PICTURE by Wynne Evans
HAVING covered the Kon-X Anglesey League action right from the first kick-off this season, It’s fair to say that I’ve been keeping an eye on who’s been doing well for each of the division’s nine teams.
Many, such as Bryngwran Bulls’ James Ryan and Mynydd Tigers’ Herbie Hofsteede have desevedly been in the spotlight on a regular basis and have enjoyed a fine season to date.
But what about those other stars who have performed well but perhaps haven’t been given a mention? Here, AFEFootballNews introduces you to each team’s dark horse who have been quietly brilliant for their sides throughout the campaign to date …
Mutsu Oyama (Arriva Bangor)
Arriva have become the dark horses as a whole club in the league and recently beat league leaders Bryngwran Bulls 3-1.
Japanese full-back Oyama has been ever-present in their side this season and has worked well in both a defensive and attacking sense.
It’s easy to see why he’s become one of Kevin Jones’ most important players and features regularly in the starting eleven.
I have no doubts that Oyama will continue to shine into the second half of the campaign as Arriva look to claim more points ans scalps from the league’s “bigger” teams.
Darragh Byrne (Bodorgan)
Bodorgan are another side who have enjoyed something of a resurrection in recent weeks and seem to have made some major improvements, especially in the attacking department.
Midfielder Byrne has become a vital part of the starting eleven during this time.
Three goals and some stand-out performances in the middle of the park have seen him become a regular starter for the side.
His highlight was bagging a brace in the thrilling 5-4 victory over Llangoed Reserves in the Lucas Oil Cup just last week.
Tony Meyer (Bryngwran Bulls)
Meyer has to be one of the most underrated players in this league in my opinion and definitely doesn’t get the credit he deserves for his performances.
He’s been pivotal for the Bulls in midfield, because he can create chances as well as score goals himself (7 so far this season). He’s a technical player who can pick out a pass and that can prove to be vital to any team.
The Bulls are currently sat at the very top of the Kon-X Anglesey League with some very tricky fixtures coming their way in the next few weeks. I think that Meyer will have a huge role to play in helping them chase that title.
Liam Williams (Caergybi)
His brother Gary Jo Owen might be top of the goal scoring ranks, but it’s fair to say that Williams is also having quite the season.
Having played for Valley at the beginning of the campaign, he is now at Caergybi and has notched eight goals in total for both sides. He has also assisted over 25 goals and has proved to be one of the most creative players in the league.
Caergybi head into the second phase of the campaign in a very strong position and have proved to be the surprise package in their debut season so far. Can Williams help fire them to glory in 2018?
Ashley Jones (Llandegfan)
Llandegfan have had a tough time of it this season, but it’s great to see that they are not even considering backing down from the competition. Their sense of dedication is strong.
Defensive midfielder Jones epitomises that never-say-die character within the team and has shown time and time again that he is willing to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in to try and win that ball back for his side, regardless of the scoreline.
The 20-year-old has earned himself his side’s Man of the Match award on several occasions already this season and I have no doubts that he will continue to work hard during 2018.
Llandegfan head into the second half of the season bottom of the league and face a crucial match against Bodorgan this Saturday. However, with a few new faces joining the club and others staying committed, who knows what might happen for this spirited bunch over the next few weeks?
Phil Owen (Llangoed Reserves)
Owen has been a hard worker in Llangoed’s Reserves midfield this season.
Arwyn Morris has been Llangoed’s main man in front of goal so far of course, but it’s fair to say that Bangor lad Owen has made a substantial contribution too.
He’s hit four goals and provided six assists in just seven appearances to date.
Dewi Williams’ side will be looking to finish as high as possible this season and with a player like Owen in their ranks they might just surprise a few.
Adam Evans (Mynydd Tigers)
17-year-old forward Evans is certainly one to keep an eye on in the second half of the season as the Tigers look to challenge for the Kon-X Anglesey League title.
In October, the forward joined the club from Bangor City, where he had spearheaded the attack of last season’s title-winning Reserves side, as well as the Under 19’s Academy team.
The former Wrexham FC schoolboy blazed onto the Anglesey scene with nine goals in his first five games for Mynydd but has missed a few games after that due to work commitments.
Having a player like him back in the New Year could be the difference between Mynydd Tigers winning the title or failing.
Urien Elfyn (Pentraeth Reserves)
Elfyn has become Pentraeth’s second string’s workhorse in the midfield this season and has proved to be a great player.
Earning the Man of the Match on several occasions already, it’s clear to see that both manager Justin Gallagher and his teams mates around him, appreciate Elfyn’s efforts and commitment to the cause.
With other teams around them, such as Bodorgan and Arriva Bangor ever-improving, it’s fair to say that the Pentraeth Reserves will have to be at their very best during the second half of the season. Elfyn’s involvement could be crucial.
Nik Kontodios (Valley Athletic)
Central midfielder Kontodios is another player who probably doesn’t get the recognition that he deserves in this league.
Playing in central midfield for Valley, he’s been deployed as the more defensive midfielder along side the more attacking likes of Marc Wilson and Jordie Lees. In other words, he does the dirty work – the tackling and winning the ball back for his side.
However, his highlight of the season came in a 3-1 win over. Being almost 25 yards away from goal, he managed to chip the ball over the goalkeeper’s out stretched arm and into the net for what was a delightful finish.
After a stop-start beginning to their campaign, Valley are now starting to believe that they can claim the title this year and Kontodios’ presence in the middle of the park will no doubt prove to be important to them.