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20/01/23 Cynghrair JD Cymru North League, The New Stadium 7.30pm

HOLYHEAD HOTSPUR ................1
Corey Williams 76'

CPD PORTHMADOG ..................2
Gerwyn Williams 60'
Marcus Banks 70'

There are no easy games in this league and tonight at a cold but very friendly New Stadium (formerly ‘New Oval’), Port gained a thoroughly deserved but hard fought victory against a tenacious Hotspur side which has recently been badly hit by a raft of departures to neighbouring Trearddur Bay from Tier 5. Would you believe it!?

Port started brightly enough and kept possession very well. With only five minutes gone, Gerwyn Williams came close to opening the scoring when he latched on to a well-weighted through ball into the box but his worthy effort was well saved by the onrushing custodian Adam Martin who was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers on the night. Seven minutes later, the same attacker produced a good long range shot which unfortunately went straight at the keeper.

It wasn`t all Port, however. The dangerous and pacy Dylan Jones-Summers achieved Hotspur`s first effort on target after 15 minutes, when, after a mazy run, he unleashed a powerful drive which Morgan Jones parried away for a corner. During the ensuing ten minutes or so, Holyhead gradually found their feet and made further forays into the Port half without seriously threatening Morgan Jones` goal.

During the closing 20 minutes of the half, it was nearly all Port in terms of possession and they were setting up goalscoring chances galore. The Harbourmen made a goal-line clearance but the hosts broke quickly and forced Morgan to make an excellent save low down. Then, some eight minutes from the interval, Adam Martin was forced into a save with his legs on the goal-line. Caio Hughes also had a goal-bound shot deflected for a corner and a fine 20 yard effort by Cai Jones was parried away.We also hit the bar in a frantic period of non-stop attacks. That darned ball just would not go in and Port supporters were absolutely tearing their hair out wondering when on earth we were going to score. But 0-0 it remained at the break.

After a somewhat quiet and cagy start to the second period, Port at long last made the breakthrough on the hour mark. It all started with a blistering run down the left flank by Caio Hughes whose deep cross from the by line evaded everybody in the six yard area and fell to the left boot Gerwyn Williams whose assist appeared to be bundled home by Meilir Williams. After some confusion as to the identity of the scorer the app awards it to Gerwyn Williams and manager Craig Papirnyk confirms this in his post match interview. So it is well done to Gerwyn, netting his first for Port since joining from Dolgellau

Port were now understandably growing in confidence and ten minutes later, Marcus Banks did very well to score Port`s second with a sliding toe-poke into the corner of the net. A cushion? Not quite, it seems. With some 14 minutes of normal time remaining, Port supporters were suffering palpitations as an awkward low cross bounced immediately and awkwardly in front of.

Morgan whose fumble fell into the path of substitute Corey Williams who tapped home to the delight of home supporters. Port continued to set up chances and had two worthy shouts for a penalty as both Cian Pritchard and Gareth Jones-Evans appeared to be brought down in the box.

On 82`, there was a real heart-in-mouth moment as a great long distance effort from a Hotspur attacker had to be parried onto the bar by Morgan Jones. But Port prevailed and are now on 22 points with, possibly, three more victories required to achieve survival in the Cymru North.

Next Saturday, we will welcome Rhuthun to Y Traeth in another league match with a 2.30 kick-off. Is it too much to hope for another three points?

Holyhead Hotspur :- Adam Martin, Dafydd Jones, Jamie Pick, Luke Roberts, Alex Jones, Mitchell Jones, Michael Kelly (Corey Williams 65`), Harry Lewis, Chris Jones,Matthew Lewis, Dylan Summers-Jones, Unused subs.:- H. Watkins, Dan Mowbray, A. Hughes-Jones,.Yellow card:- Harry Lewis (41`)

Porthmadog :- Morgan Jones (GK), Stuart Rogers, Josh Banks, Nathan Williams, Cai Parry, Marcus Banks ( Cian Pritchard 79`), Meilir Williams , Gerwyn Williams, Cai Jones, Caio Hughes, Gareth Jones-Evans (Gethin Williams 90`) Unused subs :- Craig Papyrnik(GK), Iddon Price, Kian Hughes, Jamie McDaid, Euron Roberts. Yellow cards :- Nathan Williams (81`), Caio Hughes (90`)

Dyfarnwr/Referee:- Elwyn Rhys Parry Cynorthwywyr/Assistants:- Rheinallt Davies, Ian Tuck

Torf / Attendance :- Not given but a fair estimate would be 250+

Treflyn Jones

14/01/23 Cynghrair JD Cymru North League Y Traeth 2.30pm

Noddwr / Match Sponsor: CARIAD CARE HOMES
Noddwyr y Bêl / Match Ball Sponsors: HAYDEN WILLIAMS Syrfewr Siardredig /Chartered Surveyors

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

MOLD ALEX .............................1
Danny Warren 11'

Porthmadog, to their credit, tried and tried and tried, and, despite a good, patient second-half showing, were just unable to pierce a resolute Mold defence and fired blanks for the third game in succession.

Port were first out of the blocks as a cross-cum-shot in the second minute by Meilir Williams narrowly evaded the Mold crossbar.

The opening exchanges were fairly even, but Mold looked a strong and dangerous side especially down the flanks. On ten minutes, the game`s only goal arrived. Caio Hughes was in the middle of a good move for Port on the edge of the box but the enterprising playmaker lost possession and Mold were quickly up the opposite end. Joe Ormrod calmly rolled the ball into the path of Danny Warren and the striker did the rest with an admirably placed finish to the left of Morgan Jones. 0-1 to the visitors.

Port came close to an equalizer three minutes later when Cai Jones` header from Caio Hughes` right wing cross went straight into the grateful arms of Mold keeper Quinlan. Then, on the half hour, the hosts produced one of the best moves of the match in which Meilir linked up beautifully with Gerwyn and Caio but his disappointingly tame shot rolled at a snail`s pace into Quinlan`s arms. Port must do do better with their shots!

Mold came close several times with well-worked moves which were thwarted by last-ditch challenges, but Port came close again when a well floated free kick by Cai Parry ended with a volley just past the upright by the industrious Cai Jones. Thus the half ended 0-1 in Mold`s favour.

Port played very well in the second half with well-judged passes yielding few scoring chances, whilst Mold continued to look threatening with their strong runs from midfield. Danny Warren came close to completing a double with a fine-looking overhead volley on 65 minutes.

Five minutes later, both teams were reduced to ten men when Harri Hughes and Haci Ozlu were involved in the softest of ‘handbags’ on the deck.. I have to say that the double sending-off showed a distinct lack of both discretion and common sense on the part of a referee who otherwise had had a very good game. Just let it go!!!

Port continued to probe with skill and patience but, in truth, we displayed little danger or threat in the opponents` box. It ended in a just- about merited victory for Mold whilst Port were left wondering where the next goal is coming from, let alone the next three points !

