| Drenewydd / Newtown (a) |
Cwmbran (h) |
Port Talbot (a) |
Cei Conna / Connah's Quay [LC] (a) |
TNS (h) |
| Cei Conna / Connah's Quay (h) | Cwmbran (h) | Caernarfon (h) | Y Rhyl (a)| Caersws (h) |
Vauxhall Masterfit Welsh Premier -Saturday, November 21st Porthmadog ... 0 Caersws ... 1 Chris Venables 73 Oh! for Dave Taylor in his prime! Port lost a game which they totally dominated for the entire ninety minutes. Caersws hardly believing their luck walked away from a game where they were completely outplayed with three points. Port served up some of the best footaball seen at the Traeth for a very long time but there are no points for good football and a quick counter attack by Caersws after 73' where Chris Venables racing in from midfield touched in a low cross from three yards gave the visitors a victory when the balance of play demanded that they should have been heavily beaten. There perhaps lies the key to this amazing result for Caersws with one of their rare attacks managed to get the midfield support in the box while Port failed on numerous occasions to get enough bodies in the box. Port were on the attack from the start and after only three minutes Mulliner had to rush out to halt Mark Williams who had caught out the Caersws defence. Then after only eight minutes Port should have gone ahead when a glorious ball by Mark Williams put Carl Owen clean through in the box and though he delayed his shot he should still have beaten Mulliner who parried the ball for a corner. From that corner Caersws were lucky to see a Gareth Parry shot deflected for a corner. With Gareth Parry and Owain Roberts controlling the midfield Caersws were rarely out of their own half. After 23' Webber headed Owain Roberts' corner narrowly wide and soon Mulliner was in action again cutting out a dangerous John Gwynfor cross. The same player supplied another cross for Carl Owen to head wide. And so the one way traffic continued with Mark Williams having his header kicked off the line and it seemed impossible that half-time had arrived without a home goal. Little changed in the second period as Tony Williams broke wide and Carl Owen's shot was diverted for a corner. It was a real rarity when McGuigan in the home goal had to save from McPhee after 52'. Only a temporary blip as Ritchie Owen saw his goal bound shot blocked and after a fine sweeping move Owain Roberts' finish was off target. And so it continued with crosses into the box as John Gwynfor, Tony Williams and sub Gareth Caughter opened the visitors' defence with runs down the right but no one could apply the finishing touch. Then the inevitable happened in a break as rare as summer snow Venables put Caersws ahead and as they say goals win matches. The goal did not change the pattern of play as Port resumed their domination but they were now playing in the hope of a draw. That draw was not forthcoming and home supporters were totally bemused asking how such a fine performance could end in defeat. One Caersws supporter making his way to the bus was heard to say "If we had lost 6-1 we could have had no complaints". Port: McGuigan: John G. Jones, Ryan Davies, Webber, Foster: Tony Williams, Gareth Parry (Dafydd Evans), Owain Roberts, Ritchie Owen: Mark Williams (Jon Peris Jones), Carl Owen (Gareth Caughter). Caersws: Mulliner, Andrew Thomas, Sean Jehu, Colin Reynolds, Hugh Clarke (Mark Howells), Dylan McPhee (Mitchell), Chris Venables, Marfell, Graham Evans, Graham Jones, Andrew Davies. Sub not used: Mark Probert. Gareth Williams
Vauxhall Masterfit Welsh Premier -Tuesday, November 16th Rhyl ... 3 Porthmadog ... 1 Brewerton 45,86 Mark Williams 69 McGinn 93 For the second game in succession two late goals gave Rhyl the three points though the final scoreline hardly reflected the run of play on the night. Goals in the 86' and, then with Port throwing everything into attack, an injury time header by super sub Chris McGinn settled a fiercely contested match. From the outset it was clear that this would be a bruising battle in very difficult conditions with a swirling wind and a steady drizzle. Rhyl with the wind at their backs started best though they failed to create any clear chances. Gradually after the opening 15' Port came more and more into the game and despite playing into the wind and the rain held the upper hand for long periods. There were few if any clear opportunities at either but a good Port build-up on the half hour gave Mark Williams a shooting chance but he was wide of the target. Almost immediately