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02/08/2022 JD Cymru North, Y Traeth, Porthmadog 8pm
Noddwyr y Bl / Match Ball Sponsors: Pritchard & Griffiths, Tremadog.


Adam Hesp 90+2

On a night of high winds and driving rain Port and Gresford entertained fans with an exciting end to end game. It was tense, with supporters kept on the edge of their seats to the very end with the Gresford winner coming in the 2nd minute of added time. Though the result could have gone either way it is difficult to begrudge Gresford their 3 points. Even though there was plenty of goalmouth action at both ends, it was the visitors who created the clearest chances on goal, often being restricted only by an outstanding performance by Morgan Jones in the Port goal.

In his match report last Saturday Dylan Rees said, For Port travelling supporters there was no better feeling than winning in the last minute Well yes indeed, but last night they were experiencing what it is like to be on the receiving end of a late, late winner. With the wind howling in their faces, the Port defence lined up in front of hero keeper Morgan Jones as Charlie Mann wound up on the right touchline for a long throw which sailed deep into the box on the back of the gale with a final touch applied by the tall figure of Adam Hesp to snatch the winner.

Port started the game with the wind on their backs but it was the lively Gresford outfit who supplied the first threat with Deacon firing over the bar and Macready shooting straight at the keeper. Port soon got their act together and Callum Parry got on the end of an Ifan Emlyn cross but his header was narrowly off target. The pacy wing back newcomer Harri Hughes together with Ifan Emlyn were proving a threat down the left. Nathan Williams came close for Port with a well struck 25 yard effort and then it was the visitors who had the clearest chance up to that point, Harvey Ellis getting in behind the home defence but Morgan Jones was out to make his first serious save of a busy night at the expense of a corner. Then once again it was Harri Hughes for Port, with a fine break to the byline, sending a low cross into the danger area but there was no finishing touch. Ben Fisher on the other flank tested visitors keeper Rhys Williams with a dipping angled effort. It needed a great a tackle by Ports Nathan Williams to halt a dangerous Gresford counter attack and there were further efforts, for the visitors before Josh Griffiths burst through on goal but out came Morgan Jones to keep the scores level at the interval. With so much end to end attacking play it was a mystery how we reached the halfway without a single goal.

The second half started with the wind blowing even more strongly and now really dictating the pattern of the play. Gresford were setting themselves to take advantage of this and were peppering the Port goal. Two minutes into the half and Morgan Jones was saving point blank from Spridgeon and two further efforts on goal were scrambled clear. The end to end pattern continued with Rhys Alun bursting along the byline and squirting a cross/shot across the face of goal and Callum Parry on a good run having his effort scrambled clear. Then Spridgeon and Morgan Jones continued their private battle. The speedy forward getting in behind the Port defence twice more but Morgan Jones was quickly out to deny Gresford with fine saves with his feet. Gresford had a free kick on the edge of the box but still no goal. Attacks and counterattacks continued to the very end until heartbreak for Port as Andrew Hesp secured the 3 points for Gresford.

Manager Craig Papirnyk summed it up well thats football for you, from the highs to the lows. No complaints tonight and one we will have to learn from.

Porthmadog: Morgan Jones, Ben Fisher (Marcus Banks 49), Nathan Williams, Iddon Price (Sol Kempster 46), Harri Hughes, Ifan Emlyn, Gareth Jones Evans (Euron Roberts 63), Cai Jones, Alex Boss (Cian Pritchard 74), Callum Parry, Rhys Alun (Meilir Williams 63). Yellow: Ifan Emlyn, Marcus Banks. Unused subs: Jamie McDaid, Cai Henshaw.
,br> Gresford : R Williams, S Smith, G Macready, A Hesp, S Pickering, Josh Griffiths, Sam Spridgeon (A Buxton 80), H Ellis (Charlie Mann 71), D Deacon (J Barratt 66), T Weir (D Holland 71), Nathan Williams. Red Nathan Williams (81,90). Yellow: G Macready Unused subs: J Hill-Dunt, C Hibbert.

Swyddogion / Match Officials: Aaron Wyn Jones, Andrew Dogan, Nathan Jones
Torf / Attendance: 265

Gareth Williams

30/07/22 JD Cymru North @ Parc Fictoria / Victoria Park Llanidloes

LLANIDLOES TOWN ..............2
Jamie Breese 8'
Elliot Jones (p) 44'

CPD PORTHMADOG ...............3
Alex Boss 63'
Rhys Alun 82'
Callum Parry 89'

Well what a start to the new season! A game of 2 halves if ever there was one!! And what a dramatic finish to an entertaining match.

It was a mixture of relief and admiration for Port supporters for rarely can a game have started so disappointingly and yet ended so well. Port found themselves a goal behind after just 9 minutes and two in arrears at the interval, yet a tremendous second half fight back secured all three points thanks to goals which came very, very late, the 2nd arriving in the 82nd minute with the winner coming in the very last minute.

Craig Papirnyk had made changes following the disappointment at Ruthin last weekend. Morgan Jones was in goal for a return debut and in defence Ben Fisher came in together with Craig Papirnyks latest signing, Nathan Williams from Conwy. Also returning to the club was Meilir Williams who came in up front, together with Rhys Alun.

Llanidloes started brightly as Jamie Breese had a shot blocked by Morgan Jones just after the start, but on 6 minutes Port failed to clear a corner and Jamie Breese's shot deflected off Connor Bird and into the net.