Never mind, Port will have another go at it this coming Tuesday night at 7.30 when we welcome Buckley Town to Y Traeth. Pen i fyny! Chin up!

Porthmadog :- Morgan Jones (GK), Stuart Rogers (Kian Hughes 83`) , Josh Banks, Nathan Williams, Cai Parry (Cian Pritchard 45`) Marcus Banks (Ben Fisher 45`), Williams (Jamie McDaid 73`), Gerwyn Williams, Cai Jones, Caio Hughes (Gethin Williams 74`), Harri Hughes, Unused subs:- Craig Papyrnik (GK), Iddon Price, Yellow card :- Josh Banks (21`), Gethin Williams (88`) Red card :- Harri Hughes (70`)

Mold Alex :- Elliot Quinlan (GK), Matthew Lewis, Haci Ozlu, Danny Warren ( E. Hickey 88`), Joe Ormrod (N. Mendoza 79`), Callum Freeman ( D. Doherty 61`), Alex Smith, Lee Emberton, Rhys Nash (capt.), Dafydd Griffith, Henry Nash. Yellow card :- Joe Ormrod (36`) Red card :- Haci Ozlu (70`) Unused subs :- H. Keeley, R. Coney, Jimmy Ellina

Dyfarnwr/Referee:- Aled Rhys Williams Cynorthwywyr/Assistants :-Tomos Huw Jones, Andrew Christopher Dogan

Torf / Attendance :- 256

Treflyn Jones

06/01/23 Cynghrair JD Cymru North League Y Traeth 7.30pm

Noddwr / Match Sponsor: Belyn Financial Services
Noddwyr y Bêl / Match Ball Sponsors: Heler Food Packaging

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

LLANDUDNO .........................2
Sam Jones 12''
Shaun Kavanagh 51'

A step in the right direction? Yes, most probably. Sure, the result was disappointing, especially considering our win at Maesdu in the corresponding fixture, but the performance was so much better than Monday`s debacle at high-flying Holywell. There was greater determination and more chances were created. Moreover, in the second half, the hosts were the better side. Sadly, however, it`s goals that count and, in many ways, the eventual result hinged on one glaring missed chance and two very debatable decisions by the match officials.

The visitors started much the brighter and Port`s defending was rather tentative during the opening exchanges. After only two minutes, Port`s keeper Morgan Jones was called into action to make a goal-line clearance from a good effort by a Llandudno attacker and a couple of minutes later, Julian Williams sent a free kick into the side netting. Then, after seven minutes, Port had their first half chance on a rapid breakaway but the left footed attempt by a strangely out-of-sorts Rhys Alun was far too tame to trouble Pearson in the Llandudno goal. The visitors continued to probe with their pacy front-runners and former Port favourite Joe Chaplin should have done better when sent clean through but his normally dependable first touch let him down on this occasion and the danger was averted. A minute later, however, the same player set up a slick one-two on the edge of the box and calmly slotted home under the onrushing Morgan Jones to give the visitors an early but deserved lead.

This lead was clearly the wake-up call that the hosts needed as Port gradually began to settle and for much of the remainder of the first period, they began to play very well indeed at times and put the Llandudno rearguard under pressure. On 32 minutes, Port were convinced that they had levelled the score. A high flick from a corner kick evaded the right hand of Pearson but the ball was thumped away…….off the goal line? No, beyond it according to players, supporters and even the mild-mannered interviewer for S4C programme ‘Cynefin’. So there! However, the distantly placed linesman was not interested and 0-1 it remained.

The home supporters must have looked forward to the second period with renewed optimism, but sadly, we conceded again on fifty minutes when another former Port goalgetter Shaun Cavanagh neatly sidefooted past Jones` right hand to polish off another brisk and incisive move. Clinical! 0-2 and Port had a mountain to climb. Fortunately, Port heads did not drop and on 57 minutes, Port had a huge and legitimate shout for a penalty when Gerwyn Williams was brought down by Pearson. But, somewhat inexplicably, all we got was a throw-in. Then, on the hour mark, Cai Parry sent in a glorious left-footed free-kick which produced an equally impressive one-handed save by the keeper. It was now end to end stuff in the squally conditions and, on seventy one minutes, it seemed as if Marcus Banks must score. However, Pearson saved with his legs and even with the keeper on his back, the young striker could not put his rebound away. A very bad miss.

The neutral would probably say that we deserved something from this match but we simply must learn to put our chances away……Llandudno style!!! Despite the negative result, there were many positives especially when one considers the admirable performances of our three debutantes, namely Caio Hughes (ex-Felinheli), Gerwyn Williams (ex-Dolgellau) and substitute centre-back Gruff Ellis formerly of Caernarfon Town. All three showed much promise, with Caio Hughes at times producing some pretty thrilling play. For me, he was man of the match by a country mile. It`s coming! Fe ddaw haul ar fryn!

Congratulations to Cai Jones for gaining the Player of the Month award for December. Da iawn, Cai! Port will next be in action on Y Traeth on Saturday 14th of January when we will entertain Mold Alex (Kick-off 2.30 ). Thanks for your continued support.

Porthmadog :- Morgan Jones (GK), Stuart Rogers, Josh Banks, Iddon Price (Gruff Ellis 54`), Cai Parry (Harri Hughes 71`), Marcus Banks (Meilir Williams 71`), Cai Jones, Caio Hughes, Rhys Alun (Gareth Jones-Evans 64`), Cian Pritchard ( Callum Parry 71`), Gerwyn Williams. Unused subs:- Ben Fisher, Sol Kempster.
Yellow cards :- Cai Parry (5`), Gareth Jones-Evans (65`), Gruff Ellis (79`).

Llandudno :- Shaun Pearson (GK and capt.), Morgan Owen, David Sinkinson, Mason Blackwell-Jones, Joe Chaplin (Sion Philips 82`), Shaun Cavanagh (Toby Jones 72`), Luke Smith, Julian Williams , Telor Williams, Sam Jones (E. Roberts 82`), Marc Williams (K.Edwards 90`+1`) + J. Bennett for Sion Philips (82`) Unused subs :- Richie Cowderoy (GK), Kieran Edwards, Isaac Carey.

Dyfarnwr/Referee:- Andy Harms Cynorthwywyr/Assistants :-Ryan Mark Hughes, Steven Roberts
Torf / Attendance 324

Treflyn Jones

02/01/23 Cynghrair JD Cymru North League, Halkyn Road Ground 2.00pm

HOLYWELL TOWN ....................4
Dave Forbes 18' (pen)
Danny Andrews38, 39''
Danny Sullivan 79'

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

Making a round trip of well over 120 miles to watch your favourite football team being somewhat outclassed does not amount to the most inspiring start to a new year. However, this was the fate that befell Port this afternoon and, looking back on the corresponding fixture back in October when Port were desperately unlucky to capitulate, did little to quash the disappointment of the travelling faithful, especially during a first half which was dominated totally by our fitter, faster and stronger hosts.