the visitors won a free-kick on the right and a finely struck ball by Gareth Parry reached John Gwynfor on the far post but his shot slid narrowly the wrong side of the upright. Rhyl's most threatening attacks came from set pieces as they lifted high free-kicks into the box and from an in swinging Limbert corner McGuigan had to rise well to touch it over the bar. It was no surprise that the half's only goal came from a set piece, though it did come very much against the run of play. On the stroke of half-time a Mark Limbert corner glanced off Mike Foster's forehead into the goal mouth. There Rhyl defender Jamie Brewerton reacted first to put the home side ahead at the interval. The second period started much the same as the first with little opportunity for either side to build up moves as both sides were quick to the tackle closing each other down and allowing no time on the ball. The early efforts on goal came from the home side with first Hunt receiving a long through ball but his shot went wide and then a good opening created by Adamson on the left saw McGuigan pull off a point blank save to keep out Smith. Port came back into the game and once again it was a set piece that produced the goal. A well placed Gareth Parry free-kick from the left touchline was met by Mark Williams' superb curling header into the far corner of the net. Within ten minutes Port could have gone ahead when Owain Roberts played a good ball in to Carl Owen who squared it to Caughter who failed to get enough power on his shot from 10yds out. Then with a draw seeming the most likely conclusion Rhyl struck again in the 86th min from a set-piece. Once again it was Limbert whose long corner was headed back towards the far post where Jamie Brewerton was again on hand to force the ball into the net. With time running out Port threw caution to the wind in the hope of forcing the draw which their overall play had deserved. This invited the quick counter and indeed that is what happened and a well worked move it proved to be. A quick transfer from the back found Limbert free on the right and the winger's fine cross found McGinn breaking into the box and the subs well directed header found the net. Rhyl showed once more showed the spirit and determination of champions prepared to go the distance. Port on the other hand will feel that they deserved a share of the spoils as they once more showed that they can battle it out on equal terms with the best teams in the league. That is the measure of the progress they have made so far this season. A hard contest but not a single yellow card was needed. Port: McGuigan: John G Jones, Ryan Davies, Webber, Foster: Tony Williams (Ritchie Owen), Gareth Parry, Owain Roberts (Jon Peris Jones)), Gareth Caughter: Mark Williams, Carl Owen. Subs not used: Dafydd Evans, Tom Reynolds, Barry Evans. Rhyl: Paul Smith Brewerton, Stones, Burgess (McGinn), Tim Edwards, Mark Powell, Wilson, Limbert, Hunt (Atherton), Peter Smith (G Powell), Chris Adamson. Gareth Williams
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Vauxhall Masterfit Welsh Premier -Saturday, November 13th. Porthmadog ... 2 Caernarfon ... 0 Gareth Parry 17 Carl Owen 54 Caernarfon started confidently stringing some useful passes together as they had shown in their mid-week victory over Newport County. However they soon found that life back in the Welsh Premier was of far sterner stuff than that provided in this dismal display by the Conference South club. The best early opportunity fell to the home side when following a 5th minute Foster corner Caughter failed to get enough power on his header and Walsh saved easily. There was not long to wait before Port went deservedly ahead. It came following a good home build-up on the left and Gareth Caughter's cross was deflected for a corner. Foster's corner on the left was only partially cleared as far as Gareth Parry whose shot from the edge of the box went low into the net. Three minutes later and another Foster corner caused panic in the Canaries goal area and as Walsh failed to the gather, Carl Owen's effort from close range had to be blocked on the line. During the remainder of the half all the danger was at the visitors' end. Gareth Caughter screwed wide when well placed, Lee Webber headed over the bar and when Mike Foster played a good ball in to Carl Owen he turned well in the box but his shot was off target. Carl Owen was a constant threat and threatened again when Caughter crossed from the left but when Tom Reynolds crossed