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JD Welsh Cup Round 3-Saturday, 07/12/19

PENYBONT FC................................ ......2
Nathan Wood 14’
Daniel Griffiths 72’

CPD PORTHMADOG........................---- 2
Rhys Alun 44’, 90’+3’

MATCH ABANDONED (Early in the 1st half of extra-time

The match came to a premature end following an accidental coming together between home keeper Rhys Watson and Port forward Rhys Alun, which left the keeper motionless on the ground, with, what the physios attending considered a possible spinal injury. It was thought unwise to move the player and an ambulance was called immediately. Players were then taken off the field while awaiting the arrival of the ambulance. The ambulance service were unable to respond and gave a waiting time of 3 hours. Rhys Wilson was left lying on the 3G pitch in damp cold conditions. Attempts by Penybont to call a private ambulance also drew a blank. After 30 minutes referee Ben Williams had to call the game off.

The Penybont FC Twitter account reports. “Finally ambulance turned up at 7:30pm.” -a very sad state of affairs. The Porthmadog club wishes Rhys Wilson well and hope that the inury turns out to be less severe than was feared during the immediate aftermath.

As to the game itself, it was a great end to end cup-tie which swung one way then another and in the final minute of added time Rhys Alun levelled the scores to send the game into extra-time. And what a goal it was crowning a great performance by the player. His fantastic shot on the turn was partially saved by keeper Rhys Watson but could not prevented from finding its way into the net.

Rhys Alun also scored Port’s first goal and this was also a top quality effort. A super Tomos Emlyn cross was steered past the home keeper by Rhys Alun, racing in at the back post. That goal levelled the scores at half-time. It is very unfortunate that a performance full of movement and ball winning as well as scoring two goals has no place now in official statistics. But he can take heart from the impact he is now making at first team level.

Penybont also came up with two great goals. In the early stages Port had carved out some good chances yet on14 minutes they found themselves a goal down. The ball was given away in midfield and Nathan Wood capitalised big time,with a super strike from 25 yards which caught everyone by surprise as it thumped the back of the net. For their 2nd goal Daniel Griffiths met a corner from set-piece star Kane Owen, glancing a header across Paul Pritchard into the corner of the net. For the last few minutes of normal time Penybont were down to 10-men after sub Keenan Patten received a 2nd yellow card.

It is regrettable that the game could not be played to an end and this creates further problems and re-arrangements and costs for both sides. None of this of course is as concerning as the injury to Rhys Wilson and the lack of adequate and prompt medical attention.

The Porthmadog club wishes to express its appreciation and gratitude for the very warm welcome given by the Penybont club and its officials and the provision of food both at half-time and during the delay at the end.

The spirit between the clubs is summed up by Penybont’s Twitter comment “We would like to thank the CPD Porthmadog physio (Gwern Dafydd) for all help today with our keeper”

Craig Papirnyk commented at the end, “You never want to see anyone hurt during a football match and we hope the Penybont goal keeper is OK and makes a full recovery.
“Proud of the performance today, the ads played well. Massive thanks to the travelling supporters.

Porthmadog: Paul Pritchard, Tomos Emlyn (Telor Williams 90’), Dan Roberts, Iddon Price, Josh Banks, Rob Evans (Sion Parry 86’), Ifan Emlyn, Iwan Lewis, Ilan ap Gareth (Gethin Thomas 80’), John Owen, Rhys Alun,

Penybont: Rhys Wilson, Kane Owen, James Saddler, Cullen Kinsella (Curtis Jemmett-Hutson), Kostya Georgievsky, Nathan Wood (Luke Borrell 55’), Billy Borge (Matthew Harris), Daniel Jeffries, Daniel Griffiths, Owain Warlow, Michael George, Sub Keenan Patten Red 84’.

Referee: Ben Willimas

Gareth Williams
JD Cymru North-Saturday, 30/11/19

CONWY BOROUGH................................ 2
Corrig McGonigle 43’(p),
Liam Morris 77’

CPD PORTHMADOG................................2
John Owen 68’
Rhys Alun 81’

Twice the 10-men of Port had to fight back to earn themselves a well deserved share of the points at the Morfa this afternoon. It was a game blighted by controversy and awash with contentious decisions. The main controversy came shortly before the interval, when defensive mainstay Iddon Price received his marching orders from referee Nathan Bartram, acting on the advice of his assistant. It was a decsion which left players and fans alike totally dumbfounded and during half-time it l was the sole talking point. That decision also gave the Borough a penalty which Corrig McGonigle converted for an interval lead. The decision also served to inspire a Port fight back and, despite being reduced in numbers, they took the game to their opponents throughout the second period.