From a somewhat layman-ish point of view, it was also disappointing to see Port adopt such an obviously defensive attitude throughout the first period. Indeed, whereas Morgan Jones in the Port goal was a very busy man indeed, his counterpart Mitchell Jones for the Wellmen did not have a single save to make until the 50th minute. Port relied on clearances marked with the words ‘anywhere will do’ and inevitably this intensified the pressure on their overworked defenders whilst their frontrunners lost the ball far too easily. We were not sharp enough; we were not quick enough and we were not strong enough. Perhaps we should simplify things by saying that Holywell, on the day, were just so much better than us.

The hosts started very brightly, but it was not until the thirteenth minute that that our custodian Mister Jones was called into action when a left footed shot went straight into his arms low down. Then, on 18 minutes Holywell got a deserved but extremely fortuitous opener. A rocket of a shot hit a Port hand in the area albeit unavoidably and what did the referee do? Use a bit of discretion? Sympathy? Understanding? Common sense, even? Don`t make me laugh! He pointed to the spot with unhesitating cowardice. Dave Forbes hit his spot-kick firmly and it was brilliantly diverted onto the post by Jones. However, Forbes was alert enough to gobble up the rebound. 1-0 to Holywell.

Just past the half hour mark, Forbes was put clean through on goal but Morgan Jones thwarted him with a fine reflex save. A few minutes later, however, the game was pretty much all done and dusted. A long, determined run by full back Jake Cooke had the Port defence scrambling backwards and his pinpoint cross was well diverted into the goal by Danny Andrews. A minute later, the same player slotted home with the assistance of the upright at the end of another admirable move. 3-0 and Port needed snookers!

The Wellmen took that right foot ever so slightly off the accelerator pedal in the second half, thus giving Port a chance to show some quality at last. In the 50 th minute the never-say-die Rhys Alun got behind the Wellmen`s rearguard but his thumping low effort was well parried by Mitchell. Yes, this was our very first effort on target. Holywell continued to threaten with Ilan ap Gareth and Murray Morgan a constant thorn in our side. There were a couple of very good saves to admire from the excellent Morgan Jones, while, at the other end, Port were beginning to string

some pleasing moves together. On the hour mark, Port were forced into a good goal-line clearance but Holywell extended their lead in the seventieth minute when a floated corner kick deceived Jones somewhat in the flight and Danny Sullivan rose high and handsome to thump home a really good header.

Port continued to probe with determination and pace through subs Cian Pritchard and Harri Hughes, ably supported by Cai Jones and Cai Parry. Our very best move came in injury time when a patient and intricate build-up culminated in a fabulous 18 yard shot by Cian Pritchard. It had ‘goal!!!’ written all over it and Mitchell was well-beaten while the crossbar (curses!!!) had other ideas.

4-0 it ended and both the victory and margin thereof were well-merited. Are we too NICE? Are we too soft? Are we too small? Discuss!

We go again this coming Friday evening when we welcome high-fliers Llandudno to Y Traeth with a 7.30 kick-off. Daliwch i gredu .

Holywell Town :- Mitchell Jones (GK), Jake Cooke, Zebb Edwards, Kai Edwards (J. Norbury 79`), Daniel Sullivan, Thomas Bibby (K.Wallis 70`),Ilan ap Gareth, Dave Forbes (M. Winslade 70`), Daniel Andrews (O. Buckley 79`), Myles Hart, Morgan Murray (B. McGilloway76`) Unused subs :- A. Farren, M.Platt Yellow card :- Morgan Murray (70`)

Porthmadog :- Morgan Jones (GK), Stuart Rogers, Nathan Williams, Iddon Price (capt.), Ben Fisher (Sol Kempster 85`), Cai Parry, Marcus Banks (Jamie McDaid 59`), Meilir Williams ( Harri Hughes 59`), Callum Parry (Cian Pritchard 46`), Cai Jones , Rhys Alun. Unused sub :- Craig Papyrnik.

Dyfarnwr/Referee:- John Andrew Jones Cynorthwywyr/Assistants :- Connor Eoin Fowler, Richard Luke Dolphin
Torf / Attendance :- 321

Treflyn Jones

27/12/22 Cynghrair JD Cymru North League Y Traeth 1.30pm

Noddwr / Match Sponsor: GARY FALCONER Electricals
Noddwyr y Bêl / Match Ball Sponsors:Delyn Financial Services & Winnie Jones, Penmorfa

CPD PORTHMADOG .............. 3
Callum Parry 15`
Nathan Williams 34
Iddon Price 70'

CONWY BOROUGH ........................1
Rob Jones 80'

All day long, it rained and rained and rained. Fortunately, however, it also rained a few goals at Y Traeth this afternoon ,and, even more fortunately, they rained in Port`s favour, thus bringing to an end a miserable run of four consecutive league defeats. Indeed, our last win came at Y Morfa way back on October 29th against today`s opponents.

Honours were shared territorially for the opening ten minutes or so, although Conwy`s Conor Davies produced a dangerous low cross which had to be parried away with a full-length dive by Morgan Jones after four minutes. Then, two minutes later, a good-looking left footed drive by Cai Parry went narrowly past the upright for the hosts after good work by Cian Pritchard.

On the 15th minute mark, Port opened the scoring with a well-worked goal. After stirling work by Cai Jones in midfield, the ball found Josh Banks tearing down the left flank and his pin-point cross found the head of Callum Parry whose header was directed well wide of Bradley Farrar`s dive into the right hand corner of the net. 1-0 to Port.

Port came close again a few minutes later when a glorious 25 yard drive by Rhys Alun went narrowly past the upright. Conwy continued to threaten with promising moves involving Conor Davies, Craig Whelan and John Littlemore. Conor Davies let fly just over the bar for Conwy on 26 minutes and the hosts came very close to doubling their lead when a sweeping move involving Cai Parry and Rhys Alun put Callum Parry through on goal only for his shot to be blocked by a last ditch tackle.

On 34 minutes, Port doubled their money when Farrar parried a Cai Parry free-kick into the path of Nathan Williams who eventually prodded home after a mini goalmouth melee. 2-0 Port. It was Conwy, however, who had the last say before the break when they were foiled twice in quick succession; firstly when Morgan Jones saved well with his legs and subsequently when Conor Davies was unlucky to see his firm shot hit the crossbar.

The men from Y Morfa continued to threaten after the re-start, when, after barely three minutes John Littlemore came desperately close to halving the deficit when his shot went narrowly wide after a strong run into the box, and the same player drew a great save from Morgan Jones two minutes later. Yes, it was end to end at this early stage of the second period and shortly after these lucky escapes, it was the hosts` Rhys Alun`s turn to curse his luck, when after rounding the keeper, his shot was deflected away for a corner.