well from the right the striker failed to get a touch when a goal seemed likely. Throughout this period, for all their neat approach work, Caernarfon only managed one shot -from player-manager Wayne Phillips which went high over the bar. The second period started much the same and nine minutes into the half Port went further ahead. Tony Williams was first to the ball down the right taking him away from two defenders and crossing low into the box where Carl Owen turned well and beat Walsh with a low shot into the corner for his 6th goal of the season. And no player deserved a goal more than Owen who had been a threat throughout with his excellent control and strong running. The period which followed was all Port and they could have put themselves far ahead as they dominated and created so many chances. Tony Williams who was providing a real threat down the right crossed well into the box but it managed to escape everybody. Walsh saved from Owain Roberts after a Carl Owen cross and the keeper saw a Caughter shot fly dangerously close to the target. Following a quickly taken free-kick Mark Williams headed narrowly wide and then Mark Williams became the provider with a cross for Carl Owen who could have finished the game off but his header was just off target. In the closing stages Port defended very deeply and gave away possession too easily which gave the visitors their best period during the game. Though Lee Jones threatened briefly it was now a case of too little too late. It took until the 79th minute before they managed a real shot on goal when Lee Jones cracked a useful shot which McGuigan saved at full stretch. Their only other effort on goal, in this period, was a Gwyn Peters drive into the side netting. Surprisingly this was Port's first home league win but it lifts them into 7th place in the table. Caernarfon are left with just one league win despite the number of experienced players in their ranks. Port have now notched three straight wins over their Gwynedd rivals. Port: McGuigan: John G Jones, Ryan Davies, Lee Webber, Mike Foster: Tony Williams, Gareth Parry, Owain Roberts, Gareth Caughter: Tom Reynolds (Mark Williams), Carl Owen. Subs not used: Dafydd Evans, Ritchie Owen. Caernarfon: Walsh, Mark Evans, Caerwyn Roberts, Chalk, McNulty, Hogg, Peters, Phillips, Lee Jones, Osian Jones, Rob Williams. Subs: Dylan Owen, Colin Quirk, Matthew Phillips. Gareth Williams
Welsh Cup Round 3 Saturday, November 6th Porthmadog ... 1 Cwmbran Town ... 3 (after extra time) Lee Webber 73' Fowler 4', Plant, 103', Mainwaring 113' Cwmbran manager Brian Coyne predicted that this was a game which could well go to extra-time in view of the records of these two teams this season. He turned out to be right but Port will be extremely disappointed not to have settled the game inside the 90'. They controlled the closing stages of normal time mounting attack after attack and totally dominating proceedings. Cwmbran were relieved to hear the referee's whistle giving them a chance to re-group, as Port had built up a head of steam where a winning goal seemed inevitable. In the first period of extra-time Port failed to maintain their domination and the visitors managed to get their noses in front when Raith Plant broke well to the edge of the home box and played a slick one-two to open up the home defence and finished the move himself drilling the ball into the net via the post. Port struggled to lift themselves back into the game for a second time but with still seven minutes to go Port keeper Gerard McGuigan inexplicably decided to take the desperate measure of going up for a corner. The moment Cwmbran cleared Foster's corner Port were in serious trouble as McGuigan raced back down field but it was to no avail as the visitors kept their heads and Mainwaring fired in from 12 yds. There was now no way back for Port. The home side had made life difficult for themselves due to a very slow start and Richard Hurlin almost caught them out in the first minute with a free-kick from 25yds. But the warning went unheeded and after just four minutes the visitors went ahead when Hurlin again curled a free-kick around the wall to strike the upright. McGuigan managed to push the ball away but only to Mike Fowler who drilled it into the net. For the remainder of the half neither side really threatened apart from a scrambled corner clearance by Cwmbran when a Webber header looked to be heading for the back of the net and finally Hallam saved well from a close range Mark