Port started on the front foot looking to continue the good form of a week ago.In only the 2nd minute Rob Evans broke dangerously down the right and home keeper Ben Heald needed at act quickly to cut out a dangerous low cross. The Borough were looking to hit on the break and it needed a well judged intervention from Josh Banks to halt Cory Williams but the early threats were coming from Port with Iwan Lewis going close with a thumping shot from 18 yards. Following this, Josh Banks met Ifan Emlyn’s corner only to see his header fly over the bar and, in a break down the left, Ilan ap Gareth had his powerful shot blocked. Ben Heald was then in action again saving well at his near post to deny Rob Evans. When Mel McGinness and Iwan Lewis were both yellow carded in a low key incident it was a clear sign of what was to transpire. The game which had started brightly enough now deteriorated with plenty of high aimless balls being played as both sides battled to cope with a difficult surface. Then, as the game was drifting to a goalless first-half scoreline, that incident occurred breaking the deadlock and sending the Tangerines in a goal up at the interval.

As the second period started it became clear that going a goal down and being reduced to 10 men was not going to break Port spirits, They readjusted, with Rob Evans switching to full back and Josh Banks, who was putting in another top class performance, moved to central defence. The 10-men pushed forward from the start of the second half and there was an early audacious attempt to lob the keeper by John Owen but the ball past the wrong side of the post. Meanwhile as Port pushed forward Conwy looked to hit on the break and Paul Pritchard had to pull off a good save to keep out dangerous McGonigle. But the Conwy goal came under increasing pressure and two forwards sliding in were only inches away from netting Rob Evans’ low cross. On 67 minutes the deserved equaliser arrived when keeper Heald came under pressure. The ball fell loose for John Owen to coolly direct the ball into an unguarded net. A break from Iwan Lewis and the travelling support were urging their team on to look for the winner. Conwy were a threat on the break and had a goal disallowed for offside. Then Port hopes took a serious dent when the ball was given away in midfield and they were punished by pacy sub Liam Morris. He broke left and his low angled shot beat Paul Pritchard. Port heads go down? Not a bit of it! Almost immediately John Owen raced behind the home defence and unleashed a powerful shot which Heald kept out at his near post. Pressure continued and Josh Banks drove goalwards. A melee in the goalmouth ensued the ball was not cleared and there was sub Rhys Alun in the right place at the right time to belt the ball over the line and secure a point on what had een a really difficult afternoon.

At the latest count a grand total of 8 yellow cards and one red were shown during the afternoon. It must be added that the game was competitive but not in any way an over physical encounter.

A point for Port which might have been three but bearing all of the circumstances it must go down as a point gained and one which keeps the club in touch with those immediately above.

Final word to Craig Papirnyk, “Another good result for us on the road yesterday, important points picked up on two tough away grounds in a week. Supporters were excellent again yesterday and can’t thank them enough for getting behind the lads, Welsh Cup week now to plan for.”

Porthmadog: Paul Pritchard, Tomos Ifan, Josh Banks, Ceri James, Iddon Price, Ifan Emlyn, Iwan Lewis, Mel McGinness (Rhys Alun 76’), John Owen, Ilan ap Gareth, Rob Evans.. Subs: John Littlemore, Telor Williams. Sion Parry Gethin Thomas
Red: Iddon Price 43’ Yellow: Rob Evans 20’, Mel McGinness 27’ Iwan Lewis 27’, Ifan Emlyn 70’, Tomos Emlyn 90’, ?????90’.

Conwy: Ben Heald, Dafydd Jones, Adam Pritchard (Sion Hogan 70’), Tomos Clarke, Rob Jones, Sean Macaffrey, Craig Whelan (Leigh Craven 83’), Cory Williams (Liam Morris 70’), Corrig McGonigle, Ifan Galeotti, Iolo Hughes. Yellow: Sean Macaffrey 33’, Adam Pritchard 58; Referee: Nathan Bartram.

Gareth Williams
JD Cymru North-Saturday, 23/11/19

COLWYN BAY................................ 1
Mitchell Bryant 27’

CPD PORTHMADOG.......................2
Iddon Price 37’
Ilan ap Gareth 54’ (p)

It has been a hard few days at the Traeth and not the kind of situation a friendly close-knit club likes to find itself. The response by Craig Papirnyk and the squad was breathtaking, for had they caved in to a team on a run of 7 straight wins, it might not have been a huge surprise. It was a case of when the going gets tough the tough get going and it was not just a spirited reaction to a difficult situation. This was a performance of quality to be savoured and enjoyed. In fact it was an exciting game with both sides going for the victory without a parked bus in sight. Port had to come from behind to clinch the win with Ilan ap Gareth’s spot kick turning out to be the decider. The tension lasted to the very end with a determined defence successfully keeping the Bay at bay.

