Principality Building Society Welsh Premier - Sunday, February 15th
CPD Porthmadog ... 2 TNS ... 2
John Rowley 3' Conner Murtagh 63'
Mike Foster 22'(p) Steve Evans 84'
Port's drop into the relegation spot proved to be temporary as a battling
performance secured them an unlikely point against the full-timers from
Oswestry. With the Tomi factor beginning to make a difference they could
have secured all three as The Saints had to wait until the 84th minute
before their aerial bombardment paid off and at last they drew level with a
well organised Port who had been ahead since the 3rd minute. Port were
deservedly two up after 22 minutes and the visitors were glad to scramble a
couple of scruffy goals to secure their 8th draw of the season.
Port could not have wished for a better start as they broke down the right
in only the third minute. The ball was moved across field to Marcus Orlik on
the left and he broke to the byeline before lifting a quality cross to the
far post where John Rowley rose above his marker to head in from close range
for his 10th goal of the season. Port closing their opponents down well in
midfield continued to look dangerous on the break and when Marcus Orlik put
Chris Jones through after 13 minutes it needed a good save from Harrison at
the expense of a corner. With Jiws and Rowley leading the Port defence from
the front the full-timers were restricted to shots from distance and one of
the better ones came from Tommy Holmes but he failed to test Liam Shenahan
making his debut for Port. Then after 22 minutes Port went further ahead
when Hogan, under pressure from John Rowley, clearly handled in the box and
referee James pointed to the spot. Up stepped Mike Foster to fire low to
Harrison's left. TNS though continued to press forward and held the
advantage territorially. In the 24th minute a useful one-two on the edge of
the box between Berkely and Craig Williams created a shooting opportunity
but Shanahan was down well to save the shot from Williams. Port with Marcus
Orlik, Chris Parry and Richie Owen closing down the space in front of an
excellent back four continued to find their shooting opportunities
restricted to efforts from outside the box and when Shenahan saved from Wood
it was one of the rare times he was called into action.
TNS made their intentions clear from the outset of the second period with
the tall figure of Steve Evans pushed up to the front and within a minute
the change could have paid off when Evans headed Craig Williams' cross
straight at Shenahan. Rhys Roberts and Ryan Davies and Mike Foster were
however equal to the aerial bombardment that followed and Mark Thomas at
right back stuck to the difficult task of restricting the high crosses from
Craig Williams on the left. It was a stroke of good fortune that eventually
breached the home resistance when Murtagh's low shot from 18 yards took a
deflection to beat Shenahan. The aerial bombardment continued and Holmes
headed Wood's cross wide at the far post and when another high ball was
played into the Port area Steve Evans headed on for Berkely but again
Shenahan was equal to the task. As the pressure mounted Port found breaking
out of defence a problem but on occasions they were still dangerous on the
break and in the 77th minute Marc Lloyd Williams put Carl Jones clean
through on goal but Harrison was quickly off his line to block the shot. A
free kick in a dangerous position by Marc Lloyd Williams again tested
Harrison. Then with 84 minutes on the clock the high ball into the box
eventually paid off when debutant Shenahan, who had survived a baptism of
fire with credit, dropped Roscoe's cross and Steve Evans was given a simple
tap in. Neither side was satisfied with a share of the points and when
Roscoe dived into a tackle on Chris Jones he was very fortunate that the
card colour was only yellow. Indeed either side could have won the game in
injury time but Richie Owen's shot was blocked and at the other end Williams
fired into the side netting.
Port(4-4-2) Liam Shenahan, Mark Thomas, Ryan Davies, Rhys Roberts, Mike
Foster: Chris Jones, Chris Parry (Ben Ogilvy 86'), Richie Owen, Marcus Orlik
(Carl Jones 72'): John Rowley, Marc Lloyd Williams.
Subs not used Eifion Jones, Cai Jones (y), Tom Owen(y).
Yellow: Marcus Orlik 10', Mark Thomas 65'
TNS: Harrison, Hogan, Holmes, Baker, Steve Evans, Leah, Roscoe, Murtagh,
Berkely, Wood (McKenna 81'), Craig Williams.
Subs: Courtney, Whitfield.
Yellow: Hogan 22', Murtagh 54', Roscoe 90'
Referee: L James (Pontardawe) Attendance: 317
Principality Building Society Welsh Premier -Tuesday, February 10th
Bangor City ... 1 CPD Porthmadog ... 0
Chris Sharp 61'
Tomi Morgan's first match as Porthmadog manager ended in defeat, however,
the manner of the defeat will surely give him heart that the current poor
form can be turned round. Bangor, who have been in top form recently, will
count themselves lucky to have gained all three points - despite having the
lion's share of the possession, the home side rode their luck, with Port
having a number of good goal-scoring opportunities.
Bangor started the game sharply, putting the visitors' defence - which had
conceded 28 goals in the past 8 games - under early pressure. Then after 6
minutes, Dave Vickers in the Port goal was forced to picke up the ball from
a back-pass, having been put under pressure by the Bangor front line. The
in-direct free-kick which resulted saw a scramble within the penalty box,
which finally resulted in a scrambled clearance by a relieved Eifion Jones.
Chris Parry, celebrating his first start after recently signing from
Llanllyfni, set up Port's first opportunity of the game. His free-kick after
a quarter of an hour found winger Chris Jones, but his shot went wide of
Paul Smith's goal. Jones turned provider a minute later, finding John Rowley
in the box, but his attempt was scrambled away by the home defence.
Then came the decision that could have turned the game. Rhys Roberts did
well to win the ball in midfield and his pass found Chris Jones on the
right. Jones' well flighted cross was headed towards goal by Marc Lloyd
Williams and when Bangor keeper Smith could only parry the ball, the
Llanberis marksman pounced to put the visitors ahead - or so it seemed. Much
to the dismay of the travelling support, the linesman inexplicably ruled out
the goal for off-side.
Football of any quality was hard to come by for the remainder of the half,
with Bangor resorting to high balls into the box and Port putting their
trust in the long punt up field towards Rowley and Lloyd Williams. Bangor's
tactics did produce a few good chances, with Chris Seargeant involved in
most of their moves. Seargeant saw one effort deflected for a corner, while
his cross on the half hour mark found Chris Sharp, whose header rattled
against the post. Further long range efforts from Sharp and former Port
favourite Les Davies did not force saves from Vickers.