Williams effort. Just before the interval Gareth Parry tested Hallam again with a 30yd cracker. From the start of the second period Port were in control and Ritchie Owen in the first minute brought a good save from Hallam. This was followed by a Caughter header which dipped just over the bar and a Carl Owen volley which went wide of the target. A goal seemed inevitable and it came after 73' via the Foster -Webber partnership. A flighted Foster free-kick was headed into the net by well judged Webber leap. Port were now in charge and forced a succession of corners keeping the visitors' defence at full stretch but the goal which could have settled the game refused to come though it looked as though Carl Owen was to settle it when he broke into the box and fired a low shot which ran across the face of the goal and narrowly past the far post. Then it was extra-time and Cwmbran secured entry into the Fourth round. Unfortunately and reluctantly mention has to be made of referee Andy Richards' performance. In a game between two sides whose intention it is to play constructive football he blew his whistle constantly never allowing the game to flow. In addition I lost count of the yellow cards he waved but it must have been in excess of half a dozen many of them for quite innocuous offences. In addition he short-timed both halves of extra-time and despite a fairly lengthy injury added no additional time in the second period. Port: McGuigan: J. G Jones, Ryan Davies, Webber, Foster: Dafydd Evans (Aled Rowlands), Gareth Parry, Ritchie Owen: Tom Reynolds (Tony Williams), Mark Williams(Gareth Caughter), Carl Owen. Cwmbran: Hallam, Chris Thomas, Green (Rogers), Perry, Welsh, Fowler, Wickham, Hanbury (Mainwaring), Plant, Diamond (martin Phillips), Hurlin. Gareth Williams
Loosemores League Cup 2nd Round (2nd Leg) -Tuesday, November 2nd. Porthmadog ... 3(1) Connah's Quay ... 2(1) Mark Williams 30 Andy Griffiths 10 Carl Owen 81, 87. Jamie Holmes 60 A game of bizarre goal-keeping errors was eventually decided by the one goal which was error free. This came in the 87th min when a superb 30yd through ball by Mark Williams split the visitors defence wide open, allowing Carl Owen to run on and score his second goal of the evening. Connah's Quay looked the better team in the early stages and were quicker to the ball taking advantage of some very inaccurate passing by the home side. The visitors came close to drawing ahead in the 8th minute when a Stuart Rain header flew dangerously across the face of the goal. Two minutes later and the visitors went ahead when Andy Griffiths' low free-kick straight at the keeper rolled inexplicably through McGuigan's fingers and into the net. Rain again threatened in the 16th minute when a fine angled shot had to be touched over the bar and later the same player should have added to the score when he was allowed a free header from a corner. Gradually the home side hauled themselves back into the game and could have drawn level when an excellent right wing cross by Tony Williams was met by Carl Owen who was unlucky to see his header strike the bar. On the half hour Port drew level again thanks to some more strange goal-keeping. Craig Bryan parried Ritchie Owen's corner kick on to the head of Mark Williams who netted from 2 yds. Port now took control for the remainder of the half and Owain Roberts came close with a dipping 30yd effort and soon after Mark Williams was just wide following a well placed Ritchie Owen free-kick. Finally Gareth Parry shaved the cross bar with a 20yd blaster. The Nomads started the second period well and McGuigan was lucky to scramble clear after initially failing to gather a cross. The visitors surged forward playing with pace and it was no surprise when they drew ahead again levelling the tie overall. The manner of their second goal was just as bizarre as the previous two goals. Jamie Holmes cut in from the right and shot low at McGuigan's near post. The keeper seemed to have it well covered but once again McGuigan, who has been enjoying an outstanding season, allowed the ball to run through his fingers and into the net. The Nomads continued to have the better of the game and Mutton fired one effort narrowly wide. The pace of Mutton and some well threaded passes were now stretching the home defence as they struggled to get back into the game. The introduction of Dafydd Evans had the desired effect bringing more control to the home midfield. In a good move along the right Mark Williams freed Gareth Parry