Welsh Premier League - Friday, November 7th
Caernarfon ... 0 CPD Porthmadog ... 2
Marc Lloyd Williams 45', 66'
A goal in each half by leading scorer Marc Lloyd Williams brought Port back
to winning ways following their poor showing at Lex last week. These goals
bring Jiws's tally to 11 goals in all competitions since his return to the
Traeth. The striker could have completed his hat trick but was denied a goal
from the penalty spot thanks to an excellent save by Jago diving to his
right. This was a much better all round performance by Porthmadog and after
getting over the opening 25 minutes they looked the stronger team and were
generally in control to the end and fully deserved the three points.
Caernarfon however opened well and looked a far better team than the one
which went down 5-3 in the Welsh Cup at the Traeth. The Canaries can
consider themselves unlucky not to have gone ahead in the 7th minute when
Ben Parsonage's well struck free kick hit the bar and Eifion Jones was glad
to clear the rebound for a corner. Furlong, who had scored twice at the
Traeth, was soon in the action firing a shot across the face of goal and
later held off his marker well but lifted his shot narrowly over the cross
bar. Paul Addo also came close but fired his shot into the side netting.
Midway through the opening half, having weathered the early storm, the
visitors found an extra gear and an extra yard of pace and soon it looked
only a matter of time before they would open the scoring. Eifion Jones
tested the keeper from distance and Jago pulled off a fine save to keep out
a Rhys Roberts header. Mark Thomas then created an opening for Marc Lloyd
Williams but the striker shot straight at Jago. In the final minute of the
opening period Steve Kehoe's perfectly weighted pass put Marc Lloyd Williams
in behind the Caernarfon defence and the striker coolly rounded the keeper
and fired low into the net to give Port the lead at the interval.
Port continued strongly at the start of the second half. A John Rowley
header created an opening for Mark Lloyd Williams but Jago was out well to
smother the shot. The same pair were involved again a couple of minutes
later but Jago again pulled off a good save. Jago then pulled off an even
better save to deny Chris Jones after the winger had been put through by a
clever Carl Jones lob. Inevitably Port had to add to their tally and the
68th minute goal bore some resemblance to the first with John Rowley, this
time, supplying the through pass and Marc Lloyd Williams held off three
defenders to beat Jago from 12 yards. 9 minutes later and Jiws could have
added a third when John Rowley was brought down just inside the box but Jago
guessed correctly and save the spot kick. Though Caernarfon tried to push on
to get themselves back into the game Eifion Jones, Rhys Roberts and Mike
foster looked strong at the heart of the Port defence and the home side
never really looked like denying Port a rare clean sheet. Furlong, who found
far less room this time round, threatened at the near post but could only
find the side netting. In fact Port could have added a third in added time
when a long ball out of defence found Marc Lloyd Williams but the striker's
cheeky lob over keeper Jago flew narrowly over the bar.
This was a well deserved win putting Port on 12 points ahead of some very
Caernarfon: Mike Jago, Danny Brookes, Phil McDiarmid (Warren Waugh 69',
Teddy Whelan, Dan Ridler, Jon Humphrys, Tim Ojapah, Lee Furlong, Paul Addo,
Ben Parsonage (Steve Johnson 60'), Dale Wright.
Subs not used Tom Grice, Rob Hughes.
Yellow: Jon Humphrys 39',Mike Jago 46',Ben Parsonage 59', Danny Brookes 76'
Porthmadog: Dave Vickers, Mark Thomas, Eifion Jones, Rhys Roberts, Mike
Foster: Chris Jones, Steve Kehoe, Richie Owen, Carl Jones (Jon Peris Jones
89'): John Rowley (Ben Ogilvy 84'), Marc Lloyd Williams.
Yellow: Eifion Jones 7', Chris Jones 86'.
Sub unused: Danny Rylance.
Referee: Lee Evans (Llanllechid) Attendance: 312.
