| Penrhyncoch (h)
| Flint (h)
| Rhyl (a)
Huws Gray Alliance: Saturday, 19th January
RHYL FC............................................... 2
Barry Torrance 19’
Mike Pritchard 50’
Julian Williams 65’
A disappointing afternoon for Port at the Belle Vue, going down by the odd goal in a game where they dominated the possession and the general play. This against a Rhyl team who were set up to hit on the break. The scoreline tells us that the plan worked and means that Rhyl leapfrog into 3rd place while Port drop to 5th. The pattern of the game became clear from early on, with Rhyl conceding possession and territory to maintain a strong defensive shape with a 5-man backline. The home team went ahead after 19 minutes, following one of their surges up field and repeated thia soon after the interval with a classic counter attack. Port staged a fight back in the last half hour, cutting the lead and had Rhyl hanging on desperately. There was a late flash point during this period of intense pressure which left the visitors feeling hard done by. A Shaun Cavanagh shot from close in took a deflection and the ball appeared to cross the line by some distance before being hooked away. The referee waved play on and Rhyl went on to claim the double over Port.
Port started on the front foot and just 4 minutes in, Dan Dascalu fired over the bar after Shaun Cavanagh contributed to the build-up. Debutant Mike Sharples came close when he met a Sion Edwards corner but his header went narrowly over the bar. Rhyl were looking to hit on the break and a speedy break down the left from Hassell created a shooting chance for Murphy who was narrowly off target. Port should have gone ahead on 14 minutes with Sion Edwards and then Iwan Lewis setting up Rob Evans but the shot curled wide of Crowther’s far post. But despite the early Port pressure, it was Rhyl who went ahead in the 19th minute. They won a corner down the left and a deep ball to the back post was met by Barry Torrance and his clean header found the net. Against the run of play Port were behind but continued to push forward to test a tight home defence. Dan Dascalu won the ball in midfield to put Sion Edwards through but the shot went wide. Port were forcing numerous corners with Sion Edwards testing the home defence with a series of teasing efforts. Sharples, who was having a solid debut, came close at the back post from one of these. Rhyl continued to look for opportunities to break forward, and a ball from deep into the box was met by Cai Owen but his header went across the face of goal. Shortly after, the same player drove into the side netting. Another flurry of Port corners brought us up to half-time with the home side remaining 1-0 up.
An early 2nd half Port attack saw keeper Crowther palm away a high ball which fell for Dan Dascalu who was well placed but caught off balance and failed to get his shot away. A minute later a great ball from Iwan Lewis put Shaun Cavanagh in on goal but the angled shot flew wide of the post. But just as Port were threatening to get back on level terms, they were hit by a sucker punch. Five minutes into the 2nd period, with Port pushing up, Hassall burst free down the left and the retreating defence was caught out. A good ball into the box and Mike Pritchard was in the right place to finish off the smash and grab move. Rhyl were now in the driving seat with a two goal advantage to defend. Port responded strongly and Crowther did well to divert a Sion Edwarrds effort for a corner. With 65 minutes on the clock Port cut the deficit with Julian Williams netting 5 minutes after coming on. Sion Edwards set up the chance when his corner to the back post was headed back into the goalmouth and dropped for Julian, who finsihed from close range. The pressure continued with the home defence at full stretch holding on desperately. Dan Dascalu and sub ilan ap Gareth were getting through a huge amout of work setting up and prompting, A Tomos Emlyn shot was palmed for a corner and the same player cut the ball back for Shaun Cavanagh who fired over the bar from 18 yards. Rhyl continued to hit on the break with Peate going close at the back post and Paul Pritchard having to make a point blank save to deny Murphy. With ten minutes remaining Port felt that they had scored the equaliser their pressure and play deserved. But the referee faced with a difficult decision waved play on. It was not to be and Rhyl held out for the remaidner of the 90 minutes and the 4 minutes of added time.
Portmadog: Paul Pritchard, Tomos Emlyn, Ceri James, Mike Sharples, Gruff J Williams, Ifan Emlyn (Ilan ap Gareth 60’), Dan Dascalu, Iwan Lewis, Rob Evans (Julian Williams 60’), Shaun Cavanagh, Sion Edwards (Josh Banks 69’). Unused subs: Sion Parry, Craig Papirnyk. Yellow: Sion Edwards 34’.
Rhyl: Rory Crowther, Cai Owen, Gareth Partridge, Max Peate, Reece Fairhurst, Ben Nash, Barry Torrance (Kristian Pierce 54’), Mike Pritchard (Ross Stephens 76’), Matt Cook, Aaron Hassell (Sam Molyneux 70), James Murphy. Unused subs: Joe Sullivan, Jon Hill-Dunt. Yellow: Cai Owen 37’.
Referee: James Walker:
Huws Gray Alliance -Saturday, 12 January2019
Match Sponsor: TANRONNEN INN, Beddgelert
CPD PORTHMADOG ...................... ........2
Shaun Cavanagh 16’ (p), 26’
Flint Towb United ................ ....................2
Gerard Kinsella 55’, 76’.