whose accurate cross was screwed wide by Carl Owen. Then in the 81st minute Carl Owen chased what looked like a lost cause and turned into the box where he appeared to lose the ball but regained it to shoot into the net passed Bryant who had advanced recklessly from his goal. Tom Reynolds then struck the post and three minutes from the end Owen with his second goal secured the leg and the tie with a goal which deserved to win the game. This was far from being Port's best performance of the season but who can argue with a win. It was only the second time this season Port have conceded more than one goal in a match. Quite a record as we enter the month of November. Up for the cup on Saturday as we welcome Cwmbran Town. Port: McGuigan, John G. Jones, Ryan Davies, Webber, Ritchie Owen: Gareth Caughter (M Foster), Gareth Parry, Owain Roberts(Dafydd Evans), Tony Williams (Tom Reynolds), Mark Williams Carl Owen. Connah's Quay: Bryan, Holmes, Rain, Andy Griffiths, Horan, Jellicoe, Chris Williams, Mutton, Darren Williams, Kenworthy, Gareth Owen. Subs: Terry, Mazzarella, Cocks, Hutchinson. Gareth Williams
Vauxhall Masterfit Welsh Premier - Saturday, October 23rd Porthmadog ... 1 TNS ...2 Carl Owen 23 Mark Lloyd Williams 47 Mike Wilde 55 Today's encounter between the teams holding the league's last two unbeaten records provided the supporters with one of the most entertaining matches of the season so far. The majority to this season's largest crowd at the Traeth will have been pleased that Port were by no means out-classed by their full time opposition. Port started brightly with their first chance coming after only 2 and a half minutes. When the ball fell to Gareth Parry on the edge of the TNS, he had only one intention - his powerful shot had to be well saved by Gerrard Doherty. Port had the lion's share of the ball at the beginning of the game, with a chance falling to Aled Rowlands after 12 minutes. His shot went high over the bar. The deserved Port opener came after 23 minutes. Gareth Caughter, who had been lively throughout the first half, battled well to win the ball in the centre of the pitch. His penetrating pass found Carl Owen's run into the opposition box. Owen had plenty to do after rounding the keeper, but his finishing was clinical - the ball flying high into the net from a difficult angle. The goal spurred TNS into some kind of action. Tommy Holmes's shot on 26 minutes was, however, high and over the bar. The full-timers concentrated on the long ball in an attempt to get back in the game. In fact, every free kick, even from well inside their own half, was turned into an opportunity to push everyone forward and hit the high ball into the box. Port continued to have plenty of scoring opportunities; Carl Owen going close with a header on the half hour after a good run and cross from one of the players of the match, John Jones. TNS also had opportunities - the best of which fell to former Port player Mark Lloyd Williams. He should however have done better and his tame shot from the edge of the box did not trouble Gerard McGuigan. TNS could have no arguments with the half scoreline, but came out in the second half in a determined mood. They got the outcome they wanted almost instantly. Predictably, it was Mark Lloyd Williams who punished his former club for not closing him down on the edge of the box. His turn and shot after only two second half minutes showed why he is such a prolific goal-scorer and gave McGuigan no chance in the Port goal. Lloyd Williams was now in a purple patch; he had a shot fly past the post after 49 minutes and John Jones had to make a last gasp tackle to stop him 3 minutes later. Port did have some opportunities, with Gareth Caughter's long range effort after 52 minutes forcing a save. TNS, scored what proved to be the winner on 55 minutes. The ball was crossed in from the left and was met by Mike Wilde's diving header. After the goal, Port had a few half chances to level the score, the best of which fell to Owain Roberts. However, his 30 yard effort went straight to the keeper. Whilst Port did not have any other notable chances, the fact that TNS keeper, Gerrard Doherty, was booked after 79 minutes for time wasting, showed that the professionals were definitely un-nerved by Port's battling performance. PORTHMADOG: McGuigan, J.G.Jones, R.Owen, Davies, Webber, Roberts, Parry, Caughter, M.Williams (T.Williams 56'), C.Owen, Rowlands (Foster 58') Subs not used: D.Evans, B.Evans TNS: Doherty, Holmes, King, Aggrey, Evans, Beck, Ruscoe, Lloyd-Williams (Naylor 83'), Wilde (Leah 78'), Toner, Wood Subs not used: Taylor Emyr Gareth