Welsh Cup - Saturday, October 25th
LEX XI ... 2 CPD Porthmadog ... 0
Paul Griffiths 56'
Arron Edwards 63'
There had to be one shock result and there usually is. But given Port's
inconsistent performances this season and Lex's good home form, this was a
potential banana skin -that is unless the WPL club were in the kind of form
which saw them outplay Newtown last week. But that was not to be for Port
were desperately poor and after a goal less first half the home side struck
twice in seven second half minutes. Port can claim that they were very
unlucky to concede the all important second goal which came off Wrexham
official Mike Jones's legs, completely wrong footing the Port defence, and
giving Arron Edwards the relatively simple task of netting from 6 yards with
only the keeper to beat. Though this was unfortunate it must be said that
Lex deserved to go on to Round 4. They took their chances when they came and
defended well when they had to.
Port were given a couple of early warnings that they would need to up their
game if they were to progress further. As early as the 4th minute Edwards
rattled the post after keeper Dave Vickers had failed to collect the ball at
his near post. Soon after Leighton Roberts issued a further warning when he
turned well on the edge of the Port area but rifled his shot narrowly past
the post. Port should have gone ahead after 15 minutes when a well judged
through ball by Steve Kehoe put Rowley clear on goal but his touch deserted
the usually reliable striker and Billington was able to come off his line to
clear. It was Kehoe again, a few minutes later, who opened up the Lex
defence, this time breaking down the right, and his low cross gave Gareth
Parry a shooting opportunity which he fired into the side netting. Port
looked to have gone ahead in the 44th minute when Chris Jones cutting in
from the right fired a low shot which appeared goal bound but a superb last
ditch defence saw the ball cleared off the line. So it was all square at the
interval in a largely disappointing first half with the ball in the air far
too often with Port relying far too much on ill directed balls over the Lex
defence and these proved to be too wayward and inaccurate to test the Lex
defence leaving the front two to chase lost causes all too often.
A good break down the right by Kehoe, soon after the interval, gave John
Rowley an opportunity at the near post but the ball was scrambled away for a
corner. Another corner, this time for Lex, produced the first goal of the
game in the 56th minute. Defender Paul Griffiths rose unchallenged in the
box to head Herfatin's left wing corner past Vickers. Only seven more
minutes had past when Edwards scored the vital second goal thanks to referee
Mike Jones's assist. There was time for Port to fight back but Marc Lloyd
Williams was off target with a heading chance. There was almost a calamitous
third goal when Smith intercepted a misdirected throw by Vickers but the
keeper recovered to push the forward's shot over the bar. Another
opportunity for Port to salvage something came when Marc Lloyd Williams's
74th minute free kick proved too hot for Billington to hold but there was no
one on hand to apply the finishing touch. The Lex defence proved equal to
the task in the final 20 minutes as Port threw more and more bodies into the
attack. But for all their huffing and puffing they failed to create another
clear cut chance and with panic creeping in they seemed largely devoid of
creative ideas and lacked the control to use the plentiful possession that
Lex deservedly enter the 4th Round where they have earned themselves a visit
to Welsh League (South) club Bridgend Town.
Lex: Billington, Aaron Aby, Manuel, Arron Edwards, Paul Griffiths, Craig
Hughes, Simon Smith (Arran Davies 90') Carl Andrews, Leighton Roberts (Ian
Davies 81'), Mark Latham, Kosha Hermfatin.
Sub not used: Scott Roberts.
Porthmadog; Dave Vickers, Mark Thomas (Carl Jones 65'), Eifion Jones, Rhys
Roberts, Mike Foster: Chris Jones, Gareth Parry, Steve Kehoe Ben Ogilvy
86'), Richie Owen: John Rowley (John P Jones 82'), Marc Lloyd Williams.
Yellow: Steve Kehoe 63'
Referee: Mike Jones (Wrexham) Attendance:
Welsh Premier League - Saturday, October 25th
CPD Porthmadog ... 3 Newtown FC ... 1
Steve Kehoe 49' Richard W Cooke 41'
Marc Lloyd Williams 58'
John Rowley 74'
Porthmadog put two very disappointing performances behind them to turn in
their best performance of the season and clinch a clear and deserved win
over their bogey side, Newtown. Rather surprisingly, in a game played in
strong wind and torrential rain, all four goals were scored playing into the
gale. The visitors, against the run of play, went in a goal up at the
interval but Port dominated the second half playing some of their best
football for very long time. Two goals in a nine minute spell at the
beginning of the second half put the home side on their way to victory and a
third by Rowley clinched the game 16 minutes from time.
