PICTURE by Wynne Evans.
THE RACE for the Kon-X Anglesey League title has well and truly livened up over the weekend thanks to some fairly surprising results.
Bryngwran Bulls bounced back from their slip-up against Caergybi to earn a brilliant 3-0 win over league-leaders Valley Athletic on Friday night.
Going into the game, which had been scheduled in place of the cancelled Megan Cup Final, it’s fair to say that The Bulls had already been a bogey team for Barry Rowlands’ side this season, having beaten them on all four previous occasions during 2017/18.
Richard Owen’s Bulls went ahead when Gary Jones lofted the ball over to in-form striker James Ryan who fired in a superb left-footed strike from 25 yards out. Less than a minute later, the lead was doubled as the pair combined again – this time, the Valley keeper fumbled the ball straight to Ryan once more, who made no mistake and bagged his 36th goal of the season.
Valley rarely threatened and Bulls keeper Roy Sayle was having a quiet day in goal. That was, until the 70th minute, when he did well to stop an effort from the visitors top scorer, Justin Williams.
The game was finally put to rest when Nathan Lewis came off the bench. The attacker was played in down the left and put the ball through defender Justin Hughes’ legs before powering through towards goal and finishing well.
This was the third time this season that The Bulls have managed to keep a clean sheet against Valley – something that nobody else has done during this campaign. The win keeps Richard Owen’s side in contention for the league title – being just one point off Valley with a game in hand.
On Saturday afternoon, Mynydd Tigers were also dealt a blow in their quest for the title as they were held to a surprising 1-1 draw at home to Bodorgan.
Mike Holroyd scored for the home side, but in-form forward Luke Allaway bagged his 23rd goal of the season for Bod to make sure that the points were shared.
The result keeps The Tigers in fourth place with 26 points, but they’ll be looking to not make any other mistakes as the season draws to a conclusion. This much-improved Bodorgan side now has 11 points – four more than they had in the whole of last season.
In the 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday afternoon, Arriva Bangor came away from Pentraeth Reserves with a 6-0 win.
Matty Jones scored one for Kevin Jones’ side, but as always, it was Scott Hughes who was the main man who made the difference against Justin Gallagher’s side. The Lethal forward bagged five goals in this one, taking his tally for the season to the 40-mark.
The win leaves Arriva in fifth place with 24 points and two games remaining in what has been a great debut season for them in the Kon-X Anglesey League. Pentraeth Reserves are sitting in eighth place with just seven points and four games left to play.
The fixtures are coming thick and fast now as the cancelled matches begin to be re-scheduled. The following fixtures are set to take place this week:
Tuesday, April 17
Bwlch Car Boot Trophy (Quarter Final)
Caergybi v Llandegfan (6pm ko)
Kon-X Anglesey League
Pentraeth Reserves v Llangoed Reserves (6.15pm ko)
Wednesday, April 18
Elias Cup (Semi Finals)
Bryngwran Bulls v Bodorgan (6pm ko)
Arriva Bangor v Mynydd Tigers (6pm ko)
Saturday, April 21
Bwlch Car Boot Trophy (Quarter Finals, all 2pm ko)
Bryngwran Bulls v Llangoed Reserves
Arriva Bangor v Bodorgan
Valley v Mynydd Tigers