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Loosemore's Challenge Cup - Tuesday, October 19th Connah's Quay Nomads ...1 Porthmadog ...2 Tommy Mutton 1 Owain Roberts 29 Aled Rowlands 90 If you're one of those supporters that turns up late or heads home early to miss the rush at the car park after the match, this wasn’t the game for you. The match’s biggest talking points took place within the first minute and during last minute of injury time at the end of a match that seemed destined for a draw. Port got off to the worst possible start when Richard Owen, playing on the left of defence, misread Gerard McGuigan’s signal leading to a mix-up that handed Tommy Mutton the easiest of chances on a plate, and Tommy is definitely not one to miss an open goal from ten paces. But all was forgotten for the visiting supporters right at the end when a superb Aled Rowlands strike from a free kick 20 yards out on the left gave him his first goal for Port and put them in the pole position going into the return leg at the Traeth in two weeks time. Rowlands had only come on as a late sub moments earlier. This is not to say that the 90 minutes or so sandwiched between these incidents were dull – in fact they were anything but, with both teams creating their fair share of chances. This, despite terrible conditions as it bucketed down – it’s a good job Connah’s Quay have sorted out their drainage system or this game would have been in serious doubt. Port shaded things possession-wise in the first half after the opening minute’s rather unfortunate incident, with Nomads depending on the pace and breaks of Tommy Mutton who was a thorn in the side of Port’s defence all night. Port’s best chances fell to Carl Owen, who was back in action after a few weeks on the sidelines due to injury, and Tony Williams who had a long range effort on 5 minutes. Port continued to fire at the target form long range, and it was one such effort that lead to their opening goal and equalizer on 29 minutes – the ball coming back to Owain Roberts who belted home from 20 yards to net his first goal for the Traeth Boys. The second half was a much more open affair as both teams had chances to take the lead. Tony Williams came close in the early minutes with a cross come shot, while George Horan attempted to recreate Owain Roberts’ goal at the other end. Port’s best chance to take the lead came just after the hour mark as the referee ignored the Nomads’ off-side appeals, leaving Tony Williams clear on goal, but he hesitated before shooting, and his shot was pushed out for a corner by Craig Bryan. Tommy Mutton again proved to be Connah’s Quay main threat, combining well with Darren Williams and on 68 minutes his shot had to be desperately cleared off the line. Five minutes later Gerard McGuigan managed to get his hand in to deny a close-range header by Darren Williams. Carl Owen continued to put himself in good attacking positions for the visitors, but failed to capitalize on his chances. The rain had stopped for the second half, but it had left it’s mark by then, meaning slippery conditions and rash challenges. Carl Owen is one man who knew he’d been in a game of football, coming out the worst from three fifty-fifty situations – welcome back to the Welsh Premier Carlo! The slippery conditions also spelt goal mouth confusion as both sides rode their luck and managed somehow to keep the ball on the right side of the line. Despite chances aplenty at both ends things seemed to be plodding along for another draw until that decisive moment deep into injury time. Connah’s Quay will probably feel robbed and who can blame them, considering the timing of Port’s winner. This is a game that could have gone either way, but as the cliché merchants would say – if your tight at the back and don’t concede too many silly goals your always in there with a shout of sneaking in a winner. Who said Port were draw specialists – their record in all competitions for the last 4 matches reads 3 away wins and 1 home draw. Connah’s Quay: Bryan, Holmes, Rain (A. Griffiths), Hutchinson, Horan, Jellicoe, C. Williams, Mutton, D. Williams, Kenworthy, G. Owen. Subs: S. Terry, L. Powell, S. Cooke, J. Gambino. Port: McGuigan, J. G. Jones, Webber (Foster), R. Davies, R. Owen, T. Williams (A. Rowlands), O. Roberts, G. Parry, G. Caughter, C. Owen, T. Reynolds. Subs: D. Evans, B. Evans, Harrison. Iwan Gareth.
