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Lluniau o'r Gem \ Pictures of the game.
Welsh Premier (J.T.Hughes, Mitsubishi) -Friday, October 17th.

Newi Cefn Druids .... 3       Porthmadog ...... 0
Aden Shannon 6, 29.
Nick Parry 65

These two sides met for the second time in a fortnight, at the Plas Kynaston
Lane Ground, with differing reasons for giving a good performance. The home
side were eager to keep up their recent run of good form while the visitors
were desperate to break the run of five consecutive league and cup defeats.
Though Port gave an improved performance they still slipped to an identical
three goal defeat.

The home side got away to the best possible start when the lively Aden
Shannon put them ahead after only six minutes. Newi took advantage of Mike
Foster's half hit clearance to break down the right and McGuigan only
managed a partial save of Cunnah's low near post shot and the ball ran loose
for Shannon to tap into the net. Despite this setback Port continued to
dominate possession but without getting any real shots on target. Cefn on
the other hand were a threat on the counter attack and went further ahead
when they cleared a Ritchie Owen right wing corner and quickly turned
defence into attack along the left. Gerard McGuigan was only able to palm
out John Gwynfor's attempted clearance from under his bar. Again Adie
Shannon was on hand to take advantage of the muddle to tap into the net.

The visitors strengthened by the return of skipper Mike Foster and Dafydd
Evans, and with Danny Hughes in midfield exchanging roles with Emrys
Williams, continued to dominate territorially. A 35 min Mike Foster
free-kick was well saved by McIntosh and the keeper also kept out Carl Owen
when the striker for once escaped the close marking of Rowlands and Jeffries
but could not capitalise on Danny Hughes' cross. Port continued to try to
force their way through the middle and were rarely able to get behind the
Druids defence and use the width of the field. when Port attacks broke down
the home side broke quickly and McGuigan was forced to produce good saves to
keep out the ever dangerous Shannon and also Anthony Williams.

In the second period the visitors made strenuous efforts to get the goal
that would bring them back into the game but continued to do so without any
wide players.
A 50th min corner by Ritchie Owen produced a chance for Emrys Williams but
he failed to get a clean header. This was followed by a Gareth Parry volley
which flew wide and a Ritchie Owen header which was well saved by McIntosh.
On the hour Carl Owen made a good run on the left but his accurate cross was
headed over the bar by Mark Williams. As Port continued to make the running
Carl Owen failed to take advantage of a one-on-one with keeper McIntosh with
the keeper once again came out on top. Then on 65 mins came the killer goal
when defender Nick Parry was on hand to take advantage of a poor defensive
header by Ritchie Owen to score from 12 yds.

Now when it was too late wide players Tony Williams and Gareth Caughter were
introduced in place of the tiring Dafydd Evans and Mike Foster now showing
the effects of a long lay off. Though Caughter and Tony Williams threatened
briefly it was all over and there was no way back into the game.

Port must now hope to see a speedy return to full fitness for Foster and
Dafydd Evans, together with a return to the passing game with wide players
being introduced from the start.

Cefn: McIntosh, Parry, Dowridge, Rowlands, Jeffries, Allen, Cunnah, Danny
Desmoreaux, Joe Desmoreeaux, Shannon, A. Williams.
Subs, Osian Jones, Stacey,Gareth Evans, M. Cooper.

Port: Gerard McGuigan, John G. Jones, Emrys Williams, Lee Webber, Mike
Foster(Andy Wagstaffe), Danny Hughes, Gareth Parry(Tony Williams), Dafydd
Evans(Gareth Caughter), Ritchie Owen, Mark Williams, Carl Owen.

Gareth Williams

Welsh Cup Round 2 -Friday, October 3rd

Newi Cefn Druids .... 3        Porthmadog ..... 0
Mark Allen 4
Joe Desmoreaux 65
Paul Dowridge 66

Port made a quick exit from the Welsh Cup, falling at the first hurdle after
giving their poorest performance of the season so far. Newi made the best
possible start to the game and got their noses in front after only four
minutes. When the ball was played in from the right there did not appear to
be imminent danger but the visitors' defence got themselves into a tangle
and Mark Allen was on hand to score from close range. The home side looked
more likely to score and could have gone further ahead after 15 mins when
good work down the left by Dowridge set up an opportunity for Shannon but
the striker failed to hit the target when well placed.

