| Llangefni (h) |
Llandudno (a) |
JD Cymru North-Saturday, 14/09/19
Danny Hughes 11’
Anthony Marshall 34’
Bryan Roberts 57’
Dean Seager 89’
Josh Banks 51’
It was another disappointing away day for Port supporters as they saw their team go down once more to a heavy defeat. Though the scoreline might not have been a wholly true reflection of the game, too many mistakes at the back were rutlessly punished, while at the other end a few good chances were spurned. At the start of the game there were two clubs in need of a win and the longer the game went on the more the home team grew in confidence while the visitors increasingly failed to compete as the game drifted away from them.
After the early damage was done Port enjoyed a good spell in the latter part of the half, imposing themselves on the game for the first time. Telor Williams played in Rhys Alun who fired wide and then the same player opened up the home defence playing John Owen in one-on one with the keeper. But Shaun Pearson advanced quickly to the edge of the box to block the shot, making an important save. Pearson made another vital save on the stroke of half-time when he did well to divert Jay Gibbs’ goalbound 30 yard free-kick over the bar. 2-0 at the interval to the home side.
Port returned to the pitch knowing that an early goal was essential and within 6 minutes this had been achieved. From the start of the second period Telor Williams and John Owen were a threat down the left. This pairing set up the opening for Josh Banks whose cracking shot from 18 yards could only be touched into the net by keeper Pearson. The same pairing were threatening again and, after an exchange of passes, Telor Williams broke into the box but Pearson was out quickly again to cut out the danger. Just as Port looked like getting a foothold in the game defensive frailties were again exposed. Dangerman Robbie Parry found himself free in the centre of the park, breaking to the edge of the box with the ball reaching Bryan Roberts on the left of the box. His well struck angled shot found the far corner of the net. So it was back to square one for Port and when your luck is out, your luck is out. Telor Williams, whose partnership with John Owen looked like blossomimg, picked up a groin injury and had to be replaced. John Owen continued to threaten but when he cut across the penalty area and fired low Pearson again saved well. Rhys Alun also fired narrowly over the bar.
But for the last 20 minutes it was Llandudno back well on top. Ceri James had to clear of his line and, when Pomeyie shot on the turn, it was diverted for a corner. Sirrel’s header from a corner was well saved by keeper Morgan Jones. For their 4th goal Llandudno once again again took advantage of a mistake at the back, with Dean Seager intercepting Ceri James’s cross field pass and drilling the ball into the back of the net from 15 yards.
These are worrying times at the Traeth and with a 6 point gap already developing between Port at the bottom and Gresford and Buckley on 7 points in the posittions of safety. This is clearly not the best time to welcome league leaders Prestatyn next Saturday.
Worrying also for manager Sion Eifion who commented “Simply not good enough. Apologies to all fans today and for the shocking start we have made to the seasonSleeves up and get out of this poor run ASAP.”
Porthmadog: Morgan Jones, Tomos Emlyn, Josh Banks, Ceri James Dan Roberts, Telor Williams (Rob Evans 62’), Jay Gibbs (Iwan ap Gareth 85’), Iwan Lewis, John Owen, Mel McGinness, Rhys Alun (John Littlemore 79). Unused subs: Sion Parry, Gethin Thomas.
Llandudno: Shaun Pearson, Dan Stephens, SamDowney, Anthony Marshall, Danny Hughes (Aaron Pomeyie 62), Dean Seager, Robbie Parry, Lewis Sirrell, Bailey Jackson, Lee Thomas (Aron Hughes-Jones 80’), Bryan Roberts (Joe Carey 71’). Unused subs: Stuart Howson, Alfons Fosu-Mensah.
