PICTURE by Wynne Evans shows the Bryngwran Bulls team that competed in the final.
RICHARD OWEN’S Bryngwran Bulls side have won the first piece of silverware on offer in the 2018/19 Anglesey League campaign with a 2-0 win over Elias Cup holders Arriva Bangor in the final.
The two sides met at Bangor City’s Eurogold Stadium on Friday night in front of a decent turnout of supporters. Although it was Bryngwran who were deemed the favourites, Arriva arguably should have headed into this one as the more confident of the two clubs as they were sat top of the Anglesey League table and The Bulls had just been knocked out of the Megan Cup by Hotspur Reserves six days earlier.
A lacklustre first half saw both teams seemingly over-cautious of conceding that all-important first goal and as such chances were very few and far between. Goalkeepers Dion Lewis (Arriva) and Konner Druce (Bulls) were rarely tested as the ball was mainly contested in the middle of the park in a physical battle between Mark Williams (Arriva) and Iolo Jones (Bulls).
HT SCORE: 0-0 and truth be told, it looked as though this game had Extra Time and penalties written all over it.
However, that wasn’t to be the case in the end. The Bulls came out in a far more spirited fashion in the second half and really put the pressure on Arriva who seemed to be really under par in this one.
A ball into the box for Jerome Sillence should have made it 1-0 from very close range before the breakthrough finally came on the hour mark when Bulls keeper Konner Druce produced an Ederson-esque long ball up field which deceived the back four and found Nik Konotodios in space. The Greek midfielder made no mistake and lifted the ball wonderfully over the head of the onrushing Dion Lewis and into the back of the net.
It was only ever really one way traffic from there on out as The Bulls continued to break well on the counter attack. It was 2-0 and game over on 70mins when Man of the Match Kontodios scored again with a neat finish.
Bryngwran saw the rest of the game out well to be crowned champions as Arriva failed to really get going. The Busmen will be looking to get their revenge on The Bulls in their final day of the season clash and will look to re-claim the Car Boot Trophy in another final against them too.
Speaking after the game, Bulls manager Richard Owen said: “It feels great to have had such a fantastic win over a very good Arriva side.
“I felt pretty confident going into the game after the way we came back at them in the Junior Cup (quarter finals three weeks ago – Bulls won 5-4 in ET) and this time we almost had a full squad.
“From the off I felt we bossed it and the boys upped their game in the second half and showed the form that we had shown over the Christmas period.
“It’s always great to win the first final of the season (just as they did last year!) and still being in another few puts us in a fantastic place at the minute especially when we have to play Arriva in the league. It gives the boys a much needed boost.
“It’s been a crazy season so far and to finally get our hands on a trophy feels great and now we can push on hopefully for more success. I would like to personally thank AFEFootballNews for all the coverage over the past few seasons its been fantastic for grass roots football.”
The Trophy was Bryngwran’s third in their last two season’s having won both the Dargie and Lucas Oil Cup’s against Mynydd Tigers during 2017/18. This season, they are still in with a shout of many more successes – there’s the Anglesey League title itself of course, as well as the Junior Cup (semi-finals v Talysarn Celts), Lucas Oil Cup (semi final v Hotspur Reserves), Dargie Cup (Final v Caergybi) and the Car Boot Cup (Final v Arriva).
Line-ups for the Elias Cup final on Friday night were as follows:
ARRIVA BANGOR: Dion Lewis (GK), Liam Jones (RB), Matthew Williams (CB), Stephen Edwards (CB), Luke Lloyd (LB), Danny Camilleri (RM), Darren Edmunds (CM), Marc Williams (CM, Captain), Ben Hulse (LM), Scott Hughes (ST) and Mark Thomas (ST). SUBS: Chris Dawson, Tyler Looney and Kieron Davies.
BRYNGWRAN BULLS: Konner Druce (GK), John Jones (RB), Arwyn Williams (CB), Anton Williams (CB), Tom Verburg (LB), Nik Kontodios (CM, **MOTM**), Iolo Jones (CM, Captain), Matty Reynolds (CM), Matty Roberts (LW), Craig Moore (ST) and Jerome Sillence (RW). SUBS: Mark Hamblin,Tony Meyer and Gwynfor Owen.