The early encounters of the second half promised a far more entertaining
game. Two minutes after the restart, Marcus Orlik tested the home keeper
with a speculative shot which Smith fumbled only to grasp on the second
attempt. Five minutes later and it was Vickers' turn to be tested - Jamie
Brewerton's shot through a forest of legs bought a fantastic save from the
Port keeper, who could only have seen the ball at the last minute.
John Rowley might have put the visitors ahead after nine minutes. He picked
up the ball in midfield and surged into the Bangor penalty box, but his
final shot was straight at the keeper. A minute later and the same player
made another great run and this time found support in the shape of Lloyd
Williams. Port's top scorer will know that he should have done better with
his shot, which sailed harmlessly over the bar.
Having survived these scares, Bangor then began to dominate possession. Poor
marking allowed a McManus' shot which was deflected for a corner - the Port
defence showing some of the same defensive frailties which have plagued them
all season. A Chris Seargeant effort after 61 minutes was also deflected
behind and from the resulting corner, Chris Sharp pounced to head his
fourth goal in 5 days. Dave Vickers in the Port goal, who had been looking
uncomfortable under the high ball all night, will feel that he should have
done more to keep out the striker's effort.
Following the goal, efforts from Peter Hoy and Kieran Killacky went close to
increasing the Bangor lead, with Port looking unable to get back into the
game. However, with the last ten minutes looming, Port upped their game.
Mark Lloyd Williams will feel unlucky to see his appeal for an apparent push
on the edge of the box waved away by the ref. Then in the 81st minute John Rowley,
who was constantly a thorn in Bangor's side, found Lloyd Williams in the box once
more, however he could only find the side netting. With time running out,
sub Cai Jones also had a long-range effort on goal, but to no avail.
Another tough game follows on Sunday, with TNS the visitors to the Traeth.
However, Tomi Morgan will hope that Port can build on tonight's encouraging
performance to give the title challengers a tough game. Traeth regulars will
have been pleased to see a return to form for Ryan Davies who kept his
brother Les in check all evening!
PORTHMADOG: D. Vickers, M. Thomas, M. Foster, R. Roberts, R. Davies, E. Jones,
C. Jones, M. Lloyd Williams, J. Rowley (C. Jones 88'), M. Orlik (B. Ogilvy 75'),
C. Parry (R. Owen 66').
Subs not used: T. Owen, L. Shanahan
BANGOR: P. Smith, D. Swanick, P. Hoy, M. Johnston, J. Brewerton,
C. Seargeant (S. Edwards 85'), K. Killackey, M. Walsh, L. Davies,
C. Sharp (K. Lloyd 90'), M. Beattie (P. McManus 45').
Subs not used: S. Cook, A. Mitchell
Principality Building Society Welsh Premier -Saturday, January 31st
CPD Porthmadog ... 0 Caersws FC ...1
Jamie Haynes 51'
Caersws completed the double over their relegation rivals Porthmadog in one
of the poorest games seen on the Traeth for a long time. This third
consecutive defeat plunges Port deep into the relegation scramble as they
reserved a totally inept performance for this important six pointer. It just
about sums up the afternoon that the game should be decided by a scruffy
goal, which was first of all disallowed by referee Brian James, but then
reinstated following a discussion with the assistant. It was probably
decided that Jamie Haynes' free kick had not been touched by a player in an
offside position but had gone directly into the net.
Port could have gone ahead after only 4 minutes when Mark Thomas floated a
cross to the far post but, unlike last week, his usual goal flair deserted
Marc Lloyd Williams and his header went back across goal and wide. Though
neither side was able to stamp their authority on a game played in windy
conditions it was Port who continued to look the more likely to score. Marc
Lloyd Williams after six minutes controlled well under pressure but shot
straight at Rowley in the visitors' goal and again later his shot on the
turn went narrowly wide. Meanwhile at the other end a mix-up at the back
almost allowed Hughes in on goal. The passing from both sides left much to
be desired and neither midfield managed to establish any grip on the game
and as a result the service to the front men was often non-existent. The
closest Port came to scoring in the later stages of the half was Chris
Jones's attempted lob over keeper Rowley which landed on the roof of the
net. Caersws's best chance came when keeper Vickers palmed a left wing cross
into the path of David Hughes, but the winger could only shoot into the side
Within six minutes of the restart the visitors got their noses in front when
Haynes's free kick from wide on the left crept in at the far post. The goal
did not bring any improvement, as standards, if anything, dropped even
further with neither side prepared to be patient and set up moves to open up
defences and provide the front men with decent opportunities. It was a case
of hit and hope and then once the ball was in the air the swirling wind took
charge. Caersws once ahead were happy to keep things fairly tight and had,
in Holt and Taylor, battlers at the back who did much to preserve their
lead. John Rowley and Marc Lloyd Williams continued to work extremely hard
up front but had to rely on crumbs rather than any clear cut opportunities.
The best of the late efforts were a shot by Marc Lloyd Williams which flew
wide after Orlik had squared the ball for him and Orlik himself drew a good
save from keeper Rowley with a 20 yard shot. In injury time Caersws could
have gone further ahead when Vickers was left stranded and Ryan Davies had
to head Melia's shot off the line and Vickers then pulled off a good save to
Long before referee Brian James blew his final whistle disappointed home
supporters were heading for the exit. Caersws will worry little about the
sub standard nature of the game as they completed the double over Port and
pushed them down another place into 14th in the table
Porthmadog: Dave Vickers, Mark Thomas (Carl Jones 73'), Ryan Davies, Eifion
Jones, Richie Owen: Chris Jones, Gareth Parry, Rhys Roberts (Chris Parry
76'), Marcus Orlik: Marc Lloyd Williams, John Rowley.
