WITH Christmas fast approaching, there was still time for one last set of fixtures to take place this weekend, as the Kon-X Anglesey League teams were in action.
Once again, there were various competitions taking place and plenty of goals scored. Here’s how each team got on on Saturday …
Rowlands Tree Services Elias Cup
Mynydd Tigers 5 v 3 Caergybi
Mynydd Tigers enjoyed a great 5-3 victory over in-form Caergybi FC, despite only having 12 players to choose from.
The bizarre occurrence meant that a 39-year-old and a 40-year-old were forced to play the full ninety minutes. However, they certainly didn’t let their age show.
Caergybi, who had won their past seven matches before this one, travelled to the 3G pitch in Bangor for a 2pm kick-off to face Mynydd.
It was the Tigers who scored first from a Herbie Hofsteede header on 10 minutes. However, that didn’t last long as just five minutes later, Gary Jo Owen equalised with a header of his own to make it 1-1.
On 35 minutes, Mynydd were given a boost as Caergybi goalkeeper Kieran Weeks received a red card for handling just outside the area and the Tigers scored from the resulting free kick (Hofsteede again) to take the lead once again.
The prolific Gary Jo Owen was at it again just before halftime as he levelled the scoreline once more.
The second half saw two more goals from Tigers on 50 and 55 minutes (Hofsteede and Kieron Bullock) gave the home side a healthy 4-2 lead.
On 72 minutes, Caergybi applied some pressure on to that score line as captain Dewi Thomas scored from a free-kick to make it 4-3 and game on again.
The visitors pushed hard for a last minute equalizer to force extra time in this cup match but on 80 minutes Tigers scored again through Kieron Bullock to leave the final score at 5-3.
Mynydd’s victory finally brought an end to Caergybi’s unbeaten streak which has lasted since September and proved that they are still a very strong side even when they have players missing.
Bodorgan 4 v 2 Pentraeth Reserves
An ever-improving Bodorgan side secured an impressive win over Justin Gallagher’s Pentraeth Reserves side in the Elias Cup.
A hat-trick from star striker Luke Allaway along with a strike from midfielder Sam Hallas ensured that John Webster’s side triumphed in this one.
Pentraeth Reserves has started the game well and took the lead in the first half an hour thanks to a goal from forward Jack Diamond.
On another day, it could have been a totally different story for the visitors. They hit the woodwork twice in quick succession and looked in control of the match.
However, this afternoon was to be one to forget for them, as Bodorgan equalised late in the first half thanks to an error from Pentraeth’s own throw-in allowing Hallas to finish beautifully from the edge of the box.
In the second half, Bodorgan scored twice through Allaway in the first five minutes of the second half to nearly kill the game off. However, Danny Roberts pulled one back for Pentraeth from the edge of the box to make it 3-2.
Bodorgan got that all important sixth goal of the match however and secured the win.
The home side seem to have really grown in confidence over the past few weeks and have had a decent run. Pentraeth Reserves on the other hand have struggled a little bit and will be looking to put things right against fellow Reserves side Llangoed on December 30.
Kon-X Anglesey League
Llandegfan 0 v 8 Arriva Bangor
The only league game of the weekend saw Llandegfan humbled by Arriva Bangor in a late kick-off.
Due to Llandeg’s pitch being deemed as unplayable, the game had to be played under the floodlights on the 3G pitch in Bangor.
Talismanic striker Scott Hughes was on form once again as he hit four for Arriva, whilst Matty Jones hit a hat-trick and Ben Hulse added the other.
The result means that Kevin Jones’ Arriva side have now claimed six points in the league, but face a tough test at home to a strong Bryngwran Bulls side on December 30. They are really beginning to gel as a team and are picking up points too.
Llandegfan on the other hand, are bottom of the Kon-X Anglesey League but will be hoping for a turnaround in fortunes during 2018. Player-manager Jordan Love has secured some new signings in the past few weeks, so there’s no doubt that things could start to improve real soon.
Bwlch Car Boot Trophy
Valley Athletic 4 v 1 Llangoed & District Reserves
Valley continued their fine form with a tough win over Llangoed Reserves in the group staged Bwlch Car Boot Trophy tournament.
The game was evenly matched early on with chances being few and far between for both sides.
Llangoed keeper Lee Haywood was keeping the game goalless as he stopped many an effort on goal.
A Nik Kontodious corner was cleared to Marc Wilson, who’s strike was high and wide causing no danger to Llangoed’s goal.
It was the visitors who took the lead when David Sutton’s shot was deflected into the net by Ryan Heywood. An equaliser wasn’t far behind though and Valley’s Mike Williams scored his first of the day moments later to make it 1-1.
At half time, Valley’s manager, Barry Rowlands, made a tactical substitution and introduced a change in formation too, to try and change the flow of the game. It certainly did just that.
Danny Roberts found Mike Williams who made it 2-1 not long after the break before Jordie Lees made it 3-1 after running on to a Kontodious chip and lifted the ball over the keeper.
Danny Roberts was the provider once again for the final goal as his cross was headed in for Mike Williams who made no mistake and completed his hat-trick.
Their comeback from a goal down just highlighted Valley’s strength in character at the moment and it will be interesting to see if they can win some silverware in the new year.
No football will be played this weekend as it is close to Christmas, however normal fixtures will resume on the following Saturday with the Kon-X Anglesey League matches.
Saturday, December 30:
Arriva Bangor v Bryngwran Bulls
Caergybi v Bodorgan
Llangoed Res. v Pentraeth Res.
Mynydd Tigers v Valley Athletic
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