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Vauxhall Masterfit Welsh Premier -Saturday, October 16th Port Talbot Town ...1 Porthmadog ... 2 Dean Johnston 64 Mark Williams 50 Dafydd Evans 86 Porthmadog broke their sequence of draws with a well deserved victory at Port Talbot on Saturday, but they left it late to secure the three points. Porthmadog had the better of the first half exchanges. A Ryan Davies header struck the bar after 24 minutes, but referee John adjudged that the big defender had fouled while jumping for the ball. Mr John's fussy refereeing was a prominent feature of the first half. Port Talbot went close on 30 minutes when a near post cross from the right by the lively Lee John needed to be cleared by Lee Webber under pressure from Hislop. Porthmadog created two gilt edged chances in the closing moments of the the first half. The first was created down the right flank and John Gwynfor Jones's pinpoint cross found Gareth Caughter unmarked in the box but his header was straight at keeper Martin Davies. On the stroke of half time Mark Williams released Gareth Parry who raced goalwards but his touch pushed him wide and his shot flew into the side netting when a square ball would have provided the unmarked Tom Reynolds with a simple tap in. Porthmadog started the second half as they had finished the first and opened the scoring four minutes after the restart. Gareth Caughter clipped a cross into the back post from the right, Davies the home keeper made a hash of trying to clear the ball, Reynolds controlled and squared the ball for Mark Williams to score from 6 yards for his second goal of the season. The goal spurred Port Talbot into action, a low drive from Russel Wigley after 55 minutes forced Gerard McGuigan into his first save of the game. Seven minutes later and Port Talbot equalised, Dean Johnson picked the ball on the right of the box, cleverly beat the defender and hammered the ball into the roof of the net from a tight angle. Both sides continued to strive for the decisive winner. Mark Williams set up Caughter who shot just wide from 18 yards while Lee John and Liam Hancock went close for the home side. The decisive second goal came 8 minutes from time and it was a beauty. Caughter set up Dave Evans who fired an angled drive into the top corner from 25 yards, a goal worthy of winning any match. Resiliant Port Talbot did not give up and sustained pressure almost produced an equaliser in the 86th minute when a 25 yard drive from Johnson was brilliantly palmed over by McGuigan only minutes after he had taken a hefty knock when coming to claim a cross. This was a pleasing win to end our run of draws and manager Viv Williams is sure to be pleased with the effort and work rate of his players. Gerallt Owen.
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Vauxhall Masterfit Welsh Premier -Sunday, October 10th Porthmadog ... 1 Cwmbran Town ...1 Dafydd Evans 55(pen) Mike Fowler 49 Playing on a Sunday failed to change the pattern as Port maintained a full set of home league draws. The home side looking for the elusive home win continued with last week's experiment of a lone striker up front with two wide men playing in more forward positions. Port started well keeping possession and Cwmbran found it difficult to break out from defence especially with a stiff breeze favouring the home side. This in fact proved to be the pattern for the first half with the visitors threatening mainly from quick counter attacks. As early as the 5th minute Ritchie Owen played a good ball in to Mark Williams on the edge of the box but the forwards' shot was wide of the target. Despite pressure Port did not create many chances though Owain Roberts with a good low cross from the right set up Dafydd Evans but the shot was diverted for a corner. Despite their restricted possession Cwmbran looked dangerous on the break with Chris Thomas and Kaid Mohammed showing pace and skill in setting up a good attack which needed prompt action from McGuigan in the home goal. In fact the visitors could have gone ahead when they broke quickly following a Port corner and Kaid Mohammed saw a powerful low angled shot strike the far post before bouncing to safety. In the second period with the wind at their backs Cwmbran started brightly and within four minutes had breached a home defence which had only conceded one previous goal this term at the Traeth. It came as a result of a good break on the right by Tony Green before delivering an excellent far post cross which was met perfectly by Mike Fowler giving McGuigan no chance. Port were stung into action by this reverse and it heralded another long period of territorial domination. Ritchie Owen was narrowly off target following a quickly taken free-kick and after a good build-up Gareth Parry could not get quite enough power on his header which went straight at keeper Wesson. The pressure told after 55 mins when referee Woodthorpe pointed to the spot for a handling offence by Jason Welsh. Up stepped Dafydd Evans and, though he has not had a penalty to convert for some