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Vauxhall Masterfit Welsh Premier -Saturday, January 14th
CPD Porthmadog ... 5 Newi Cefn Druids ... 0
Gareth Caughter 41
Gareth Roberts 43 (o.g.)
Lee Webber 46
Rhys Roberts 60
Carl Owen 68
This comprehensive win will go some way to exorcise the demons gathering
since last week's heavy defeat in Llansanffraid. The fact that they were
playing bottom placed Druids should not deflect from this significant
victory. It was important, following the recent run, to re-establish the
clear water between them and those in the lower reaches. It is also relevant
to note that Druids have drawn three of their last six games and the other
three have only been lost by the odd goal.
The game was decided during a five minute period either side of half-time
when the home side scored three times. The first came after 41 minutes
following a period of Port pressure. Druids keeper Phil Cross came out well
to block Carl Owen's shot but the ball only went as far as Gareth Caughter
whose well judged 15 yard looping header found the net. Within two minutes
the home side were two ahead when Mike Foster's excellent flighted corner
troubled the Druids defence and Gareth Roberts' header ended up in his own
net. The Druids could count themselves unlucky to be two goals down at the
interval as they had looked the more likely to score and had held the edge
for most of the first half. However they only created one real opportunity
and after 24 minutes Mike Heveron should have done better with a far post
heading opportunity supplied by Osian Jones' excellent long cross. During
this period the nearest the home side came to scoring were a couple of off
target headers by Ywain Gwynedd early on and one by Lee Webber from a
The second half was only a minute old when Lee Webber took advantage of some
slack defence to turn Mike Foster's penetrating free kick over keeper Cross
for Port's third goal. Cefn did not crumble and threw themselves into
vigorous attack forcing Richard Harvey to produce a good save from
McDonnell's flick. On the hour mark yet another Mike Foster free-kick opened
up the visitors defence and following a succession of headers in and around
the box Rhys Roberts matched his fellow centre back and scored the fourth
with a lob from 12 yards. Eight minutes later and Port had more than sealed
the game when it was that man Foster again who started the move emphasising
the influence he had on this game. This time it was with a well directed
pass from midfield enabling Les Davies to head into space for the hard
working Carl Owen to run on and score his tenth Welsh Premier goal of the
season with a low shot from 15 yards.
The game was now well and truly over and the home side coasted to victory
troubled only by a few stiff tackles which produced a series of yellow cards
and a couple of good runs by Osian Jones. The industrious Gareth Parry came
close near the end when he burst into the box but his shot was blocked for a
The small crowd today was a disappointment but those who decided to stay
away after last week's defeat missed a performance full of character. In
addition to the goals it also produced the first clean sheet of the season.
Next week they will need another performance in the same mould as they visit
Port Talbot who have proved to be the season's surprise packet.
Port: Richard Harvey: Geraint Mitchell( Jon P Jones 81'), Lee Webber( Richie
Owen 77'), Rhys Roberts, Mike Foster: Ywain Gwynedd( Tony Williams 73'),
Gareth Parry, Danny Hughes, Gareth Caughter: Carl Owen, Les Davies.
Yellow: Carl Owen 66
Cefn: Phil Cross, Barton, Chris Roberts, Gareth Roberts, Rowlands, Edgar,
Osian Jones, Mazzarella (Ian Williams 62'), Leech (Darren Williams 51'),
Heveron, McDonnell (Hobson 65').
Yellow: McDonnell 42', Gareth Roberts 59', Edgar 65' Leech 73.
Vauxhall Masterfit Welsh Premier Saturday, January 7th 2006.
TNS ...7 Porthmadog ...0
Steve Beck 3
M.L. Williams 6,58,70
Steve Evans 36
Mike Wilde 42
Michael Jackson 66
In last season's fixture between the two clubs at the Treflan ground TNS
needed an injury time goal to clinch the three points but this time round
Port and their supporters had far longer to take in the fact that they were
heading for defeat and a heavy one at that.
