PICTURE by Caergybi FC shows Dan Lowies (Black and white) challenging Cefni players for the ball.
Bryngwran Bulls 3-2 Holyhead Hotspur Reserves
As predicted, this wasn’t the most straightforward of games for The Bulls but they did manage to bag yet another 3 points eventually. The last time these two sides met, it ended 4-3 to Bryngwran at the New Stadium and this time around proved to be another tight affair.
Hotspur’s second string started off well and bagged a penalty just two minutes in with Simon Davies stepping up to convert and put them in front. The Bulls pulled themselves level on 15 mins when Jerome Sillence did well to out-muscle the defence and find Craig Moore who fired home a thunderous volley.
Squandered chances by Sillence and Bulls captain for the day Arwyn Williams saw the scoreline stay level at half time.
The second half began just like the first though as Hotspur Reserves found their feet once more and regained the lead when player-manager Mike Kelly finished well at the near post before being unlucky not to score again moments later.
A change in formation for Bryngwran to 4-3-3 on 65 mins seemed to bring them back into the game gradually and substitute Barry John made himself a threat from out wide. He provided the assist for their second equaliser of the day which again came through a fine finish from striker Moore.
This gave the home side the confidence to go on and win the game. Chances from Jerome Sillence and Matty Roberts went begging before Matt Reynolds’ 25-yard striker was saved brilliantly by Hotspur’s young keeper.
A draw just simply wasn’t to be for the visitors in the end though as Craig Moore completed his second hat-trick in as many weeks with a wonderful goal. He rode three tackles before curling in a shot from 18 yards out.
Bodorgan 4-3 Cemaes Bay
This clash between two similarly matched sides proved to be a thriller. The first quarter of an hour or so saw Bodorgan spurn several chances. Cemaes keeper Peter Finn was kept busy and he did well to keep Bod top scorer Luke Allaway out on two early occasions.
However, it was the visitors who would eventually go on to score the game’s opening goal. Striker Ryan Rowlands has been very lively this season and Saturday afternoon was no different as he picked up the ball and from 30 yards out and hit a stunning shot into the top corner firing Cemaes ahead on 20 minutes.
A quick response was just what Bodorgan needed and they got it as Danny Connolly ran through the Cemaes defence before finishing well into the bottom corner 3 minutes after Rowlands’ opener. This game was to be a battle between the two strikers above anything else.
The second half proved to be even more lively. Bod were awarded a penalty very early on following a handball in the box and Connolly stepped up to net his second of the game. The visitors never gave up though and found an equaliser soon after. Striker Rowlands was once again quick off the mark to beat keeper Josh Roberts to the ball and slot the ball home for 2-2 with 25 minutes remaining.
After more and more chances went begging, it was Luke Allaway’s turn to restore the lead for Bodorgan on as he followed in from a rebound on 74 minutes. Cemaes once again refused to roll over though and equalised once more on 81 mins as Rowlands completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot.
This end-to-end encounter was heading for a draw but it was finally put to bed three minutes from time when the on-form Connolly volleyed home from close range and completed his hat-trick to gift Bod a vital three points.
For the neutral, it was a highly entertaining game but for both players and staff at Bodorgan and Cemaes it will have been a real roller coaster of emotions at times. It was a testament to just how thrilling the Anglesey League can be on its day.
Cefni 1-4 Caergybi
Caergybi kept the pressure on Arriva bangor and Bryngwran Bulls with another fine win away at Cefni. First half goals from the in-form Justin Williams and Ashley Beck’s first strike of the campaign put Dale Moffat’s side in a comfortable position going into half time.
Cefni pulled a goal back on 56 mins and pushed hard for an equaliser but it just wan’t to be for them on the afternoon. Williams got his second goal on 77 mins before James Ryan hit his 20th goal of the season in the dying minutes of the game to give Cybi a convincing scoreline.
Man of the Match on the day was Liam Patrick Williams who really stood out for Caergybi in what was a physical battle for both sides.
Llanfairpwll 6-0 Llandegfan
Llandeg fell to an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Llanfair who are now six points above them as the visitors remain pointless after eight league matches.
A quickfire start to the game saw the home side race into a well-deserved lead scoring three goals via Jac Davies (2) and Shaun Morris in the opening fifteen minutes at Maes Eilian. Two more goals before half time from Greg Parry and Danny Ross pretty much ended any chance of a Llandegfan comeback.
Some much better defending was displayed from the visitors in the second half but Greg Parry did find his second of the match midway through the second 45.
The game itself was marred towards the end by an injury to Llandegfan goalkeeper Jamie Kiely who had come out worse off in a 50/50 challenge for the ball with a Llanfair attacker. It was decided that the game would be called off 10 minutes from time as they awaited an ambulance to take Jamie to the hospital. AFE wishes him a speedy recovery as he faces months out from the game!
Valley 4-6 Arriva Bangor
Another thriller here as Arriva had to dig deep to come away from Cae Mwd with all three points.
Experienced midfielder Marc Williams was the key player for Kevin Jones’ side on Saturday afternoon as he helped them on their way to what could be a very important victory in the long run.
“Bych” as he’s known bagged a brace, whilst Liam Jones, Matty Jones, Danny Camilleri and star striker Scott Hughes netted the others. Goals from Mike Williams (2), Ashley Hughes and a Marc Wilson penalty were not enough for the home side to force a result on this occasion.
Arriva just seem to have that clinical touch at the moment and many are now backing them as dark horses to win the league this season.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Pentraeth Reserves crashed out of the NWCFA Junior Cup after losing 4-3 to Llansannan.
Danny Jones’ side had been 3-1 up at one point during the game thanks to goals from Gwynfor Owen, Bradley Pickavance and John Smiley.
However Vale of Clwyd & Conwy League side Llansannan showed their class and fought back well as goals from Rhidian Edwards (73mins) and Harri Owen (75mins) saw the game go to Extra Time.
A Dafydd Owen goal in the 97th minute proved to be the decisive one as Pentraeth Reserves were left to rue what could have been.
Next weekend’s fixtures:
NWCFA Junior Cup (1.30pm ko)
Bro Goronwy v CEFNI
LLANDEGFAN v Llandudno Athletic
Menai Bridge Tigers v VALLEY
Lucas Oil Cup (2pm ko)
Cemaes Bay v Holyhead Hotspur Reserves
Anglesey League (2.30pm ko)
Llanfairpwll v Pentraeth Reserves
Caergybi v Bodorgan
Top scorers as it stands ….
Craig Moore (Bryngwran Bulls) – 28 goals
Scott Hughes (Arriva Bangor) – 22 goals
James Ryan (Caergybi) – 20 goals
Ryan Rowlands (Cemaes Bay) – 17 goals
Kenny Williams (Pentraeth Reserves) and Mike Williams (Valley) – 10 goals