Subs not used: Ben Ogilvy, Liam Shanahan(g)
Yellow: Eifion Jones77'
Caersws: Rowley, Jon Jones, Hopkins, Taylor, Holt, Graham Jones, Dave Hughes
(Courtney 69'), Haynes, Melia, Jeffries (Aeron Edwards 55'), Cookson (Mark
Yellow: Steve Hopkins 84', Jamie Haynes 90'
Referee; Brian James, Pontypridd. Attendance: 193
Principality Building Society Welsh Premier -Saturday, January 24th
CPD Porthmadog ... 3 Airbus Broughton ... 4
ML Williams 24,45,64 Ashley Williams 58'
Giovanni Feliciello 78'
Phil Molyneux 78',86'
A superb hat-trick by Marc Lloyd Williams taking his all-time WPL tally to
294 goals proved to be not enough as Port failed to withstand Airbus'
second-half onslaught and that despite being 3-1 ahead at 64 minutes. Two
goals by Phil Molyneux in the 78th and 86th minute gave the Wingmakers their
second late victory in four days. Though Port held what looked like a
winning lead just past the hour mark few on reflection would deny that
Airbus deserved their win with a quality performance over the ninety
The Wingmakers were into the attack from the start spreading the ball wide
and as early as the first minute McIntosh should have done better when
presented with a good heading opportunity by Cook's cross. With the pressure
maintained, Eifion Jones and Ryan Davies had to work hard at the heart of
the home defence. Port however soon suggested that they would be a threat on
the counter attack when Chris Jones squared a low ball into the danger area
but Marc Lloyd Williams had his shot blocked for a corner. Despite their
pressure the visitors were unable to make it pay and the closest they came
to a goal early on was when Dave Vickers had to pull off a good save diving
to his left to keep out Feliciello's free kick. After 20 minutes Palethorpe
in the Airbus goal was also called into action turning a good Chris Jones
effort round the post and a minute later a good move involving Marc Lloyd
Williams and Marcus Orlik required a timely tackle by Woodward just as Chris
Jones was set to pull the trigger. But with 24 minutes gone Port opened the
scoring and a slick move with Chris Jones releasing Marcus Orlik down the
right. His fine far post cross was headed cleanly past Palethorpe from close
range by Marc Lloyd Williams. But the visitors continued to look threatening
and it took a fine save by Dave Vickers to keep out McIntosh's back post
header. Though the home defence had to defend a series of corners it was a
fantastic piece of quick thinking which gave Port a two goal lead at the
interval. Marc Lloyd Williams picked up a pass just inside his own half
advanced over the halfway glanced up and on seeing Palethorpe off his line
released a superb 40 yard effort over the keeper to hit the back of the net.
Manager Craig Harrison's words must have been ringing in the Wingmakers ears
as they set about reviving their chances at a 100 mph. But they did this
without losing the quality of their passing game. They forced a series of
early corners and in the 58th minute they reduced the deficit when Vickers'
punch to clear yet another only fell to Ashley Williams 20 yards out and the
outstanding midfielder found the space to drive low and just inside the left
hand post. It needed another good saves by Vickers to keep out McIntosh and
then Molyneux. But Port managed to relieve the siege on their goal
temporarily to restore their two goal advantage. It came after 64 minutes
and it was a replica of their first goal. This time Gareth Parry found Steve
Kehoe on the right and it was his perfect flighted cross which gave Marc
Lloyd Williams another heading opportunity which he took in style at the far
post. The Airbus response was to throw caution to the winds and three
minutes later Feliciello struck low free kick from 20 yards and the ball
crept inside Vickers' left hand post. The Wingmakers continued to launch
wave after wave of attacks and Vickers again saved well with Eifion Jones
completing the clearance but when Molyneux ran through the heart of the Port
defence there was nothing the keeper could do to prevent the equaliser. With
six minutes left came the Airbus winner when Molyneux's shot took a wicked
deflection on its way into the net.
To cap the disappointing afternoon Steve Kehoe received his marching orders
for a second yellow card.
Porthmadog: Dave Vickers, Richie Owen, Eifion Jones, Ryan Davies, Mike
Foster (Ben Ogilvy 46'): Chris Jones, Steve Kehoe, Rhys Roberts, Carl Jones
(Gareth Parry 56'): Marcus Orlik, Marc Lloyd Williams.
Sub not used: Mark Thomas.
Airbus: Palethorpe, Ryan Edwards, Feliciello, Woodward, Allen, Ashley
Williams, Cook (Cadwallader 81), Desormeaux, Molyneux, McIntosh (Sudlow
87'), Stewart (Lovell 89').
Referee: Huw Jones Attendance: 167
Principality Building Society Welsh Premier -Saturday January 17th
Rhyl FC ... 2 CPD Porthmadog ... 0
Greg Strong 1'
Neil Roberts 85'
Two far post headers one in the first minute and the other five minutes from
the end gave Rhyl a deserved three points but one in which they were made to
work hard for by a resilient Port performance. No one exemplified this
fighting spirit more than Dave Vickers whose series of outstanding saves
must surely have put paid to 'forum talk' of a new goalkeeper being signed.
Despite the territorial dominance of the home side Port kept themselves in
the game virtually to the end and fans will be pleased with what was a far
better organised performance at the back.
Port got off to the worst possible start against such quality opposition.
With less than a minute on the referee's watch Luke Holden swung a free
kick across from the left touchline and the tall figure of Greg Strong rose
above everyone at the back post to head powerfully into the far corner of
the net. Marc Lloyd Williams could have brought the scores level when he
controlled a poor clearance by the keeper but the resulting shot went
straight back into Michael Jones's hands. But with only ten minutes gone
Port could have been two down when referee Paul Thomas pointed to the spot,
after a mistimed tackle by Rhys Roberts, but diving to his left Dave Vickers
pulled off a splendid save to keep out Matty Williams' penalty. Vickers was
soon in the thick of the action again and pulled off what was probably an
even better save to once again deny Matty Williams this time cutting into
the box from the left. But twice Port threatened with twin strikers' Marc
Lloyd Williams and John Rowley looking threatening. Rowley got behind the
defence but his pass, which would have put Jiws clear, took a fortuitous
deflection into Michael Jones' hands. Soon after Marc Lloyd Williams turned
his marker to put himself clear but the referee blew for what was a very
questionable free kick. The home side, with Gareth Owen calling the shots,
continued to dominate but apart from a Luke Holden cross which Mike Foster
cleared off the line and, towards the end of the half, another competent
save by Vickers denying Holden at his near post, the Port defence coped
Early in the second half Vickers was in the thick of the action again diving
bravely at the feet of Matty Williams who must have been getting heartily
fed up of the young keeper. With a wind which was now approaching gale force
blowing behind the home side it was Rhyl who dominated territorially but
apart from a couple of low dangerous crosses from Josh Johnson and one form
Greg Stones which flashed across the goal without a Rhyl forward getting a
final touch and inevitably another fine save at Matty Williams' feet by
Vickers, there were few clear cut chances for the league leaders. Just past
the hour mark Port put together their best move of the match with Rhys
Roberts opening up the Rhyl defence finding Steve Kehoe on the left who
squared for Marcus Orlik to cleverly find space for a shot but Jones saved
well diving right at the foot of the post. A couple of late free kicks from
Orlik and Carl Jones tested Jones but the game was settled five minutes from
time. Luke Holden swung his corner from the right, and with defending high
balls becoming a nightmare in the gale blowing towards the Port goal, Neil
Roberts squeezed his 85th minute header in at the far post to end what had
been a good well organised resistance by Port after conceding so early in
Port now face a run of vital games starting with the visit of Airbus on
Saturday followed by Caersws a week later and then the away game at Maesydre
Rhyl: Michael Jones, Greg Stones (Paul O'Neill 88'), Chris Roberts, George
Horan, Greg Strong, Danny Williams (Luke Sherbon 85'), Gareth Owen, Jamie
Reed (Josh Johnson 70'), Neil Roberts, Matty Williams, Luke Holden.
