PICTURE by Wynne Evans.
ALL nine Kon-X Anglesey League sides were in action this weekend and once again the action didn’t disappoint.
Bryngwran Bulls made it to the Final of the Dargie Cup after coming away with a well earned 2-0 win at high-flying Valley Athletic.
The home side’s run of reaching three consecutive Dargie Cup finals ended as The Bulls took there chances well and stopped a Valley side who failed to score for the first time this season.
Valley had a golden opportunity to take the lead when top goalscorer Justin Williams was brought down in the box by Bulls keeper Roy Sayle. Williams stepped up to take the penalty, but his low shot hit the post before being cleared by a Bulls defender.
Just before half time a long kick up field saw Bulls captain Andrew Bailey beat Valley defender Ryan Heywood to the ball and poke the visitors in front.
Bryngwran confirmed the victory early on in the second half. Valley defender Ashley Hughes was caught in possession near the half way line and The Bulls countered well before Matty Roberts scored to make it 2-0.
Valley went down to 10 men when Jordie Lees was shown a straight red card. Frustrations were evident following this incident and tempers flared as Valley manager Barry Rowlands was also sent off.
Bryngwran goalkeeper Roy Sayle pulled off a remarkable save late on and kept a well deserved clean sheet.
A fantastic win for The Bulls means they will play either Mynydd Tigers or Caergybi in the final of the competition, which will take place in April.
Elsewhere on Saturday afternoon, Caergybi crashed out of the North Wales Coast Junior Cup after a narrow 2-1 defeat to Bontnewydd.
Playing against higher league opposition was always going to be tough for Caergybi, but they certainly put in a decent performance at Bangor’s 3G pitch and will be left to regret missing some good chances.
A couple of good saves by Kieran Weeks in goal for Caergybi in the opening minutes kept Gwynedd League side Bontnewydd from getting an early lead. On 20 minutes, a good save from the visitors keeper denied Cybi winger Kurt Harris as the game went into half-time at 0-0.
A few minutes into the second half, Morgan Roberts put Bontnewydd in front. 10 minutes later, Gary Jo Owen, one of the Anglesey League’s top scorers, saw his penalty saved by the Bontnewydd keeper.
However, a second penalty chance was put away by Elliot Patterson to level the score with about 20 minutes remaining.
In the last couple of minutes of the match, many were expecting the game to run into extra time. A good effort from Gary Jo Owen went just wide, but then the winning goal followed as Ian Pleming gave Bontnewydd a 2-1 victory.
Valley Athletic are now the only Anglesey League side remaining in the Cup, but Caergybi can be proud of the way they handled themselves against higher league opposition.
There were goals galore in the Kon-X Anglesey League. In the first fixture of the day, Arriva Bangor hammered Bodorgan 9-0 in what will have been a surprising scoreline to many.
A Ben Hulse header gave Kevin Jones’ side the lead in the first 10 minutes before Kieran Davies added the second after a goalmouth scramble. Anglesey League top scorer Scott Hughes scored his 29th and 30th goals of the campaign before half time to give the home side a convincing 4-0 lead at the break.
In the second 45, in-form striker Andy Clarke rounded the keeper to net his side’s fifth goal before adding a sixth. Scott Hughes completed his hat-trick for 7-0, Josh Royds added an eighth and Ben Hulse bagged his brace to complete the 9-0 rout.
There were some incredible scenes in the 5.30pm kick off at Bangor’s 3G pitch too as Mynydd Tigers trounced Llandegfan 17-1.
Midfielder Herbie Hofsteede (left) was Man of the Match as he scored seven goals (the most of any player in one match this season) and tore Llandeg apart with his creative play.
Ciaran O’Brady (3), Kieron Bullock (3), Tom Eames (2), Tomos Girffiths and Kyle Hartleb completed the incredible scoreline. However, the most incredible moment of the match (arguably) was when Llandegfan GOALKEEPER Hywel Hughes converted a penalty before running off and doing a front flip celebration.
18 goals and a penalty scored by a goalkeeper is certainly something you don’t see everyday!
Finally, Llangoed Reserves enjoyed a 3-1 win at Pentraeth Reserves in the Bwlch Car Boot Trophy.
Phil Owen, Mathew Roberts and Shaun Morris scored for Dewi Williams side and an own goal was the provider for Justin Gallagher’s team.
Pentraeth Reserves will now face Llandegfan in a preliminary round to decide who makes it into the quarter finals of the tournament (due to the odd number of sides in the division this year).
The following fixtures will take place next Saturday (March 3):
Dargie Cup semi-final:
Mynydd Tigers v Caergybi (2pm ko)
Lucas Oil Cup:
Arriva Bangor v Bryngwran Bulls (2pm ko)
Car Boot Trophy (Group B):
Valley Athletic v Bodorgan (2.30pm ko)
Kon-X Anglesey League:
Llangoed Reserves v Llandegfan (2.30pm ko)