PICTURE by Wynne Evans.
ANOTHER weekend of Anglesey League football done and another final decided. 26 goals were scored across three matches in what proved to be yet another entertaining Saturday of football on the island.
On Saturday afternoon, Caergybi and Arriva Bangor booked their places in the final of the Bwlch Car Boot Trophy – in what turned out to be two thoroughly entertaining games of football.
Caergybi beat local rivals Valley Athletic 7-4 (AET) in a real end-to-end match.
Valley took the lead inside the first two minutes as tall forward Mike Williams finished neatly. However, Caergybi’s main man up top, Gary Jo Owen, equalised on 25mins thanks to a nice assist from Richard Argyle.
Cybi captain Dewi Thomas fired them in front on the half hour mark with a brilliant free-kick. It was 2-1 at half time, but things were about to get a whole lot more entertaining in the second 45.
Owen scored two more and grabbed a hat-trick against his former side to put Cybi in the driving seat with 15 minutes to spare – or so it would seem.
Valley fought hard despite being three goals down. Mike Williams scored again, this time from the spot (77′) and completed his hat-trick (83′) to set up a tense finale between the two sides. incredibly, Valley completed the comeback and equalised in injury time via a Paul Williams goal – taking the tie into extra time.
However, all of Barry Rowlands’ side’s good work was undone in this spell as two more goals from Gary Jo Owen (96′, 118′) and Dewi Thomas (114′) ensured that it was Dale Moffat’s team who progressed to the final.
Owen now has 46 goals for the season and is in good stead to challenge for the top scorer award. Mike Williams’ hat-trick sees him move up to 26 goals for the 2017/18 campaign.
Caergybi, who currently sit at the top of the Anglesey League table, have really got into the swing of things in recent weeks and now look as though they could definitely win some silverware this season. Valley on the other hand seem to be falling off the pace a little and will need to pick their heads up if they are going to go on and win the league this year.
Arriva Bangor will be joining Cybi in the Bwlch Car Boot Trophy final after coming away from Bryngwran Bulls with an impressive 5-4 win.
This time around for Kevin Jones’ side it was not “The Scott Hughes show” as the Busmen relied on other goalscorers to push them through to the final instead. Having been 3-1 down at one point, the determined Arriva side fought hard throughout the match to reach their second final of the season (Alongside the Elias Cup).
Richard Owen’s side had seemed to be running away with the match at one point as goals from Nathan Lewis (2) and Tony Meyer gave them a healthy lead. However, Josh Royds bagged a brace for Arriva, before Mathew Williams, Daniel Ogwen Jones and an in-form Kieron Davies completed the most magnificent of turnarounds. John Earnshaw bagged a fourth for The Bulls but it was not enough for them as they got a rare taste of defeat on home soil.
Arriva march on then and into the final, where they will face Dale Moffat’s Caergybi side. The grand finale will take place at Llangefni’s Lon Talwrn on Friday, May 25.
In Saturday’s only Kon-X Anglesey League fixture, there were six more goals to talk about as Pentraeth Reserves held Bodorgan to a 3-3 draw at home.
Justin Gallagher’s side put an end to a barren run of results of late with a great performance against the ever-improving Bod team.
Geraint Jones, Marc Jones and John Morton bagged for the home side, whilst Luke Allaway, Aaron Jones and Gerwyn Williams scored for the visitors as both teams shared a well earned point.
Fixtures taking place this week are as follows:
Monday, April 30:
Caergybi v Bodorgan (Kon-X Anglesey League, 6.30pm ko)
Tuesday, May 1:
Llangoed Reserves v Bryngwran Bulls (Kon-X Anglesey League, 6.30pm ko)
Mynydd Tigers v Arriva Bangor (Kon-X Anglesey League, 6.30pm ko)
Friday, May 4:
Arriva Bangor v Bodorgan (Elias Cup final, 7pm ko at Oval, Holyhead)
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