| Llandudno Junction (h) |
Rhyl (a) |
Caersws (h) |
Huws Gray Alliance -Saturday, 13 January
Match Sponsor: Reg Chapman Hafod Wen, Harlech.
Gareth Jones Evans 28’
Joe Chaplin 34’
Port gained their third straight win today and a dounle over Caersws, with another confident performance. It might have lacked the edge of your seat tension of last week’s win at Belle Vue, but it still means another three points which edges Port closer to the teams immediately above and, with a game in hand over Rhyl and Airbus, they have put themslves in a strong position for further progress up the table. Both the goals came in the space of 6 minutes in the first half and, though there were opportunities for more in the second half, the two proved enough to get the job done and send the supporters home happy.
Port opened strongly and they came close on two occasions in the first ten minutes. Good build up play created an opening first for Sion Edwards at the back post which he fired into the side netting and immediately after Julian Williams came close when he cut across from the right and came very close with an angled shot which went wide of the far post. But though Port were dominating the early possession a poor defensive header allowed Luke Sherbon in on goal but he lifted his shot over the bar.
Port then struck twice just before and just after the half hour mark. A good break down the left by Sion Edwards led to the first goal. His measured cross was coolly headed wide of keeper Callum Hawthorne to open the xcoring. Six minutes later Port doubled their advantage and again it was a Sion Edwards assist. He received an excellent crossfield ball from Gareth Jones Evans and his low pull back was fired in by Joe Chaplin for his 20th goal in league and cup games this season. In between the two Port goals Caersws should have scored. Tom Taylor’s attempted crossfield ball in his own penalty area landed at the feet of Luke Sherbon unmarked and in front of goal. It seemed he must score but his shot lacked power and Richard Harvey saved comfortably. Julian Williams should have added a third when Caersws, this time, gave the ball away in their own half. He broke one on one with the keeper but Hawthorne blocked and gathered the attempted chip. Towards the end of the half there were efforts from Iwan Lewis for Port and a free kick from Elliot Jones for Caersws which were only narrowly off target which left Port two goals to the good at the interval.
Port continued to dominate possession in the second half but failed to add to the two goals. Both teams did get the ball into the net, Caersws netted after 65 minutes and Meilir Williams for Port after 74 minutes, but both were ruled out for offside. Port had the chances to extend their lead but on two occasions Callum Hawthorne pulled off two good saves to deny Sion Edwards, Edwards unleashed a cracker from the edge of the box on the left which the keeper did well to tip over the bar and he followed this with a powerful strike from a narrow angle on the left but again Hawthorne’s touch was enough to prevent a goal. Meilir Williams came close with virtually his first touch after coming on as sub and though the keeper failed to hold the shot, he was able to recover and scramble it clear. Port continued to pile on pressure and create chances and a good run by Meilir Williams on the left created an opening for Cai Jones who lifted his shot over the bar when well placed. Late in the game Meilr Williams again came close to netting his 10th goal of the season, when he met Thomas Emlyn’s cross, only to see it go narrowly wide of the target. While the scores remained a t 2-0 Caersws knew that a goal from them would throw the game open and they threatened to do this on a couple of occasions. It needed two good Port blocks to keep out the visitors late on. The ball was worked across from the right for Craig Harris cutting in from the left but his shot was well blocked by a persistent Thomas Emlyn and in the 81st minutes Dan Roberts blocked out a Lance Jones effort from close range. Three points and a clean sheet marked another solid afternoon’s work for Port ahead of next week’s visit to 3rd placed Denbigh Town.
Manager Craig Papirnyk commented on at the end on Twitter, “Miserable day for the supporters but still another great turn out by the @CPDPorthmadogFC faithful, with some goals to cheer for, and a home win #MuchAppreciated #Diolch”
PORTHMADOG: Richard Harvey, Tomos Emlyn, Josh Banks, Dan Roberts, Tom Taylor, Gareth Jones Evans (Rob Evans 65’), Ifan Emlyn, Iwan Lewis, Joe Chaplin (Meilir Williams 55’). Julian Williams, Sion Edwards (Cai Jones 70’). Unused subs; Sion Bradley, Craig Papirnyk. Yellow: Josh Banks 69’,
CAERSWS: Callum Hawthorne, Jake Parr, Aron Hughes-Jones (Phil Jones 81’), Elliot Jones, Ryan Davies (Dave Lloyd 81’), Graham Jones, Rhydian Davies, Lance Jones, Steve Blenkinsop, Luke Sherbon, Craig Harris. Unused subs: Graham Evans, Dylan McPhee. Yellow: Elliot Jones 51’.
