| Llanuwchllyn (a) |
Saltney (a) |
Rhydymwyn (a) |
04/11/21 Cynghrair Ardal Gogledd-Orllewin / Ardal League North-West
RHYDYMWYN ............... 0
CPD PORTHMADOG ........ 5
Matty Jones 8'
Ifan Emlyn 25'
Dewi Thomas, 26'
John Littlemore, 40'
Rhys Alun 83'
The warmth of the welcome we received as supporters at this friendliest of clubs was not quite matched by the weather. You can`t have everything! At the gate, we were welcomed by a gentleman who introduced himself as a former Port player during the Mel Charles era but, sadly, being somewhat late arrivals, we neglected to ask his name. I wonder if any Rhydymwyn supporters can throw some light on the matter? (My guess would be Mike Jones??)
Port started brightly enough today and took the lead on eight minutes. The Rhyd defence failed to deal with a deep cross by Ifan Emlyn, and Matty Jones, despite initially losing his footing, did very well to slide the ball beyond the left hand of Daniel Sands in the Rhyd goal. 0-1 in Port`s favour ……but barely a minute later the home side went desperately close to an equalizer when Matthew Gilsenan was put clean through only for Dylan to save well with his legs.
On 23 minutes, Port doubled their advantage when Ifan Emlyn unleashed a low left footed drive from a tight angle under Sands` body after the home defence failed to clear from a corner kick. A fine goal! The next one was none too shabby either and arrived barely a minute later from the left boot of Dewi Thomas who patiently and skillfully evaded the attentions of two defenders before placing the ball in the corner of the net. 0-3 Port. Shortly thereafter, the hosts came close again when a well-floated free kick found James Beck in space in the visitors box but his volley was just too high to the relief of the Port faithful.
On 40 minutes, Port made it 4-0 courtesy of the hard-working John Littlemore after controlling a deep cross by Paul Lewis and firing into the corner. This turned out to be a very handy lead given the harsh conditions to come. 0-4 at the interval.
Our readers will forgive the reporter for describing the second period as something of a snooze-fest but this was largely due to the rapidly deteriorating weather. Indeed, credit must be given to both teams for coping as well as they did in the driving wind and rain. Chances were at a premium during the second half although Stuart Rogers came close on 47 minutes, when, after a great interception, he produced an audacious chip from distance, but sadly it evaded both the `keeper and the crossbar. Then, on the hour, Rhys Alun narrowly missed the target with a low effort from inside the box. It was nice to see both young substitutes Cian Pritchard and Aron Jones given a lengthier than usual run-out and both gave very good accounts of themselves with Aron on the left wing and Cian on the right.
During the last 15 minutes or so, two Port defenders slipped on the turf to present Rhydymwyn with a glorious scoring chance. However, Dylan was alert to the situation and pulled off a fine block.
Finally, on 83` minutes, the ball bounced quite kindly for once in the hosts` box and Rhys Alun scored with a fine firmly-struck volley to Daniel Sands` right. A 5-0 win at the end of an honest and sporting contest in which we saw just ONE measly yellow card. Da iawn, PAWB!
Rhydymwyn :- Daniel Sands (gk), K. Harte, M. Rees, H. Swann-Jones, D. Tyrell, O. Hanley, J. Griffiths, I. Rogers, J. Beck(S. Nelson 72`), M. Gilsenan (R. Rowlands 80`), N. Mendoza (S. Haley 72`)
Unused subs:- J. Wynne , R. Edwards Yellow card :- J. Griffiths
Porthamdog :- Dylan Roberts (GK), Josh Banks, James Morgan, Sol Kempster (Cian Pritchard 63`), Stuart Rogers, Ifan Emlyn, Dewi Thoams, Matty Jones, John Littlemore ( Aron Jones 69`), Rhys Alun , Paul Lewis.
Unused sub :- Craig Papyrnik
Torf / Attendance :- 60 (amcangyfrif / estimate)
Dyfarnwr Referee :- John Francis Spender
Dyfarnwyr cynorthwyol/ Assistants:- Ryan Mark Hughes, Luke Allsop.
