PICTURE by Nerys Bryant.
IT WAS always going to be tough to top Saturday’s dramatic Anglesey League final day fixture between Mynydd Tigers and Bryngwran Bulls but yesterday evening’s Benllech Car Boot Trophy certainly didn’t disappoint.
The match, held at Bangor City’s Nantporth Stadium, saw division newcomers Arriva Bangor and Caergybi go head to head. A minutes silence was held before the game in memory of Myles Thomas – a close friend to many of the Caergybi squad and beyond who sadly lost his life recently.
Kevin Jones’ side had already won the Elias Cup prior to this one having beaten Bodorgan in that final just a month ago. Cybi on the other hand were in great form heading into their first final.
It was Arriva who had taken full control early on though, racing into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Danial Ogwen Jones (2) and Kieron Davies. It was 4-1 at half time after skipper Liam Roberts had scored for Arriva and Gary Jo Owen pulled one back for Dale Moffat’s side.
HT SCORE: 4-1 and Arriva in the driving seat.
Despite pulling three more goals back in the second half (courtesy of a Gary Jo double and a solo strike from his brother Liam Williams), it just wasn’t to be for Caergybi on the night, as strikes from Sammy Williams and Scott Hughes wrapped the double up for Arriva.
Man of the Match on the night was Caergybi hitman Gary Jo Owen, who has now hit 57 goals (for Valley and Cybi) this season – equalling his best ever tally which he previously hit for the now defunct Morawelon FC.
Arriva have finished their season in style and have enjoyed a phenomenal debut campaign. Caergybi on the other hand now have another final to look forward to – when they take on Bryngwran Bulls in the Megan Cup final this Friday night (at Llanfairpwll FC’s ground) in what will be the final fixture of 2017/18.
Cybi manager Dale Moffat remained positive in defeat prior to last night’s result, saying: “A poor first half cost us going in 4-1 down and we were very slow to get going despite a much improved second half.”
“We need to dust our selves down now and although it’s hard to take at the moment, we have to try and bounce back on Friday.”