For most of the opening half Port mainly resorted to to long ball tactics
but these proved to be largely ineffective against the no nonsense defence
of Rowlands and Jeffries. Usual dangerman Carl Owen did manage a shot which
curled past the angle after a Mark Williams supply. After 39 mins Carl Owen
returned the compliment after a good run on the left before crossing for
Mark Williams whose header flew just over the bar.

In the second period Gareth Caughter was introduced instead of Campbell
Harrison with Ritchie Owen moving to left back. For a time Port's game
improved and for the first time they managed to string a few passes together
putting more pressure on the home rearguard. The closest they came to
scoring was after 61 mins when Gareth Caughter set up Carl Owen on the
right, but the striker was unlucky to see his shot go into the side netting
from a narrow angle.

Then the game was settled in just one minute. Central defender Lee Webber
was inexplicably substituted and almost immediately the reorganised Port
defence made a muddle of an attempted clearance. Joe Desmoreaux had the
simplest of tasks to put the ball into the net from close range. A minute
later on 66 mins Paul Dowridge sent a low speculative shot towards
McGuigan's goal and the crowd were amazed when  the ball crept inside the
post, with the keeper seemingly unsighted.  The game was now over and there
was no way back into the game for Port. The final 24 mins of a very ordinary
game were played out with very little of note taking place. The only Port
effort of interest was a burst forward by Danny Hughes which was only
cleared at the expense of a corner.

Port slipped to their fifth successive defeat and on this occasion,  unlike
the game against Bangor, there was little or nothing for  supporters to
cheer. The defeats seem to have taken their toll and the team lacked
confidence to bring the ball down and play the passing game which has served
them so well in the past.

Newi Cefn Druids: McIntosh, Nick Parry(Osian Jones), Dowridge, Aled
Rowlands, Brett Jeffries, Mark Allen, Cunnah(Alec Stacey), Danny Desmoreaux,
Joe Desmoreaux, Shannon(John Madden), Anthony Williams.

Port: McGuigan, John G Jones, Danny Hughes, Lee Webber( Andy Wagstaffe),
Harrison( Gareth Caughter), Gareth Parry, Emrys Williams, Ritchie Owen, Tony
Williams, Mark Williams(Barry Evans), Carl Owen.

Gareth Williams.

Welsh Premier ( J.T. Hughes Mitshubisi ). Friday, September 26th

Bangor City .... 4                    Porthmadog .... 1
Kenny Burgess 15
Owain T. Jones 41, 47, 89(pen.)

An Owain Tudor Jones hat-trick condemned Port to their fourth consecutive
defeat. The month of September has provided a difficult programme for the
W.P. newcomers with three games against Bangor and another against TNS
giving them a real baptism of fire.

Peter Davenport's team made a bright start with some polished passing
movements. As early as the 5th minute dangerman Kenny Burgess was unlucky
not to put the home side ahead when he drove low against the upright and
then shot the re-bound wide of the post. The home side continued to dominate
and they forced two consecutive corners around the 15 minute mark taken by
Gary Roberts. The second one was only partially cleared to Kenny Burgess, 20
yds out, and the winger sent a powerful drive into the corner of the net
giving McGuigan no chance.

Port meanwhile were rarely seen as an attacking force failing to keep
possession and a run by Gareth Caughter after 18 mins and a corner forced
after 20 mins were their only threat. These were only temporary respites as
Ricky Evans and Owain Tudor Jones dominated the midfield with their Port
counterparts allowing them so much room to break forward into the danger
area. Then  completely against the run of play Port found themselves back in
the game. Carl Owen  made a good run on the left before switching the ball
inside to Ritchie Owen whose square ball found Mark Williams unmarked with
the simplest of tasks to shoot past Priestley from 10 yds.