Yellow: Danny Williams 31'
Porthmadog: Dave Vickers, Richie Owen, Eifion Jones, Ryan Davies, Mike
Foster: Chris Jones, Gareth Parry (Carl Jones 77'), Rhys Roberts, Steve
Kehoe: Marc Lloyd Williams, John Rowley (Marcus Orlik 57').
Sub not used: Ben Ogilvy. Yellow: Dave Vickers 11', Mike Foster 39'.
Referee: Paul Thomas (Port Talbot) Attendance 534.
Principality Building Society Welsh Premier -Saturday December 27th
CPD Porthmadog ... 6 Gap Connah's Quay ... 5
Gareth Parry 21' Liam Loughlin 4'
Rhys Roberts 71' Craig Jones 18',58'
Mike Foster 75'(p) Peter Doran 30'
John Rowley 79' Mike Cronshaw 70'
M. Ll. Williams 84',90'
A dramatic fight back by Porthmadog suddenly turned another defensive
embarrassment into a magnificent injury time triumph. A run of four straight
defeats was ended in the most unlikely fashion turning around a 5-1 deficit
at 70 minutes to score five times in the last 19 minutes. The last time
there was a similar score line at the Traeth was back in September 1993 and
Meilir Owen was still manager then Port were on the wrong end of a 6-5 score
line against Llanelli.
Connah's Quay manager Steve O'Shaunessy could hardly believe his eyes as his
team appeared to be coasting to a comfortable three points but suddenly
threw it all away. On 71 minutes Phil Doran received a red card from referee
Andy Harms for a late challenge and foul language. When Rhys Roberts headed
Port's second goal past Maxwell from Mike Foster's resulting free kick, it
appeared to be no more than a consolation goal with little bearing on the final
result. Four minutes later, however, and Mike Foster cut the deficit to two when
he cracked his spot kick just inside Maxwell's left hand post after Steve Kehoe
had been flattened by a Connah's Quay forearm in the box.
The home side now had the bit between their teeth big time and as they mounted
a series of attacks which opened up the Nomads defence and with Marc Lloyd
Williams on fire more goals looked on the cards. With 79 minutes gone Chris
Jones put Jiws through but the goal machine had his shot parried away by Maxwell
but only as far as John Rowley who made no mistake from the rebound. But with
six minutes remaining Jiws ended his barren spell when he latched on to Rhys
Roberts' header behind the defence and this time he fired low past Maxwell
from 15 yards to bring the scores level. Port had no intention of trying to
settle for a point as manager Paul Whelan urged his team onto the attack.
John Rowley, who played his heart out having come on for the second half,
broke into the box but failed to get his shot away and then in the fourth
minute of injury time Jiws got behind the defence again and his clinical finish
under pressure gave Port the most unlikely three points they will ever pick up.
Everything that had gone before had pointed to a Connah's Quay victory. They
were away to a flying start with Loughlin a threat from the first minute and
then with only four minutes gone he took advantage of a Jon Peris Jones
miskick to cut in from the left and beat Dave Vickers from close range. The
visitors continued to dominate and enjoy the lion's share of the possession
and it was little surprise when they opened up the shaky Port defence once
more and when the ball was spread left Loughlin found himself in acres of
space and he picked out Craig Jones racing into the box on the right and
Jones's finish found the corner of the net. For a time the home side upped
the pressure and Gareth Parry brought them back into the game when he turned
Mike Foster's curling corner through the crowded goalmouth into the net. The
Nomads however restored their two goal advantage on the half hour mark when
a short free kick surprised the home defence and Craig Jones's low shot from
20 yards was blocked on the line by Jon Peris Jones but it rebounded only as
far as Peter Doran who had the simplest of tasks tapping into the empty net.
Soon after the unlucky Marcus Orlik limped off and had to be replaced by Ben
Ogilvy. Two more Quay goals came in the second half with Chris Jones getting
his second with a far post header and sub Cronshaw with another header
giving them what appeared to be an unassailable lead. Then the funny old
game struck again.
Porthmadog: (4-4-2) Dave Vickers, Jon Peris Jones (John Rowley 46'), Ryan
Davies, Eifion Jones, Mike Foster: Steve Kehoe, Gareth Parry, Rhys Roberts,
Chris Jones: Marc Lloyd Williams, Marcus Orlik (Ben Ogilvy 41'):
Sub not used: Mark Thomas. Yellow: Steve Kehoe 32', Rhys Roberts 90'.
Gap Connah's Quay: Maxwell, Clarke, Phil Doran, Ben Alston, Andy Alston,
Craig Jones, Quinn, Forde, Loughlin, Peter Doran, Adam Dickenson(Mike
Cronshaw 63'). Subs not used: G.Pinch, Auty, D Pinch
Red; Phil Doran 71', Yellow: Quinn 80' Maxwell 83'.
Referee: Andy Harms (Prestatyn). Attendance: 213.
