THE Kon-X Anglesey League sides were in action in various competitions on Saturday afternoon as there were no water-logged pitches or high winds in sight this time around.
With Lucas Oil Cup, Bwlch Car Boot Trophy and Kon-X Anglesey League matches all taking place, it’s fair to say that there was a lot at stake and of course as usual, there were plenty of goals!
Here’s how each team got on this weekend …
Lucas Oil Cup Qualifying Round
Llandegfan 1 v 11 Valley Athletic
Llandegfan fell to a heavy 11-1 loss at home to Valley Athletic.
The home side went 1-0 up in the early stages of the match when debutant John Owen scored. However, they were missing a number of first team players and had no substitutes available to bring onto the pitch and you could see that their eleven men grew tired as the game wore on and Valley capitalised.
At half time, the score was 3-1 to the visitors and compared to previous meetings, you would have to say that it was a respectable scoreline for Llandeg, who had defended well at times.
However, the second half was quickly put to bed with three goals within the space of seven minutes making it 6-1.
Some questionable defending along with some great attacking play from Valley, in particular from Jordie Lees, Mike Williams and Konner Druce, made it double figures towards the end of the match, before a penalty was converted to make it 11-1.
Mike Williams was the star of the show for the visitors as he hit five goals. Konner Druce bagged a hat-trick from out wide and Justin Williams, Jordie Lees and Mark Boulding completed the rout.
Llandegfan can certainly be proud of the way they played in the first half, particularly when you consider the fact that most of their squad hadn’t played a full 90 this season and were lacking in fitness. In the end thought it was all quite comfortable for Valley.
Bwlch Car Boot Trophy (Group B)
Caergybi 10 v 2 Pentraeth Reserves
Valley’s main rivals Caergybi also hit double figures on Saturday afternoon as they hammered Pentraeth Reserves in the Bwlch Car Boot Trophy.
The home side took the lead in what would prove to be a very entertaining match with just four minutes on the clock thanks to a Kurt Harris strike. This was followed a couple of minutes later by Jack Roberts who put them 2-0 up.
Pentraeth had some pace up front though with Jack Diamond and Jon Morton, and it was the latter who made it 2-1 on 12 minutes.
However, two powerful volleys from Liam Williams on 20 and 25 minutes put Caergybi 4-1 up and in charge once again.
Jack Roberts got his brace on 40 minutes and this was shortly followed by a Glenn North goal to give the home side an emphatic 6-1 lead at half time.
Five minutes into the second half, Glenn North scored his second, before Jon Morton scored his second goal for Pentraeth to make it a lively contest with a 7-2 score line.
On 55 minutes Jack Roberts completed his hat-trick before Glenn North also completed a hat-trick moments later and made it 9-2 to Caergybi with 60 mins gone.
North added a fourth for himself and the final goal of the game on 77 minutes to make it 10-2 and a great win for the home side.
Pentraeth Reserves’ manager, Justin Gallagher, was understandably disappointed at the final whistle.
“We had no goalkeeper available and we have had few weeks without a game, but there should be no excuse for our level of performance today.” he said.
“This was a group stage match, and we will now have to be much better in the following group stages matches.
“We have gone from enjoying our highest win to enduring our highest loss as a team in the space of two fixtures.”
Caergybi on the other hand seem to be growing in confidence with every game at the moment and despite being newcomers to the Kon-X Anglesey League, I am sure that many will fancy them to possibly win the division this year.
Kon-X Anglesey League
Arriva Bangor 5 v 3 Llangoed and District Reserves
Kevin Jones’ Arriva Bangor side came away with a 5-3 win over Dewi Williams’ Llangoed & District Reserves team in a fixture that had an unusual evening kick-off.
Played on the 4G pitch in Bangor, Arriva picked up their first league win of the season and moved off the bottom of the table with an impressive performance in what was a closely fought contest between the two teams.
Goals for the home side came from talented forward Scott Hughes (2), Daniel Jones (2) and Jason Scott, whilst Llangoed’s goals were scored by Tom Verburg, Cameron Slater and Phil Owen.
Arriva are beginning to show signs that they are finding their feet in amongst the Saturday League teams after having recently moved up from playing Sunday League football.
Llangoed Reserves will be hoping for a turnaround in fortunes over the next few weeks and will be looking to add to the seven points that they have claimed in the league so far.
Bodorgan 2 v 3 Bryngwran Bulls
Bryngwran Bulls completed yet another late comeback to continue their impressive run in the Kon-X Anglesey League and keep them in third place in the table, with two games in hand over Caergybi who are above them.
This time around the Bulls travelled to face the ever-improving Bodorgan side at Cae Cob and were certainly faced with a stern challenge.
The home side were 2-0 up after just 27 mins, thanks to a Danny Connelly goal and an own goal from Hari Jones after chaos in the penalty box.
Bodorgan controlled the game well and slowed the tempo to suit their possession game, keeping the Bulls out of it. However, the pressure soon showed and Bulls’ prolific striker James Ryan scored his 21st goal of the season (equalling his tally for whole of last season) to get a goal back for the visitors just before half time.
In the second half, Bodorgan came out and sat back to try and defend the lead they had, which may have been their most costly mistake in this one.
On 55 minutes, the Bulls were level when a fine strike from Iolo Jones found the bottom corner of the goal.
Bodorgan’s tactics of trying to buy some time and see out the game nearly worked as they had some chances to make it 3-2 but couldn’t quite do so.
The game seemed to be heading for a draw as Bulls missed chance after chance. Midfielder Dale Jones struck the bar from 25 yards out before Andrew Bailey scored a header, which was deemed to be offside.
With just three minutes of the game remaining, Bodorgan did their best to park the bus and see out a draw.
A final free kick on the half way line saw Bryngwran Bulls pile everyone into the box as the final whistle drew closer. Goalkeeper Bryn Jones kicked it long to Arwyn Williams who flicked the ball into the net and sparked wild celebrations.
The defeat may have been a little harsh on this Bodorgan side who are getting better with each passing week, but Bryngwran pushed hard to find the win. They once again proved that they are able to earn themselves three points even when they aren’t playing as well as they so often do.
Next week, some of the Kon-X Anglesey League sides will be in action in the prestigious North Wales Coast Football Association Junior Cup. The fixtures are as follows:
Arriva Bangor v Rhuddlan Town
Llandudno Athletic v Caergybi
Mynydd Tigers v Llanystumdwy
Nefyn United v Bryngwran Bulls
Valley Athletic v Hope Wanderers
Meanwhile Llandegfan will take on Bodorgan in the Kon-X Anglesey League as both clubs look for their second wins of the season.