On 70 minutes, however, Port seemed to have put the game beyond the visitors` reach. A left-footed inswinging corner kick by Cai Parry was somehow flicked through a forest of legs into the net by Iddon Price and Port had a substantial cushion at last.

A few anxious moments ensued at both ends especially on 80` minutes when Conwy`s Rob Jones sent a glorious drive into the top corner of Jones` net to make it 3-1. There followed two disappointing misses by Meilir Williams for Port but the three points were safe and the run of defeats was halted……..and not before time.

Holywell Town will be our next opponents when we visit the extravagantly-named “Achieve More Training Centre” on Monday, January 2nd with a 2.00pm kick-off. Until then……….Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i ch i gyd/ A Happy New Year to you all.

Porthmadog :- Morgan Jones (GK), Stuart Rogers , Josh Banks (Jamie McDaid 65`), Nathan Williams, Iddon Price (capt.),Ifan Emlyn (Marcus Banks 65`), Cai Parry (Sol Kempster 89`), Callum Parry (Meilir Williams 54`), Cai Jones, Rhys Alun , Cian Pritchard (Harri Hughes 54`).
Yellow card :- Morgan Jones (66`) Unused subs :- Gethin Williams, Craig Papyrnik (GK)

Conwy Borough :- Bradley Farrar (GK), James Phillips, Moses Barnett, Iolo Hughes (capt.),Sean McCaffery, Conor Davies, Craig Whelan (Cian Tudur-Evans 57`), John Littlemore, Jack Jones (James Lansdowne 84`), Rob Jones (Alexander Roberts 82`), William Ashley (Macsen Rhys-Williams 57`) Unused sub :- Adam Buckley.
Yellow cards :- Craig Whelan (18`), Moses Barnett (33`)

Dyfarnwr/Referee:- Andy Harms Cynorthwywyr/Assistants :-Luke Allsop, Paul Stuart Ellis
Torf / Attendance :- 280

Treflyn Jones

06/12/22 Cynghrair JD Cymru North League, Community Centre Ground 7.30pm

GULSFIELD FC ....................4
Iwan Matthews 30', 34'
Callum Bromley 63'
Joe Haycock 77'

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

Port’s poor run of form continued at Guilsfield’s Community Centre Ground with the home team completing a double with an emphatic 4-0 score line. The result turned on events shortly after the half-hour mark when a Iwan Matthews brace put the Guils very much in charge and they added to this with further two goals in the second period.

It remained scoreless up to the half-hour mark when Iwan Matthews, who was also on the score sheet at the Traeth, struck to capitalise on Joe Cook’s assist and put the home side ahead. Then four minutes later Port’s hopes of breaking their sequence of disappointing results received a serious setback as Iwan Matthews struck again this time taking advantage of a Ben Guest assist to double the Guils advantage. That was how the scores remained at half-time.

Early in the 2nd period Port looked to the subs bench with Harri Hughes and Cai Parry being introduced but matters did not change substantially as shortly after the hour mark the Guils increased their advantage when Callum Bromley netted following another Joe Cook assist.

There was no way back for Port and Callum Bromley provided the assist for Joe Haycock to score the home team’s 4th and ensure a worrying homeward journey for the travelling support.

On Sunday afternoon Port, at home to Buckley Town, will look to pick themselves up and make another attempt to break this poor run of results.

The Guils and Port have had contrasting runs of form so far this season. Whereas Guilsfield started poorly, and then their excellent recent form has lifted them to the top half of the table, Port started well recording fine wins over top five clubs Prestatyn and Llandudno but recently that form has deserted them and a revival of that form is needed to avoid being drawn into a relegation battle.

Porthmadog: Morgan Jones, Ben Fisher ((Cian Pritchard 70’), Josh Banks, Stuart Rogers, Nathan Williams, Ifan Emlyn, Gareth Jones Evans (Cai Parry 56’), Meilir Williams (Gethin Williams 70’), Callum Parry (Harri Hughes 56’), Rhys Alun.
Yellow: Callum Parry 25’, Cai Jones 87’,

Guilsfield: R Williams, Callum Bromley (A Lloyd 79’), J Richards (S Parrish 45’), Chris Cathrall, B Woollan, J Hyme, Iwan Matthews (K Capner 77’), J Astley, Joe Cook, Ben Guest, Joe Haycock.
Yellow: S Parrish 45’+1’.

Torf / Attendance: 90



26/11/22 Cynghrair JD Cymru North League Y Traeth 2.30pm

Noddwr / Match Sponsor: GREY SLATE & STONE
Noddwr y Bêl / Match Ball Sponsors:

CPD PORTHMADOG .............. 1
Meilir Williams 22`

GUILSFIELD ........................2
Iwan Matthews 66`
Joe Cook 90’+3'

A less than jovial Port supporter was heard saying this at the end of the match:- “Perhaps we should ask the refs to play 85 minutes only!” Not for the first time this season, Port contrived to capitulate deep into injury time much to the anguish of their loyal followers. However, even the most partisan home fan would have to concede that Guilsfield`s slender victory was a deserved one in the end.

The first half-chance of the match fell to Port`s Ifan Emlyn as he took on a thumping 30 yard volley after a faulty clearance by Robbie Williams in goal who managed to scramble back into position to make the save.This was followed by a timely interception in the Port box by Josh Banks and, a few minutes later, the same player did very well to clear a thumping header by the visitors` Iwan Matthews off the line. It was end to end stuff by now and a glorious drive by Gareth Jones-Evans went narrowly past Williams` upright.

As Port were beginning to find their feet, they opened the scoring with a cracking goal in the 21st minute. A fine pass by Ifan Emlyn put Meilir Williams through on goal, and spotting the keeper off his line, sent in a glorious volley high into the corner of the net.

There followed a fair few anxious moments for the home defence particularly when Jamie Hyne failed to connect with a free header with the goal at his mercy and soon after, Morgan Jones made a good point blank save with his legs as Guilsfield ended the half strongly. However, 1-0 it remained at the half way mark with all to play for.

The visitors started the second period with much the same vigour and pace that they had displayed at the end of the first half and it was little surprise when they equalized in the 66th minute, albeit due to shocking defending by the Port rearguard. The ball into the box could and should have been cleared but catastrophic hesitancy ultimately provided Iwan Matthews with the simplest of tap-ins to ensure a nail-biting last 25 minutes.

Port did come close a minute later when substitute Cai Jones put Rhys Alun through but his shot lacked conviction and Williams made a fingertip save diving to his left. As for the closing minutes, it was Guilsfield in the main who looked the more threatening. But, just as the game seemed to be petering out into a 1-1 draw, up stepped Jake Cook to by-pass a defender before sending a glorious right-footed drive from 20 yards way beyond Morgan Jones to make it 2-1 in the ninety-third minute. It was a sickener all right but it had been

We are a well-supported team but where oh where is the next win coming from? Our next game will be the 2nd part of our double header with Guilsfield away on Tuesday 6th December with a 7.30pm kick off.

