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09/12/2023 Cwpan Cymru / JD Welsh Cup Rd 4 Venue: Y Traeth (k.o 2.00 noon)
Noddwr y Gêm / Match Sponsor: CARIAD CARE HOMES
Noddwyr y Bêl / Match Ball Sponsors:GROSVENOR BEAUMONT Financial Services Ltd. & TATWS TRADING

CPD PORTHMADOG ............................0

BUCKLEY TOWN .........................................2
Callum Humphries 51'
Liam Driscoll 67'

Before the start of today`s game, a minute`s silence was impeccably observed in memory of Huw Trefor Jones who played for Port during the late 1950`s and early 60`s. Indeed, he was in the Port team which lifted the Amateur Cup for the second time when they defeated Peritus (Bangor University and Normal College combined) in front of several thousands at Farrar Road in the 1957/58 season. Having hung up his boots, he was a Vice- President and trustee of the club. He was also a P.E. teacher to many of us at Ysgol Eifionydd for some twenty years before teaching Maths and Careers.

This was such an important game for both teams today as they were playing for a place in the quarter final of the Welsh Cup. Therefore, for followers of Port, our defeat as well as the manner of it was a bitter disappointment.

Port started quite well, as they so often do, and the stiff breeze at their backs appeared to be advantageous for the most part during the first period.

Several good looking attacks were set up by the hosts whilst Buckley looked rather dangerous on the break. During the opening minutes, Shaun Cavanagh`s effort from just outside the box went narrowly over the bar and a strong shot inside the box by Danny Brookwell was charged down.

Just short of the 15 minute mark, there occurred something of a turning point when Cai Jones was felled by a bad tackle by Buckley`s Callum Humphries who was a very lucky boy to escape with only a yellow card. Cai had to leave the action and his enforced absence was sorely felt in terms of Port`s inability to maintain their early dominance.

Port still had time to take advantage of the wind, however, and a long and accurate clearance by Port keeper Alex Ward-Jones put Shaun Cavanagh clean through on goal. He simply had to score but Ryan Goldston in the visitors` goal did well to spread himself and saved Cav`s firm shot with his legs. Tom Mahoney also unleashed a tremendous shot on the turn but Goldston again did well to divert it for a corner.

Port`s defence at this stage was seldom under serious pressure beyond a few corner kicks and one wildly optimistic claim for a penalty after the merest ‘coming together’ in the Port box. So, it remained goalless at the end of the first half. Would Port live to rue their profligacy? Yes!

In the second period, Port`s overall performance was unimaginably dire. Even the usually majestic Morgan Owen was off-colour. You can make excuses till the cows come home about the unfortunate absence of Telor Williams and Rhys Alun and the blatant time-wasting and play-acting of Buckley which was left totally unpunished by the referee. Ultimately, Port were downright poor and Buckley wanted it more than we did.

On fifty minutes, a left footed corner by Buckley was swung high into the six yard area with Alex electing to stay on his line. The power of Callum Humphries` towering header was too much for the young custodian to handle as he could only parry it back into the striker`s path for him to head home at the second attempt.

Port huffed and puffed but produced only one chance of note which was scrambled to safety off the goal-line after a good run by Brookwell. Then, with some twenty minutes remaining, Buckley had one foot in the next round when a low cross was easily converted by Liam Driscoll.

The manner of defeat was hard to take. From having the game by the scruff of the neck in the first half, we were a mere shadow of CPD Porthmadog in the second period. It was nice, however, to see local youngsters Zak Pike and Elis Puw having an extended run-out and giving it their all. Perhaps these two will blossom in time? I rather believe they will!

Manager Craig Papirnyk summed it all up at the end when he said, "Absolutely gutted for CPD Porthmadog and its supporters today, great chance to progress to the quarter final of the Welsh Cup but we fell well short, not good enough. All credit to Asa Hamilton and his side, fully deserved. I congratulate him and wish him and the club a favourable draw."

Next Friday, we return to league action at high-flying Fflint with a 7.30 start. Let`s hope for a better performance there.

Porthmadog :- Alex Ward-Jones (GK), Morgan Owen, Josh Banks , Nathan Williams, Gruff Ellis ,Caio Evans, Tom Mahoney, Shaun Cavanagh, Cai Jones (Zak Pike 19`), Iddon Price (Elis Puw 57`), Danny Brookwell. Unused subs :- Craig Papyrnik, Mabon Owen, Iwan Havelock Yellow cards :- Gruff Ellis (48`), Danny Brookwell (73`),