Porthmadog had the very strong wind at their backs in the opening half but
despite creating the better chances failed to impose themselves on the game
and turn good chances into goals. Marc Lloyd Williams failed to take
advantage after being put through after only seven minutes and after 14
minutes Chris Jones racing in at the near post flicked Kehoe's low cross
over the bar. Chris Jones was unlucky again when his fierce shot from out on
the left struck the inside of the post. This was followed by a couple of
useful long range efforts by Rhys Roberts and Eifion Jones which went the
wrong side of the upright. The hard working Gareth Parry found Marc Lloyd
Williams, but the striker shot straight at the keeper. Late on in the half
Newtown came more in to the game and home keeper Dave Vickers had to be out
quickly to foil Mitchell. A rare Newtown effort on goal, again from
Mitchell, flew well over the bar. But with Ryan Davies having hobbled off
the field Newtown took full advantage and Mitchell burst through on the
right before squaring the ball for Williams Cooke who was left with the
simplest of tap ins. Port were then forced to reshuffle as striker John
Rowley came on for Ryan Davies.
Despite playing into the gale Port were on the attack immediately in the
second period and Marc Lloyd Williams fired an early effort over the bar.
But four minutes into the second period the home side drew level when Steve
Kehoe, from the edge of the box, thundered a super strike past Jones into
the corner of the net. Port continued to attack and Jones had to save at
Rowley's feet and Chris Jones shot over the bar. Newtown's Craig Williams
reminded the Port defence that defending in the strong wind would be a
difficult business when he got behind them and lifted the ball over Dave
Vickers but also wide of the post. Port however went ahead in the 58th
minute when Marc Lloyd Williams was put clean through by Steve Kehoe only to
be brought down by a combination of two defenders and the keeper. Referee
Huw Jones had no hesitation in pointing to the spot but surprisingly did not
issue any cards. Jiws got to his feet and fired the ball wide of David
Jones's right hand. He could have added to his tally a minute later but
lifted his shot over the bar. The visitors however were not prepared to
yield the points without effort and Vickers had to palm a Craig Williams
effort for a corner. Not long after and Moses seemed through on goal having
taken the ball past keeper Vickers but went too wide and the keeper
recovered to save. At the other end Dave Jones pulled off a superb save to
palm Richie Owen's deflected shot over the bar. Port however did not have
long to wait before John Rowley took advantage of a neat exchange of passes
with Marc Lloyd Williams to score from 8 yards.
Relieved manager, Paul Whelan, declared himself more than satisfied with the
team's performance, "Good to have the three points thanks to an excellent
second-half performance. They showed great character to turn the game around
and in fact didn't deserve to go one down in the first-half."
Porthmadog: Dave Vickers, Mark Thomas (Jon Peris Jones 89'), Eifion Jones,
Ryan Davies (John Rowley 41'), Mike Foster: Steve Kehoe, Gareth Parry, Rhys
Roberts, Richie Owen, Chris Jones, marc Lloyd Williams.
Subs not used: Carl Jones, Mark Bridge. Yellow: John Rowley 62', Gareth
Parry 75, Rhys Roberts 78'.
Newtown: David Jones, Craig Williams, Worton, Clarke, Jellicoe, Andrew
Thomas, Cadwallader, Hutchinson (Matthew Lewis 59'), Mitchell (Vernon 70'),
Moses, Williams Cooke. Subs not used: Daniels, Breeze, Carrol.
Yellow: Cadwallader 59, Hutchison 70'.
Referee: Huw Jones. Attendance: 168.
Welsh Premier League - Friday, October 17th
Prestatyn ... 5 CPD Porthmadog ... 2
Jon Fisher Cook 15', 53', 58' Marc Ll. Williams 13', 43'
Jack Lewis 27', 40'
Another disastrous performance at the back for Port as they were caught out
on three occasions by quick counter attacks with one pass opening up the
rearguard. This was then supported by some clinical finishing by Jon Fisher
Cooke and Jack Lewis who shared all five goals. This means that the
Porthmadog defence has leaked 28 goals in 9 WPL games.
