PICTURE by Wynne Evans
Tuesday, August 21
Arriva Bangor 3-2 Pentraeth Reserves
Arriva maintained their 100% start to the season with a hard-fought win over the determined Pentraeth Reserves side who have already seemed to cause the league’s “big boys” some problems.
Kevin Jones’ team had enjoyed some great wins already heading into this one though and continued their fine form – it was a game that could have gone either way but the home side did well to secure a vital three points as they look to take the title this season.
Goals from Matty Jones, Scott Hughes (above) and Mark Williams did the damage for Arriva after strikes from Kenny Williams and Ryan Hughes for Pentraeth Reserves had seen the score at 2-2 until a late penalty was awarded.
Bryngwran Bulls 6-0 Llanfairpwll
The Bulls went into this one with three wins out of three and Llanfairpwll themselves were buzzing after picking up a win in their first game of the season against Valley.
It was Bryngwran who got off to a flyer right from the very start though – going ahead on three minutes as Jerome Sillence (who had returned to the starting eleven for this one) hit a half volley in from 18 yards out.
They were then two up inside the opening 15 minutes when prolific forward Craig Moore beat a Llanfair defender with ease before passing the keeper and putting the ball into the net.
Bryngwran were in complete control of the game from there on out as they played some brilliant football. They found themselves a third goal when goalkeeper Lee Heywood’s high kick upfield saw Moore pounce once again, finishing off in style with a fine left footed shot into the top corner.
There was time for a fourth before half time too when Matt Reynolds drilled the ball across the face of the goal and Sillence was in to score his sixth goal of the season.
In the second half, Llanfairpwll showed a bit more fight and would have found themselves a goal had it not been for the brilliant goalkeeping of Heywood in net for The Bulls, who made a string of great saves.
Bryngwran did eventually find a fifth goal however when Matty Roberts fired in an unstoppable effort from the edge of the box, which found its way into the top corner of the goal. The scoreline was then wrapped up five minutes from time when the lively Konner Druce tapped in from close range.
Wednesday, August 22
Y Fali (Valley) 5-4 Caergybi
As always, the fixture between these two rivals proved to be a thriller with the home side edging the win out in the end.
Dan Jones’ Valley side looked for all the world like they would be cruising to victory as they found themselves 3-0 up after just 35 minutes of the games thanks to a hat trick from Shane Boylan.
The game was to take an almighty twist though as Dave Webb scored on his debut for Caergybi just three minutes later and goals from Gary Jo Owen (41′) and James Ryan (45′) brought Dale Moffat’s side level before half time.
Credit to Valley though, they didn’t let that phase them and were back in control in the second half. They found themselves 5-3 up thanks to a goal from Paul Williams and an own goal.
Caergybi continued to fight till the very end, and even had another goal back through James Ryan again but it just wasn’t to be on the night as the home team held out for a massive three points.
Holyhead Hotspur Reserves 3-2 Cemaes Bay
The home side made it two wins on the bounce in the league with a hard-fought win over a once again spirited Cemaes side.
Following their 10-2 drubbing of Llandegfan on Saturday afternoon, the home side went into this one in high spirits and played some good football too.
Ryan Rowlands had made it five goals in three games with a brace for the visitors but the home side managed to get the three points in the end with Martin McClymont, Casey Gregg and a winner from Matt Jones securing all three points for Hotspur.
It has to be said that Cemaes have been mightily unlucky not to pick up at least a point yet but I feel that it’s only a matter of time. Can they beat Llanfairpwll this weekend and truly kick-start their campaign?
Llandegfan 1-6 Cefni
Last but definitely not least was the battle between two sides who were yet to earn any points going into this encounter. Both teams seemed up for it before the tie went ahead but one came out on top quite convincingly in the end.
The hosts found themselves 1-0 up early on in the game when Robert Boyes’ excellent free-kick delivery caused one of the Cefni defenders to turn the ball into his own net. It didn’t last long though – around ten minutes later the visitors were level when a deflected shot saw Ben Wright improvise brilliantly to header the ball into the back of the net.
After that, Cefni found their way into the game and began to play some good pressing football. They were winning everything in the air and looked certain to score via another header. And sure enough that’s just what happened when Mark Wayne netted at the back post.
Cefni then bagged a third after a foul had been committed in the box and Paul Jones stepped up to convert, despite keeper Chris Nightingale getting a hand to it. There was still time for a fourth before half time too after Nightingale was unfortunate in letting the ball slip out of his hands and Macauley Lewis sneaked in to score.
Things stayed the same in the second half as the visitors continued to press high and played some neat counter-attacking football. Their fifth goal came from the spot though – Llandeg defender Alex Clarke had been harshly judged to have fouled a Cefni attacker in the box and the referee awarded a penalty. Up stepped Paul Jones once again to net his third penalty in two games.
Llandegfan had the chance to pull one back via a penalty of their own, but midfielder Cerwyn Griffith dragged the ball wide to the left of the goal. The home side looked deflated and Cefni well and truly killed them off late on when Macauley Lewis created space for himself well before burying the ball in the net for six.
Upcoming fixtures over bank holiday weekend (lots of work for me here!) ….
Anglesey League (Saturday August 25, 2.30pm ko)
Arriva Bangor v Caergybi
Y Fali v Cefni
LLanfairwpll v Cemaes Bay (kits below)
Bodorgan v Hotspur Reserves
Pentraeth Reserves v Bryngwran Bulls
Dargie Cup (Monday, August 27, 2pm ko)
Cefni v Llanfairpwll
Hotspur Reserves v Y Fali
Llandegfan v Caergybi
Anglesey League (Monday, August 27, 2.30pm ko)
Bryngwran Bulls v Arriva Bangor
Cemaes Bay v Pentraeth Reserves
TABLE as it stands:
1. Bryngwran Bulls – 12pts
2. Arriva Bangor – 12pts
3. Caergybi – 9pts
4. Valley – 9pts
5. Hotspur Reserves – 6pts
6. Pentraeth Reserves- 3pts
7. Bodorgan – 3pts
8. Llanfairpwll – 3pts
9. Cefni – 3pts
10. Cemaes Bay – 0pts
11. Llandegfan – 0pts
Top five goalscorers as it stands:
Craig Moore (Bryngwran Bulls) – 13 goals
Scott Hughes (Arriva Bangor) – 9 goals
Gary Jo Owen (Caergybi) – 8 goals
Jerome Sillence (Bryngwran Bulls) – 6 goals
James Ryan (Caergybi) – 6 goals