Pre-season Friendly -Saturday, 7 August
Denbigh Town ... 1 CPD Porthmadog ... 1
Huw Price 80' Marcus Orlik 61'
An 80th minute free kick from Huw Price helped Denbigh grab a pre season
draw against Porthmadog FC.
It was an even contest throughout the 90 minutes, with Port having slightly
the better of the first half, striking a post on 22 minutes and seeing a Cai
Jones effort deflected over. Yet Denbigh may have grabbed a brace
themselves, Ian Evans firing wide when well placed and next Jon Slater
sending a header inches over the top.
Second stanza action was mostly confined to the middle of the park, with
defences now dominating. Yet one or two opportunities began to be created as
the wind increased, and from a breakaway on 61 minutes the visitors edged
into the lead. A whipped cross found the head of Marcus Orlik and the former
Rhyl FC man's looped header crept over Town custodian Ash Crosthwaite. Port
nearly extended their lead through Cai Jones a moment later but with 10
minutes remaining Denbigh scored from a set piece to earn their share.
Cassidy got tumbled on the edge of the box and with Hobson selling a dummy
run; Huw Price smashed a low hard effort through a disintegrating wall past
Port's Richard Harvey.
Report courtesy of Denbigh Town website.
Pre-season Friendly -Thursday, 5 August
Barmouth & Dyffryn ... 1 Porthmadog ... 4
Marcus Orlik (2)
This was another good work out for Port with, once more, some good
individual performances on a good Wern Mynach surface.
It took only 40 seconds for Porthmadog to open the scoring in their very
first attack. Geraint Mitchell's cross from the right was touched on by Cai
Jones to Jonathan Sadler in space on the left and the forward coolly
converted with a low shot across the keeper. There were two narrow shaves
for Barmouth after 25 minutes when Geraint Mitchell's header cannoned off
the bar and Cai Jones struck the post. Five minutes later the second goal
came and it came from an excellent move. Jonathan Sadler was freed down the
left and a neat cut back found Marcus Orlik breaking from midfield. A
typical Orlik finish hit the back of the with power. Five minutes before the
interval the third goal came when a Cai Jones burst down the right took him
behind the defence. He took the unselfish option of squaring the ball for
Marcus Orlik who scored his second from 8 yards. Barmouth were not without
their opportunities during the opening half and with more steadiness in
front of goal could have put more pressure on Richard Harvey who needed to
be at his best on two occasions pulling off good saves.
Play in the second half became scrappier and there was no addition to the
score until the 70th minute when a good Barmouth move put their striker in
behind the defence and he slotted the ball wide of Richard Harvey with a
cool finish. Port restablished their three goal advantage late on when Jamie
McDaid who had been a thorn in side of the Barmouth defence deserved to get
his name on the score sheet with a looping header over the keeper.
Starting line-up: Richard Harvey, Geraint Mitchell, Richie Owen, Euron
Roberts, Ryan Davies, Jack Jones, Darren Jones, Jamie McDaid, Marcus Orlik,
Cai Jones, Jonathan Sadler.
Pre-season Friendly - Saturday, July 31st
Porthmadog ... 0 Llanfairpwll ... 0
This was a pretty low key friendly match with few clear cut chances for either
side. With Ryan Davies and Euron Roberts partnering in central defence, Port
managed their first clean-sheet of the pre-season so far. However, the lack of
cutting edge at the other of the pitch was slightly worrying.
Porthmadog controlled the majority of the first half without creating many
goal-scoring opportunities. Indeed the game was 35 minutes old when the first
real chance fell to Cai Jones. The striker turned well in the box but his shot
was well stopped by a point-blank saver from the Llainfair keeper. A few
minutes later, great skill from youngster Jamie McDaid down the left created a
chance for Port in the box but they failed to convert.
Immediately after the break it was Llanfairpwll who were the most alert and had
a great chance to take the lead. However Richard Harvey managed to put enough
pressure on the Llanfair striker and the shot went wide from a good position.
The majority of the half saw very few chances on goal. Fifteen minutes before
the end though and Port looked to have a chance to score. Iwan Williams was
fouled in the box, but from the resulting penalty Williams struck the bar.
There were further shouts for a second penalty, this time after Cai Jones went
down in the box, but the ref waived play on and the game finished in stalemate.
Pre-season Friendly - Tuesday, July 29th
Nefyn United ... 2 Porthmadog ... 4
Cai Jones (2)
Port got off to a flying start with a goal coming straight from the kick
off. An attack down the right with the ball played across to Cai Jones and
the striker took one touch before planting the ball in the back of the net.
Though Port went on to score four in fact with the number of chances they
created the margin of the victory should have been far greater. But in fact
after the early goal a period of scrappy play followed and it was Nefyn who
drew level scoring from a corner.
Port went back in front with an excellent Cai Jones goal. A good ball played
in from the right by Geraint Mitchell was controlled on his chest by the
young striker, before firing just inside the left hand post. It remained 2-1
at the interval.
Port came out far sharper in the second period and created a whole host of
chances. Marcus Orlik's left foot finish made the score 3-1. Numerous
chances were then created and squandered. Marcus Orlik went past three
defenders but his shot was cleared off the line. Cai Jones missed a clear
opportunity to complete his hat trick. Port were punished for their
wastefulness when a long ball out of defence caught out the Port defence and
Nefyn cut the deficit to 3-2.
Jamie McDaid, a confident skilful young player who has made a very
favourable impression on manager Gareth Parry, scored Port's 4th goal. He
received the ball from Marcus Orlik and hammered his first time shot into
the back of the net.