The Port recovery was short lived for they were caught out twice either side
of the interval. Owain Tudor Jones beat McGuigan with a fine near post
header after 41 mins. The same player two mins into the second half, with
McGuigan out of his goal, tapped into the net from close range. It took a
fine McGuigan save to deny OTJ his hat-trick just before the hour mark. This
was the signal for a double substitution by Port which brought on Steve Pugh
and Tony Williams  to work the flanks. There followed the visitors best
period of the match with the subs to the fore running at the defence and for
a period putting the Bangor defence under pressure. Priestley, in the Bangor
goal was forced into a superb save to keep out Gareth Parry's deflected
free-kick. After 70 mins Carl Owen got behind the Bangor defence but his
shot failed to hit the target. A minute later and  Gareth Parry set Pugh
free down the right and Emrys Williams should have taken advantage of the
winger's excellent cut back pass but once again the shot was off target.
From another Pugh run and cross Carl Owen failed to get enough power on his
header.

At the other end McGuigan was forced to pull off several excellent saves one
from Gary Roberts and then a  speculative Lee Hunt effort. It came as a
surprise at this stage to see Gareth Parry being substituted as he had been
the only creative midfielder and the supplier for many of Pugh's good runs.

With the game drifting quietly towards the final whistle Harrison brought
down the inevitable Owain Tudor Jones just inside the box. The same player
got up to score from the spot and complete his hat-trick.

Port learned the harsh lesson that mistakes, at this level, will be
punished.

Bangor: Priestley, Hoy, Goodall, Eifion Jones, Ingram, Ricky Evans, Owain
Tudor Jones, Kenny Burgess, Gary Roberts, Gedman, Hunt.
Subs: Hugh Griffiths, Ross Jeffries, Paul Rayer.

Port: McGuigan, John G Jones, Danny Hughes, Webber, Harrison, Gareth
Caughter(Steve Pugh), Gareth Parry(Wagstaffe), Emrys Williams, Ritchie
Owen(Tony Williams), Carl Owen, Mark Williams.
Sub not used: Bari Evans.

Gareth Williams.

Lluniau o'r Gem \ Pictures of the game.
JT Hughes Mitsubishi Welsh Premier - 20/9/03

Porthmadog ..... 0    Cwmbran ..... 2
                                Jason Welsh 6, 73.

The importance of taking your chances could not be more clearly underlined
than in this encounter between established Welsh Premier club, Cwmbran, and
the newcomers Porthmadog. Despite creating the better chances and enjoying
long periods of pressure, Porthmadog failed to capitalise on these
opportunities. Cwmbran, on the other hand, managed a goal with their first
serious venture into opposition territory when Jason Welsh, after 6 mins,
took advantage of a misjudged Lee Webber defensive header. The alert striker
found himself in space on the right and after making ground fired a low shot
just inside McGuigan's left hand upright.

Prior to this Port had applied the pressure and in fact should have gone
ahead after only three minutes when Tony Williams cut in from the right and
played a perfectly weighted ball into space in the box, only for Gareth
Caughter to see his powerful shot fly over the bar. After conceding the goal
Port took a little time to get back in the game but after 17 mins the
dangerous Carl Owen made an excellent break on the right but his cut back
from the bye-line was blocked.Again it was Carl Owen, after 28 mins, who
took advantage of a defensive error to race in on goal and  draw a
magnificent save from Marty Ellacott in the Crows goal. Gareth Parry
following in saw his shot blocked when it appeaered a goal must come.
Ellacott brought off an even better save after 35mins when Gareth Parry
fired in a cracker following a corner on the right.

Carl Owen again after 42 mins had the visitors defence at full stretch
holding the ball up well for Mark Williams but again the shot flew over the
bar. The only other threat from the visitors in the opening half, apart from
their goal, came in the closing moments when Rhodri Jones got the better of
keeper McGuigan  in an aerial duel, but his header went just past the
upright.

Port came out in the second period determined to make up for the chances
missed in the opening period. The strong Crows defence was at full stretch
and in one moment of panic Ellacott appeared to handle just outside the box
but the linesman with a clear view kept his flag down. Then after 54 mins
another superb Carl Owen break running past two defenders before unleashing
a powerful shot which, unluckily, thundered against Ellacombe's left hand
upright.

