PICTURE by Wynne Evans.
ARRIVA Bangor have won their first piece of silverware at Saturday League level this week, claiming the Elias Cup following a tense penalty shootout win over Bodorgan.
Bod had initially raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Luke Gardner and Gerwyn Williams and went into half time in full control of the tie. However, the second half would prove to be their undoing.
A penalty conversion from striker Andy Clarke brought Kevin Jones’ side back into the match before a Gavin Pritchard goal forced the game into extra time as Arriva produced an incredible turnaround.
Extra time followed but neither team could find that decisive 3rd goal. Unsurprisingly then, penalties came and after a tense shootout Arriva came out as 3-2 winners on pens in the end, sparking wild scenes of celebrations from the players.
Getting to the final was an incredible achievement for both these teams as neither had been to a Saturday League final before.
Arriva have had a phenomenal debut campaign in the Kon-X Anglesey League and with another final still left to play in (Car Boot Trophy against Caergybi), Kevin Jones’ side still have more glory to play for in what has already been a highly memorable season for them so far.
Bodorgan may have let that 2-0 lead slip but nevertheless they can hold their heads up high in my opinion because they have come so far as a team within the space of a season or two. The management team of Robin Griffiths, Dave Webster and John Webster will no doubt continue the good work they have done so far at Cae Cob and I for one look forward to seeing what they can achieve in the future.
Elsewhere this week in a crazy amount of fixtures, the following results occurred …
Monday, May 30:
Caergybi beat Bodorgan 9-0 in the Kon-X Anglesey League.
Gary Jo Owen took his tally for the season to 51 as he hit five on the night against a poor Bodorgan side.
Kurt Harris, Liam Patrick Williams, Ashley Beck and Richard Argyle scored the others as Cybi stayed at the top of the league for the time being.
Tuesday, May 1:
Bryngwran Bulls beat Llangoed Reserves 4-1 in the Kon-X Anglesey League.
Llion Roberts scored for the home side, but goals from Andrew Bailey (2), James Ryan and Barry Edwards gave Richard Owen’s side the victory.
The win saw The Bulls up to 33 points (same as Caergybi) but remained second on goal difference.
Elsewhere in the division, Mynydd Tigers beat Arriva Bangor 4-0.
Mark Hughes’ side had been on a miserable run of late prior to this match but bounce back in style in this one as goals from Mike Holroyd, Kieran Bullock, Wisdom Janes and Dafydd Williams did the damage to Kevin Jones’ team.
Thursday, May 3:
Incredibly, Mynydd Tigers played their second game in as many days as they booked their place in the Dargie Cup final with a 4-1 win over in-form Caergybi.
With the original fixture having been postponed following an outburst of violence from fans and players, the two teams had to wait awhile for the match to be rearranged.
Mike Holroyd (2), Aaron Roberts and Ciaran O’Brady scored the goals (Elliot Patterson for Cybi) as Mynydd progressed to the final, where they will once again face Bryngwran Bulls.
Saturday, May 5:
In this fixture-filled week of football, the final match played out saw Bryngwran Bulls beat Llangoed Reserves 6-1 in the Kon-X Anglesey League.
Yet another brace from lethal forward James Ryan (placed him as top scorer again with 52) alongside goals from Andrew Bailey, Matty Roberts, Iolo Jones and Nathan Lewis secured the three points in this one.
The win sees Richard Owen’s Bulls move to the top of the division in their final home match of the season. Can they now stay there and claim the Anglesey League title? I think they will do …