With only six minutes on the clock TNS were already two goals up. The full
timers used the width of the pitch as they set up a series of attacks from
the off that would have tested the most experienced defences. It took only
three minutes for them to take the lead when Steve Beck's drive from 18
yards took a deflection and as a result gave Richard Harvey no chance. Three
minutes later and the home side were two up when, former Port player, Marc
Lloyd Williams came to the near post to head in Michael Wilde's accurate
cross. It could have been three a minute later but for an excellent save by
Richard Harvey to deny Marc Lloyd Williams following a well worked move.
For a time the visitors seemed to be weathering the storm and forced their
first corner after 18 minutes and then even managed a rare goal opportunity
when a good forward pass found Carl Owen in space but the forward did not
get the best of touches and Doherty saved comfortably enough. There could
have been a third goal but Ruscoe's on target shot was diverted wide thanks
to a Marc Lloyd Williams header. This however only postponed the inevitable
as Steven Evans rose above Lee Webber at the back post to convert Ruscoe's
corner. By half-time it was four as Wood's interception and cross provided a
chance for Wilde to score at the far post.
It was damage limitation time for Port as they concentrated on closing down
their opponents in midfield. They even managed a couple of attacking sorties
of their own but both Lee Webber and Les Davies were off target after good
build ups. Marc Lloyd Williams was looking for more against his old mates
and with less than a quarter of an hour of the second period he took
advantage of another excellent Ruscoe cross to head past Harvey. Soon after
the hour mark Michael Jackson added his name to the score sheet with a 20
yard effort. Then in the 70th minute the inevitable Marc Lloyd Williams got
the final touch to complete the scoring and his own hat trick.
Port might have got a consolation seven minutes from time when sub Tony
Williams burst into the box from the right but his shot curled wide of the
These are proving to be difficult days for Port as they slumped to their
fourth successive defeat. Next Saturday's visit to the Traeth by Cefn Druids
now takes on extra significance as Port are in danger of being drawn further
into the relegation dogfight.
TNS: Doherty, Hogan, King, Baker, Steve Evans, Jackson (Pugh 86'), Ruscoe
(Toner 59'), ML Williams, Wilde, Beck, Wood (Leah 59').
Subs not used: McKenna, Smith.
Port: Richard Harvey: Geraint Mitchell, Lee Webber, Rhys Roberts, Mike
Foster: Ywain Gwynedd (Tony Williams 70'), Gareth Parry, Danny Hughes,
Gareth Caughter (Jon P Jones 84'), Les Davies (Richie Owen 60'): Carl Owen.
Vauxhall Masterfit Welsh Premier -Monday, January 2nd
CPD Porthmadog ... 0 Aberystwyth ... 2
Glyndwr Hughes 15,88.
Aberystwyth inflicted a miserable holiday period on Port adding an away
three points to complete the double over their Cardigan Bay rivals.
Aberystwyth started brightly and immediately took the game to Port with some
slick passing showing clearly the influence of new manager Brian Coyne. With
a quarter of an hour gone hesitancy on the edge of the home box gave Glyndwr
Hughes plenty of room to fire the visitors ahead with a low shot which gave
Richard Harvey no chance.
Following the set back Port gradually got themselves into the game and for
the remainder of the opening half the better chances were at the Aberystwyth
end. A Lee Webber header went just over the bar while Gareth Parry breaking
behind the defence found Carl Owen whose shot screwed wide of the target. A
Gareth Parry pile driver flew narrowly wide and Richard Morgan, in the Aber
goal, pulled off a couple of excellent saves to deny Carl Owen and then
dived to push an excellent Les Davies header round the post. A yellow card
for Aber defender Aneurin Thomas after 43' reflected the pressure the
visitors defence were finding themselves under. Just before the interval a
cracking Carl Owen free kick was deflected for a corner.