Porthmadog :- Morgan Jones (GK), Josh Banks, Stuart Rogers, Iddon Price (capt.), Ifan Emlyn, Gareth Jones-Evans (Ben Fisher 82`), Meilir Williams (Callum Parry 58`), Rhys Alun, Cian Pritchard (Cai Parry 58`), Nathan Williams, Harri Hughes (Cai Jones 66`). Unused subs :- Sol Kempster, Gethin Williams.

Guilsfield:- Robbie Williams (GK), Callum Bromley, Jolyon Harries (capt.)(Jack Richards 84`), Chris Cathrall, Benjamin Woollam, Jamie Hyne, Iwan Matthews, Jake Cook, Ben Guest, Andrew Ford (Aaron Lloyd 84`), Joe Haycock (Spencer Parrish 90`) Unused sub:- Kyle Capner. Yellow Card :- Josh Cook (73`)

Dyfarnwr/Referee:- Andy Harms Cynorthwywyr/Assistants :- Andrew Dogan , Rheinallt Davies
Torf / Attendance :- 258

Treflyn Jones

19/11/22 Cynghrair JD Cymru North League, Globe Way 2.00pm

BUCKLEY TOWN ....................3
Dan Burgess 5'
Jake Roberts 55'
N Williams (og)67'

CPD PORTHMADOG ....................1
Meilir Williams 72'

A disappointing result at Globe Way this afternoon, on a heavy pitch which Port failed to get to terms with in the opening half.

. It took Buckley only 5 minutes to open the scoring in an otherwise, very uneventful first half. A cross from former Port forward Asa Hamilton, was headed towards goal by Daniel Burgess and despite the Port players protests, the assistant referee judged that the ball had crossed the line to make it 1-0 for the home team.

. Morgan Jones in the Port goal kept Port in the game with numerous saves including with his feet to deny the Buckley attackers.

. Port suffered a double injury blow after 30 minutes as Cai Jones (hamstring) and Gethin Maxwell (knee) both had to leave the field and had to be replaced by Jamie McDaid and Stuart Rogers. Thia, added to key players Ifan Emlyn and leading scorer Rhys Alun missing from the starting line-up as well as longer term absentee Alex Boss, gave a big hint to the travelling support that this was not going to be Port’s day,

. They did finish the 1st half with a couple of corner kicks but these were dealt with by Buckley's defence. .

. Port started the 2nd half as though they meant business with numerous attacks but the goals failed to materialise. .

. But at the other end, with 54 minutes on the clock, Buckley's Josh Jones' came close to doubling the home team’s advantage but his shot went narrowly past the post and this should of been a warning to Port, for a minute later a through ball from Asa Hamilton put Jake Roberts in on goal to slot the ball past Morgan Jones and make it 2-0.

. Cian Pritchard and Harri Hughes came on as substitutes to add some pace and energy as Port tried to get back in the match.

. But things only got got worse for the visitors on 66 minutes, as Buckley attacked down the wing and the resulting cross was turned in by defender Nathan Williams past the helpless Morgan Jones to make it 3-0.

. There was a glimmer of hope for Port on 72 minutes as Jamie McDaid's pass gave Meilir Williams an opportunity and, from an angle, he took full advantage to reduce the arrears and make it 3-1. .

. 6 minutes later and it could have been a 2nd Port goal as Meilir struck the post, again from an angle, and Cian Pritchard's effort was blocked in the box. .

. On 87 minutes Buckley’s Sam McCormick broke free but his shot was tipped over the bar by Morgan Jones.

. Port persisted to the end and with a minute of the 90’ left, Cian Pritchard's curled effort went narrowly past the post, much to the relief of McHarrie in the Buckley goal. .

. The defeat sees Port slip one place to 8th in the table and, such is the congestion in mid-table, that a win could have moved them up to 5th place.

. Next Saturday Guilsfield visit Y Traeth for a 2.30pm kick off and with Port on a run of 3 defeats in the last four games, a win and 3pts becomes a more urgent matter to maintain the encouraging start made to life back in the Cymru North.

. CPD Porthmadog: Morgan Jones, Ben Fisher (Harry Hughes 59'), Josh Banks, Iddon Price, Marcus Banks, Gethin Maxwell (Stuart Rogers 33'), Meilir Williams, Callum Parry, Cai Jones (Jamie McDaid 33'), Cai Parry (Cian Pritchard 59'), Nathan Williams. Unused subs: Craig Papirnyk, Rhys Alun, Sol Kempster. Yellow:Callum Pary 47'

Buckley: J McHarrie, L Douglas, Iwan Jones, J Jones, D Burgess, K Moore, P Hinchcliffe (D Roberts 77'), Aled Bellis (M Moore 77'), Asa Hamilton, Sam McCormick, J Roberts.Unused subs: J O'Connor, F Clough,J Hitchen, R Lima Texeira. Yellow: Sam McCormick 18'. P Hinchcliffe 47'.

Dyfarnwr / Referee: R L Wright Cynorthwywyr/ Assistants: Katie Hannah, Harvey Smallman
Torf / Attendance: 209

Dylan Rees

05/11/22 Cynghrair JD Cymru North League Y Traeth 2.30pm

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CPD PORTHMADOG .............. 1
Rhys Alun 36`

CEFN DRUIDS ................... 2
Joshua Lock 16`
Callum Stephens (66’)`

At the end of an evenly fought contest at Y Traeth, Port`s so-so home form was further underlined as a skilful Cefn Druids outfit went home happy with all three points in the bag. It could have gone either way but the Druids were just that little bit more clinical than the hosts in front of goal.

Following an uneventful opening ten minutes, the first chance fell to Adam Stephens as he shot into the side-netting from a narrow angle. A few minutes later, a good move involving Marcus Banks and and Cai Jones came to nothing as Cai`s dangerous low cross just evaded our seemingly well-placed attackers.

The visitors opened the scoring on 16 minutes when the dangerous Adam Stephens found himself in space and released Joshua Lock who shot confidently past Morgan Jones. There then followed a period of attacks by both sides without creating much in terms of clear chances but a 30 yard rocket by the Druids` Phil Mooney went very narrowly past Morgan Jones` right hand post. Two minutes later, Port`s Rhys Alun came desperately close to an equalizer when keeper Michael Jones saved well with his knees after Rhys had evaded two defenders on the by-line. On the half-hour mark, both Callum Parry and Josh Banks came close with far post headers from set pieces.

Yes, Port were getting closer and closer to a leveller and it duly arrived after 35 minutes when a great cross by Callum Parry from the right flank was volleyed home first time past Jones who got hand to hit but was beaten by the pace of the shot as it crept over the line. The half ended all square at one apiece.