27/11/21Cynghrair Ardal Gogledd-Orllewin / Ardal League North-West
Noddwyr y gem / Match sponsors :- Cyfreithwyr GAMLIN`S Solicitors
Noddwr y bel / Match ball sponsor :- Gwynne Wheldon Evans
CPD PORTHMADOG ............... 5
Julian Williams 13, 77`,
Matty Jones 33`, 81`
Marcus Banks 46’
SALTNEY TOWN ..................... 1
J. Rutter 32`
MATCH ABANDONED AFTER 87` MINUTES .
Just a brief apology to start with. I am sorry that I omitted the name of Stephen Walmsley at the start of last week`s match report. It was Stephen from Bolton who very kindly sponsored the match programme for the match against Llanuwchllyn. Many, many thanks to you Stephen and I hope we can serve up a win for you on your next visit to Y Traeth.
Both teams started brightly and Tommy Booth was again a standout player for the visitors as he was at Saltney in the corresponding fixture. However, Julian Williams put Port in front with a fine left footed drive from 20 yards only for Saltney to equalise through Rutter thanks to a very rare blunder by Dylan diving to his left who seemed initially to have it well-covered.
It was still pretty much even-stevens territorially when Port got their noses in front when Rhys Alun`s cross-cum- shot crashed against Cooke`s crossbar and Matty Jones, our `fox in the box` was on hand to tap in the rebound. 2-1 to Port. There then followed something of a turning point when Saltney`s Scott Beech was red- carded for pushing Julian Williams in the face and a yellow card soon followed for Saltney`s assistant manager for dissent. Half time 2-1 to Port.
The second half was barely a minute old when super-sub Marcus Banks made it 3-1 with a fine header from Julian`s right wing cross. This was followed by a rather bad miss from James Rutter when well-placed for the visitors. Indeed, Saltney displayed a never-say-die attitude but one felt that the one-man advantage was beginning to tell and the mountain was by now too high a climb.
On 77` minutes, Julian Williams was put through by a well-weighted pass by Marcus and slotted home past Cooke`s left hand to make it 4-1. Then it was Matty`s turn to shoot past Cooke after fine play by the promising 16-year old Cian Pritchard. It ended 5-1, but certain people this afternoon succeeded in ensuring that football was not the winner. Suffice it to say that I was very proud to be a Porthmadog supporter today as we most certainly kept the moral high ground. Enough said!
Porthmadog:Dylan Roberts (GK), Gareth Jones-Evans (Ben Fisher 10`), Josh Banks, James Morgan, Stuart Rogers, Ifan Emlyn, Matty Jones, John Littlemore (Marcus Banks 45`), Rhys Alun, Julian Williams, Paul Lewis.
Yellow Card: Ifan Emlyn (27`)
Saltney:Josh Cooke (GK), S. Beach, S. Tinsley, J. O’Brien, L. Butterworth, B. Jones, J. Johnson, B. Evans, J. Rutter, R. McLeary, T. Booth.
Yellow Card: Josh Cooke (84`), J. O’Brien (76`), J. Johnson (45`+3`), B. Jones (43`), C. Hett (Assistant Manager 34`).Red Card:S. Beach (38`)
Torf / Attendance:184
Assistants:Sion Wyn Hughes, David Griffiths.
20/11/21 Cynghrair Ardal Gogledd-Orllewin / Ardal League NW
Noddwyr / Match Sponsors: Haydn E. Williams, Syrfewyr Siartredig / Chartered Building Surveyors
Noddwr y Bęl / Match Ball Sponsor: Cyfreithwyr GAMLIN`S Solicitors
CPD PORTHMADOG .............. ...1
James Morgan 21’
CPD LLANUWCHLLYN .................2
Dan Dascalu 19’
Joe Williams 41’
Cael a chael oedd hi! Yes, this was very much a ‘nip and tuck’ affair to the very end as the Traeth faithful witnessed an absorbing tussle between league leaders Porthmadog and fourth placed Llanuwchllyn. It was not quite a classic but both teams played with honest endeavour and skill. In the end, the spoils belonged to Llanuwchllyn courtesy of a wonder strike by Dan Dascalu and a well taken solo effort by the runaway top-scorer at this level namely Joe Williams.
