PICTURE by Wynne Evans.
ANOTHER weekend gone in 2018, another Saturday afternoon full of goals and footballing drama in North Wales.
Torrential put a stop to the Kon-X Anglesey League tie between Llandegfan and Mynydd Tigers and the Lucas Oil Cup match between Arriva Bangor and Bryngwran Bulls.
However, 15 goals were scored in the two fixtures that did take place. This is how they panned out …
Bodorgan 4 v 4 Valley Athletic (AET, Bodorgan win 3-2 on pens)
This was arguably the game of the season so far.
With both Bodorgan and Valley heading into this one unbeaten in their last six matches, it always looked like being a thriller.
The first chance on goal came when in-form Valley attacker Ryan hall launched a long throw in to the box to find Marc Wilson who controlled and volleyed his shot, only for it to be turned out for a corner.
However, it was Bodorgan who struck first. Some miscommunication in the Valley defence allowed Danny Connolly to go through on goal and finish. On the stroke of half time, Valley were level when Jordie Lees floated a high cross to the back post and Hall headed home his sixth goal in just three matches.
Valley came out fighting in the second half. Danny Roberts found Konnor Druce to make it 2-1 before the pair combined again and Druce’s shot from a tight angle was deflected in for 3-1.
The tie was far from over yet though as Bodorgan found a second goal through Callum Andrews with less than half an hour remaining.
Hall went through on goal for Valley with a chance to seal the game and had seemed to be fouled in the process, however, the referee blew and instead decided to book Hall for diving, much to the amazement of many spectators.
In the final few minutes Bodorgan equalised as Connolly squeezed in his second goal of the afternoon to take the game to extra time.
With very little action in the first half, the second certainly came to life. Ryan Hall was sent off for a second bookable offence, before a scuffle broke out after Valley were awarded a penalty.
The scrap saw Valley go down to nine men as Jordie Lees was sent off and Bodorgan also had one of their players dismissed for raising his hands to Konner Druce. After the commotion however, Mike Williams stepped up and converted from the spot to seemingly settle the tie.
However, Bodorgan once again had other plans and snatched a late equaliser once more. A high free kick launched into the box aw the ball was put into the net by a Valley defender to make it 4-4 and penalties loomed.
After a tense shoot-out, it was Bodorgan who came out as 3-2 winners in what will no doubt be a memorable win for them.
The game showed that Valley are beatable and that Bodorgan are certainly beginning to show signs of true team spirit.
BWLCH CAR BOOT TROPHY (GROUP B)
Llangoed & District Reserves 3-4 Caergybi
Caergybi survived a late Llangoed fightback to claim yet another win in what has been a great debut season from them so far.
It was a fast-paced start to the match played at Bangor City’s 3G pitch. Caergybi raced into a 3-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes thanks to goals from Glenn North, Gary Jo Owen and Jack Roberts.
Llangoed replied with a goal on 25 minutes via Mitchell Jones, however, just 10 minutes later they found themselves down to 10 men as goalkeeper Rhys Owen was red carded for handling the ball outside his area.
Minutes into the second half, Caergybi captain Dewi Thomas scored to put them into a seemingly comfortable 4-1 lead.
Llangoed continued to pressure though and scored from a penalty on 55 minutes and then again just ten minutes later to make it 4-3 (goals by Llion Roberts and Robin Morris).
Caergybi then went down to 10 men halfway into the second half following a red card for Jack Roberts. The visitors should have scored more from the many chances they had during the second half, but somehow could not find the target.
In the end, Caergybi held onto their lead and finished their final group game of the Car Boot Trophy unbeaten, having previously defeated Bodorgan, Valley and Pentraeth Reserves.
It’s a Cup special next Saturday as the following fixtures will take place in the Megan Cup (all 1.30pm ko):
Arriva Bangor v Pentraeth Reserves
Caergybi v Llandegfan
Llangoed & District Reserves v Bryngwran Bulls
Mynydd Tigers v Bodorgan
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