Sorry to have to use such a worn out cliche but this really was THE game of two halves. The first was completely dominated by Port and, well before the half hour mark, they were deservedly two goals up and probably should have been out of sight by half-time. Shaun Cavanagh’s brace took him to 10 league goals and should have been added to, but instead Port went in at the interval still 2-0 up. The second-half was a total contrast with the Silkmen staging a furious fight back with new signing Gerard Kinsella having a dream debut, netting twice to give the visitors a share of the points which, after 45 minutes, had seemed most unlikely. But its unpredicdability is what makes football so entertaining,
Port started the game on fire, playing some of their best football of the season, forcing Flint back into their own half, closing them down quickly and setting up some really slick passing moves, The midfield quartet of Iwan Lewis, Ifan Emlyn, Dan Dascalu and Rob Evans were running the show and the only surprise was that the visitors defence was able to hold out for 16 minutes before they yielded a goal. It came on the back of a Port counterattack with Shaun Cavanagh breaking down the left and using his pace to get behind the high defensive line but, as he cut into the box, he was felled and referee Arthur Smallman pointed to the spot. Shaun Cavanagh himself took responsibilty driving low to Aaron Jones’ right and, though the keeper got a touch, he could not keep it out. Port were deservedly one-up and Shaun Cavanagh, following another neat Port move, lfted his shot over the bar. But there was not long to wait for Port to double their lead. Rob Evans drove a low cross into the box where Iwan Lewis got a touch and Shaun Cavanagh was on hand to score an opportunist goal from close range. Flint made no impact on this opening half and home keeper Paul Pritchard was never troubled, having no more to do than sweeping up at the back and taking an occasional goal kick. But Port failed to take full advantage of ther dominance and before the 90 minutes was up they would rue the lack of a third goal. Rob Evans had an opportunity following an Ifan Emlyn corner but sliced his shot wide. Flint were able to hold the score at 2-0 and they went in at half-time knowing that an early second-half goal would put them back into the game.
Predictably the visitors came out on fire and it was clear from the start of the second period that we were now in a very different game. The team, whose only threats had been a free kick or two, had, within two minutes, already forced a couple of corners where the tall figures of Richie Foulkes and Andy Brown were making their presence felt. 10 minutes into the half and the goal came, new signing Gerard Kinsella met the Burrows corner to head past Paul Pritchard. It was really game on now. Flint had upped the pace and there was no time to put a foot on the ball as passes went astray in a game without a pattern that was being played at 100 mph. Port were under pressure as they had never been in the opening half and Ceri james had to make a spectacular clearance while Andy Brown fired into the side netting. Port lost the services of their skipper Iddon Price as he pulled up suddenly in a foot race deep into his own half. It was no surprise really when the equaliser came on 76 minutes when the former Marine midfielder Gerard Kinsella scored his 2nd, driving low from the edge of the box with a deflection leaving Paul Pritchard a spectator. All to play for and it would have been little surprise if there had been more goals as both teams threw caution to the four winds. Port pushed forward in the latter stages looking for a third; Ifan Emlyn pulled his drive wide, Flint’s Richie Foulkes thundered an attempted clearance against his own crossbar and a Sion Edwards’ cross to the far post was only inches beyond the reach of Julian Williams. But after 6 minutes of added time both teams had to be satisfied with a point as scores remained level between the two for the 2nd time this season.
The point achieved falls short of the desired three needed by both clubs to keep pushing on at the upper end of the table. However, given the way the game went there was also more than a little relief at the end. Good to see anoher of the successful reserve squad getting time on the pitch as Jack Davies came on to play 20+ minutes.
Craig Papirnyk summed it all up like this: “Frustrating game today for Port, played some of our best football 1st half to becoming so disappointing in the 2nd! Credit to Flint grew into the game and got their reward. Giving away a 2-0 lead is not good enough and lessons learnt for us.”
Porthmadog: Paul Pritchard, Tomos Emlyn, Ceri James, Iddon Price (Sion Edwards 61’), Gruff John Williams, Dan Dascalu, Iwan Lewis, Ifan Emlyn, Rob Evans (Jack Davies 67’), Shaun Cavanagh, Julian Williams. Unused subs: Sion Parry, Ilan ap Gareth, Craig Papirnyk. Yellow: Dan Dascalu 42’, Ceri James 90+.
Flint: Aaron Jones, Jake Hampson, Jack Welsh, Gerard Kinsella, Ieuan Hewitt, Andy Brown, Brandon Burrows, Richie Foulkes, Luke Blondel (Jack Higgins 82’), Mark Cadwallader (Ryan Smith 67'), Kyle Smyth. Unused sub: John Hill. Yellow: Ieuan Hewitt 16'.