Referee: Aled Williams
JD Cymru North -Tuesday, 10/09/19
Match Sponsors: HARLECH TOYOTA
John Owen 20’
Mel McGinness 26'
Craig Roberts 19’
Callum McMinimee 82’
At the 5th attempt Port got a point on the board. But as home supporters made their way from the Traeth at the end, the feeling was that the one point should have been three. Port held a 2-1 advantage from the 26th minute until the late equaliser arrived 8 minutes from time. But the late rally by Llangefni, after Port had dominated possession in the first period and for much of the second half, ended with a 25 yard Colin McMinimee cracker levelling the scores at 2-2. Apart from the point, the positive for Port was the quality of the performance, especially in the opening half when the pace and skill of new signing John Owen was a constant threat. However they failed to capitalise on the possession and clear territorial advantage to net an all important 3rd goal .
Port started on the front foot with the play concentrated in the Llangefni half. The first effort on goal came after 12 minutes when John Owen slipped an inside pass to Iwan Lewis whose low shot went narrowly the wrong side of the post. The pressure continued with Port attacking at pace and with plenty of movement. John Owen Josh Banks and Telor Williams were threats in wide areas but against the run of play it was the visitors who went ahaed. The pace of Matthew Jones wrong footed the Port defence and a neat exchange of passes freed Craig Roberts in space in the box to finish confidently from 12 yards. The lead however was short lived as Port hit back immediately and when a low ball was played into the centre of the box John Owen was on hand to apply the finishing touch from close in. Just 6 minutes later and Port were deservedly ahead and it was a top class build up, Telor Williams’s cross field pas was neatly brought down by John Owen who put Josh Banks in to the byline. Banks’s accurate cross was met by Mel McGinness whose well placed header found the net from 5 yards. Llangefni were a threat on the counter and keeper Morgan Jones had to be out quickly to push away a Craig Roberts effort and Matthew Jones fired a low, powerful shot but wide of the post. With half time loomingg John Owen came close for Port when his curling shot whistled close to Tyler French’s left post.
Port had to reshuffle for the second half with Dan Roberts having to be subbed with Rob Evans coming on It also meant switching Josh Banks to central defence and Telor Williams to left back all of which reduced Port’s threat in wide areas which had been a factor in the first half. Port continued to push forward however and 2 minutes into the 2nd half another Mel McGinness header was close. Jay Gibbs then struck a powerful 25 yard free kick which Tyler French saved well at the expense of a corner. Port were enjoying plenty of possession but found a tight Llangefni defence difficult to breakdown. Gradually Llangefni came more into the game in the later stages and, with Port unable to secure the 3rd goal, sensed they could get something from the game. They relied mainly on shots from distance and sub Jake Jones fired one over the bar from 18 yards. A good response from Port came with an excellent low cross from Iwan Lewis only lacking the all important final touch. Port’s failure to clinch the all important 3rd goal was punished when a Colin McMinimee 25 yard cracker curled into the corner of the net, beyond the outstretched arms of keeper Morgan Jones. The scores were level and despite late, late efforts to the end, that’s how it remained at the final whistle.
When you are on a losing run it strikes at your confidnce, the confidence required to hang on for the victory. But the overall performance should give the team more of a lift even than the point. On to Llandudno on Saturday.
Porthmadog: Morgan Jones, Tomos Emlyn, Dan Roberts (Rob Evans 46’), Iddon Price, Josh Banks, Ceri James (John Littlemore 82’), Jay Gibbs, Iwan Lewis, Mel McGinness (Sion Parry 64’), John Owen, Telor Williams. Unused subs; Ilan ap Gareth, Rhys Alun. Yellow: Tomos Emlyn 62’, Jay Gibbs 82’.
Llangefni Tyler French, Gari Owen (Jake Jones 14’) Cai Roberts, Alun Roberts, Andrew Sinclair, Steve Kehoe, Colin McMinimee, Craig Roberts, Iwan Jones, Matthew Jones, Gerwyn Roberts (Mike Lundstram 64’. Yellow: Steve Kehoe 32’, Alun Roberts 49’.
Referee: James Walker