PICTURE by Wynne Evans shows Bryngwran Bulls’ Anton Williams celebrating a goal with team mates.
Bodorgan 0-6 Caergybi
Caergybi continued to keep things tight at the top of the table as they swept a sorry Bodorgan aside on Saturday afternoon.
Despite a fairly even first half, Caergybi did eventually find a goal before half time courtesy of top scorer James Ryan.
The second half was a lot more one-sided as Cybi turned on the style, playing some fantastic football amongst the awful weather. Ryan added another goal to his tally for the season before centre back Liam Williams found two of his own and Mike Owen and Luke McKittrick completed the emphatic scoreline.
Cefni 1-2 Valley
Valley bounced back from their cup loss last Saturday to claim a hard-fought victory over Cefni.
Played on the new 3G pitch in Llangefni, the game proved to be a closely-fought encounter.
Nathan Lewis scored for the home side, but goals from Andrew Bailey and striker Mike Williams (his 13th of the season) secured three points for Dan Jones’ team.
Llanfairpwll 1-3 Bryngwran Bulls
The Bulls continued their stampede towards the Anglesey League title with another routine victory in this one.
The opening half hour of the match was closely-fought as both teams struggled to find their feet amidst the terrible weather. However, just after the 30min mark, Bryngwran did find their goal – a free-kick taken from deep by captain Iolo Jones found the foot of striker Anton Williams who slotted home well from 12 yards out.
Moments later, Anglesey League top scorer Craig Moore put an effort wide, much to the amusement of the Llanfair subs bench. However, the laughter didn’t last long as just two minutes later, Moore was in again and made no mistake to make it 2-0.
The deadly striker then made it 3-0 with a curling effort into the bottom corner, taking his tally for the season to 36 goals. Llanfairpwll managed to pull one back before half time too – the ball stopping a puddle before Greg Parry converted his shot well past Konner Druce in goal.
Some terrible weather and stout defending from both teams in the second half saw no more goals hit the back of the net as The Bulls held out to remain top of the Anglesey League table.
Pentraeth Reserves 1-3 Arriva Bangor
Arriva kept the pressure on Bryngwran Bulls and Caergybi with another fairly straightforward win.
The Reserves were down to ten men from the eighth minute of the match and so were always going to be up against it from there on out. With that in mind, they battled well and their goal came courtesy of centre back Matt Williams who was assisted by Dylan Jones.
However, Kevin Jones’ side were too strong in the end and goals from Luke Lloyd, Liam Jones and Chris Dawson ensured that the three points went back across the bridge to Gwynedd.
ANGLESEY LEAGUE TOP SCORERS AS IT STANDS:
Craig Moore (Bryngwran Bulls) – 36 goals (29 league, 7 in cups)
James Ryan (Caergybi) – 30 goals (20 league, 10 in cups)
Scott Hughes (Arriva Bangor) – 25 goals (16 league, 9 in cups)
Ryan Rowlands (Cemaes Bay) – 17 goals (14 league, 3 in cups)
Mike Williams (Valley) – 13 goals (11 league, 2 in cups)
Lucas Oil Cup
Cemaes Bay 3-4 Holyhead Hotspur Reserves
This match proved to be a thriller, as Hotspur Reserves battled back from 3-0 down to progress to the second round of the cup.
An Owain Griffiths double and Liam Rodriguez’s fifth strike of the season had put Cemaes in the driving seat and they looked for all the world like they were going to progress.
However, an incredible turnaround occurred thanks to plenty of fighting spirit from the youthful Hotspur side. Goals from David Williams, Sion Rowlands, Casey Gregg and Luke Jones saw the visitors take the win in the most incredible fashion.
Bro Goronwy 3-5 Llanystumdwy *GAME OF THE WEEKEND*
The visitors stunned title-chasing Bro by picking up their first three points of the season in some style. Richard Jones’ Llan side battled really hard to pick up their first victory of the season on their twelfth attempt.
They found themselves behind after only 10 minutes, with Tom Wood firing a great shot past Caron Hughes in goal. Bro then gifted Llan an equaliser – a poor back-pass from Sam Carter left Jonny Sweetser-Hawkes at sixes and sevens and Morgan Griffiths was able to slip in to make it 1-1.
Bro found themselves ahead again on 40mins when Connor Jones smashed a half-volley home from a Jamie Jones lay-off.
The second half produced a sensational game of football that could have gone either way. Tom Wood’s flicked cross so nearly set up Andy Williams in front of goal, only for the ball to be taken off his toes at the final minute. It could have been game over there and then, but it wasn’t.
Moments later, Llan were level once more at 2-2 when Rob Griffiths took the defence and Sweetser-Hawkes by surprise when he lofted his 25-yard free kick into the back of the net. Things then went from bad to worse for Bro when the visitors took the lead on the hour mark – Bradley Williams running in behind the defence to chip the ball into the net for 2-3.
Once again though, Bro came back into the game when Jac Thomas put in a pin point cross for Tom wood to bag his second goal of the game. Llanystumdwy once again had other ideas though and after Rob Griffiths had an effort cleared off the line before Morgan Griffiths made it 4-3 with less than ten minutes remaining. Bro had a chance to make it 4-4 when Wood was in to complete his hat-trick, but his effort rattled the post before the ball was cleared down field and Bradley Williams pounce to run in on goal and chip the ball over Sweetser-Hawkes for 5-3.
The result is a crushing blow to Bro Goronwy who are now nine points adrift of league leaders Menai Bridge Tigers. Credit to Llanystumdwy though, they were superb.
Nefyn United 1-1 Menai Bridge Tigers
Menai Tigers dropped points for the first time this season as sixth place Nefyn United battled hard to secure a valuable point.
The home side could have found themselves ahead in the opening five minutes, but Steve Jones’ effort hit the post. More and more chances went begging for Nefyn and they must have been wondering whether a goal would come or not.
Sure enough, it was the visitors who struck first. Nefyn’s defence seemed to fall asleep at a corner and Kelvin Frazer fired in from 20 yards out, smashing the ball past Gwion Roberts in goal.
The “Penwaig” eventually found their equaliser in the 72nd minute and deservedly so too. Despite the best efforts of Menai Tigers’ defence, Dafydd Healy in particular, Llion Jones managed to bag his first league goal of the season – somehow finding the back of the net from a tight angle.
A draw seemed to be the fair result in the end and I’m sure Nefyn will be delighted to be the first team this season to take a point off the high-flying Tigers.
Bob Owen Memorial Shield
Gwalchmai beat Llangoed 5-0. With both teams down to the bare bones and the weather taking a turn for the worse, it was the home side who managed to dominate this encounter.
Waunfawr also progressed with a 3-2 win over Mynydd Tigers.