Things started well enough for Port despite having to weather a few early
attacks and in one of these they were grateful for Dave Vickers' speed off
the mark to block David Hayes's close range shot. But with 13 minutes gone
Marc Lloyd Williams found himself in the right spot to take advantage of a
rebound when Richie Owen's low shot struck the foot of the post and he
opened the scoring with a shot from 12 yards. It was a well constructed move
started by Carl Jones who fed John Rowley and the striker squared the ball
into Richie Owen's path. But Port's defensive frailties meant that the lead
was short lived for within two minutes a Prestatyn counter attack caught the
visitors defence at sixes and sevens and Jon Fisher Cooke took advantage to
score with a low shot from 18 yards. Prestatyn continued to apply the
pressure and Eifion Jones had to clear from the line with keeper Vickers
beaten. But soon after Marc Lloyd Williams again threatened and Dunt in the
Prestatyn goal did well to touch a shot on the turn over the bar. But with
27 minutes gone Port succumbed to another counter attack as Steve Kehoe
carried the ball deep into the Prestatyn half only to give the ball away.
One well struck pass out of defence and Jack Lewis was away down the left
and finished well from 18 yards. Play remained end to end but Vickers had to
react quickly to touch a Steve Bowes header over the bar. Then after 40
minutes a single pass again opened up the Port defence. This time it was
down the left allowing Jack Lewis to race past Steve Kehoe outpacing the
defence to score from 20 yards. But on the stroke of half time Port got
themselves back into the game with a superb Marc Lloyd Williams strike.
Turning well on the edge of the box he volleyed John Rowley's downward
header into the roof of the net.
But the partial recovery was thrown away in 13 second half minutes. By that
time Jon Fisher Cooke had added two more goals to complete his hat trick and
put the game out of Porthmadog's reach. The first came following a good
exchange of passes on the edge of the Porthmadog box and Fisher Cooke cut in
from the right to score from 10 yards. The hat trick goal came after 58
minutes when the Port defence pushed up and Eifion Jones was outpaced by
Fisher Cooke down the Prestatyn left and the striker took his goal in style
with an angled shot from the edge of the area across Dave Vickers giving the
keeper no chance. To their credit Port did not throw in the towel and the
substitutions stiffened the midfield and the home defence had to survive one
or two awkward moments. Just past the hour mark Dunt saved well diving at
the feet of Chris Jones who was through on goal. Towards the end Marc Lloyd
Williams turned a ball inside for Iwan Tomos who unleashed what looked like
a goal bound shot but Dunt was again in the right place to pull off a smart
save. Finally Chris Jones rose well to meet Gareth Parry's cross at the far
post but put the ball the wrong side of the upright.
Things will not improve for Port until they sort out their defensive
problems. Up front enough chances are being created and Marc Lloyd Williams
was in excellent form. They were beaten by a team who played a simple but
effective game taking full advantage of Port's inability to deal with a
speedy counter attack.
Porthmadog; Dave Vickers, Steve Kehoe, Ryan Davies, Eifion Jones, Mike
Foster: Chris Jones, Rhys Roberts Iwan Williams 70'), Richie Owen, Carl
Jones (Iwan Tomos 65'): John Rowley (Gareth Parry 70') Marc Lloyd Williams.
Sub not used: Mark Bridge. Yellow: Rhys Roberts 41', Ryan Davies 59'.
Prestatyn: John Dunt, Steve Harris, Jack Lewis, David Hayes, Russ Jones,
Russ Hannen, Neil Gibson (Ashley Bamber 88'), Mike Parker ( Dan Evans 72'),
Steve Hoult, Jon Fisher Cooke Gareth Davies 62'), Steve Bowes.
Referee; Rob Duncan (Ellesmere) Attendance: 427
Welsh Premier League - Friday, October 10th
CPD Porthmadog ... 2 NEWI Cefn Druids ... 3
John Rowley 38' Mike Heverin 3'
Gareth Parry 85' Chris McGinn 6' 15'
On a night of awful weather conditions and even worse defending it was a
case of déjà vu at the Traeth during the first half hour of this game! In
a repeat of the first half of the Welsh Cup tie against Caernarfon, Port were
left chasing the game after sloppy defending left them with a mountain to
climb. Unfortunately, that's where the similarities between the two games
end - this time, despite having numerous chances, Whelo's team couldn't
quite overturn the early deficit.
