrowly off target. The pacy wing back newcomer Harri Hughes together with Ifan Emlyn were proving a threat down the left. Nathan Williams came close for Port with a well struck 25 yard effort and then it was the visitors who had the clearest chance up to that point, Harvey Ellis getting in behind the home defence but Morgan Jones was out to make his first serious save of a busy night at the expense of a corner. Then once again it was Harri Hughes for Port, with a fine break to the byline, sending a low cross into the danger area but there was no finishing touch. Ben Fisher on the other flank tested visitors keeper Rhys Williams with a dipping angled effort. It needed a great a tackle by Port’s Nathan Williams to halt a dangerous Gresford counter attack and there were further efforts, for the visitors before Josh Griffiths burst through on goal but out came Morgan Jones to keep the scores level at the interval. With so much end to end attacking play it was a mystery how we reached the halfway without a single goal.
The second half started with the wind blowing even more strongly and now really dictating the pattern of the play. Gresford were setting themselves to take advantage of this and were peppering the Port goal. Two minutes into the half and Morgan Jones was saving point blank from Spridgeon and two further efforts on goal were scrambled clear. The end to end pattern continued with Rhys Alun bursting along the byline and squirting a cross/shot across the face of goal and Callum Parry on a good run having his effort scrambled clear. Then Spridgeon and Morgan Jones continued their private battle. The speedy forward getting in behind the Port defence twice more but Morgan Jones was quickly out to deny Gresford with fine saves with his feet. Gresford had a free kick on the edge of the box but still no goal. Attacks and counterattacks continued to the very end until heartbreak for Port as Andrew Hesp secured the 3 points for Gresford.
Manager Craig Papirnyk summed it up well “…that’s football for you, from the highs to the lows. No complaints tonight and one we will have to learn from.”
Porthmadog: Morgan Jones, Ben Fisher (Marcus Banks 49’), Nathan Williams, Iddon Price (Sol Kempster 46’), Harri Hughes, Ifan Emlyn, Gareth Jones Evans (Euron Roberts 63’), Cai Jones, Alex Boss (Cian Pritchard 74’), Callum Parry, Rhys Alun (Meilir Williams 63’). Yellow: Ifan Emlyn, Marcus Banks. Unused subs: Jamie McDaid, Cai Henshaw.
,br> Gresford : R Williams, S Smith, G Macready, A Hesp, S Pickering, Josh Griffiths, Sam Spridgeon (A Buxton 80’), H Ellis (Charlie Mann 71’), D Deacon (J Barratt 66’), T Weir (D Holland 71’), Nathan Williams. Red Nathan Williams (81,’90’). Yellow: G Macready Unused subs: J Hill-Dunt, C Hibbert.
Swyddogion / Match Officials: Aaron Wyn Jones, Andrew Dogan, Nathan Jones
Torf / Attendance: 265
30/07/22 JD Cymru North @ Parc Fictoria / Victoria Park Llanidloes
LLANIDLOES TOWN ..............2
Jamie Breese 8'
Elliot Jones (p) 44'
CPD PORTHMADOG ...............3
Alex Boss 63'
Rhys Alun 82'
Callum Parry 89'
Well what a start to the new season! A game of 2 halves if ever there was one!! And what a dramatic finish to an entertaining match.
It was a mixture of relief and admiration for Port supporters for rarely can a game have started so disappointingly and yet ended so well. Port found themselves a goal behind after just 9 minutes and two in arrears at the interval, yet a tremendous second half fight back secured all three points thanks to goals which came very, very late, the 2nd arriving in the 82nd minute with the winner coming in the very last minute.
Craig Papirnyk had made changes following the disappointment at Ruthin last weekend. Morgan Jones was in goal for a return debut and in defence Ben Fisher came in together with Craig Papirnyk’s latest signing, Nathan Williams from Conwy. Also returning to the club was Meilir Williams who came in up front, together with Rhys Alun.
Llanidloes started brightly as Jamie Breese had a shot blocked by Morgan Jones just after the start, but on 6 minutes Port failed to clear a corner and Jamie Breese's shot deflected off Connor Bird and into the net.
As the half went on Port grew into the match and on 17 minutes Rhys Alun burst into the box but his effort was well saved, and, just after, his header went narrowly past the post after a great cross from Alex Boss. But play went from one end to tje other and Llan's Andrew Evans had a goal bound shot blocked by Harri Hughes.
Port were starting to dominate play and Nathan Williams' header from an Ifan Emlyn free kick went very close to equalising and Meilir Williams and Nathan came agonisingly close again soon after. As half time approached Port had further attempts at Llan's goal with Meilir Williams hitting the side netting and Callum Parry's shot well gathered by Llan's goalie Luke Evans.