The second half followed a similar pattern with the visitors starting well
and then the home side took control. A minute into the second period it
needed an excellent block by Rhys Roberts to deny Tim Hicks and then man of
the match Luke Sherbon's well taken free-kick shaved the cross bar. Then it
was Port's turn. Outstanding performers Les Davies and Ywain Gwynedd
combined to create an opening for the former but Davies' shot was into the
side netting. Richard Harvey in the home goal pulled off an outstanding
save to deny Glyndwr Hughes at the expense of a corner. But it was all Port
now as Gareth Caughter in the 71' was denied by a fine Richard Morgan
reflex save to keep out a close range header. A minute later and it appeared
that Rhys Roberts must score as the goal gaped before the young defender who
was only 8 yards out. But he blazed his shot over the bar. Undeterred Port
pressed forward and a fine Ywain Gwynedd through pass put Caughter clear on
goal but the midfielder was unlucky to see his shot strike the foot of the
post and Carl Owen's follow up was forced out for a corner. With four
minutes left Caughter was again unfortunate to see another goal bound header
cleared off the line by Ross Lloyd.
Almost inevitably, with Port throwing everything into attack, they fell foul
of the sucker punch in the form of a quick counter attack with the pacy Tim
Hicks bursting down the right and his low pass was converted by Glyndwr
Hughes at the near post. The game which had been such a fine contest was now
over but even at this late stage Port created and missed a final opportunity
to get their names on the score sheet. Carl Owen burst clear but he was
unlucky to see his lob over Richard Morgan's head roll wide of the upright.
This was a close contest with Port surely feeling that they deserved at
least a point. It was also a game with two sides intent on playing football
and providing a good advertisement for Welsh Premier football. Aberystwyth,
with Brian Coyne in charge, can now expect to climb up the table. Port
though disappointed with a third successive defeat will take heart from a
much improved performance. A continued improvement will be needed, however,
with a visit to meet TNS next Saturday! The performances of Ywain Gwynedd
and Geraint Mitchell, two young players promoted from the reserves, was also
Port: Richard Harvey: Geraint Mitchell, Lee Webber, Rhys Roberts, Mike
Foster: Ywain Gwynedd, Gareth Parry, Danny Hughes, Gareth Caughter: Carl
Owen, Les Davies.
Subs: Ritchie Owen, Tony Williams, Jon Peris Jones.
Aberystwyth: Morgan, Burrows,King, Aneurin Thomas, Ross Lloyd, Nic Evans,
Glyndwr Hughes, Luke Sherbon, Stuart Roberts, Tim Hicks, Sion James.
Subs: Bari Morgan, M Roberts, Billing.
Aberystwyth ... 4 CPD Porthmadog ... 1
Nic Evans 23, 82 Gareth Caughter 1 (26 scs)
Luke Sherbon 26
Stuart Roberts 55
Despite getting the best possible start Port suffered a comprehensive
defeat in the Boxing Day Cardigan Bay derby. The visitors got off to a
flying start with the very first attack of the game producing a goal after
a mere 26 seconds. Les Davies set up a move along the left and Mike
Foster's perfectly flighted cross was met by a well place Gareth
Caughter header which found the top corner of the net. Unfortunately
that proved to be Port's only true high point in the game.
Gradually the home side got themselves back into the game and in a three
minute spell they turned the game around starting in the 23rd minute when
Stuart Roberts crossed to the far post for Glyndwr Hughes to head the ball
back into the danger area and Nic Evans was on hand to take advantage of
some hesitant defence to score from close range. Three minutes later and
Aber were ahead when Luke Sherbon found himself in space 25 yards out and
sent a cracking shot past Harvey into the top corner of the net.
The home side continued to dominate up to the interval with Nic Evans again
prominent first sending a shot across the face of goal and then two minutes
before half-time Richard Harvey dived low to deny him a goal from close
Aber continued in charge during the opening exchanges and ten minutes into
the second period they virtually put the game beyond Port with a third goal.