Port's defence had conceded 12 goals in three games prior to tonight and the
defensive frailty was demonstrated after only 3 minutes. Again it was a
mix-up at the back - Ryan Davies' pass to Eifion Jones was easily
intercepted by Mike Heverin who left Jones trailing before slotting the ball
past Richard Harvey in goal. A further 3 minutes into the game and it got
even worse for the home team. From a free kick, the much travelled Ricky
Evans, now with his 9th Welsh Premier club, floated the ball into the box
and it was a simple matter for Chris McGinn to put Druids 2-0 up with a free
header from just a yard out.
Ironically, despite conceding two early goals, Port were getting the lion's
share of the possession. Frustratingly for the home supporters, however,
their team could not turn possession into chances. Half chances fell to Marc
Lloyd Williams and John Rowley, but neither seriously troubled Edwards in
the Druids' goal. Then with only fifteen minutes gone, Druids looked to have
put the game beyond Port with their 3rd goal. This time, there was little
that the Port defence could have done - Chris McGinn with a superb thirty
yard effort leaving Harvey clutching at thin air.
After conceding a third, Port's looked to have lost all shape and things
could have gone from bad to worse had Evans and Heverin taken their chances
after defensive errors. It took until the half hour mark before the home
supporters had something to shout about. Lloyd Williams had a good shout for
a penalty waved on by the ref after the striker was seemingly up-ended in the
box. This seemed to spur on the home side to their best period of the match.
Ten minutes before the break, following a neat one-two with Carl Jones, Mike
Foster played a good cross into the box but Rowley's header was inches wide.
By now Druids were having to resort to foul play to prevent the Port
attacks. It was one such free kick, following a foul on Lloyd Williams,
that lead to Port's opener. From the free kick, Ryan Davies neatly
controlled the ball on his chest before laying the ball off to Rowley and
the striker made no mistake, toe-poking the ball home through a crowd of
players. Jiws probably should have made it 2 a minute later, but his effort
was tame following great set-up work by Carl Jones. The league's record
scorer came even closer just before the half time whistle, but his looping
effort went agonisingly over the bar.
The second half started in an open manner, with plenty of chances for both
sides. Rowley had a shot saved at one end while at the other it took a last
gasp Richie Owen tackle to prevent a scoring opportunity. Port had a brace
of good efforts after 55 minutes - Jiws and Carl Jones both testing the
keeper with long range efforts. Edwards had to do even better on the hour mark,
with a great save down to his left from a John Rowley header. After this
flurry of activity, Druids were pleased to see the game settle into a
scrappy spell with neither defence seriously being tested.
With time quickly running out, Port came close to halving the deficit on 70
minutes. A long pass found Lloyd Williams free on the right and he in turn
found Carl Jones on the edge of the box. His effort from the edge of the
penalty area whizzed just the wrong side of the upright. There followed a
good spell for Druids. Richard Owen was called into action to make another
last gasp tackle on 75 minutes and a few minutes later Richard Harvey made a
fine save at the feet of McGinn after one pass had wrong footed the back
With time running out, Port became more desperate - Ryan Davies was
substituted with 10 minutes to go leaving just 3 in the defence. The
resulting formation looked disjointed and the game became extremely scrappy.
It took two great pieces of skill for Port to score their second. Carl
Jones' fine run bamboozled the visitor's defence and his layoff found Gareth
Parry on the edge of the penalty area. He skipped past a couple of defenders
and his low shot beat the keeper on his right hand side. However, with 85
minutes now on the clock, it was too late for the equaliser and the three
points go to Cefn Druids - their first league win of the season.