Referee: Artur Smallman
Huws Gray Alliance -Saturday, 05 January2019
Match Sponsor: Haydn Williams Chartered Surveyor
CPD PORTHMADOG ...................... ........4
Julian Williams 21’
Ifan Emlyn 61’,
Gruff J Williams 75’
Shaun Cavanagh 90’
CPD PENRHYNCOCH................ ..............2
Sion James 44’
Jonathan Evans 88’
A much improved second half performance was required to give Port the 3 points to maintan their 2nd place in the table. The win also takes advantage of an Airbus slip at the top, dropping points for the second successive weekend. Port were frustrated by the Roosters direct physical game for much of the opening half but in the 2nd period they slipped into their usual passing game to find the net three times with Shaun Cavanagh netting his 10th of the season and also providing an excellent assist for Gruff John’s goal.
Port made a slow start to the game with Sion Edwards’ dangerous ball across the face of goal the only threat to the visitoes’ goal. Penrhyncoch twice created chances in the opening 10 minutes which could have produced goals. In only the 6th minute a long, high ball into the box was well controlled by Liam Doherty but then he fired over the bar when well placed. Two minutes later a Jonathan Evans free kick produced a heading opportunity for Sion James, which went across the goal and wide of the far post. Another free kick produced a heading opportunity, this time for Ieuan Brooks and it needed the outstretched hand of keeper Paul Pritchard to push the ball to safety. Meanwhile Sion Edwatds was providing his usual threats and, when he lifted a dangerous free kick into the box, Julian Williams saw his header fly wide. The game was never able to flow as a stream of free kicks and appeals for almost everything disrupted play. Then with the best move of the game up to then Port went ahead. The build up down the right involved Gruff John and Iwan Lewis with Rob Evans driving a quality low ball towards the back post which Julian Williams turned in from close range. Soon after Iddon Price met a Sion Edwards corner but the header went straight to keeper Lee Jenkins. The spate of free kicks continued to break up play but with half-time approaching the visitors pushed for an equaliser Paul Pritchard saved from Foligno following one of these free kicks. With a minute remaining the equaliser came and, no surprise, it canme from a set piece. Corbisiero’s free kick broke in the box for Sion James who rifled it into the corner of the net to make it 1-1 at the interval.
From the start of the second half Port looked far more threatening, passing the ball quickly and using the whole width of the pitch. But the Roosters were looking a real threat on the break and on 57 minutes came close to catching Port out. A long ball forward brought Paul Pritchard out of his goal but an angled ball in from the left reached Corbisiero in a goalscoring position and it needed a timely intervention from Paul Pritchard who had raced back to his goal. Almost immediately there was a chance at the other end when Sion Edwards played in Shaun Cavanagh but the shot wemt wide of the target. But just past the hour mark Port went ahead again, A good move started and finished by Ifan Emlyn, with Sion Edwards and Rob Evans also involved in between. The young midfielder fired in from the centre of the box for a well worked, well taken goal. Port were now dominating play with good passing and movement. Twice Sion Edwards created gilt edged opportunities but both Julian Williams and Rob Evans fired over the bar. The third goal had to come and this time it was a Port set piece that delivered the goods. It looked like a rehearsed move that came off brilliantly. With the visitors’ defence expecting a high ball into the box, the second half sub, Shaun Cavanagh placed a low ball perfectly into the path of Gruff John who had stolen up on the blind side of the defence and, unopposed, steered his shot wide of Lee Jenkins to make it 3-1. But, just as home supporters thought they could relax a little, referee Mark James, with time running out, threw the Roosters a lifeline, awarding a penalty against Sion Edwards for a foul just inside the box; an award which was met with considerable protest. The kick from the spot was confidently converted by Jonathan Evans. 3-2 now but in added time Port made it 4-2 as Sion Cavanagh got in behind a Penrhyn defence appealing loudly for offside, The appeals were ignored and when it appeared as though Shaun Cavanagh had carried the ball too wide he somehow achieved the impossible, scoring with a shot from virtually the goaline to bring proceedings to a successful ending for Port.
Craig Papirnyk summed things up like this: “Proper battle today at the Traeth for Port. Penrhyncoch made a real game out of it and will feel unlucky not to get anything I’m sure. A good win for us that keeps us 2nd. Big game next week now to prepare for. Thanks for the great support again.”
Porthmadog: Paul Pritchard, Gruff John Williams, Ceri James, Iddon Price, Dan Dascalu (Tomos emlyn 87’), Ifan Emlyn, Iwan Lewis, Rob Evans, Julian Williams, Sion Parry (Shaun Cavanagh 46’), Sion Edwards. Unused subs: Ben Williams Math Roberts, Cai Henshaw. Yellow: Sion Edwards 88'.
Penrhyncoch: Leigh jenkins, Liam Lewis, Cledan Davies, Sion James, Jon Foligno, Luke Sherbon, Jonathan Evans, Josh Shaw, Liam Doherty, Ieuan Brooks, Antonio Corbisiero. Subs:B Florin, Rob Murfet, Gari Lewis, Freddie Thomas. Yellow: Jonathan Evans 45’, Cledan Davies 75’, Luke Sherbon 82’.
Referee: Mark James