This time it was the experienced ex-Swan Stuart Roberts who converted a
deep cross at the far post. Port tried to get back into the game but Aneurin
Thomas and Ross Lloyd were well in control under the high ball denying
Gareth Caughter ans Les davies any wothwhile opportunities. The
introduction of Ywain Gwynedd for Port injected some much needed pace
llied to close dribbling skills and late on he did manage to get behind the
defence for a rare chance but Richard Morgan was quickly out to save. By
this time Aber had made the game well and truly safe with an 82nd minute
fourth goal. This came again courtesy of a cross to the far post where Nic
Evans was on hand to take full advantage sending a low shot past Richard
This was a miserable afternoon for Port and the continued absence of Carl
Owen and Ryan Davies did little to help their cause. Last season Port took
a valuable four points from the holiday games but to even share the spoils
this time round will take a considerable turn around. Port must however
hope for a return to full stregth by next week and also a return to the kind
of form that produced a three match winning streak.
Port: Richard Harvey: Geraint Mitchell, Lee Webber, Rhys Roberts, Mike
Foster: Danny Hughes, Gareth Parry (Matthew Webber), Tony Williams (Ywain
Gwynedd), Ritchie Owen (Jason Harvey), Gareth Caughter, Les Davies.
Aberystwyth: Richard Morgan, Burrows, King, Aneurin Thomas (Foligno), Rob
Lloyd, Nic Evans ( Matthew Roberts), Glyndwr Hughes, Sherbon, Stuart
Roberts( Jon Coates), Tim Hicks, Sion James.
Vauxhall Masterfit Welsh Premier -Saturday, December 17th.
Welshpool Town ... 1 Porthmadog ...0
Justin Wickham 36
Welshpool just about deserved to edge a game which must be a strong
contender for the title of poorest game of the season. The game was decided
by Justin Wickham's 36th minute goal when the ball was worked across the
visitors box from the left to Wickham who took full advantage of the acres
of space at the far post to drill a shot past Richard Harvey.
Port, without leading marksman Carl Owen and defender Ryan Davies gave a
first team debut to youngster Geraint Mitchell who can be very pleased with
his competent performance at right back. Port started well enough with Danny
Hughes getting behind the defence in the first minute but his cross was
disappointing. Les Davies was then clear on goal but he delayed his shot and
keeper McGuigan was quickly out to save. The home side could have gone ahead
in the 11th minute but were prevented from doing so in rather bizarre
fashion when Bret Jeffries' goal bound shot was headed over the bar by team
mate Calvin Davies. Neither side seemed able to exert much control on the
game and the passing was often untidy and inaccurate. The only worthwhile
effort on goal for Welshpool, other than Wickham's goal, came after 23
minutes but Mark Roberts' powerful drive was cleared off the line by Gareth
After the goal it was Port who came closest to scoring first when McGuigan
was forced to touch a Caughter header over the bar and soon after Gareth
Caughter should have done better when he was put clear by a Gareth Parry
flick. The forward, however, delayed his shot far too long giving McGuigan
the opportunity to dive at his feet and collect the ball.
The second-half was if anything worse than the first. There was a shot by
Steve Rogers and a header by Mike Thompson for Welshpool but both were off
target. The closest they came to scoring was in the 61st minute when, with
Richard Harvey out of his goal, Steve Rogers lobbed into what he thought was
an empty net only for Rhys Roberts to race across and clear at the expense
of a corner. Port meanwhile playing down the notorious Maes-y-Dre slope in
the second half relied far too much on long balls from the back, by-passing
midfield and as a result they created few if any worthwhile chances. On one
of the rare occasions when there was a constructive move, and that in the
80th minute, the home defence was opened up but Ritchie Owen's shot was
deflected for a corner.
The game fizzled out with neither goalkeeper in action apart from Ged
McGuigan in the Welshpool goal who, with well over a quarter of an hour to
go, busied himself wasting time on goal kicks and clearances as did team
mates holding the ball at the corner flag -a sad sight indeed bearing in
mind the sparse crowd in attendance.
This was a very disappointing Port performance following on the excellence
of their three match winning run. Let us hope for a return to that form for
the important holiday clashes against Aberystwyth.
Welshpool:McGuigan, Windsor, Lloyd, Mark Roberts, Brett Jeffries, Keegan,
Thompson, Ross Jeffries, Steve Rogers (Aidan Shannon 87), Calvin Davies,
Subs not used: Cunnah, Ceri James.