This was a disappointing result against a team that we would expect to beat
at home. Paul Whelan will be extremely concerned that his defence has now
conceded 15 goals in 4 games - silly mistakes and the lack of discipline at
the back have cost us dearly over the past few games. A lot of work will
need to be put in on the training pitch if we are to stem the flood of
Porthmadog: Richard Harvey, Mike Foster (Richie Owen 45'), Eifion Jones,
Ryan Davies (Danny Rylance 80'), Mark Thomas (Gareth Parry 45'), Rhys
Roberts, Steve Kehoe, Carl Jones, Chris Jones, Marc Lloyd Williams, John
NEWI Cefn Druids: Carl Edwards, Mark Powell, Chris Marriott, Geraint Lewis,
Dan Darnett, Lee Jones, James Hussaney, Chris McGinn, Mike Heverin, Ricky
Evans, Mike Thompson
Referee: Michael Jones Attendance: 173
Welsh Premier League Cup - Tuesday, October 7th
CPD Porthmadog ... 2 Bangor City ... 3
Gareth Parry 74' Les Davies 14' 68'
Chris Jones 76' Mike Walsh 25'
With 68 minutes gone Bangor City were three goals up but a late rally by
Port, scoring twice in two minutes, gave us a score line which was a fairer
reflection of the play on the night. Victory for Bangor means that they only
need a draw to ensure a place in the quarter finals of the competition.
Following an even opening spell Bangor drew first blood after 14 minutes
when Les Davies, against his old club, rose highest in the box to head Sion
Edwards' dangerous cross past Vickers in the home goal. Bangor enjoyed a
good spell with Edwards forcing Vickers into a good save at the expense of a
corner and Sergeant prompting and probing in midfield. Then after 25 minutes
Bangor extended their lead taking advantage of a stray pass to break down
the left and, though the initial shot from Edwards was partially cleared,
Walsh was on hand to score from 8 yards. Following the second Bangor goal
Port came into the game and a 27th minute Ogilvy corner caused a mighty
scramble in the Bangor box with Marc Lloyd Williams failing to force the
ball home through a crowd of players. Port continued to pressurise and
forced four corners in quick succession but failed to turn this to their
advantage. Soon after Jon Peris Jones lifted a high cross from the right and
John Rowley rose well but Smith, in the Bangor goal, pulled off an excellent
save pushing the ball round the post. Though play remained even through most
of the half Bangor went in at the interval two goals ahead.
Chris Jones came on in the second half for the injured Rowley and in the
third minute of the half fired a 25 yard free kick which Smith failed to
hold but the keeper scrambled away Marc Lloyd Williams' effort to turn in
the rebound from a narrow angle. Port in the early stages of the half were
threatening to get back in the game with Chris Jones screwing a good
opportunity wide of the post and Smith needing to be at his best to keep out
an Eifion Jones header. With 68 minutes gone Bangor struck again and looked
to have made the game safe when Les Davies broke into the box from the right
and in typical style bustled and muscled his way through and finished with a
well placed low shot. But unlike in the two previous encounters with Bangor
heads did not go down and in the 78th minute Gareth Parry, making a welcome
return from injury and adding bite and quality to midfield, scored with a
header. He rose well in the box to meet Chris Jones's corner directing it
past Smith. Two minutes later Port closed the gap further when Chris Jones
found space in the box to drill a ball worked in from the right to find the
net from 15 yards. But the equaliser did not transpire and Les Davies could
have completed his hat trick when put through by Walsh. That was Walsh's
last useful contribution as he received his marching orders with an 86th
minute second yellow card from referee Carmelo Lo Faro.
This proved to be a far better performance from Port than was the case in
the previous encounters with Bangor, matching them for long periods and
creating a number of good chances. It also gave manager Paul Whelan a chance
to look at a changed formation and at some players who have not featured
recently. Ben Ogilvy looked far more at home in midfield, Chris Jones found
the net as an emergency front player and young Danny Rylance was given more
time on the pitch. There were also far fewer errors this time -these have
been a blight on otherwise good performances this season.
Porthmadog: Dave Vickers, Steve Kehoe, Eifion Jones, Ryan Davies, Richie
Owen: Jon Peris Jones, Gareth Parry (Danny Rylance 75'), Rhys Roberts (Mark
Thomas 77'), Ben Ogilvy: John Rowley (Chris Jones 46'), Marc Lloyd Williams.
Yellow: Rhys Roberts 55'
Bangor: Paul Smith, Swanick, Hoy, Johnson, Brewerton, Sergeant, Limbert (
Kilackey 73'), Walsh, Les Davies, Sharp (Caio Iwan 70'), Sion Edwards
Red: Mike Walsh 86' Yellow: Swanick 55'
Referee: Carmello Lo Faro. Attendance: 146