PICTURE by Wynne Evans shows Pentraeth Reserves’ Gwynfor Owen mobbed after scoring.
AFTER several matches were postponed last weekend due to adverse weather, the Junior Cup fixtures were re-arranged for this Saturday and they certainly didn’t disappoint.
Anglesey League side Arriva Bangor progressed into the second round after coming away from Penrhyn Bay Dragons (Vale of Clwyd Division Two) with a hard-fought 4-3 win. Kevin Jones’ side’s goals came via Sammie Lee Williams (2), Scott Hughes and Matty Jones.
Fellow AL side Llandegfan’s woes continued as they fell to a 7-0 loss at home to Vale of Clwyd Premier side Llandudno Athletic. Despite starting on the front foot and holding the game to 0-0 up until the half hour mark, the home side found themselves 6-0 down at the break after Athletic turned on their impressive attacking style of play. Their goal in the second half came from a corner. Scorers for Athletic were Danny Talbot (3), Jack Williams (2) and McKenzie Slaven (2).
Elsewhere, Old Colwyn beat Cerrigydrudion 4-2 and Rhos United put in an impressive performance to beat Waunfawr 6-2. The tie between Gwynedd League sides Llangoed and Gwalchmai was called off as no referee was able to attend the fixture.
Bryngwran Bulls’ push for the title took a slight blow as they were held to a 3-3 draw at home by a determined Pentraeth Reserves side.
The home side started off in typical blistering fashion as Craig Moore put them in front in the first minute with his 29th goal of the season. It didn’t take long for the Reserves to pull themselves back into it though and they did so in fine fashion when Jack Halton scored from 30 yards out.
The drama continued in the second half when Pentraeth found themselves ahead through Kenny Williams who pounced onto the ball and broke through the defence to score. Things got from bad to worse for The Bulls when their opponents went 3-1 up with just 15 minutes to go, Gwynfor Owen rounding the keeper to score.
Bryngwran opted for route one football to try and salvage a point and threw the tall figure of Anton Williams up front. However, it was Matty Reynolds who pulled it back to 3-2 with a stunner form 30 yards. Utter chaos in the box on 85 mins saw Pentraeth goalkeeper Lee Williams penalised for time-wasting and an indirect free kick was given just three yards from goal. A mass scramble saw the ball eventually poked in by Anton Williams parking scenes of celebrations (shown below in pictures by Wynne Evans).
It was two major points dropped for The Bulls in the grand scheme of things though and although Pentraeth blew a great chance of three points, they can proud of a solid performance at Cae Ysgol.
Elsewhere, a late, late penalty from Luke Allaway saw Bodorgan salvage a point at home to Llanfairpwll. A Shaun Morris goal had seen Llanfair ahead for a long time but Bod’s striker, who rarely misses from the spot, ensured that they didn’t leave with all three points intact. The point now means that Bodorgan have bettered their tally from the whole of last season as they now sit on 13 points.
Meanwhile, Cemaes Bay came away from Cefni with all three points with a hard-fought 1-0 win. In a game that saw the defence and midfield working tirelessly for both clubs, it was Owain Griffiths’ stunning strike that proved to be the difference in the end.
Finally, Valley blew a 3-1 lead as birthday boy and player manager Mike Kelly hit a hat-trick to ensure a point for Holyhead Hotpur Reserves. Goals from Mike Williams, Dion Evans and a penalty from Andrew Bailey were not enough for the home side as they struggled to hang onto their lead.
Nefyn United fell to their first home loss of the season as they were defeated 3-1 by Glantraeth.
The home side had several chances to go in front but struggled to finish one of those opportunities. Until the 39th minute that is, when Llion Jones did well and beat to defenders before finding the back of the net to put The Penwaig ahead.
The visitors came out fighting in the second half though and quickly found an equaliser when a corner was flown in and Dion Williams scored. A couple of minutes later, the tie was turned on its head when Glantraeth took the lead – a failure to clear the ball saw veteran striker Andy Clarke in to score and he made no mistake.
More chances fell to Nefyn, but again they were denied. Daniel Roberts went closest when his header was cleared off the line brilliantly by Dylan Williams. The game was finally put to bed in the dying moments of the game when Clarke netted a second goal.
Menai Bridge Tigers maintained their unbeaten start to the season and remained top of the table following a 4-2 victory over Talysarn Celts. The away team found themselves 3-0 up after just half an hour thanks to goals from Darren Gowans, Dafydd Healy and a wonderful volley from Kelvin Frazer. In the second half, The Celts pulled a goal back but Dean Redmond restored Menai’s three-goal lead on the hour mark. Talysarn pulled one back again 10 minutes from time but that was a mere consolation once more as Sean Brett’s side go marching on in this division.
In the Bob Owen Memorial Shield, Bro Goronwy beat struggling Llanystumdwy 3-1. Goals from Callum Thomas, Andy Williams and Connor Jones saw Lee Potter’s side progress to the next round of the cup they won just half a year ago.