PICTURE by Mynydd Tigers FC.
IN THE fourth instalment of AFE’s Player Focus series, Arron Evans takes a look at exciting Anglesey League newcomers Mynydd Tigers.
Mark Hughes’ side have certainly stood out in the division this year and with the AL title going right down to the final day – the match between The Tigers and Bryngwran Bulls on May 26 will decide who is crowned champions.
The youthful Tigers team have been a joy to watch at times this year, with their quick, counter-attacking style of play. Here, I bring you just five of their main stars who have stood out along the way in 2017/18 …
Number one who is said to be retiring at the end of the season. Ball has added some much needed experience to this otherwise youthful Mynydd Tigers side this season.
Having played at higher levels for clubs like Glantraeth and Llanrug, the 40-year-old may have taken a step down in terms of divisions this season, but his own performances certainly haven’t dropped in quality.
His shot stopping abilities are top quality and he’s been one the best number ones in the division.
Youngster who has been a consistently good performer for The Tigers out on the wing this year and has been one of Mynydd’s main attacking threats.
18-year-old Bullock has hit 17 goals to date and has without a doubt been one of Mark Hughes’ side’s go to men in terms of creativity out wide.
He seems to be a youngster who has bags of potential and I have no doubts that this season will have helped him progress as a player. Can he now help them lift the title in that all important final match against Bryngwran?
Much like Bullock, Irishman O’Brady is another creative spark in that talented Tigers midfield.
Despite missing quite a few matches before Christmas (due to being away on his travels), he has played a massive part in helping his side challenge in the top four this season.
O’Brady is a left footed player who has slotted in effortlessly into the Tigers’ midfield with his creativity and he contributes in goals too – having hit 17 so far this season.
Position: Centre back
Williams has without a doubt been one of the best defenders in the Anglesey League this season.
Mynydd’s Captain has been solid in the heart of the defence and leads the team well from the back. He also pops up with goals from time to time, which is something that can’t be said about many other CB’s in this division.
Like many other players in this Tigers squad, Williams looks as though he belongs at a higher level – question now is; can he guide his side to a surprise title success this season?
Position: Attacking midfielder
AFE’s Young Player of the Year has been unstoppable at times this year and has been Mynydd’s most talked about player too.
Hofsteede, who was brought in from Caernarfon Town’s youth system last summer, has certainly proved he belongs at a higher level with his brilliant performances.
His passing and vision is second to none, but the fact that he has also scored 28 goals to date has placed him as the highest scoring midfielder in the league too. He undoubtedly has the potential to go on to big things in my opinion.
Others at MT who deserve a mention are the likes of forward Mike Holroyd, who has really come to life in the past few weeks, as well as Tomos Eames, Wisdom Janes, Dafydd Williams and player-manager Mark Hughes, who have all stood out this year.