| Guilsfield (a)
| Llanfair (a)
J D Welsh Cup: Saturday, 10 November 2018
LLANFAIR UNITED.......................... 1
Alun Hughes 69’
Shaun Cavanagh 9’
Jay Gibbs 26’
Sion Edwards 78’
Dan Dascalu 84’
The final score indicates a comfortable passage for Port into Round 3 and in the first half they were well in charge going in at half-time 2-0 up. The second half however, saw a revival, with the home team reducing the arrears at 2-1 and then threatening to draw level. Sion Edwards played a decisive part in the closing stages scoring the 3rd and laying on the fourth for Dan Dascalu, removing fears of extra time to seal Port’s place in the 3rd Round draw.
The home team were fired up from the start of the game, making good ptogress down the left. In the first minute Karl Seliaerts had a clear chance on goal but fired over the bar. Llanfair continued to threaten and Paul Pritchard was forced into a good save diverting Toby Evans’ shot for an early corner. From then on until the closing minutes of the first half it was Port incharge. In those closing minutes Nathan Edgington twice threatened; drawing a good save from Paul Pritchard and then thundering a shot against the near post.
In between these two short periods, the first half belonged to Port. After an early effort from Shaun Cavanagh had been deflected for a corner, Port went ahead in the 9th minute. Sion Edwards breaking into the box on the left was brought down and referee Cheryl Foster pointed immediately to the spot. Up stepped Shaun Cavanagh to fire his 6th goal of the season from the spot, placing it well wide of Mark Richards’ right hand. Soon after Iwan Lewis cracked one from the edge of the box but keeper Richards saved well. Cavanagh and Gibbs then combined well and Shaun Cavanagh forced Richards into another good save. Pressure mounted on the home goal and it was no surprise when Jay Gibbs doubled the Port advantage. He combined well down the left with Sion Edwards before cutting inside with his shot from 15 yards taking a deflection to beat Mark Richards. The home keeper was being kept busy, doing well to cut out Tomos Emlyn’s low cross and then, when Gibbs and Cavanagh combined well again, Richards kept out Cvanagh’s shot. On 39 minutes the cross bar came to the keeper’s rescue when Shaun Cavanagh was in the action again meeting an excellent Sion Edwards back post cross only to be frustrated by the woodwork. The visitors later suffered a worrying period resulting from the lack of clinical finishing as Llanfair threatened a fight back.
This started in the closing minutes of the first half and continued well into the second period. Llanfair raised their game and when Jay Gibbs lost his footing in the box Josh Ashley put keeper Paul Pritchard under pressure but the keeper recovered falling on the loose ball. Following this, a low cross from Ben Jones only required a final touch but kept tantalisingly out of reach of outstretched legs. Port responded and a Jay Gibbs found Shaun Cavanagh at the near post but the striker’s final touch took it inches wide of the post. With play becoming increasingly frenetic and disjointed Port were losing the control they had held from early in the game. Llanfair capitalised on the situation and scored the goal which brought them back into the game. A throw from the left created panic in the Port reargueard and Alun Hughes took advantage heading in at the near post making it 1-2. Iwan Lewis responded immediately for Port with an angled shot cuttng in from the right which keeper Richards saved with his legs, But this was a tricky period for Port as Llanfair piled forward getting runners in behind the defence. Toby Evans was through on goal only to be ruled offside and Paul Griffiths, when well placed, lifted his shot over the bar. Then it was Sion Edwards to the rescue. On 78 minutes he took advantage of a counter attack engineered by Rob Evans and Iwan Lewis, chased down the through ball, rounded the keeper and finished in style to make it 3-1. Six minutes later he beat the offside trap and crossed for Dan Dascalu whose first time effort from the centre of the box put the result beyond doubt. In the last couple of minutes Richards saved well from jay Gibbs and at the other end Paul Pritchard did the same from Toby Evans. Congratulations also to Cai Henshaw, a regular scorer for the Reserves, who made his first team debut in the closing stahes.
Into the hat for Round 3 and manager Craig Papirnyk tweeted, “ Not at our best today but the lads done enough to win it, comfortable in the end but it wasn’t easy, very pleased to be in the hat for the next round, credit to Llanfair who turned it into a proper cup game and gave it a real go, all the best to you this season.”
On the downside was the unfortunate injury to Shaun Cavanagh. Shaun has been in an excellent run of form, scoring 5 goals in the last 4 games. We wish him a speedy recovery.
PORTHMADOG: Paul Pritchard, Tomos Emlyn, Ceri James, Iddon Price (Ryan Taylor 68’), Gruff J Williams, Iwan Lewis, Ifan Emlyn, Jay Gibbs, Sion Edwards, Shaun Cavanagh (Dan Dascalu 68’), Rob Evans (Cai Henshaw 88’). Unused subs: Ben Williams, Alun Williams.