Buckley Town :- Ryan Goldston (GK), Adam Boydell, Dylan Roberts, Josh Allen, Callum Humphries, Scott McHarrie (Capt.), Adam Smith, Sam McCormick, Liam Driscoll (Owen Jones 90+1`), Aled Glyn Bellis, Max Moore. Unused subs :- Asa Hamilton, Charlie Urquhart, Cameron Meredith, William Weaver. Yellow cards :- Callum Humphries (13`), Sam McCormick (23`), Asa Hamilton ( manager 76`), Adam Smith (80`), Scott McHarrie (90`)

Dyfarnwr/ Referee:- James Walker Cynorthwywyr / Assistants :- Martin Roberts / Glenn Gray
Torf / Attendance :- 224

Adroddiad / Report :- Treflyn Jones

18/11/2023 Cymru North Venue: Y Traeth (k.o 12.00 noon)
Noddwr y Gêm / Match Sponsor:Er cof am / In memory of: MEIRION PARRY
Noddwyr y Bêl / Match Ball Sponsors:Pritchard & Griffiths Trefnwyr Angladdau / Funeral Directors

CPD PORTHMADOG ............................1
Morgan Owen 6'

CAERSWS .............................................1
Sam Phillips 14'

It was heartening to see a merely slightly below average crowd of 205 at Y Traeth at mid-day of all times for this entertaining clash between old rivals. For the record, the kick-off was brought forward due to Wales` all-important qualifier in Armenia in which the away team could only manage a 1-1 draw when they were badly in need of a win to qualify for the 2024 Euros in Germany. By a rather unhappy coincidence, Port could only manage a similar scoreline but with just a little more luck, could well have claimed all three points.

After a cagey opening five minutes, Port got their noses in front in the sixth minute through an excellent right foot drive from 20 yards by the combative Morgan Owen past the diving Steffan Harri after good work and a lay-off by Telor Williams.

Port then created further chances. Rhys Alun`s fine run culminated in a shot which was rather too tame to test the keeper and then Steffan Harri in the Caersws goal had to be at his very best to divert a strong free kick from Shaun Cavanagh round the post.

Then….. would you believe it! Just when we were seemingly on top, Caersws achieved a thoroughly undeserved equalizer with their very first attempt on goal. Ashley Harries got the better of a challenge on the edge of the Port box before unselfishly rolling the ball into the path of Sam Philips who guided the ball past Nathan Williams on the goal-line. It was frustratingly against the run of play and a bad goal from a defensive perspective.

Port continued to attack and the Caersws keeper again did well to block a point-blank effort by Morgan Owen. A few minutes later, however, an ill-judged attempted back pass by Shaun Cavanagh to Alex in the Port goal was easily intercepted by Caersws` Neil Mitchell but, fortunately for the anxious home supporters, his chip over Alex Ward-Jones landed on the roof of the net and the first half ended all square at one-apiece.

Caersws upped their game somewhat in the second period and were often producing moves which were just as attractive as their counterparts. The half, however, was becoming a dour midfield struggle rather than a flurry of thrills and spills in the respective goalmouths. Both teams managed to fling some dangerous looking crosses into the box but neither goalkeeper was seriously troubled. Caersws centre-forward Rhys Hesden perhaps came closest as his drive 10 minutes from the end, flew past the upright with Port`s keeper seemingly well-beaten.

Next Saturday, according to our excellent web-site, our intended match at Llanidloes has already been postponed. Therefore, our next league match will be at Caersws on December 2nd with a 2.30 kick-off.

Porthmadog :- Alex Ward-Jones (GK), Morgan Owen, Josh Banks (Gruff Ellis 66`), Nathan Williams, Caio Evans, Tom Mahoney, Ryan Williams, Shaun Cavanagh, Cai Jones, Telor Williams (Iddon Price 83`), Rhys Alun ( Zak Pike 77`) . Unused subs :- Gareth Jones-Evans, Craig Papyrnik. Yellow card :- Tom Mahoney (44`)

Caersws :- Steffan Harri, Jamie Jones, Will Evans, Craig Williams, Harry Cottam, George Mitten, Neil Mitchell, Ashley Harries (B. Jones 45`), Rhys Hesden, Callum Graybrook (D. Bates 75`), Sam Philips. Unused subs :- Callum Francis-Jones, Craig Harris, Jack Perry
Yellow cards :- Craig Williams (54`), Jamie Jones (74`), Sam Philips (90+1`), George Mitten (90+3`)

Dyfarnwr / Referee :- Huw Jones Cynorthwywyr / Assistants :- Simon McCormick, Ryan Mark Hughes
Torf / Attendance :- 205

Treflyn Jones

11/11/2023 Cwpan Cymru / JD Welsh Cup Rd3 Venue: Y Traeth (k.o 2.00pm)
Noddwyr y Bêl / Match Ball Sponsors:EH ELLIS Building & Roofing Contractors

CPD PORTHMADOG .................................5
Cai Jones 10'
Iddon Price 63'
Rhys Alun 79'
Telor Williams 85'
Zac Pike 90' + 1'

CARDIFF AIRPORT ...................................1
Sonny Lambert 2'

A scoreline of 5-1 would seem to signify a very comfortable win for the home side, but in fact, this was anything but comfortable. The strong determined Airport team came with a clear plan to use their pace on the counter attack giving, what often appeared to be an under manned defence, a hard time. On numerous occasions Port had reason to be grateful to their keeper Alex Ward-Jones who made several excellent saves at vital periods in the game. The 4th Tier club were very much in this game until Rhys Alun netted to make it 3-1 to Port in the 79th minute.