Port continued to create scoring opportunities but near the end they nearly
paid again for their inability to finish off their opponents. Carl Jones,
playing for Nefyn, was brought down and the referee pointed to the spot. But
the score was kept at 4-2 thanks to a fine save by substitute keeper Meilyr
Elis. Diving full stretch he managed to push the ball on to the upright.
While pleased at the large number of chances created Gareth Parry expressed
concern at the fact that for the third time in three games they were caught
out defensively by a single long ball over the defence and each time they
resulted in goals. "We have no option, said the manager, we have to work on
this aspect of our play. One long ball into the box and we are being caught
out. That is an aspect we will certainly be working on in training next
Pre-season Friendly -Tuesday, 27 July.
Aberystwyth ... 4 Porthmadog ... 1
Porthmadog opened well as they had done against Airbus on Saturday and for
the first half hour held their own well. As on Saturday, they passed the
ball around well maintaining possession. Then, as on Saturday, they saw the
game snatched away from them as Aber scored twice in two minutes. A high
ball over the defence, which Geraint Mitchell appeared to lose in the low
setting sun, allowed Edwards in behind the defence to open the scoring. Then
with the heads still down after conceding the opening goal, Aber attacked
down the flank and a good cross gave Keith Phillips a close range opportunity
which put them two goals up. But to their credit Port fought back and a good
move and finish cut the deficit. The move started on the edge of their own
box and a string of good passes took the ball upfield to Craig Roberts who
scored a cracker from 30 yards out.
Port remained in contention in the early part of the second half with Jamie
Marcus and Steve all having efforts on goal. In the last half hour
they appeared to tire after a second hard game in four days. The performance
fell away and they lost their shape. It was during this period that Aber
went on to add two more goals one from Gareth Hughes and another in injury
time by Coppling which made the scale of the defeat greater than the overall
Port performance probably deserved.
Manager Gareth Parry commented afterwards "There were again plenty of
positives to take from the game but also it is clear that we have more work
to do. There were again some good individual performances and once more Jack
Jones had an excellent controlling game in midfield."
Pre-season Friendly -Saturday, July 24th
Porthmadog ... 3 Airbus ... 5
Both managers will take many positives from a lively contest between two
sides bent on playing a passing game despite the very wet conditions.
Gareth Parry will be pleased with several excellent individual performances
and also the collective passing game which was maintained throughout the 90
minutes. Considering that this was only their second friendly, and against
testing opposition, this was a promising performance, that is apart from a
disastrous five minute spell late in the first half when slack defending at
the heart of the defence saw them concede three goals.
Once they had weathered some early Airbus pressure Port came strongly into
the game and their opening goal came thanks to an excellent exchange of
passes between Cai Jones and Barry Evans who finished the move off with a
simple tap-in. Porthmadog continued to look threatening but defensive
blunders allowed Jake Cassidy in twice for the simplest of goals and in
between former Port striker Carl Owen netted a cracker from 20 yards. The
game could have run away from Port at this stage but within two minutes
Gareth Owen had reduced the half-time arrears to 3-2 when he scored from a
In the second half Port continued to impress with Euron Roberts and Jamie
McDaid combining well down the right. Cai Jones had a shot cleared off the
line and from the ensuing corner a Gareth Owen header struck the bar. In the
70th minute good work by Cai Jones and Craig Roberts down the right set up a
chance for Carl Jones who fired cleanly into the roof of the net from 15
yards to level the scores. Airbus restored their lead 10 minutes from time,
when they caught Port with a quickly taken free kick and a fine angled shot.
Then just before the end a powerful shot from 20 yards struck the bar and
struck an unfortunate Meilyr Elis to enter the net and give Airbus a 5-3
final advantage which probably flattered them.
Port Richard Harvey (Meilyr Elis), Euron Roberts, Mike Foster, Gareth Owen,
Geraint Mitchell, Jack Jones, Gareth Parry, Barry Evans, Jamie McDaid, Craig
Roberts, Cai Jones.
Subs included: Iwan Williams, Carl Jones, Steve Jones, Richie Owen, Dylan
Friendly -Tuesday, July 20
Llanrug ... 0 CPD Porthmadog ... 1
D. Noel Williams Cai Jones
A scrappy Cai Jones goal mid-way through the first half levelled the score
for Porthmadog after Llanrug had gone ahead after only 2 minutes when a
David Noel Williams shot was deflected past Richard Harvey. In the first
friendly of the new season, new manager Gareth Parry took the opportunity to
give a number of trialists a run-out while the core of last
season's squad were also present.
The pouring rain and the numerous changes to personnel put paid to any
chance of a flowing game. Port, playing down the slope in the first half had
most of the ball but failed to really get their passing game going. Apart
from Cai Jones' tap-in goal, after the home keeper failed to keep hold of
the ball from a right-wing cross, the only other Port chance worth noting in
the first half was a long range effort which struck the post. Llanrug
battled well and apart from their goal created a few half chances.
The second half was even more scrappy than the first. Again Port probably
shaded possession but in all honesty there wasn't a huge amount to choose
between the teams. Despite a few half chances for both sides - including
Port sub-keeper Meilir Elis having to scramble the ball clear with the
Llanrug striker breathing down his neck - the score remained unchanged for
the remainder of the game.
Despite the rain, this was an useful outing for Porthmadog. Manager Gareth
Parry had the opportunity to check out a few trialists whilst it also helped
clear the cobwebs following the summer break. Saturday's visit of Airbus
will provide a difficult test for a Port team that is in a transition phase
at the moment. It may also give us a better idea of which players are likely
to make the squad for next season.