Principality Building Society Welsh Premier -Saturday December 20th
CPD Porthmadog ... 1 Carmarthen Town ... 3
Marcus Orlik 10' Sacha Walters 38'
Paul Fowler 79'
Jamie Horwood 87'
This was a game which started so well for Porthmadog with an early goal from
Marcus Orlik, who was making his first start of the season after a 4 month
lay off through injury. But it ended in disappointment with two Carmarthen
goals coming in the final 14 minutes. This gave us a final score line which
flattered the visitors as Port were their equals for most of the 90 minutes.
That will not worry Deryn Brace one bit as his club took all three points
for the 5th consecutive match.
Port were off to a good start with Steve Kehoe and Marc Lloyd Williams early
on testing keeper Neil Thomas with angled shots. But in the 10th minute
Marcus Orlik took advantage of a poor defensive header to control well and
cut inside before and beating Thomas from the narrowest of angles. Port
continued to push forward with Chris Jones, Marc Lloyd Williams and Gareth
Parry causing problems for the visitors' defence and this was reflected in
the two early yellow cards issued to Carmarthen defenders. Gradually however
the visitors got into the game and a Cotterell cross was whipped across the
face of the Port goal but there was no one to apply a finishing touch. This
was followed by a Hicks header which went wide and a Danny Thomas overhead
kick which was deflected for a corner. With 38 minutes gone Carmarthen drew
level. A counter attack down the right pulled the defence out of position
and when the ball was switched to the left Hudgell's cross was touched in at
the near post by Sacha Walters. The half drew to a close with more end to
end action as Hudgell's shot curled wide for the visitors and, when a Mark
Thomas effort took a deflection, it needed a good save by Neil Thomas to
turn the ball over his own cross bar.
Chris Jones was soon in the action in the second period twice beating
Richard Hughes to provide shooting chances. The first he fired over the bar
and with the second he drew a fine save from Thomas diving low to his left.
Carmarthen soon had their moments and just after the hour mark Mike Foster
was well placed to clear off his line when Richard Harvey failed to collect.
Soon after Harvey redeemed himself with a fine save diving low to keep out
Stuart Roberts from close range and within three more minutes was on hand to
repeat the performance. Still the game remained an end to end affair with
Port fully deserving to be on level terms. Gareth Parry after 71 minutes
tricked his way into the Carmarthen box but was disappointed to see his shot
hit the side netting. Richard Harvey pulled off another good save to deny
Walters in a one-on-one situation and then Port conceded an unnecessary free
kick 25 yards out. Paul Fowler struck a powerful shot and this time Harvey
could do nothing to prevent the ball hitting the back of the net. With two
minutes left a break down the left and a cross into the box gave sub Jamie
Horwood the easiest of chances which he took from 12 yards. Though a late
run down the right by Marc Lloyd Williams created a good shooting
opportunity for Carl Jones it was now too late and a fourth consecutive
defeat was the result.
Port looked good going forward again and some of their passing movements
were a delight. Their midfield is now much stronger and more purposeful but
yet the same old problem remains -as a team they cannot defend. They are too
easily pulled out of position and experienced teams like Carmarthen will
take advantage. All the good work during the first 75 minutes was undone in
the closing 11 minutes.
Porthmadog (4-4-2) Richard Harvey, Mark Thomas, Ryan Davies, Richie Owen,
Mike Foster: Steve Kehoe (Carl Jones 80'), Gareth Parry, Rhys Roberts (Jon
Peris Jones 88'), Marcus Orlik (Ben Ogilvy 70'): Chris Jones, Marc Lloyd
Williams. Yellow: Ryan Davies 72'
Carmarthen: Neil Thomas, Richard Hughes, Hudgell, Palmer, Smothers, Dodds,
Danny Thomas (Horwood 85'), Tim Hicks (Stuart Roberts 63'), Fowler, Walters,
Yellow: Mark Dodds 18', Nicky Palmer 30', Neil Smothers 90'
Referee: Mark Whitby Attendance: 173.
Principality Building Society Welsh Premier -Saturday December 13th
Aberystwyth ...5 CPD Porthmadog ...2
Stuart Fraser 46', 48' Rhys Roberts 49'
Aneurin Thomas 59', 60' Mike Foster 81' (pen)
Geoff Kellaway 79'
A day which started without skipper Ryan Davies, fellow central defender
Eifion Jones and long term absentee Richard Harvey took a distinct turn for
the worse after only 12 minutes when emergency central defender John Rowley
received a straight card for a tackle on Geoff Kellaway 5 yards outside the
box. This was much to the annoyance of the travelling support, who in view
of the problems caused to tacklers by the condition of the Park Avenue
pitch, felt that some allowances should have been made by the official.
Referee Darren Adie arrived at his decision as John Rowley was adjudged to
be the last man. But annoyance turned to anger when late in the game Colin
Reynolds, also last man, brought down Chris Jones in the box but amazingly
received only a yellow card! Consistency?
After a scoreless first half, with the two best chances created by
Porthmadog, the goals flowed with three coming in the space of 3 minutes
straight after the restart and by the hour mark there were two more making
the score 4-1 in Aberystwyth's favour. Another two, one for each side, came
in the last 10 minutes to complete an action packed second half.
Though the score line suggests that this was a demoralising defeat for
Porthmadog, this is far from the truth as there were times when Port played
some excellent football with Chris Jones, Rhys Roberts and Mark Lloyd
Williams combining to set up some superb moves. In fact Port could have been
two up at the interval as Mark Lloyd Williams was twice denied by excellent
saves by home keeper Dave Roberts. The first a cross by Chris Jones left
Mark Lloyd Williams with only the keeper to beat, but Roberts saved superbly
with his legs. Rhys Roberts and Chris Jones then combined for the latter to
cross from the right, but again Roberts denied Port's leading scorer. There
were times, however, when the Port defence was under severe pressure after
the dismissal of Rowley, especially as Venables swung over some dangerous
corners. One of these was punched clear by Vickers and Gareth Parry headed
another off his line. Vickers also pulled off another fine save diving to
his left to keep out Luke Sherbon.