At the start of the second half, Port`s Morgan Jones was forced into an excellent save off a 12 yard drive before Port sub Cian Pritchard`s on-target left foot drive was comfortably saved. Port were stringing together some promising attacks at this stage and Druids` keeper had to be very quick off his line to block an attempted lob by Rhys Alun. A minute later, Rhys forced the visiting keeper into a wonderful diving save following a lay-off by Cian.

After the hosts had shown so much promise in attack, it was somewhat against the run of play when Druids regained the lead on 66 minutes as Callum Stephens put the finishing touch to a fine counter-attack as he calmly side-footed past the helpless Morgan Jones.

Port threw everything into attack as the clock agonisingly ticked down . A thirty yard piledriver by Ifan Emlyn appeared to be on target until it was deflected for a corner and last week`s hero Jamie McDaid fired over left-footed when well-placed from an assist by Rhys Alun.

Towards the end , the Druids produced a couple of dangerous breakaways and Port were a little fortunate to prevent themselves going further behind. 2-1 it ended in the visitors` favour at the end of an absorbing tussle for the neutral spectator and Port now find themselves in seventh place in the Cymru North.

Port will next be in action on November 19th when we travel to Buckley Town for another league encounter. Fe ddaw haul ar fryn ! Llongyfarchiadau / Congratulations to Iddon Price for winning the Player Of The Month award for October. Da iawn, Iddon .

Porthmadog :- Morgan Jones (GK), Gareth Jones-Evans (Ben Fisher 76’), Josh Banks, Iddon Price (Capt.), Ifan Emlyn, Marcus Banks (Cian Pritchard 45’), Gethin Maxwell, Callum Parry (Meilir Williams 65’), Cai Jones (Jamie McDaid 65’), Rhys Alun, Nathan Williams.
Subs Not Used: Sol Kempster, Cai Parry, Stuart Rogers.
Yellow Cards: Gethin Maxwell (59’), Nathan Williams (90+2’)

Cefn Druids: Michael Jones (GK), Daniel Cabral, Nicholas Grogan, Steffan Jones, Phillip Mooney, Danny Edwards, Adam Stephens, Joshua Lock (N/A 81’), Joshua Roseberry-Beamond (N/A 59’), Callum Stephens, Thomas Riley.
Subs Not Used:C. Dutton, E. Durnell, O. Williams.
Yellow Cards: Joshua Roseberry-Beamond (19’), N.A. (25’), Nicholas Grogan (36’), Daniel Cabral(42’)

Dyfarnwr/Referee: Mark James
Cynorthwywyr/Assistants: Rheinallt Davies, Rhys Llywelyn Williams.

Torf / Attendance :- 234

Treflyn Jones

29/10/22 Cynghrair JD Cymru North League 2.30pm

CONWY BOROUGH ....................0

CPD PORTHMADOG ............... 2
Jamie McDaid 86', 90+3'

At the end of a very even and absorbing game between nearest neighbours Conwy and Port, the visitors clinched victory in the dying minutes courtesy of two goals on the counter-attack by super-sub Jamie McDaid very soon after he had entered the fray.

On a challenging playing surface, it was Conwy who were first to settle and, after barely six minutes, could well have taken the lead when a poor clearance by Morgan Jones was blocked by former Port favourite John Littlemore. The burly striker was in a ‘must score’ situation, but Jones more than redeemed himself with an excellent save diving to his left.

On eleven minutes, Port`s Alex Boss had to be stretchered off after sustaining a bad leg injury and was replaced by Marcus Banks. Best wishes to the skillful ‘Bossy’ on a speedy recovery.

Littlemore was again on target on 26`, but his 15 yard effort went straight into Jones` gloves and thereafter, Port started to settle into some semblance of rhythm. On the half hour mark, the visitors set up their first goalscoring chance, when, after great work by Rhys Alun down the right flank, Marcus Banks pulled off the footballing equivalent of “a swing and a miss from 15 yards due to a bad bobble off the turf. Very soon after, Cai Evans blasted over the bar for Conwy when well-placed and the tricky Craig Whelan`s low shot drifted narrowly past the upright.

Port next came close on 37` when a teasing low cross by Rhys Alun was very well-read and gathered by goalkeeper Brad Farrar. And so, a territorially even half ended goalless even though the Musselmen had created a few more chances than Port.

The second half continued in much the same vein as the first with both sides giving as good as they got but Port were beginning to show more promise and threat in attack. Indeed, on the hour mark, it took a good save by Farrar to prevent Cai Jones from scoring following an excellent one-two with Marcus Banks. It was then Rhys Alun`s turn to lift the ball over the bar after a telling pass from Cai. Then, Conwy came close when Whelan attempted an audacious chip over Jones but it sailed narrowly over the bar. Much of this action took place during a fifteen minute deluge of rain. Rhys Alun then came very close when he defeated the off-side trap but he was denied by an excellent one handed save by Farrar.

Port, towards the end, started to rely more and more on the long ball (a decision which would normally be criticized here!!!) and this proved ultimately to be Conwy`s undoing. On 86`, a splendid, low defence-splitting pass by Ifan Emlyn found Jamie McDaid in space and he placed his left-footed first-timer past the onrushing Farrar to the delight of the Port faithful. Then, deep into injury time, the same player put the icing on the cake when a similar long pass by Iddon Price was beautifully dummied by Rhys Alun. The striker this time rounded the keeper and slotted home into the unguarded net. Game over …… and as the modest Cofi said at the end :- “Happy days…….pawb yn hapus !” Very well put indeed.

Conwy Borough:- Brad Farrar (GK), Adam Buckley, Moses Barnett, Iolo Hughes, Sean McCaffery, Macsen Rhys Williams, Craig Whelan (A. Forbes 81`), Cian Tudur Evans (F. Arkwright 71`), John Littlemore (C.Williams 71`), Conor Davies, William Ashley.
Subs not used:- Harry Parkes-Smith, Ryan Boddis, Bradley Williams, Tomas Cardias-Williams.
Yellow Cards:- Conor Davies (10`)

Porthmadog:- Morgan Jones (GK), Gareth Jones-Evans (Harri Hughes 57`), Josh Banks, Iddon Price, Ifan Emlyn, Gethin Maxwell (Stuart Rogers 84`), Meilir Williams (Cian Pritchard 57`), Cai Jones, Alex Boss (Marcus Banks 16` + Jamie McDaid 84`), Rhys Alun, Nathan Williams.
Subs not used:- Callum Parry, Ben Fisher.
Yellow Cards:- Gareth Jones-Evans (38`), Ifan Emlyn (90+2`)

Dyfarnwr/Referee:- Conor Charlton-Fleming Cynorthwywyr/Assistants:- Ian Tuck, David Griffiths
Torf / Attendance :- Not given. ( A fair estimate would be close on 200???)