With Port striving for an equaliser there was always the danger of a quick
counter attack with their clever ball players, Hurlin and Edwards along the
flanks always a threat. Gareth Wharton who had been so instrumental in
thwarting Port attacks suddenly popped up in the Port half and saw his 73
min shot go close. Just a minute later and Cwmbran virtually sealed the
victory when Jamie Welsh rose unchallenged to head a right wing cross past
McGuigan. Though Port strove to claw themselves back into the game the fire
had gone and the visitors defence well marshalled by Gareth Wharton were now
in control.

Though some will now start writing off Port, it is far too soon to press any
panic buttons. Once again they have competed well against tough, experienced
opposition. Viv Williams will however be concerned that the good approach
play and clear chances are not being converted into goals.

Port: Gerard McGuigan, John G Jones, Danny Hughes, Lee Webber, Campbell
Harrison(Steve Pugh), Gareth Parry(Andy Wagstaffe), Emrys Williams, Gareth
Caughter, Tony Williams(Ritchie Owen), Mark Williams, Carl Owen.

Cwmbran: Ellacott, Green, Smothers, Rhodri Jones, G. Wharton, R. David,
Jamie Edwards, Moore, Jason Welsh, R. Mohammed R. Hurlin.
Subs: Wallace, Parkes, S. Wharton.

Gareth Williams


Loosemore's Challenge Cup Rd. 1 - 16/9/03

Port.................0 Bangor.....................2
                       Goodall 80.
                       Tudur Jones 87.

Two late goals divided these Gwynedd rivals at the end of an entertaining
match in the second leg of the League Cup. Port had started brightly, and
probably shaded the first half - having two good opportunities to take the
lead. Carl Owen had a very good first half against his former club, with the
Bangor back line having their work cut out to keep up with his pace. After
only three minutes Port could have taken the lead through another ex-Bangor
Player, Emrys Williams, whose shot went just wide of goal after a good
cut-back pass into the box from Carl Owen on the right. Bangor's defence
were obviously worried about the threat posed by Owen as Eifion Jones' rash
challenge on the striker after 9 minutes clearly showed. Somehow Jones
managed to get off without receiving a card for his troubles. Port's second
chance to take the lead fell to Carl Owen whoagain outpaced the defence
before forcing  Phil Priesley, in the Bangor goal, into making an
outstanding save. From the resulting corner Lee Webber also forced a save
out of Priestley. Bangor came back strongly in the last five minutes of the
half but also failed to capitalize in the final third of the pitch. Ross
Jefferies got the ball on the side of the box after Port had failed to
clear, but his shot was disappointing and went straight to the hands of
McGuigan in the Port goal. Seconds later Goodall broke down the left but
Paul Gedman's far post header went well over.

Bangor came out stronger in the second half, but this isn't to say Port
weren't in the game. Indeed, five minutes into the half, Carl Owen could
well have given Port the lead after he beat Eifion Jones and Bangor keeper
Priesley only to see his shot stopped on the line by Gareth Williams. On 54
minutes substitute Steve Pugh broke down the right, but Priesley again did
well to force the ball away for a corner. The visitors started to put more
pressure on the Port goal as the half progressed and had their chances
through Gareth Williams, Owain Tudur Jones, Kenny Burges and Ricky Evans,
but failed to put real pressure on Gerard McGuigan with a number of
disappointing attempts that failed to hit the target. One of Port's best
chances to find the net, during this period, came after a good Campbell
Harrison free kick, with Steve Pugh directing his header just wide.

The visitors piled on the pressure during the last 15 minutes, and managed
to create a number of chances. Ricky Evans' was unlucky after his attempt
from 35 yards went only inches wide. On 79 minutes the ball was scrambled
away by Port after a good run into the box by Eifion Jones, but as it turned
out this was only a stay of execution as Alan Goodall opened the scoring
with a low drive from the left side of the box. Despite getting his fingers
to the ball, McGuigan failed to keep the ball out at his near post. Seven
minutes later, Bangor's lead was doubled after some poor marking in the box,
with ex-Port player Owain Tudur Jones capitalizing on the host's failure to
clear their lines.