The second half started disastrously for the visitors as substitute Stuart
Fraser put Aber ahead with his first touch, a header after Geoff Kellaway
had beaten keeper Vickers to the ball. Two minutes later and Stuart Fraser
got his second from close range after Kristian James headed the ball back
into the danger zone. Port did not capitulate and a minute later Chris Jones
broke through the centre with the ball breaking for Ben Ogilvy on the left
and his curling cross was superbly headed by Rhys Roberts past Dave Roberts'
outstretched arms. Two goals in two minutes on the hour mark settled the
game in Aberystwyth's favour. Corners by Venables, one form each wing, found
Aneurin Thomas, who out jumped the makeshift Port defence to score with a
pair of clean headers. There was no addition to the score for all of 19
minutes but then Aneurin Thomas struck again for Aber with a 25 yard free
kick, and though Dave Vickers did well to save low near the upright he could
not hold on to the ball and Kellaway scored with a simple tap in. The
scoring was completed two minutes later when Mike Foster put a well struck
penalty inside Dave Roberts' left hand post. Late on Colin Reynolds, who had
escaped a red card when he brought down Chris Jones, offended again and this
time received his marching orders.
Aberystwyth: Dave Roberts, Kristian James(Sean Evans 69'), Gareth Hughes,
Aneurin Thomas, Christian Edwards, Colin Reynolds, Chris Venables, Bari
Morgan, Andy Evans, Graham Evans( Stuart Fraser 46') Luke Sherbon, Geoff
Kellaway. Sub not used: Sion James. Red: Colin Reynolds 86' Yellow: Venables
57', Sherbon 58', Reynolds 80'.
Porthmadog (4-4-2): Dave Vickers, Mark Thomas, John Rowley, Rhys Roberts,
Mike Foster: Steve Kehoe, Gareth Parry (Marcus Orlik 77'), Richie Owen, Ben
Ogilvy (Jon P Jones 77'): Chris Jones, Marc Lloyd Williams. Sub not used:
Mark Bridge. Red: John Rowley.
Referee: Darren Adie (Caldicot) Attendance: 279.
Principality Building Society Welsh Premier -Saturday December 6th
CPD Porthmadog ...1 Neath Athletic ... 4
Chris Jones 37' Dion Chambers 34', 44'
Kerry Morgan 72'
Richard Ingram 88'.
Neath previously without a win on the road secured a deserved three points
over inconsistent Porthmadog. An unbeaten run of four matches for the home
side has been followed by two consecutive defeats with four goals being
conceded on both occasions contributing to a goals against column of 41
goals. It does not take a genius to work out where the problem lies as once
again some very sloppy play at the back largely contributed to the defeat.
The visitors grew in confidence as a result, and by the end looked the
stronger side adding two goals in the last 18 minutes to the two scored in
the opening half.
Port started without, Steve Kehoe and Rhys Roberts, two of the key figures
in their improved performances in November and their woes were soon
increased when after only eight minutes the influential Eifion Jones had a
recurrence of the hamstring problem that saw him leave the field last week.
This meant a reshuffle of their line-up and very early on Ingram and Pridham
were not far off target as the home defence struggled to clear their lines.
Gradually however Port started to get into the game and had an opportunity
from a free kick on the edge of the box after Marc Lloyd Williams had been
bundled to the ground. Mike Foster's ensuing free kick was deflected for a
corner. Soon after Chris Jones tested the keeper with a lob from out on the
right and the same player took advantage of Carl Jones's cross to the far
post but keeper Wyn Walters was down well to save with his legs. Then
against the run of play the visitors went ahead. The home side put
themselves under pressure when Ryan Davies failed to clear, and following a
period of pin ball in the box Dion Chambers free on the left drilled a low
shot past Dave Vickers on his near post. The lead did not last long as
Port's best player Chris Jones met Carl Jones's inswinging corner with a
glancing header to beat Walters' outstretched arms. Port deserved to be back
on terms but once again a mistake at the back allowed Rees to play the ball
into the box and giving Chambers the opportunity to strike his second of the
afternoon and send Neath in 2-1 ahead at the interval.
Despite having plenty of possession especially in the 20 minutes after the
interval Port failed to create any worthwhile chances and the nearest they
came to achieving anything was when Marc Lloyd Williams put Rowley through
into the box and though the striker went sprawling down in the box referee
Lo Faro turned down the home appeals. With their defence remaining firm the
visitors had the smell of that first away win in their nostrils. Gradually
they built their attacks and kept possession well. The introduction of the
speedy Kerry Morgan to the attack gave the Port defence an added problem and
after 72 minutes he got in behind them and raced on into the box. His low
angled shot struck the far post and crossed the line. With the home defence
becoming increasingly stretched as they struggled to get back into the game
there were more chances for the visitors. Kerry Morgan rounded Ryan Davies
but sent his shot narrowly wide. Six minutes from time Chambers could have
completed his hat trick but his 15 yarder struck the upright. Just before
the end Chambers turned supplier when he took advantage of a good build up
to cross to the far post and Ingram met it with a clean header which gave
Vickers no chance.
This defeat means that Neath and Cefn are now only five points adrift of
Port and they also drop to 12th spot following Welshpool's victory.
Porthmadog (4-4-2) Dave Vickers, Mark Thomas (Marcus Orlik 75'), Eifion
Jones (Jon Peris Jones 8'), Ryan Davies, Mike Foster: Chris Jones, Gareth
Parry, Richie Owen, Carl Jones (Mark Bridge 75'): Marc Lloyd Williams, John
Rowley. Sub not used: Ben Ogilvy.
Neath:Walters, Burrows, Jack Jenkins, Cronin, Folland, Ingram, Chambers,
Pridham, Matthew Rees (Kerry Morgan 65') Jarrod Price (Gavin Jones 87'),
Dale Evans. Sub not used: Daniel Lancey. Yellow: Matthew Rees 57'.
Referee: Carmelo Lo Faro (Wrexham) Attendance: 188
Principality Building Society Welsh Premier -Saturday, November 29th.
Haverfordwest County ... 4 CPD Porthmadog ...2
Nicky Woodrow (pen) 17' Gareth Parry 45' 76'
Jack Christopher 57'
Ryan Davies (og) 64'
Luke Bowen 83'
Porthmadog's four match unbeaten run came to an end in disappointing fashion
in a game where they created the better chances. But once more it was the
case of too many errors costing them the game. Conceding an early penalty
from which they recovered to level the scores at the interval but then in
the space of seven minutes in the second half a breakaway goal and an own
goal virtually sealed their fate.