time, made no mistake placing the ball well out of Wesson's reach. Having drawn level Port continued to dominate and Gareth Parry, after showing excellent control in the box, unfortunately saw his shot fly narrowly over the bar. Aled Rowlands broke to the bye-line but there was no one on hand to turn in his low cross. Cwmbran were still dangerous on the break and it needed good defence by John Gwynfor to keep out Mohammed racing away following a Port corner. Another time McGuigan had to advance to the edge of the area and gather the ball at Mohammed's feet. To the end Port drove forward with Tom Reynolds breaking through and Wesson was only able to push his shot away towards Mark Williams whose shot was blocked. Port's final unsuccessful effort to gain a deserved victory came when Gareth Parry drove low from the edge of the box but Wesson once again got his body behind the shot and gathered safely. Port will be disappointed at not securing a home win but on the other hand they will recall that last season Cwmbran performed the double over them. Port: McGuigan, John G Jones, Ryan Davies, Lee Webber, Mike Foster: Owain Roberts (Tom Reynolds), Dafydd Evans, Gareth Parry, Ritchie Owen(Gareth Caughter), Aled Rowlands : Mark Williams (Tony Williams). Cwmbran: Wesson, Green, James, Coughlin, Welsh, Fowler, Martin Phillips, Chris Thomas, Kaid Mohammed, Dimond, Hurlin. Subs: Fernquest, Hanbury, Plant. Gareth Williams
Welsh FA Cup Round 2 - Saturday, October 2nd. Newtown ... 0 Porthmadog ... 1 Gareth Parry 68 Port made their second visit to Latham Park in just three weeks and with a tight 1-1 draw still alive in the memory both sides were expecting another close contest especially as Newtown had notched two good wins in the last fortnight. That is how it turned out and from early in the game it was apparent that one goal would probably be enough to decide entry into the third round. After a predictably goalless opening half the result in the end hinged on a 68th minute Gareth Parry goal. The same player had previously come closest to scoring with a fine far post header which shaved the top of the crossbar, following a 52nd min Dafydd Evans cross. The decisive score followed closely after the introduction of Mark Williams who broke to the bye-line on the right before unleashing a fine low cross. The former Newtown regular found Gareth Parry breaking into the box from midfield. Parry's first effort was scrambled out by keeper Edwards but the midfielder reacted quickly and steered his subsequent effort wide of Edwards and a covering defender and into the net. From then on it was a question of whether the visitors defence could hold on for another clean sheet. During the opening half Port had enjoyed the lion's share of the attacking play. One of their best best early efforts came via a well executed volley by Tom Reynolds and it needed a last ditch goaline clearance by Giles to keep it out. Minutes later and Port should have gone ahead when a defensive lapse allowed Gareth Caughter through one-on-one with keeper Edwards but his touch let him down and when he tried to round the keeper Edwards proved equal to the task. Later it took another goaline clearance by Giles to prevent an opening goal when a Dafydd Evans corner was flicked on by Webber. The nearest that the home side came to scoring came as early as the 10th minute when the meanest defence in the league was glad to see the ball booted out from under the bar following scramble in the six yard box. In the second period both sides stepped up the pressure in the hope of avoiding extra-time and the dreaded penalty shoot out. McGuigan was in action saving well and one speculative effort by Oliver Williams had to be tipped over the bar at full stretch. Ryan Davies, the 'Ar y Marc' player of the month, produced a fine tackle to keep out the skilfull Mick Brown. At the other end Gareth Caughter and Aled Rowlands produced some good runs along the wings stretching the home defence. Then came the goal which decided the tie and as Newtown attempted to raise the game it was a case, for Port, of producing a third consecutive clean sheet. Despite the pressure McGuigan and the defence were able to hold out. Shots from Sam Bowen flew wide and Danny Field, a young player who is being watched by several Coca Cola League clubs, should have done better when he broke into the box on the left but his shot screwed wide of the upright. Another save from McGuigan, a defender's block when Desmoreaux fired at goal, a couple of headers by Ryan Davies and Lee Webber and Port were in the third round draw looking forward to picking up some very useful sponsorship money. The referee was Ray Ellingham who did an excellent job. Newtown : Edwards, Brown, Oliver Williams, Giles, Allen, Moon, Futcher, Gareth hUghes, Field, Sam Bowen, Desmoreaux. Subs: Andrew Webb, R Harris, Sudlow. Port: McGuigan: John G Jones, Ryan Davies, Lee Webber, Mike Foster: Dafydd Evans, Gareth Parry (Owain Roberts), Ritchie Owen: Gareth Caughter (Tony Williams), Tom Reynolds (Mark Williams), Aled Rowlands. Gareth Williams.