Port: Richard Harvey, Geraint Mitchell, Rhys Roberts, Lee Webber, Mike
Foster: Danny Hughes, Gareth Parry (Matthew Webber 81), Tony Williams (Ywain
Gwynedd 67), Ritchie Owen( Jason Harvey86)
Referee: N L Morgan.
Vauxhall Masterfit Welsh Premier - Saturday, December 10th.
CPD Porthmadog ... 3 Airbus UK ...1
Les Davies 27' Hussaney 85'
Carl Owen 58', 79'
This was a comfortable win for Port, with the three points always looking
likely to stay at the Traeth. The shaky performances earlier in the season
seemed a distant memory, as the strike partnership of Carl Owen and Les
Davies produced the goods once again. The switch to the 4-4-2 formation
seems to have brought with it an improvement in Port's fortunes.
Port had most of the play in the opening minutes, with one of the best
chances coming to Carl Owen after a Les Davies cross from the left on 16
minutes. However, Port failed to turn their possession into many chances on
goal during this spell. And for a few minutes it looked as if Airbus would
punish them for this failing as they had a five minute period of pressure on
the Port goal around the 25 minute mark, with the hosts struggling to clear
their lines. However, the pressure was short-lived and on the break on 27
minutes Les Davies opened the scoring. He was put through on goal by a
through ball, and after the keeper got his hand to his initial shot, he made
no mistake from the re-bound.
The main talking point of the first half came a few moments later when Carl
Owen was hacked to the ground by a combination of Airbus keeper Adam McGee
and Gareth Sudlow. However the ref only saw fit to hand out a yellow card to
Sudlow after this blatant professional foul. From the resultant free kick
Rhys Roberts headed just wide following a Les Davies cross. Davies was
involved in the other chance of note that came Port's way in the first half.
He passed to Gareth Parry in the box, who was tackled but the ball ran clear
just inches wide of the goal. Airbus had another period of pressure late on
in the first half, but didn't create a clear cut chance to trouble Harvey.
Port came out in the second half hell-bent on adding to their score, and
Carl Owen was desperately unlucky not to do just that three minutes after
the re-start. He chipped the ball over the goalie but it re-bounded off the
bottom side of the bar. This was followed by more pressure by Port, and it
was no surprise when Carl Owen added to the score on 58 minutes. He beat the
Airbus off-side trap and again chipped McGee, before winning a race to the
ball with the keeper and netting into the open goal.
After Port converted the second, Airbus forced themselves back into the
game. Following a corner on 59 minutes there was a scramble in front of the
Port goal, but they somehow managed to clear the ball from danger. Gareth
Owen created further danger for Airbus five minutes later with a run down
the right. He crossed the ball back to Leigh Williams whose shot was headed
off the line and scrambled clear for a corner. This was Airbus' best period
of pressure in the match, with Gareth Owen also having a chance on goal
Port rode this storm unscathed and came back into the game. Ritchie Owen had
a chance on 76 minutes after a Les Davies cross. Then three minutes later
Carl Owen sealed Port's win with his tenth goal of the season. Again he beat
the Airbus off-side trap and coolly slotted the ball home when he only had
keeper to beat. Five minutes from time whistle James Hussaney, netted for
Airbus following another scramble in front of the Porthmadog goal. But this
was only a consolation goal as it came too late to bring the visitors back
into the game.
This was a comfortable win for Port and extends the winning run to three
matches. It was disappointing to see such a poor crowd at the Treath to see
this victory, especially coming straight after the 5-1 win against Cwmbran a
fortnight ago. It seems that some supporters are very difficult to please.
Port: Harvey, R. Roberts, Foster, R. Davies, Webber, T. Williams (Caughter),
G. Parry, R. Owen, D. Hughes, C. Owen, L. Davies (Gwynedd).
Sub not used: Mitchell
Airbus: McGhee, Connelly, L. Williams, Futcher, J. Davies, Sudlow, C. Jones,
G. Owen, Leech (Hussaney), McIntosh, D. Hughes (Purcell).
Sub not used: Hopkins.