WITH yet another week of the Kon X Anglesey League action having taken place over the weekend, AFEFootballNews gives you the latest lowdown on what occurred on Saturday afternoon.
Due to there being an odd number of teams in the league, Bodorgan had some time off this Saturday, but the other eight teams participated in the four matches that took place and there were come cracking performances.
The massive top of the table clash between Bryngwran Bulls and Mynydd Tigers certainly didn’t disappoint, whilst bottom of the table sides Llandegfan and Llangoed and District Reserves battled it out in a thriller as they attempted to earn their first points of the season.
Here’s how each game panned out …
Arriva Bangor 3-5 Valley Athletic
Newcomers Arriva Bangor tasted defeat in their season opener despite a decent performance at home to a strong and experienced Valley Athletic side.
Mathew Jones (2) and Scott Hughes scored in “The Busmen’S” first ever appearance in a Saturday League competition and despite really taking it to the far more experienced Valley team, their efforts proved to be in vain eventually.
A Dave Webb double alongside an own goal and goals from the talented Mike Williams and Barry Roberts were enough to give the visitors all three points as they continued their rich vein of form.
Arriva manager Kev Jones had been looking forward to seeing his side get started in North Wales sixth division and by this showing, although their were defensive fragilities at times, he should be proud of the way the played.
The high-scoring contest between two teams who should be worlds apart in terms of quality, just proved that Arriva Bangor, although previously a Sunday League side, may not be pushovers in “better” league this season. Valley on the other hand now sit at the top of the Anglesey League and look as though they could most certainly go on to lift the trophy and earn promotion to the Gwynedd League come the end of the season.
Bryngwran Bulls 6-2 Mynydd Tigers
As expected, the league’s two front runners put on a match to remember as the Bulls put an end to the Tigers’ unbeaten run in exciting circumstances.
After last week’s disappointing 3-2 defeat at the hands of Caergybi, the home side wanted to make sure that there was no mistakes this time around. It couldn’t have got off to a worse start however.
Mynydd charged into a 2-0 lead after just 15 minutes after a Arron Roberts penalty and an own goal put the visitors into a commanding lead.
Bryngwran woke up after that second goal went in though and started giving Mynydd some serious problems on the attack. The breakthrough finally came on the half hour mark as John Earnshaw swept the ball in from the left and Tony Meyer smashed the ball in from close range. Two minutes later, they were level as James Ryan scored with a great finish.
On 38 minutes, the turn around was complete when Matty Roberts finished neatly from a Arwyn Williams ball. 3-2 at half time and the ball was well and truly in Bull’s court.
The home side’s momentum carried through into the second half and the fourth goal came on 55 minutes when James Ryan struck his second of the match with a superb left footed strike from 18 yards out.
Mynydd’s number 9 saw red and after constant verbal abuse throughout the game, he was sent off for a stamping on one of Bryngwran’s players.
After this, the Bulls were well and truly in charge of the game and the chances kept on coming. Substitute Barry Edwards got off the mark with a good finish to make it five. Edwards continued to be a nuisance and scored two more goals, but both were ruled out for offside.
Matty Roberts, completed the rout on 82 minutes after he finished neatly once again to bag himself a brace and the Man of the Match award.
An impressive win for Bryngwran left the Mynydd Tigers coaching team frustrated and infuriated. A Facebook post on the official Mynydd Tigers Senior side’s page read: “After going down to 10 men the game was over and finished 6-2. An unacceptable performance all round and the goals conceded were the stuff of U12s football – we go again next week.”
Next up for Valley is league newcomers Arriva Bangor FC at home, whilst Mynydd will be looking to bounce back in their home match against Caergybi FC.
Caergybi 4-1 Pentraeth Reserves
Caergybi continued their good form as they put Pentraeth Reserves to the sword at Millbank.
The visitors almost scored on five minutes with Tom Adamek’s header flying just over the bar. Just minutes later Dafydd Edwards (Caergybi) forced a fine save from Pentraeth goalkeeper Barry Walker.
To everyone’s surprise, it was the visitors who took the lead when Jack Diamond scored. Elliot Patterson equalised for Caergybi on the half hour from a well placed free kick.
It could have been even worse for Caergybi, but for a fine save from Jamie Kiely who denied a good attempt just before half time. Minutes later though, Jack Roberts scored Caergybi’s second goal to put the home side 2-1 up at the break.
In the second half, the chances continued.
Man of the match Konner Druce narrowly a missed goal with a header just going over the bar, but on 53 minutes he managed to score Caergybi’s third goal. He was denied another goal soon after due to a great save from Walker once again.
Caergybi forward Luke Mckittrick was unlucky not to score as his great effort hit the post on the hour mark. Pentraeth’s Jack Diamond also saw his effort bounce back off the bar with about 70 minutes gone.
Konner Druce bagged his second goal about 10 minutes from time to finish the game with a 4-1 victory for Caergybi.
The win sees Caergybi overtake Mynydd Tigers in the league to jump into second place, level on points (15) with Valley Athletic who are now top.
Caergybi now face a difficult trip to Mynydd Tigers next weekend, whilst Pentraeth Reserves take on fellow strugglers Llandegfan at home.
Llandegfan 2-3 Llangoed & District Reserves
Llandegfan fell to their fifth defeat of the season at home to Llangoed and Dist. Reserves despite a spirited performance.
Having been beaten 15-0 and 14-0 in recent weeks, the home side certainly showed HUGE signs of improvement this time around and in truth, were unlucky not to come away with a point in the end.
For much of the first half at Lon Ty Newydd, the two sides were matching each other very well in every position on the field and chances were few and far between.
Two lapses in concentration were all it took for Llangoed striker, Arwyn Morris to bag a brace however, the second goal coming seconds before half time.
However, if the visitors thought that the league’s basement side were just going to sit back and take it in the second half, they were wrong.
A spirited performance along with a goal each from new signing Callum Glaves and player-manager Jordan Love saw Llandegfan pull the game back to 2-2 and the determination from the home side was clear to see.
Ryan Williams led the defensive line well throughout the game and the influence of captain Cerwyn Griffiths and fellow central midfielder, Ashley Jones, was clear to see as well.
Unfortunately, they conceded a late, late winner from hat-trick hero Arwyn Morris who struck a beautiful volley into the top right hand corner to bag Llangoed and District’s first three points of the season.
Despite the loss, Llandegfan manager, Jordan Love acknowledged that his side were improving with every game. ” We could not have asked for a more dedicated team today.” he said
“From start to finish the Llandegfan players worked hard and for the first time this season they played as a team and it showed throughout the game.
“It was amazing to see the support from the community as well and to hear how proud they were of the team for working hard all the way through the game.”
Next up for Llandegfan is Pentraeth Reserves (A). Both teams are yet to pick up a win in the league, so that one could be interesting. Meanwhile, Llangoed and District Res. will host high-flying Caergybi at home. Can they cause an upset?
This is how the table looks in terms of points after Saturday’s results:
- Valley Athletic – 15pts
- Caergybi – 15pts
- Mynydd Tigers – 13pts
- Bryngwran Bulls – 12pts
- Llangoed & District Reserves – 3pts
- Pentraeth Reserves – 1pt
- Arriva Bangor – 0pts
- Bodorgan – 0pts
- Llandegfan – 0pts
Will we see even more entertainment from North Wales’ sixth division next weekend? Look out for the latest on next week’s Kon X Anglesey League results on AFEFootballNews.