Port opened strongly and might well have gone ahead in the first minute. A good sweeping move starting deep in their own half down the left, across to John Owen, the shot from 18 yards was kept out by keeper Andy Coughlin stretching low to the foot of the post and produced an excellent save.Port continued to control the play with the Bay forced back into their own half. On 20 minutes Coughlin pulled off another good save to deny Mel McGinness driving forward from midfield. In just a few minutes it was McGinness again when Port hit on the break and this time he got behind the defence, one on one with the keeper but again Coughlin saved his team getting a hand to the shot and pushing it for a corner.

In fact 21 minutes had past before Paul Pritchard joined the action with a comfortable save. Gradually however the Bay began to get a foothold in the game and the travelling support were wondering if it was to be another case of neat approach play and no goals. Suddenly their worst fears were realised as Colwyn Bay broke quickly down the left and and the pace of the counter attack left the Port defence stranded. Mitchell Bryant raced on to the low cross and finished clinically from close range. It seemed a case of here we go again, a worry that increased when Downes rattled the Port crossbar. But to their credit Port stood up to the test and within 10 minutes they were back on level terms. Ifan Emlyn’s free kick was struck towards Coughlin’s near post and Iddon Price nipped in to net from close range. The scores remained level at the interval.

Both sides came out in the second period looking for a winner. Port again pushed forward threateningly and within 10 second half minutes they had got their noses in front. The goal came following good interplay down the left which allowed Ilan ap Gareth to burst threateningly into the box where he was brought down by Alex Downes. Referee Alex Livesey pointed to the spot immediately. Ilan ap Gareth stepped up for a real pressure kick and, with the keeper going the wrong way, he crowned an excellent individual performance with the winning goal. The travelling support went nuts.

In reality despite going ahead there was a huge amount to do before the 3 points could be claimed. When Mel McGinness was brought down on the edge of the box Iwan Lewis lifted his free kick over the bar. At the other end Paul Pritchard was down well to save an angled shot from wide right from Alex Downes. Downes was now a threat with several dangerous crosses. Iddon Price was forced to concede a corner under heavy pressure as the home team made a final push. Paul Pritchard was in the action with a double fisted punch to clear Sion Edwards’ dangerous free kick. With time running out Downes’ low cross created an opportunity for Chaplin but to the relief of the travelling support his shot flew wide.

After more than 4 minutes of added time the final whistle signalled that celebrations could begin on the pitch, in the dugout and in the stands. Three valuable points! Phew!! A real team performance for all 13 players used, with subs Gethin Thomas and Sion Parry making an important contribution. Gethin coming on to replace the injured Dan Roberts in the first half and Sion making several relieving runs to take the pressure off in the final stages.

Mel McGinness commented, “That one was for the club and supporters who have been across north Wales with us, we owed them.”

Final word to Craig Papirnyk, “Fantastic to get the win today, especially for the Port faithful who haven’t experienced much joy lately but still get behind the club week in week out. It’s not been the best week but I’m glad we gave you some happiness today with a very good performance from the lads.”

Porthmadog: Paul Pritchard, Tomos Ifan, Josh Banks, Dan Roberts (Gethin Thomas25’), Iddon Price, Ifan Emlyn, Iwan Lewis, Mel McGinness (Sion Parry 83’), John Owen, Ilan ap Gareth, Rob Evans.. Subs: John Littlemore, Rhys alun, Telor Williams. Yellow: John Owen 17’, Sion Parry 89’, Ilan ap Gareth 90’.

Colwyn Bay: Andy Coughlin, Alex Downes, Jordan Carrington (Kian Owen 83’), Darren Thornton, Will Bell, Matthew Russell (Mike Williams 65’), Julian Williams, Toby Jones, Mitchell Bryant, Damien Ketley (Joe Chaplin 46’), Sion Edwards. Sub: Patrick Rutter. Yellow: William Bell 71’.

Referee: AlexLivesey

Gareth Williams
JD Cymru North-Wednesday, 20/11/19

GUILSFIELD FC ................................ 2
Adam Davies 11’, 90’ (+3’)

CPD PORTHMADOG.........................0

Unfortunately we have no match report for this game. Below are some details.

Port slipped to their 10th defat of the season and there was a familiar ring to the proceedings. In a repeat of last Saturday’s game with Rhyl, Port conceded an early goal. Adam Davies put the home side in front after just 11 minutes. Port kept the score at 1-0 until deep into injury time but once again they found goals hard to come by. Eventually it was the Guils who added to their early goal deep into injury time when Adam Davies netted his 2nd of the evening.

Craig Papirnyk commented after the game: “Can’t show enough gratitude to the supporters who travelled mid-week to Guilsfield last night to get behind the lads, results aren’t good enough right now and you deserve better. A a group we know it. We’ve got to stick together and turn things around.”