The Airport club could hardly have dreamed of a better start. From the kick-off they attacked down the left catching the home defence cold and in the 1st minute Scotto Dabusco finished well with an angled shot. It was a case of shocka all round; Cardiff Airport at how easy it had been and the home support stunned into silence by what on paper was supposed to be a comfortable home win.

Port responded immediately with Morgan Owen firiing low but across the face of goal. Port after the setback applied the pressure and by the 10 minute mark were back on level terms, when an excellent Rhys Alun lay-off found Cai Jones in space and the experienced forward took his chance, firing low into the corner of the net from 16 yds. A sigh of relief all round but any thought that Airport were about to cave in was badly misjudged. The dangerous Sonny Lambert broke down the right and sent a low ball across the face of goal for Dabusco to draw an excellent save from Alex Ward-Jones at his near post. But the pressure was now mainly on the Airport goal with Port enjoying most of the possession forcing a series of corners but a determined defence was in no mood to yield.

Tom Mahoney was prominent with some excellent approach work down the left combining well with Danny Brookwell. A shot from Brookwell looked goal bound before taking a deflection from defender Harri Coxon. A Mahoney through ball put Cai Jones in on goal but keeper Nathan Gahan pulled off a good save. A thunderous shot from Rhys Alun struck the cross bar, following an excellent Shaun Cavanagh lay-off. Tom Mahoney then cut in from the left but his low effort curled narrowly wide of Gahan’s far post.

The half ended with the Airport back on the attack and it needed a Gruff Ellis header off the home line and Alex Ward-Jones then produced another good save to keep out Curtis Watkins’ angled shot at his near post. Half-time 1-1 and all to play for.

The visitors came out strongly in the second-half and Alex Ward Jones was in action again saving well when the pacy Lambert got in behind the home defence. The keeper produced another good save to keep out a Theo Richards power shot. Warning signs for Port who now pushed forward again and on 63 minutes they were ahead for the first time thanks to a goal from an unlikely source. A minute after coming on Iddon Price scored a vital goal netting from close range following Cai Jones’ cross. But the visitors were not ready to cave in as once again the Airport attack got in behind the Port defence and in a one on one situation Alex Ward -Jones saved the day with another great save to deny Lee Stradling.

Port now looked to consolidate with a 3rd goal. Rhys Alun came close with a 25 yd free-kick. But then on 79 minutes it was Rhys Alun again fastening on to Cai Jones’ through ball to net from a narrow angle. In the 85th minute Port were awarded a penalty for a deliberate Caton handball, keeping out Cai Jones ’goalbound shot and receiving a red card. Keeper Nathan Gahan pushed away Cai’s penalty only for Telor Williams to pounce on the rebound and via an attempted block found the net.

One more goal and a memorable one for Zac Pike, his first at this level,the young forward firing across the keeper to place it safely inside the far post. Congrats Zac!!!

5-1 and Port were in the draw for the last 16 but knowing that they had been made to work extremely hard for the win in an enjoyable game.

Our next game (next Saturday) is likely to be switched from Caersws to the Traeth with a 12.00pm kickoff. Keep a look out for further info on Twitter, Facebook and the Website.

Porthmadog: Alex Ward-Jones, Morgan Owen, Josh Banks (Zac Pike), Gruff Ellis (Telor Williams 46’), Caio Evans, Tom Mahoney, Ryan Williams, Shaun Cavanagh (Iddon Price 62’), Cai Jones (Elis Puw 86’), Danny Brookwell ( Nathan Williams 46’), Rhys Alun.

Cardiff Airport: Nathan Gahan, Harri Coxon (Ashton Hinton 70’), Ethan Galsworthy, James Scott, Connor Caton, Sonny Lambert (Alex Watkins 85’), Scotto Dabusco, Jack Davies, Theo Richards, Alfie Slee ( Lee Stradling 74’), Curtis Watkins. Unused subs:Thomas Webb, Lewis Cosslett.
Red: Connor Caton. Yellow: Connor Caton 70’, Scotto Dabusco.

Swyddogion / Officials: Andy Harms, Martn Trigg, Tomos Huw Jones.
Torf Attencance: 242

Gareth Williams


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