Port were quickly into their stride with Rhys Roberts and Chris Jones
combining just outside the home box to create a shooting chance for Rhys
Roberts but his right footed shot went straight at the keeper. On 21 minutes
Idzi, in the home goal, had to be at his best when Chris Jones latched on to
Marc Lloyd Williams' downward header with the keeper needing a second bite
to keep out his well struck low shot. Shortly after Marc Lloyd Williams was
the provider again, crossing from the left, with Gareth Parry, who had come
on for the injured Eifion Jones, bursting in at the far post but his
desperate effort flew over the angle. Mike Hartley who had threatened down
the left for the home side managed his first real shot on goal but Vickers
diving to his left saved well. Port continued to create the better chances
and a good turn and shot from Marc Lloyd Williams needed a smart save again
by Idzi this time turning the shot round his near post. Then with half time
near Carl Jones's cross was touched on by Chris Jones for Gareth Parry,
bursting in from the left, to curl his shot inside Idzi's far post for a
deserved equaliser. There was still time for a Jiws header just outside the
post and for Ryan Davies to chase back when Vickers's clearance was charged
After good control and a shot which drifted just outside the upright by
Chris Jones early on it was Haverfordwest who came into the game. They got
the ball into the net in the 52nd minute but the goal was ruled out for
pushing. The picture was then totally changed between the 57th minute and
the 64th minute, for in that time Port had gone 3-1 behind. First there was
a quick break following a Port corner with former Port midfielder, Neil
Thomas, crossing from the right and finding leading scorer Jack Christopher
unmarked at the back post and the striker was able to pick his spot heading
past Vickers. Then with Ryan Davies appearing to have Mike Hartley's right
wing cross well covered the defender tried to head the ball back to his
keeper but managed instead to put it inside the left hand post. Heads went
down and Haverfordwest could have added more goals as Woodrow came close on
two occasions with powerful strikes from the edge of the box. Port, however,
raised their game again and a deep cross from Mike Foster created a heading
chance for Marc Lloyd Williams but the striker was narrowly off target.
Foster again struck a deep cross after 76 minutes and this time Gareth
Parry's excellent looping header beat Idzi at his right hand post. But as
Port pushed forward in search of the equaliser the home side struck again.
It was another former Port player who was the supplier. With Port now down
to 10 men, Carl Jones having limped off, Dyfan Pierce went past two
defenders down the left and squared the ball for Luke Bowen to fire low
beyond Vickers' right hand. Port kept going to the end and could have
managed a third when Rhys Roberts put Marc Lloyd Williams through but Idzi
was out quickly to block.
A disappointing result in the end despite some good play and this adds extra
importance to the visit of Neath next Saturday, to reignite the push up the
Haverfordwest: Idzi, Terry Evans, Hanford, Jarman, Gilderdale, Michael
(Dyfan Pierce 61'), Hartley, Blain, Woodrow (Luke Bowen 71'), Christopher
(Luke Robinson 87'), Neil Thomas.
Sub not used: Gareth Elliott. Yellow: Paul Michael 60'
Porthmadog (4-4-2) Dave Vickers, Mark Thomas (Jon Peris Jones 61'), Eifion
Jones (Gareth Parry 15'), Ryan Davies, Mike Foster: Richie Owen (John Rowley
61'), Steve Kehoe, Rhys Roberts, Carl Jones: Chris Jones, Marc Lloyd
Sub not used: Mark Bridge (y) Yellow: Ryan Davies 17', Mark Thomas 47', Carl
Referee: Kevin Morgan. Attendance: 171
Principality Building Society Welsh Premier -Saturday, November 22nd.
Port Talbot Town ... 1 CPD Porthmadog ... 3
Martin Rose 29' Marc Lloyd Williams 10'
Steve Kehoe 32' 60'
"A good three points from a good all round team performance -though we
can still play better" was manager Paul Whelan's verdict on his team's
excellent away win at the GenQuip Stadium. He added "There were three
good goals and the two by Steve Kehoe were real crackers."
Porthmadog got off to the best possible start with John Rowley having a shot
blocked and Chris Jones shooting just wide in the first five minutes. But
there was not long to wait before Marc Lloyd Williams opened the scoring for
the visitors. His tenth minute goal was his 11th in the league this season.
Rhys Roberts's header fell to Jiws on the left of the Port Talbot box and he
struck the ball cleanly across Kristian Rogers into the far corner of the
net from 15 yards. Porthmadog continued to dominate the early play but
gradually after the 20 minute mark the home side started to put some good
moves together with Burgin and Lee John threatening down the flanks. They
forced a series of corners which the Porthmadog defence dealt with
competently but on one occasion Dave Vickers had to go down at Matthew
Thompson's feet to save and Mark Thomas made a good block at the near post.
Port Talbot's leading scorer, Martin Rose, lifted a 20 yard shot over the
bar but two minutes later made amends when he got his head to an excellent
James Burgin cross from the left and beat Vickers from 6 yards. But the
scores remained level for only three minutes when Rhys Roberts played the
ball in from the left to Steve Kehoe, in space, 30 yards out. The midfielder
unleashed a supershot which thundered into the roof of the net giving Rogers
no chance at all. There were no additions to the score before half time
though Rogers had to pluck a Carl Jones free kick from under his cross bar
and Matthew Thompson, for Port Talbot, turned Burgin's cross wide of the
The home side brought reliable defender Matthew Rees on for the second half
and this to an extent stabilised things at the back for them. They pushed
forward in search of the equaliser and when the dangerous Martin Rose
crossed to the far post, after 52 minutes, James Burgin's header was off
target. Rose again threatened after 59 minutes bursting into the box only to
be denied by the alert Vickers who was promptly out to take the ball off the
striker's foot. A minute later and Steve Kehoe had doubled the Porthmadog
lead. Once again it was the excellent midfield combination of Rhys Roberts
and Steve Kehoe. Kehoe moved on to his partner's pass to fire low wide of
Rogers' outstretched left hand to score -this time from a mere 25 yards.
Rose however continued to threaten and twice more Dave Vickers had to race
from his line to deny the striker. First after 67 minutes he turned a close
range shot round the post and in the 73rd minute with Rose clear he dived
low to push the ball away. Port had their moments again late on. Carl Jones
tricked his way past three defenders before cutting in from the left but
Rogers saved well at his near post. Marc Lloyd Williams fired wide from the
edge of the box and in injury time the same player crossed from the left to
give Steve Kehoe a hat trick opportunity but this time the game's
outstanding player could only turn the ball past the post.