Treflyn Jones

22/10/22 Cynghrair JD Cymru North League 2.30pm

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CPD PORTHMADOG .............. 2
Gethin Maxwell 4`
Rhys Alun 36`

Holywell Town ................... 3
Zebb Edwards 52`
Daniel Edwards 68`
Oliver Buckley 90`

Not for the first time this season, Port let slip a two-goal advantage to lose the match at the death. Ultimately, the hosts had only themselves to blame as two defensive errors in the second half handed the victory to a very physical Holywell Town outfit who, regrettably, displayed a win-at-all-costs mentality and not always in a good way.

The visitors started well and came close to opening the scoring in the first minute when the tricky Morgan Murray hit a close range effort into the side-netting at the end of a fine move.

Three minutes later, however, Port opened the scoring with a well-directed header by Gethin Maxwell from a pin-point cross from the right flank by Gareth Jones-Evans. Subsequently, Holywell continued to press, and, Morgan Jones pulled off a fine save with his outstretched leg to thwart the dangerous Murray and did even better on 14 minutes when he palmed away a good header by Tom Bibby at the expense of a corner. Then, on the half hour mark he had to be alert to divert a great header by Danny Sullivan over the bar.

After surviving these anxious moments, Port managed to string several promising moves together on the edge of the Wellmen`s box without seriously testing their keeper. However, it was a Route One approach which brought about Port`s next goal as Rhys Alun successfully chased down a long clearance and, after a lucky ricochet, calmly avoided keeper Mitchell Jones to roll the ball home into the empty net. 2-0 to Port and thus the score remained at half time. Port could count themselves slightly fortunate to go in two goals to the good but both were very well-taken goals.

Holywell, unsurprisingly came out with determination for the second half, and their powerful approach play gave them a foothold in the fiftieth minute. Morgan Jones had to parry away a dangerous cross. Zebb Edwards picked up the bits by beating a defender and dispatching a glorious left-foot shot into the top corner.1-2

The Wellmen continued to press and Port looked rather ragged and disjointed at this juncture with far too many passes going astray. Even when they got to the edge of the opponents` box, they failed to get a serious effort on target. Increasingly, you felt that an equalizer was coming and come it did in the 68th minute courtesy of some kamikaze defending. A Port defender did well to dispossess his opponent in the box but rather than clearing the ball to safety chose to prod.

it too heavily and was promptly pick-pocketed by Danny Andrews who needed no second invitation to sidefoot home past Morgan Jones. 2-2…..oh dear!!...again!

Port must have felt they were in with a chance in the seventieth minute when the visitors` Dave Forbes was shown a straight red card following the intervention of the assistant referee. The reason for the sending off, however, remains unclear.

The game from then on descended into an ugly affair of haranguing the officials and a sordid stream of professional fouls (despicable term !), with the visitors being the main culprits. But, even with ten men, Holywell looked the more dangerous team and you have to give them substantial credit for that.

In the ninetieth minute, Holywell put the icing on the cake when a defensive mix up involving Euron and Morgan allowed the tenacious Oliver Cameron to tap home from just inside the box to put the visitors ahead for the first time in the match.

Next Saturday, Port will travel to our nearest neighbours Conwy Borough for another league encounter. Better luck this time perhaps.

Porthmadog :- Morgan Jones (GK), Gareth Jones-Evans (Euron Roberts 76`), Josh Banks, Iddon Price,(Nathan Williams43`), Ifan Emlyn (Marcus Banks 58`), Gethin Maxwell, Callum Parry ( Alex Boss 76`), Cai Jones, Rhys Alun, Cian Pritchard (Meilir Williams 45`), Harri Hughes. Unused subs :- Stuart Rogers, Cai Henshaw
Red card ( Craig Papyrnik, team manager), Yellow cards :- Morgan Jones (35`), Gareth Jones Evans (54`), Rhys Alun (36`)

Holywell Town :- Mitchell Jones (GK), Jake Cooke, Zebb Edwards, Kai Edwards, Daniel Sullivan, Thomas Bibby (M.Winslade 60`), Ilan ap Gareth (K. Wallis 77`), Dave Forbes, Daniel Andrews (Capt. ), Haci Ozlu (Oliver Buckley 89`), Morgan Murray (B. McGilloway 77`) Unused subs :- Michael Platt, Elliot Lloyd, Kai Wallis. Red card :- Dave Forbes ( 70`),
Yellow cards :- Thomas Bibby (56`), Morgan Murray (66`), Jake Cooke (74`), Daniel Sullivan (75`), Zebb Edwards (75`)

Dyfarnwr/Referee:-Andy Harms Cynorthwywyr/Assistants:-Charley Louise Smith, Glenn Michael Gray. Goruchwyliwr/Referee Observer :- Gareth Lloyd
Torf / Attendance :- 348

Treflyn Jones

18/10/22 Welsh Blood Service League Cup (Northern), Round 2, k.o.:- 7.30
Venue :- Alyn Park, Yr Wyddgrug / Mold

MOLD ALEX ..........................2
Morgan Jones (og) 59'
Dave Warren 59'

CPD PORTHMADOG ..............4
Rhys Alun 15',72'
Cian Pritchard 37'
Stuart Rogers 79'

Port edged a six goal thriller in heroic fashion at a cold Alyn Park tonight to put themselves deservedly into the semi final of the League Cup. The win was achieved through a never-say-die approach which yielded four truly memorable goals against a skillful and pacy Mold side. However, it was the visitors who created the first goalscoring chance after 4 minutes when Rhys Alun`s left-footer was palmed away by Quinlan with nobody on hand to snaffle the rebound.

A few minutes later, Port enjoyed one of a series of anxious moments when Morgan Jones had to palm away a high ball and a powerful follow-up effort was charged down. Barely two minutes later, Mold`s Dominic Doherty was sent clean through and his goal-bound effort was saved by Morgan Jones outstretched right leg. Then, with thirteen minutes on the clock, the hosts went closer still when a towering header clattered against the crossbar and was followed by a frantic clearance.

On fourteen minutes, it was marginally against the run of play when Port opened the scoring. A long clearance by Morgan Jones found Rhys Alun in space on the left flank. He had the beating of his marker and let fly high into the top corner past Quinlan from a tight angle. What a goal!This gave Port confidence and their attacks increased in terms of frequency and threat level. Mold also continued to threaten with pacy runs and those ever dangerous corner kicks.

On 36 minutes, Port came close when a great through ball by Callum Parry found Harri Hughes in the box but his worthy first timer was parried away for a corner by Quinlan. A minute later, however, Port gave themselves a cushion (or did they?!!) when Cian Pritchard struck home an absolute blinder. At the end of an intricate move, he wrong-footed his marker before letting fly with a glorious left-footer into the corner of the net to put Port 2-0 up and thus it remained at the interval.