Referee: Arron Jones (Deganwy)
Huws Gray Alliance Saturday, 06 January
Alun Webb 25’, 28’
Alex Titchiner 41’
Tom Taylor (og) 57’
Sion Bradley 9’
Joe Chaplin 40’, 59’, 70’
Sion Edwards 80’
Once again Port were involved in a high scoring game and what end to end excitement, with the game swinging one way and then another until a super, super strike from Sion Edwards finally settled the game in Port’s favour. A hat-trick for Joe Chaplin on his return from injury, a missed penalty after just three minutes, all added to the tension and entertainment for the supporters but it was not a good day to be a defender as both teams were so intent on all out attack.
From the off play was end to end and Richard Harvey after just two minutes needed to pull off a good early save to deny Mark Connolly. But a minute later it looked as though lady luck was favoring Port, with referee Ashley Jones catching most by surprise by pointing to the spot for a foul on Sion Bradley. But this positive break turned quickly to disappointment as home keeper Rory Crowther made the correct decision diving to his right to save Julian Williams’ penalty. But the attacking nature of the game continued and with 9 minutes on the clock Julian redemed himself when his excellent flick over the defence allowed Sion Bradley to burst to the edge of the box and beat the advancing Rory Crowther with a top quality lob. Port then continued to threaten the home goal with Julian Williams and Joe Chaplin both coming close.
Then midway through the half Rhyl grew more and more into the game and it was their dangerman Alun Webb who turned the game in Rhyl’s favour with two goals in the space of just three minutes. The first was an excellent Rhyl move with Ben Collins splitting open the Port defence with a fine angled ball which Alun Webb, racing in from the right, to finish from close range at the back post. Then Webb proved a further threat when Rhyl counter attacked and he raced down the right before cutting inside and firing low past Richard Harvey to put Rhyl in front. Play continued to be even and on 40 minutes Port drew level. The goal was set up by Gareth Jones Evans who received on the right of midfield before finding Joe Chaplin on the ege of the box but with still quite a bit to do. Chaplin held off two defenders, rouded the keeper and finished coolly. But the scores remained level for only a minute as Rhyl charged forward, this time Webb was the supplier and Alex Titchiner applied the finish from 8 yards. The home team went in at the interval 3-2 ahead.
The second-half continued in much the same vein. But despite early Port attacks it was Rhyl who opened a two goal advantage when, after 57minutes, hesitation in the Port goal mouth with Jordan Barrow’s low cross turned into his own net by Tom Taylor. This event spurred Tom Taylor into action and he burst upfield from deep in his own half before splitting the Rhyl defence wide open with a ball to Sion Edwards on the left. Edwards quickly switched it inside for Joe Chaplin who netted from 8 yards. Play continued end to end but Port were looking the stronger as the game entered the final 20 minutes. Joe Chaplin’s persistence gained him his hat-trick goal when he put keeper Rory Crowther under pressure and the keeper’s attempted clearance struck him and Joe reacted quickly to take full advantage and score from close range. Port were level again but now had the scent of victory in their nostrils. But it still took a quite remarkable goal to settle the issue. Sion Edwards received the ball some 40 yards out in space. He took a quick look up, spotted the keeper off his line, and proceeded to lift an incredible lob over Crowther and into the back of the net. Sion’s first gaol for the club left the travelling support in ecstasies. Port held on and in the end deserved to take all three points.
Craig Papirnyk, whose substitutions worked a treat, commented on twitter: “ All credit to the the Port players for that result today , going 4-2 down is hard enough but credit to the boys , they stuck together , didn't give up and turned it around, fantastic 3pts ! Great support again as well.”
PORTHMADOG: Richard Harvey, Tomos Emlyn, Sion Edwards, Iddon Price (Dan Roberts 45’), Tom Taylor, Josh Banks, Gareth Jones Evans (Ifan Emlyn 72), Iwan Lewis, Julian Williams, Joe Chaplin (Rob Evans 85’), Sion Bradley. Unused subs: Cai Jones, Meilir Williams. Yellow: Josh Banks 66’, Tom Taylor 76’.
RHYL: Rory Crowther, Tony Davies (Jason Jeffries 24’), James Brewerton, Sam Downey (Tom Hartley 77’), Been Collins, Alex Titchiner, Jordan Barrow, Danny Holland, Mark Connolly, Alun Webb, Stewart Carroll. Subs: Luke Wilmott (gk), Aaron Pomeyie. Yellow: Mark Connolly, Alun Webb, Stewart Carroll.