Referee: Cheryl Foster
Huws Gray Alliance Saturday, 03 November 2018
GUILSFIELD FC.......................... 0
CPD PORTHMADOG................. 2
Iwan Lewis 72’
Shaun Cvanagh 75’
It was a case of getting there in the end for Port today as two goals in the space of 3 minutes, with time beginning to run out, rewarded them with the three points their overall performance richly deserved. Port had totally dominated the first half, created numerous clear opportunities yet went in at the interval level on 0-0. In fact, despite their dominance, they might well have gone in one down, as a rare Guils attack produced a penalty award. But Paul Pritchard pulled off the save to notch up another clean sheet. Then with home supporters on edge, Jay Gibbs set up quality goals for Iwan Lewis and Shaun Cavanagh and put the game to bed.
Port started strongly passing the ball around and pushing the home team back on the defensive. Sion Edwards was making an early impact on the game with dangerous runs and threatening crosses which should have lead to an early goal. With the Guils packing their area, Jay Gibbs tried one from distance which was pulled narrowly wide. Twice Port got themselves in one on one situations with keeper Mike Jones through both Dale Davies and Shaun Cavanagh but Port were denied by the advancing keeper. It was becoming a battle between the Port attack and keeper Mike Jones, whose performance was keeping the Guils in the game. He could do nothing, however, about a Cavanagh cracker from 25 yards but was saved by his crossbar which took a severe shaking. Despite all the Port pressure it looked for all the world that Guilsfield would be first to find the net. On a rare excursion upfield the home team were awarded a penalty but, diving to his left, Paul Pritchard kept out Steve Blenkinsop’s shot. It was then a case of more Port pressure with Mike Jones pulling off another good save to push away Jay Gibbs’ angled free kick for a corner. A minute later and Jones did well to keep out a Josh Banks header from the resulting corner. Quality after quality corner, from Jay Gibbs and Sion Edwards, went by without the final touch to produce the all important goal. With half-time approaching it required some good defensive work from Ceri James as Blenkinsop put Cathrall through on the counter attack. The final threat of the first half came when Sion Edwards lifted a dangerous free kick into the box, Dale Davies rose well but his header glanced wide. The home team were certainly the happier of the two teams as they walked off at the interval having somehow resisted 45 minutes of sustained pressure.
Guilsfield came out strongly at the restart and early on the home goal came under more pressure than in the entire first half. Bromley met a cross from the right but his shot was scrambled off the line. This was followed by a Adam Jenkins free kick with Paul Pritchard, despite the late deflection pulling off a fine save. The home team, with a stiff breeze on their backs, were scenting a goal and Paul Pritchard pulled off an even better save to deny Adam Jenkins who had been put through on goal. That save marked something of a second half turning point as Port resumed charge for the last half hour. There were a couple of good breaks from sub Rob Evans with shots deflected into the side netting, The Port Chairman had predicted, at the interval, that it would take a good strike from outside the box to produce a goal and that is how it turned out. Jay Gibbs and Sion Edwards combined down the left and Gibbs cut dangerously across the box before rolling the ball into the path of Iwan Lewis who cracked beauty from 18 yards and at last Mike Jones was beaten. This capped a good day for the midfield duo who together with the excellent Ifan Emlyn put in quality performances. The Guils responded immediately and Steve Belnkinsop met a near post cross but his header flew wide. A minute later and Jay Gibbs was at it again and his perfectly weighted through ball put Shaun Cavanagh in behind the home defence, The young forward kept his cool, cut inside and drilled a low shot past Mike Jones. A quarter of an hour remained but Port were in control now and though they had to scramble away another Adam Jenkins free kick justice had been done in the end.
Port continue their excellent run of five wins and a draw in their last six games and Paul Pritchard made it 7 clean sheets in the last 9 played. A good aday for Shaun Cavanagh, netting his 4th goal in the last three games.
Craig Papirnyk tweeted at the end “Fantastic support today by the Port faithful, thank you all very much, it was a very good away win at Guilsfield, strong all round performance from the lads. Another clean sheet and win !”
It will be Welsh Cup action next week end Port travel to Llanfair Caereinion for a Round 2 game and a 1,30pm kick off.
PORTHMADOG: Paul Pritchard, Tomos Emlyn, Ceri James, Iddon Price (Ryan Taylor 59’), Josh Banks, Iwan Lewis, Jay Gibbs (Dan Dascalu 76’), Ifan Emlyn, Shaun Cavanagh, Dale Davies (Rob Evans 46’), Sion Edwards. Unused subs: Gruff J Williams, Craig Papirnyk. Yellow: Sion Edwards, Ryan Taylor.
GUILSFIELD FC Mike Jones, Callum Bromley, James Parry, Stuart Rogers, Sam Litchfield, Robbie James, Adam Jenkins, Andy Ford, Steve Blenkinsop, Chris Cathrall, Jack Richards (Curtis Weetman 33’) Unused subs: George Clifton, Jack Harris. Yellow: Sam Litchfield.
Referee: John Jones