It was no surprise that Mold continued to attack with sometimes frightening pace after the break but Port looked comfortable and defended with admirable composure…..until….that crazy 59th minute when the hosts reduced the deficit in somewhat bizzare fashion. A corner from the right was well caught under his bar by Morgan but he was subsequently adjudged to have carried the ball over the line and the goal was awarded courtesy of the exceptional eyesight of linesperson Katie Hannah. Then, less than a minute later, a pin-point cross by Doherty found the head of Danny Warren who thumped it home with the force of many a shot. 2-2…Oh dear!

One of the Mold coaching staff at this stage yelled :- “Come on, lads! Let`s go for it…..these are BOTTLERS!” Maybe this was the spur that Port needed as they refused to buckle. Rather, they regained the lead on 72 minutes. After a superb run by GJE, the ball found the tireless Rhys Alun who forcibly beat his marker and dispatched a tremendous shot into the roof of the net. It was now end-to-end stuff

and it felt like that horrible childhood experience of watching Doctor Who from behind the sofa. However, on 79`, Port nerves were settled. At the end of a determined run by Cai Jones, his pass released Rhys Alun on the left flank this time and his accurate pass found sub Stuart Rogers who side-footed powerfully from 15 yards past the helpless Quinlan for another picture goal and a lead of 4-2. Thus it ended and the Mold hoodoo was exorcised…for now! Bendigedig, bois bach!

Port will be at Y Traeth this coming Saturday when we will entertain Holywell Town in a league encounter . Kick-off 2.30.

Yr Wyddgrug / Mold Alex :- Elliot Quinlan (GK), Matthew Lewis, Sion McHugh ( Ryan Coney 66`), Thomas Edwards ( Ellis Hickey 81`), Steve Watkins, Dominic Doherty, Danny Warren, Joe Ormrod, Rhys Nash (Callum Freeman 81`), Dafydd Griffith , Henry Nash (Alexander Smith 81`).
Yellow card :- Ellis Hickey (91`)

Porthmadog :- Morgan Jones (GK), Gareth Jones-Evans, Josh Banks, Iddon Price, Ifan Emlyn, Gethin Maxwell (Jamie McDaid 55`), Callum Parry ( Stuart Rogers 65`), Cai Jones, Rhys Alun (Euron Roberts 87`), Cian Pritchard (Alex Boss 55`), Harri Hughes.
Yellow cards :- Gareth Jones-Evans (88`). Note :- There was another booking in the 1st half for Port but it was not noted on the app.

Dyfarnwr / Referee :- Richard Lee Wright Cynorthwywyr/ Assistants :- Vaughan Harding, Katie Hannah.
Torf / Attendance :- 96

Treflyn Jones

30/09/22 Cynghrair JD Cymru North League 7.30pm

LLANDUDNO ....................0

Rhys Alun 47'

Port probably exceeded most people`s expectations tonight as they defeated title contenders Llandudno in an absorbing match. The contest was settled with a tap-in by Rhys Alun two minutes after the interval in front of a commendable crowd at the OPS Wind Arena to send Port fans home in a state bordering on ecstacy.

The opening fifteen minutes or so were pretty even-stevens but Port enjoyed an almighty let-off after only seven minutes when the pacy Sam Jones slammed his first-time effort onto the inside of the post with Morgan Jones well-beaten at the end of a brisk counter-attack by the hosts. But, fortunately for Port`s custodian, the ball bounced away to safety.

A few minutes later, the equally fleet-of-foot Alex Boss made a quick break down the left flank into the hosts` territory but his dangerous cross narrowly evaded Rhys Alun`s right boot. We had to wait until the nineteenth minute for Port`s first clear-cut opportunity when a great through ball by GJE sent Callum Parry clean through with only keeper Shaun Pearson to beat, but his lob was too strong and it sailed over the bar. Then on 34 minutes, Cai Jones found himself in space in the Llandudno box only to send his shot straight at the grateful Pearson. Cai unfortunately injured himself in this passage of play and was promptly replaced by Meilir Williams.

For much of the first half, the play in territorial terms was fairly even but Port were beginning to show more threat in front of goal as the half wore on. Four minutes before the interval, Iddon Price made a rare foray into the Llandudno box only for his shot from fifteen yards to beat both keeper and crossbar.Then, on the stroke of half time, it was Meilir Owen`s turn but his effort from a difficult angle was well-saved by Pearson`s full-length dive to his right and the half ended goalless.

Two minutes into the second half, Port achieved their breakthrough. After stirling work by Alex Boss on the right flank, the ball found Meilir Williams on the by-line and his low cross found Rhys Alun in space. The blond bomber`s initial effort was blocked by the keeper but he made no mistake with the rebound as he tapped the ball home to open the scoring to the delight of our travelling supporters.

From then on, the game opened up and we were treated to a thrilling and often nail-biting end-to-end affair. Indeed, barely a minute after the opener, a brilliant header by Marc Williams from a corner on the right came close to producing an equalizer. In the final fifteen minutes, Port were forced to defend with courage and resilience as Llandudno came forward with wave after wave of attacks. It took a last-ditch clearance by Josh Banks to thwart one of these bombardments and, a minute later, Morgan Jones pulled off a fantastic one-handed save to prevent a certain goal. It wasn`t all Llandudno, however, as Callum Parry was guilty of missing with a free header after great work again by Alex Boss. Then, with 90 minutes on the clock, substitute Cian Pritchard with another mature and fearless ten-minute cameo, brought out the very best in Tudno`s keeper as he saved a ten yard thunderbolt from Pensyflog`s Messi.

Port fans had to endure further panics and palpitations, but, eventually, the ref blew that final whistle and Port had produced a result that will be something of an eye-opener for other sides in the Cymru North. Moreover, we now climb into fourth place. Pretty good!

Port will have to wait until October 18th for the next game when we travel to Mold for a second round encounter of the League Cup with a 7.30 kick-off.

Llandudno :- Shaun Pearson (GK), Morgan Owen, McKenzie Slaven (D. Sinkinson 69`), Gareth Evans, Mason Blackwell-Jones (J. Brewerton 90+1`), Shaun Cavanagh, Danny Brookwell (T. Jones 74`), Luke Smith, Telor Williams, Samuel Jones (Julian Williams 69`), Marc Williams.
Yellow card:- Luke Smith (72`). Unused subs :- James Roberts (GK), William Owen-Ford.

Porthmadog :- Morgan Jones (GK), Gareth Jones-Evans, Josh Banks, Idon Price(capt.), Ifan Emlyn, Gethin Maxwell, Callum Parry, Cai Jones ( Meilir Williams 36`), Alex Boss (Cian Pritchard 83`), Rhys Alun (Stuart Rogers 82`), Harri Hughes. Unused subs :- Craig Papyrnik(GK), Cai Henshaw, Sol Kempster, Marcus Banks.
Yellow cards :- Harri Hughes (79`), Gareth Jones-Evans (89`)

Dyfarnwr/Referee:- Alex David Livesey Cynorthwywyr/ Assistants:- Luke Allsop, Alun Jones
Torf / Attendance :- 412

Treflyn Jones


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