The opening ten minutes proved to be a very cagey affair with Port marginally ahead in the possession stats and in terms of half-chances. The first scoring opportunity fell to Julian Williams whose attempted chip from the edge of the area went over the bar much to the relief of former Port stalwart Ceri James who had lost possession. The next chance fell to Matty Jones when he was put through on goal after great work by Marcus Banks and Julian Williams but his effort went wide of the mark. The first goal, however, came somewhat against the run of play but what a superb goal it was! Dan Dascalu spotted Port keeper Dylan Roberts way off his line (hogyn drwg!) and his firmly floated effort from 45 yards (???) sailed over Dylan for the opener. A dream goal for Dascalu but something of a horror-show of ‘Doctor Who’ proportions for those backing the team in black and red. 1-0 to the visitors.
Barely two minutes later, Port were level when a Matty Jones corner from the left found James Morgan outjumping the Llan defenders to power a header into the corner of the net. All square after 21 minutes. Port continued to play with patience and discipline but struggled to breach a very organized Llan defence. Then, on 36 minutes came a pivotal moment when a well-constructed Port move was finished with a fine chip by Matty over the onrushing Rob Dascalu into the net only to be disallowed for off-side by the merest toenail.
The first half ended with Llanuwchllyn edging in front thanks to the sheer power of Joe Williams who muscled his way into the Port box. Dylan did very well to block his low effort which flew up to connect with the cross-bar. Williams was first to the rebound and outjumped Dylan to head into the net to the delight of the visiting supporters. Half-time and advantage to the men from Cae Llan.
The opening quarter of the second half proved to be quite thrilling ……pulsating…….nail-biting and absolutely end-to-end stuff. The shackles were off as they say. On 55 minutes, Rob Dascalu pulled off a brilliant save from an equally impressive 25 yard drive by Julian Williams. Two minutes later, a fine run by Matty Jones ended with his shot going goalwards off a defender but Rob Dascalu reacted swiftly to prevent a goal. At the other end, that man Joe Williams unleashed a powerful shot only to be matched by a fine save by Dylan low to his right. There then followed the miss of the match from the usually dependable Paul Lewis. Having wrong-footed his marker, he scuffed his close range right footed shot into Dascalu`s grateful arms. This, I guess, was the moment when even the most optimistic Port supporters whispered despondently :- ‘This is not our day!’ Port continued to play with patience and much of their approach play was quite admirable for the most part. However, as Jay Gibbs (remember him ?) once said on his Twitter page :-“Games are won and lost in both boxes,” and today we were found lacking in the opponents box. Port did not play badly by any stretch of the imagination but today belonged to Llanuwchllyn and congratulations to them. May you enjoy your celebrations and many of us will look forward with bated breath to another nail-biter in the final game of the season at Cae Llan. What a way to end a season!
Next week, we welcome our friends from the border, Saltney Town, to Y Traeth. Paid digalonni! / Chin up!
Porthmadog Dylan Roberts (GK), Gareth Jones-Evans (Ifan Emlyn 63’), Josh Banks, James Morgan, Stuart Rogers, Dewi Thomas, Matty Jones, John Littlemore (Paul Lewis 46’), Marcus Banks (Jamie McDaid 63’), Rhys Alun (Cian Pritchard 81’), Julian Williams..Unused Subs: Craig Papyrnik (GK), Aran Jones.
Yellow Card: Alun Winstanley (Assistant Manager)
Llanuwchllyn: Rob Dascalu (GK), Owain ap Gareth, Jack Evans, Ceri James, John Evans, Eilir Edwards, Tom Jones (Sam Evans 65’), Nathan Davies, Joe Evans, Joe Williams, Dan Dascalu,Unused Subs: Paul Jones, Iolo Jones, Delwyn Jones, Ioan Davies.
Yellow Cards: Rob Dascalu, Nathan Davies.
Referee / Dyfarnwr: Robin Williams.
Assistants: John Dewi Morris, Tomos Huw Jones.
Torf / Attendance: 273