Let's hope that Port will now bounce back in the league after two defeats in
two games against two of the front runners for the League title. We can now,
as the clich goes, concentrate on the league! The team can take pluses from
their performance in the first half. Bangor were stronger in the second
half, but they may not have deserved to win by a two goal cushion.

Port: G McGuigan, JG Jones, C Harrison, G Parry, L Webber, D Hughes, G
Caughter, T Williams (S Pugh), C Owen, M Williams, E Williams.
Subs not used: A Morgan, A Wagstaffe, C Roberts, R Edwards.
Mascot: Jack Jones, Borth y Gest.

Bangor: P Priestley, P Hoy, A Goodall, E Jones, G Williams, R Ingram, K
Burges, O Tudur Jones, P Gedman, R Evans, R Jefferies.
Subs: H Griffiths, G Roberts.

Iwan Gareth.

Lluniau o'r Gem \ Pictures of the game.
Welsh Premier (J.T.Hughes, Mitsubishi)  -Saturday, September 13th

TNS...............4  Port.............0
Toner 16, 31.
Ruscoe 38.
Taylor 56.

The reality of life in the upper reaches of the Welsh Premier League hit 
home to Porthmadog on Saturday as they travelled to championship 
favourites TNS for their first visit to the Recreation Ground since 
February 1998. Porthmadog started brightly putting TNS out of their 
stride early on, indeed in the first 15 minutes Porthmadog won a string 
of corners. It was from one such corner that Carl Owen turned sharply on 
the edge of the box, but his shot flew over the bar.  On 15 minutes TNS 
introduced Jason Perry to replace the injured Nicky Ward and substitute 
Perry had an immediate impact. TNS were awarded a free-kick half-way 
inside the Port half, the ball was floated to the far post where Perry 
and Webber challenged for the ball, Perry deflected the ball goalwards 
but Alan Morgan on the line made a hash of his clearance merely 
presenting the ball to John Toner who fired home from a tight angle on 
the right. TNS were now getting into their stride and a slick passing 
move down the right ended with a cross into the box. Jamie Wood got 
their just before McGuigan and shot beneath the keeper but John Jones 
covering on the line made a spectacular goal line clearance. McGuigan 
seemed to take a knock during this attack and took a few moments to 
recover. On 31 minutes TNS extended their advantage in bizzare fashion. 
A long hopeful punt upfield by TNS found McGuigan, he raced out to clear 
the danger but totally missed his kick presenting the ball to John Toner 
who slotted home from 25 yards into an unguarded net. Seven minutes 
before half-time TNS pulled further ahead. The lively Scott Ruscoe 
crossed into the box from the left, Jamie Wood and McGuigan went up for 
the ball but Wood seemed to get a touch which took the ball past a 
helpless McGuigan and into the back of the net. TNS had dominated the 
first period but Porthmadog had shot themselves in the foot on more than 
one occasion.

The second half was only 10 minutes old when TNS added a fourth, a 
corner on the left taken by Ruscoe found defender Chris Taylor who 
headed home from 6 yards. TNS continued to monopolize posession as 
Porthmadog struggled to get into the game. Even a triple substitution 
midway through the second period failed to wake Porthmadog from their 
lethargy. Gareth Caughter did force TNS keeper Dean Williams into a save 
on 73 minutes when he broke in from the left wing and shot from 20 
yards. But TNS almost scored again 15 minutes from time when the 
impressive Ruscoe fired a stunning 20 yard shot which struck the right 
hand post and bounced to safety.

On the day Porthmadog were well beaten by an impressive TNS side 
who will take some stopping this season. Porthmadog keeper Gerard 
McGuigan who has been a hero on more than one occasion this season 
already had something of a nightmare and could be blamed for three of 
the four goals, but I am sure Ged will come back strongly and show how 
good a keeper he really is.

Gerallt Owen.

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