As the half went on Port grew into the match and on 17 minutes Rhys Alun burst into the box but his effort was well saved, and, just after, his header went narrowly past the post after a great cross from Alex Boss. But play went from one end to tje other and Llan's Andrew Evans had a goal bound shot blocked by Harri Hughes.

Port were starting to dominate play and Nathan Williams' header from an Ifan Emlyn free kick went very close to equalising and Meilir Williams and Nathan came agonisingly close again soon after. As half time approached Port had further attempts at Llan's goal with Meilir Williams hitting the side netting and Callum Parry's shot well gathered by Llan's goalie Luke Evans.

A further setback for Port came on 43 minutes as Llan were awarded a penalty when Jamie Breese was brought down in the box, Elliott Jones converted to make it 2-0 to the home side. They came close to a 3rd on the stroke of half time as Andrew Evans struck agonisingly past the post.

There must of been some words said in the dressing room at half time as Port were sent out early and made to wait by Llanidloes but, with the help of some inspired substitutions, there was only one winner going to be in the 2nd half.

Port started on the front foot and had a few chances before Jamie Breese tried to chip Morgan Jones in the Port goal, but fortunately over the bar.

Port responded and on 59 minutes Callum Parry's effort, from an Ifan Emlyn through ball, was well saved and then on 62' the breakthrough came. Gareth J. Evans' fine pass from well inside Port's half was well controlled by Alex Boss and his first time shot went beyond Luke Evans to make it 2-1.

Port's confidence grew as Rhys Alun tried to chip Llan's goalie after a Cian Pritchard pass and a Callum Parry effort came close. Llan were still a threat and could and should have scored as Morgan Jones produced a double save. They lived to regret that as on 82' Ifan Emlyn's pass found Rhys Alun and last seasons top scorer struck the ball past Luke Evans to make it 2-2.

Port were'nt happy with just a point and pushed forward in search of a 3rd and subsitute Cai Henshaw found space at an angle but could'nt convert.

On 86 at the other end Jamie Breese's effort on the turn was well saved by Morgan Jones as Llan pushed forward to find a winner.

But on 89' minutes, with time running out, Cian Pritchard found himself free and his shot was parried away by Luke Evans only to find Callum Parry at the far post to hit home the winner and send the away support into raptures.

For Port travelling supporters there was no better feeling than winning in the last minute especially after being 2-0 down and away from home.

By any measure this was a big win for Port as they go through the process of re-adjusting to life at a higher level. By half-time there were real worries. What a contrast in the second period and, though they left it late, three goals and none conceded was enough to raise the spirits of the management team and the travelling faithful.

Porthmadog: Morgan Jones, Ben Fisher (Gareth Jones Evans 53'), Nathan Williams, Sol Kempster, Iddon Price, Harri Hughes, Ifan Emlyn, Alex Boss, Rhys Alun (Cai Henshaw 83'), Meilir Williams (Cian Pritchard 61'), Callum Parry. Unused Subs: Marcus Banks, Craig Papirnyk.Yellow: Ifan Emlyn 47', Gareth Jones Evans 63'.

Llanidloes: L Evans, D Reynolds (Tommy Rowlands 78'), Elliot Jones, E Clarke, L Jones, D Lewis, A Evans (G Brown 78'), T Goodwin (A Owen 67'), C Bird (A Farmer 33'), Jamie Breese, G Clarke. Unused sub: G Davies Yellow: D Reynolds 22'.

Dyfarnwr/ Referee: Arthur Samallman, Cynorthwywyr/ Assistants: Rheinallt Davies, Tomos Huw Jones.

Attendance 227

Report compiled from extensive notes by DYLAN REES. Diolch Dylan

22/07/22 Nathaniel MG Cup Round 1

RHUTHUN ..........................4
Jamie Nash 52'
Sam Rickett 62'
Joseph Sullivan 81'
Jamie Nash 90'+3
CPD PORTHMADOG ...................1
Callum Parry 40'

Y gm yn cael ei throi ar ei phen yn yr ail hanner, wrth i fantais Port ar y toriad diolch i gl Callum Parry orffen gyda chweir i'r ymwelwyr.

The game was turned on its head in the second half, as Port's advantage at the interval thanks to Callum Parry finished with a heavy defeat for the visitors.

Rhuthun :- R. Goldston (GK), J. Nash, D. Cox, I. Lambert, V. Mbolokele, E. Davies (I. Hughes 58'), J. Sullivan, S. Rickett, R. Owen (S. Jones 84'), W. Owen (G. Owen 74'), J. Jones. Unused subs: D. Goldston, T. Dyer.

Porthmadog :- Bradley Roberts (GK), Euron Roberts (Harri Hughes 45'), Josh Banks, Sol Kempster, Iddon Price (Capt.), Ifan Emlyn (Cai Henshaw 68'), Stuart Rogers, Gareth Jones-Evans, Alex Boss (Cian Pritchard 79'), Callum Parry, Gethin Maxwell, Unused subs :- Guto Griffith, Rhys Alun, Craig Papyrnik. Yellow card:- Gareth Jones-Evans (69')

Dyfarnwr/Referee :- Thomas Owen. Cynorthwywyr/ Assistants:- Nathan Wheatley, Steven Roberts
Torf / Attendance :- 227


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