Referee: Ashley Jones
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Huws Gray Alliance -Saturday 30 December
Match Sponsored In Memory of Bernie Smith
CPD Porthmadog...................... 7
Ifan Emlyn 10’
Iain Bennett (og) 14’
Julian Williams 65’, 67’, 80’.
Gareth Jones Evans 70’
Sion Bradley 89’
Llandudno Jumction .................. 0
For the second time this season Port hit the Junction with a seven goal haul. There was a hat-trick in the space of just 15 second-half minutes for Julian Williams and great individual goals from Ifan Emlyn, Gareth Jones Evans and Sion Bradley. Ifan Emlyn, as well as his quality goal, turned in a man of the match performance prompting from midfield and involved in almost everything throughout the 90 minutes. This was a game where Port started off strongly and finished with a bang, scoring five times in the last 25 minutes but the part in between was perhaps less entertaining. But there were three valuable points at stake and this result moves Port up two places in the table.
Port started strongly and the early play was concentrated in the Junction half. There were several early chances and after just 4 minutes Sion Edwards’ excellent cross was headed over by Iwan Lewis. But there was not long to wait for the first goal and when the ball broke to Ifan Emlyn on the edge of the box the fans were treated to a superb strike which hit the net just inside the far post leaving the keeper stranded on his line. Four minutes later Port doubled their lead when another dangerous cross from Sion Edwards put the Junction under pressure and Iain Bennett’s attempted relieving header ended in the back of his own net, Port had the bit between their teeth and Julian Williams came close after receiving from Cai Jones and then Cai himself should have incresed the lead when he put a close range xhance over the bar. Then after having totally dominated the first 25 minutes Port appeared to take their foot off the pedal and the game became increasingly scrappy and niggly. This continued to the end of the first half though with Junction not threatening at all, apart from a shot cum cross from Joel Hewitt which went high towards the back post, forcing Richard Harvey to back pedal and palm the ball away to safety. The half ended with Port holding a two goal advantage.
The second-half started in the same vein as the first with play remaining scrappy, with little purpose. In fact Dean Seagar got the ball into the net forJunction after five minutes of the second-half but it was ruled offside. If this was the wake-up call needed, Port certainly responded as they totally changed gear and in the last 25 minutes found the net five times, totally dominating proceedings. Julian Williams got the ball rolling again when he received from Ifan Emlyn on the right, cutting inside and beat Keighan Jones at his near post with a well struck effort from 16 yards. Two minutes later and Julian Williams netted again. It was that man Ifan Emlyn again leading the charge down the centre and supplying Julian, whose initial attempted through ball rebound to him and he scored with another well placed low shot. The third goal in five minutes was a real beauty with Gareth Jones Evans breaking to the edge of the box on the right and his superb strike curled inside the far post. We had to wait 10 minutes for the next goal and for Julian Williams to complete his hat-trick. Sion Bradley provided the assist finding Julian in plenty of space in the box and the result was goal number six. They say that the best wine is kept to the last and, on an afternoon of some great strikes, arguably, this is what Sion Bradley did. He raced down the left touchline, then cut along the byline before pulling out to make the angle and fired low into the far corner of the net. This goal makes Sion Bradley the 4th Port player to reach 10 goals for the season with Julian Williams’ hat-trick taking him to 12 goals.
Well done to Craig Papirnyk for giving young U18s player Math Roberts his debut and what an excellent late debut it was. He showed that he has talent and the confidence to create an impression and he really did impress supporters with his intelligent contributions in his first appearance. Well done Math we look forward to seeing you again soon.
A great moment too, for U18s coach Sion Eirian, who tweeted, “Days like today make my job worthwhile! This lad has worked so hard since joining the academy! Delighted for him!”
PORTHMADOG: Richard Harvey, Leon Doran, Sion Edwards, Tom Taylor, Josh Banks, Ceri James (Meilir Williams 46’) Ifan Emlyn, Gareth Jones Evans (Math Roberts 86’), Cai Jones (sion Bradley 60’), Iwan Lewis, Julian Williams. Unused subs: Iddon Price, Craig Papirnyk. Yellow: Iwan Lewis 60’, Ifan Emlyn 62’, Julian Williams 76’.
LLANDUDNO JUMCTION: Keighan Jones, Joel Hewitt, Liam Jones, Dan Roberts, Kieran Davies, Iain Bennett, James Landsdowne, Sean McCaffrey, Dean Seager, James Hobson, Bryan Roberts. Used subs: Ethan Hysmen, Denley Smith. Yellow: Bryan Roberts 38’, Sean McCaffrey.
Referee: John Jones