A further setback for Port came on 43 minutes as Llan were awarded a penalty when Jamie Breese was brought down in the box, Elliott Jones converted to make it 2-0 to the home side. They came close to a 3rd on the stroke of half time as Andrew Evans struck agonisingly past the post.
There must of been some words said in the dressing room at half time as Port were sent out early and made to wait by Llanidloes but, with the help of some inspired substitutions, there was only one winner going to be in the 2nd half.
Port started on the front foot and had a few chances before Jamie Breese tried to chip Morgan Jones in the Port goal, but fortunately over the bar.
Port responded and on 59 minutes Callum Parry's effort, from an Ifan Emlyn through ball, was well saved and then on 62' the breakthrough came. Gareth J. Evans' fine pass from well inside Port's half was well controlled by Alex Boss and his first time shot went beyond Luke Evans to make it 2-1.
Port's confidence grew as Rhys Alun tried to chip Llan's goalie after a Cian Pritchard pass and a Callum Parry effort came close. Llan were still a threat and could and should have scored as Morgan Jones produced a double save. They lived to regret that as on 82' Ifan Emlyn's pass found Rhys Alun and last season’s top scorer struck the ball past Luke Evans to make it 2-2.
Port were'nt happy with just a point and pushed forward in search of a 3rd and subsitute Cai Henshaw found space at an angle but could'nt convert.
On 86’ at the other end Jamie Breese's effort on the turn was well saved by Morgan Jones as Llan pushed forward to find a winner.
But on 89' minutes, with time running out, Cian Pritchard found himself free and his shot was parried away by Luke Evans only to find Callum Parry at the far post to hit home the winner and send the away support into raptures.
For Port travelling supporters there was no better feeling than winning in the last minute especially after being 2-0 down and away from home.
By any measure this was a big win for Port as they go through the process of re-adjusting to life at a higher level. By half-time there were real worries. What a contrast in the second period and, though they left it late, three goals and none conceded was enough to raise the spirits of the management team and the travelling faithful.
Porthmadog: Morgan Jones, Ben Fisher (Gareth Jones Evans 53'), Nathan Williams, Sol Kempster, Iddon Price, Harri Hughes, Ifan Emlyn, Alex Boss, Rhys Alun (Cai Henshaw 83'), Meilir Williams (Cian Pritchard 61'), Callum Parry. Unused Subs: Marcus Banks, Craig Papirnyk.Yellow: Ifan Emlyn 47', Gareth Jones Evans 63'.
Llanidloes: L Evans, D Reynolds (Tommy Rowlands 78'), Elliot Jones, E Clarke, L Jones, D Lewis, A Evans (G Brown 78'), T Goodwin (A Owen 67'), C Bird (A Farmer 33'), Jamie Breese, G Clarke. Unused sub: G Davies Yellow: D Reynolds 22'.
Dyfarnwr/ Referee: Arthur Samallman, Cynorthwywyr/ Assistants: Rheinallt Davies, Tomos Huw Jones.
Report compiled from extensive notes by DYLAN REES. Diolch Dylan
22/07/22 Nathaniel MG Cup Round 1
Jamie Nash 52'
Sam Rickett 62'
Joseph Sullivan 81'
Jamie Nash 90'+3
CPD PORTHMADOG ...................1
Callum Parry 40'
Y gêm yn cael ei throi ar ei phen yn yr ail hanner, wrth i fantais Port ar y toriad diolch i gôl Callum Parry orffen gyda chweir i'r ymwelwyr.
The game was turned on its head in the second half, as Port's advantage at the interval thanks to Callum Parry finished with a heavy defeat for the visitors.
Rhuthun :- R. Goldston (GK), J. Nash, D. Cox, I. Lambert, V. Mbolokele, E. Davies (I. Hughes 58'), J. Sullivan, S. Rickett, R. Owen (S. Jones 84'), W. Owen (G. Owen 74'), J. Jones. Unused subs: D. Goldston, T. Dyer.
Porthmadog :- Bradley Roberts (GK), Euron Roberts (Harri Hughes 45'), Josh Banks, Sol Kempster, Iddon Price (Capt.), Ifan Emlyn (Cai Henshaw 68'), Stuart Rogers, Gareth Jones-Evans, Alex Boss (Cian Pritchard 79'), Callum Parry, Gethin Maxwell, Unused subs :- Guto Griffith, Rhys Alun, Craig Papyrnik. Yellow card:- Gareth Jones-Evans (69')
Dyfarnwr/Referee :- Thomas Owen. Cynorthwywyr/ Assistants:- Nathan Wheatley, Steven Roberts
Torf / Attendance :- 227