PICTURE by Wynne Evans.
THE second set of fixtures in the Bwlch Car Boot Trophy took place this weekend, with eight of the Kon-X Anglesey League teams in action on Saturday afternoon.
The group staged tournament saw Arriva Bangor take on Llandegfan and Bryngwran Bulls facing Mynydd Tigers in Group A, whilst Group B featured Bodorgan v Llangoed & District Reserves and Caergybi v Valley Athletic.
Here’s how they all got on …
Arriva Bangor 10-1 Llandegfan
Arriva Bangor put in a ruthless display against Llandegfan as they hit double figures past them.
Playing on a terrible surface at Beach Road in Bangor, the two teams met for the first time since Arriva joined the Kon-X Anglesey League and they proved to be the better side on Saturday afternoon.
Scott Hughes was the stand out performer in the tie as he bagged himself five goals on what was a memorable afternoon for him. Team mates, Kieran Davies (2) Michael Mountford, Adrian Roberts and Ben Hulse added the others as Arriva stormed to victory and capitalised on some poor defending.
It was another afternoon to forget for Llandegfan. However, you can’t fault their commitment to the cause, as every time a goal went in, they kept pushing.
In the second half, despite being 6-0 down from the first, they pressured Arriva well, with Nathan Stenson going close from a header and player-manager Jordan Love seeing his volley saved. They eventually got their reward when Dale Rowlands hit a consolation goal with a fine finish from a mistake made by the Arriva goalkeeper.
The referee for the afternoon, struggled to keep the game flowing at times with some questionable decisions being made against both teams.
Arriva seem to be finding their feet in amongst the Kon-X Anglesey League teams now and are improving with every game and will take a lot of positives from this one.
Jordan Love’s Llandegfan side have been through a lot in recent weeks but will continue to battle and do their best to improve week on week. The one thing they are beginning to do is SCORE goals. If they can just improve some of the defensive mistakes they should come on leaps and bounds.
The two sides will now face each other again this weekend, with the Elias Cup fixtures kicking off on Saturday afternoon.
Bryngwran Bulls 2-1 Mynydd Tigers
Bryngwran Bulls pulled off a great win over Mynydd Tigers in a hard-fought battle at Cae Ysgol.
Mynydd, who’s only Kon-X Anglesey League defeat to date was at the hands of the Bulls, pushed the home side all the way but were undone in the end.
It was the visitors who took the lead just after 20 minutes. Mynydd broke down the left and a huge thump up field saw them playing some great football that resulted in the talented Herbie Hofsteede scoring a fine first time volley past Bryn Jones.
Chances was being created by both teams and the Bulls had appeared to have woken up, Dale Jones and Matty Roberts went closest but to no avail and the Bulls went into half time without a goal for the first time in awhile.
However, they came out flying in the second half. Within seconds of the restart, the Bulls were level after they were awarded a penalty. Andrew Bailey converted and continued his penalty scoring success for the home side.
The game was being played at a frantic pace from there on out, with Mynydd going close from a free kick that hit the bar.
With the game looking to be heading for a draw heading for a draw, the Bulls snatched it right at the death. A long throw from substitute, Iolo Jones, caused havoc in the defence and Dylan Jones slotted home from close range to start the huge celebrations that followed from the Bulls fans and management.
A fantastic win for the Bulls, who will no doubt be fancying themselves to go on and win some silverware this season.
Bodorgan 5-2 Llangoed & District Reserves
Bodorgan’s resurgence as a team continued with a well earned 5-2 win over Llangoed and Dist. Reserves.
Despite having a miserable start to their campaign, John Webster’s side are beginning to up their game week on week now and with new faces coming into/returning to the side, they have certainly strengthened.
Prolific forward Luke Allaway added another two goals to his tally for the season, making it seven goals in his last three matches. Another brace from team mate Danny Connolly and an own goal made sure that the three points were secured.
Arwyn Morris and Justin Williams scored the goals for Llangoed but Dewi Williams’ side failed to make an impact at Cae Cob.
Another win for Bodorgan and another two goals for Allaway puts them in a fine position to continue their winning streak when they take on Pentraeth Reserves at home in the Elias Cup this Saturday.
Llangoed on the other hand can enjoy a rare weekend off, which will give them the chance to recuperate and prepare themselves for the next fixture.
Caergybi 5-1 Valley Athletic
It was Caergybi who came away victorious in this particular local derby fixture, as they hit five past Valley Athletic.
However, it didn’t all go to plan for the home side. An early ankle injury to goalkeeper Kieran Weeks brought the game to a stop while he received treatment and moments later Valley took the lead, through a Mike Williams goal.
It didn’t last long for the visitors though, as a free-kick from Caergybi captain Dewi Thomas levelled the scoring just minutes later.
Valley stayed in the game however and they threatened to score a second soon after, but a goal mouth scramble saw the ball cleared to safety.
It was Caergybi’s turn to threaten again. Liam Williams, making his debut for the club, beat the Valley goalkeeper before an amazing bit of defence work turned the shot out for a corner.
Just as it looked though the sides were going into half-time level, Gary Jo Owen scored for Caergybi on 44 minutes to make it 2-1.
Mid way through the second half, Caergybi manager Dale Moffat made some changes and brought on Elliot Patterson and Luke McKittrick. It wasn’t long before Patterson placed a free-kick perfectly to Gary Jo Owen who scored his second of the match to make it 3-1.
Owen got his hat-trick minutes later and then scored a fourth goal to give the home side a stunning 5-1 victory.
The game was much closer than the final scoreline suggests and Caergybi goalkeeper Kieran Weeks was kept busy at times. Valley played some very good football and there was a good number of spectators there to enjoy the game.
Next week, the Rowlands Tree Services Elias Cup will kick off with the following fixtures (All 1.30pm kick off’s):
Bodorgan v Pentraeth Reserves
Llandegfan v Arriva Bangor
Mynydd Tigers v Caergybi
Valley Athletic v Bryngwran Bulls
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