Porthmadog: Paul Pritchard, Tomos Emlyn, Josh Banks, Dan Roberts (Gethin Thomas 71’), Iddon Price, Ifan Emlyn, Iwan Lewis, Ilan ap Gareth, John Littlemore (Sion Parry 56’), Mel McGinness, Rob Evans (Telor Williams 85’). Subs: Ceri James, Rhys Alun.

Guilsfield Michael Jones, Callum Bromley, James Parry,Andy Ford, Sam Litchfield, Rob James, Jake Cook, Jolyon Harries, Adam Davies, Adam Jenkins, Chris Cathrall. Subs: Aaron Lloyd,George Clifton, Stuart Rogers. Lee Andrew.

Referee: James Walker
JD Cymru North Saturday, 16/11/19


CPD PORTHMADOG........................ 0

RHYL FC........................................... 1
Sam Molyneux 2’

Port were on the receiving end of a sensational start to this game. Almost before the regulars in the Main Stand had settled in their seats, a Sam Molyneux stunner had put the visitors ahead. He struck with power from all of 35 yards, across the goal to strike the far post and then back across a despairing Paul Pritchard and into the net on the opposite side of the goal. Despite playing for a further 88 minutes that proved to be the only goal of the game but was enough to give Rhyl all 3 points. In an even contest with few clear chances, Port will consider themselves unlucky not to take a share of the points.

Following that shattering start, To their credit Port stuck to ther task and pushed forward looking to level the scores. With just 2 more minutes on the clock they came close to that equaliser when Jay Gibbs found space in the box to meet Rob Evans’s excellent cross, but the header went well wide. Play then became end to end with Port having plenty of possession but the visitors were also a threat especially from set pieces, winning a series of threatening James Murphy corners which Port had to work hard to clear. The dangerous Piskorski also had a shot deflected for a corner.

Midway through the half Port enjoyed a good spell with Josh Banks overlapping dangerously down the left and one of these produced a half chance for Jay Gibbs but his near post snapshot went narrowly wide. McGinness was then brought down on the edge of the box and Rhyl keeper Crowther pulled off a good save to keep out Gibbs’s well struck free kick. At the other end it took a top class save from Paul Pritchard when Cai Owen met a long cross to the back post. For Port Rob Evans had his shot deflected for a corner but In the main however, clear chances were thin on the ground and half-time was reached with Rhyl holding on to their early lead.

In the early stages of the the second-period Por tagain had plenty of possession and one move where they kept possession for seemingly an age ended with a comfortable Crowther save from Ilan ap Gareth. But that was a rare piece of action for the Rhyl keeper. Despite having plenty of possession and, with much of the play in the Rhyl half, they failed to create clear opportunities. A resolute, well organised Rhyl defence denied them the space as they battled to get on level terms. Rhyl relied on hitting on the break and from one of these Paul Pritchard pulled off another good save to deny Burrows. Port looking to change the game, brought on subs Sion Parry and John Livermore and Sion Parry set up a rare opportunity for Josh Banks whose powerful shot was deflected over the bar. In fact, it was Rhyl who had the best opportunity where they could have settled the game when on75 minutes Piskorski nipped in to intercept a misplaced pass but again Paul Pritchard pulled off another good save to keep the score at 0-1. Port’s frustrating afternoon suddenly became a lot worse when Jay Gibbs was shown a straight red card by referee Kevin Parry for a foul on Tom Creamer nesr the corner flag. Despite going down to 10-men, Port continued to battle away but today there was no way through.

Though it was not possible to fault Port’s ball retention in a close contest, the problem of how to turn this possession into goal chances still eludes them. It did not help either to be without leading scorer John Owen. Looking ahead they are due to travel to Guilsfield on Wednesday and they will now have to resume the battle to pick up points without their playmker Jay Gibbs.

Porthmadog: Paul Pritchard, Tomos Emlyn., Ceri James, Iddon Price, Josh Banks, Ifan Emlyn, Iwan Lewis, Jay Gibbs, Rob Evans, (Dan Roberts 83’), Ilan ap Gareth (Sion Parry 69’’), Mel McGinness (John Littlemore 71’). Unused subs:. Rhys Alun, Telor Williams.

Rhyl: Rory Crowther, Ben Nash, Cai Owen, Max Peate, Ben Burrows, Tommy Creamer, Gethin Maxwell, Ross Stephens, Sam Molyneux (Aaron Hassall 61’), Arek Piskorski, James Murphy (Ben Lockley 81), Subs:Keighan Jones, Dave McIntyre, Callum Roberts

Attendance: 236

Gareth Williams


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