This was a good win against an experienced and talented Port Talbot team.
Port were strong at the back and playing through their excellent central
midfield combination fully deserved to take the three points which means
they have taken 10 points from the last 4 games. An unfortunate by-product
of this result is the Port Talbot manager Nicky Tucker has lost his job.
Port Talbot: Rogers, De-Vulgt, Darren Davies (Barrow 71'), Scott Evans,
David Biggs (Matthew Rees 46'), Lee Surman, Lee John, Thompson, Rose, Fahiya
(McCreesh 59'), Burgin.
Yellow: James Burgin 42', Matthew Rees 86'
Porthmadog (4-4-2): Dave Vickers, Mark Thomas, Eifion Jones, Ryan Davies,
Mike Foster: Chris Jones, Steve Kehoe, Rhys Roberts, Carl Jones: John
Rowley, Marc Lloyd Williams
Subs not used: Jon Peris Jones, Ben Ogilvy, Mark Bridge.
Yellow: Mike Foster 35', Rhys Roberts 90'
Referee: Simon Jones. Attendance: 146
Welsh Premier League - Saturday, November 15th
CPD Porthmadog ... 3 Llanelli ... 3
Rhys Roberts 10' Rhys Griffiths 4', 91'
Marc Lloyd Williams 18', 40' Jordan Follows 25'
Every Port supporter left the Traeth today with mixed feelings. Had anyone
said before kick-off that we’d share the points with the reigning champions,
we’d have been more than happy with that. But after a game where we more
than matched Llanelli and held the lead until injury time, this game must go
down as 2 points dropped. And that’s just half the story…
No-one could have predicted the drama to come when, after only 4 minutes,
Rhys Griffiths gave Llanelli the lead. The unfortunate thing is that
Griffiths didn’t have to work hard for his goal - as has frequently been the
case this season, sloppy defending gifted the league’s top scorer the goal.
This time it was Ryan Davies who missed his kick leaving the un-marked
Griffiths an easy task to beat Harvey from 5 yards.
Now for the positive! The early set-back bought Port to life – a minute
later visiting keeper Craig Morris was forced to make a smart save at his
left post after Chris Jones had touched on Mark Thomas’ dangerous cross. Then
on 10 minutes, Port drew level. A ball from midfield found Rhys Roberts
unmarked on the edge of the box and the defender-turned-midfielder showed
cool finishing to slot the ball past the keeper. With Port in the
ascendency, Roberts could have made it two a couple of minutes later – Steve
Keyhoe this time supplying the cross for Roberts, who did well to beat his
man but was unfortunate to see his shot come back off the post.
Rhys Roberts was now involved in most promising Port moves. After 18 minutes
a Mike Foster free kick found the head of Roberts on the edge of the box.
His header looked as if it was the keeper’s to claim, but in sneaked Marc
Lloyd Williams to beat him to the ball and, to the delight of the home
supporters, his shot found the back of the net. The 2-1 lead by no means
flattered Port who looked a far more dangerous team than Llanelli at this
It was now end-to-end stuff, with both defences looking nervous - Craig
Jones for Llanelli seeing his long range effort fly past the post after 21
minutes. Four minutes later and Llanelli were back on terms. Once again,
questions will be asked of the defensive marking – one of the shortest
players on the field Jordan Follows was left unmarked to head home past
Once again Port heads didn’t go down after the goal. Within two minutes
Richie Owen saw his long range effort whistle just over the bar and on the
half-hour mark Mike Foster forced a save from Morris with another long range
shot. With the half nearing the end, Llanelli began to dominate possession,
but failed to create a clear-cut chance. And it was the home side who
capitalised on Llanelli’s shyness in front of goal. Once again it was Lloyd
Williams who supplied the headed finish after persistent work and a great
ball in from the left by the excellent Chris Jones.
The second half started with more intense pressure from Llanelli but Port
rode their luck despite two goal-mouth scrambles. Having weathered the early
storm, the homes side struck back with two good goal scoring opportunities.
On 52 minutes, Rhys Roberts’s header from a Mark Thomas free-kick went just
wide of the upright, and two minutes later Marc Lloyd Williams headed
powerfully but straight at the keeper. With the upper-hand constantly
switching from one side to the other, Llanelli responded with a few good
chances of their own – Mark Pritchard’s header not really troubling Richard
Harvey, while Rhys Griffiths had a long-ranger also comfortably saved by
Harvey. Rhys Roberts, who had excelled in midfield was also influential in
defence – his great block tackle prevented a shooting opportunity for Andrew
With just quarter of an hour left, the result remained in the balance. Then
came the moment that could have settled the game for Port. A great pass from
Richie Owen found Mark Thomas in the Llanelli box and when his shot was
handled by a defender, referee Darren Adie didn’t hesitate before awarding a
penalty. Lloyd Williams, who has been so assured in front of goal all
season, stepped up to take the spot kick, but to the dismay of the home
fans, he scuffed his kick to the right of the goal.
The miss set up a grandstand finish - in the last ten minutes Llanelli put
Richard Harvey’s goal under sustained pressure. Ryan Davies had to clear the
ball off the line with five minutes on the watch and there then followed a series
of corners and Andy Legg long throws. With the ninety minutes up, and when it
looked as if Port might just hold out, Rhys Griffiths came to the champions’
rescue. Another Andy Legg throw on 91 minutes caused havoc in the Port
defence and Griffiths toe-poked the equaliser past Harvey. Eight minutes of
injury-time meant there were more nervous moments for both sets of supporters,
but eventually Mr Adie remembered where he kept his whistle and time was up
on an entertaining afternoon!
PORTHMADOG: Richard Harvey, Mike Foster, Mark Thomas, Eifion Jones, Ryan Davies
Rhys Roberts, Richie Owen, Steve Keyhoe, Chris Jones, Carl Jones (Ben Ogilvey 87'),
Marc Lloyd Williams
LLANELLI: Craig Morris, Lee Phillips (Garry Lloyd 86'), Andy Legg, Andrew Mumford,
Stuart Jones, Wyn Thomas, Craig Jones (Jason Bowen 59'), Matthew Jones
(Nick Holland 76'), Rhys Griffiths, Jordan Follows, Mark Pritchard
Referee: Darren Adie (Caldicot) Attendance: 204