2019 Inter Island Games football: How it all unfolded on Anglesey

PICTURE by Ynys Mon Island Games Association

HARD to believe that it’s already done and dusted isn’t it? The biggest footballing tournament to have been held on Anglesey in recent times was a real treat for the eyes.

Our boys and girls did us proud – walking away with gold and silver medals and really put Ynys Mon on the map.

It was one that will live long in the history of many people on the island and here I take you down a (very short) trip down a (very short) memory lane just to re-cap each and every game that took place …

MATCHDAY ONE (Sunday)

MEN

Alex Boss on the ball for Ynys Mon. PICTURE: Eye in the Sky.

Group A

Ynys Mon 2 (Mel McGinness & Liam Morris)
Western Isles 1 (Robert Shirkie)

Jersey 5 (Kieran Lester 3′, 15′, 28′, 43′ & George Glithero 62′)
Orkney 0

Group B

Hitra 4 (Sindre Johansen, Sindre Kvakland, Roar Strand Hansen & Eirik Jorgensen)
Alderney 2 (Ross Benfield & Josh Concanen)

Group C

Rico Benjamin on the ball for St Helena. PICTURE: Wynne Evans.

Shetland Isles 6 (Calvin Leask (x2), Richard Arthur (x2), Joel Bradley & Robert Smith)
St Helena 1 (Ronan Legg (P) )

WOMEN

Group A

Crawley was the hat-trick hero for Mon on day one. PICTURE: Ynys Mon Island Games Association.

Ynys Mon 3 (Lexi Crawley 5′, 49′, 83′)
Western Isles 1 (Beth MacLeod 47′)

Group B

Isle of Man 3 (Ellie Gawne (P), Becky Abbott & Sarah Wignall)
Jersey 2 (Jodie Botterill & Rosie Corbett)

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MATCHDAY TWO (Monday)

MEN

Group A

Jersey were on fire in their opening two games. PICTURE: Jersey FA.

Jersey 7 (Sol Solomon (x4), Kieran Lester (x2) & Karl Hinds (P) )
Western Isles 0

Ynys Mon 3 (Jay Gibbs, Mel McGinness & Sam Jones (P) )
Orkney 1 (Liam Delday)

Group B

Isle of Man 7 (Stephen Whitley 29′, Furo Davies (P) 32′, 44′, Ashley Higginbotham 58′, 83′, Lee Gale 60′ & Jacob Crook 65′)
Hitra 1 (Stian Kristiansen 35′)

Group C

Guernsey 2 (Keanu Marsh 20′ & Sam Hall 42′)
Shetland Isles 1 (Calvin Leask 35′)

WOMEN

Group A

Ynys Mon 2 (Lexi Musgrave and Jordanne Greenough)
Hitra 3 (Kristin Jorgenson (x2) & Lina Selvag)

GROUP B

Isle of Man v Gibraltar (red). PICTURE: Llanerchymedd FC.

Isle of Man 2 (Kym Hicklin & Sarah Wignall)
Gibraltar 1 (Shania Robba)

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MATCHDAY THREE (Tuesday)

MEN

Group A

Orkney secured their first win three days in. PICTURE: Orkney Amateur Football Association.

Ynys Mon 1 (Liam Morris 8′)
Jersey 0

Orkney 2 (James Pickles and Toby MacLeod)
Western Isles 1 (Robert Shirkie 28′)

Final group standings:
Ynys Mon – 9pts
Jersey – 6pts ***
Orkney – 3pts
Western Isles – 0pts

Group B

PICTURE: Isle of Man FA.

Alderney 1 (Josh McCullouch 48′)
Isle of Man 6 (Jacob Crook 10′, Lee Gale 39′, 62′ (P), Sean Doyle 40′, 56′, Dan Simpson 89′)

Final group standings:
Isle of Man – 6pts
Hitra – 3pts
Alderney – 0pts

Group C

St Helena 0
Guernsey 9 (Steve Renouf, Marlon Jardim (x2), Will Fazakerley (x3), Matt Loaring, Sam Hall & Thiago Rodriguez)

Final group standings:
Guernsey – 6pts

Shetland Isles – 3pts
St Helena – 0pts

** Jersey controversially went out of the tournament despite claiming six points as, having been placed in the competition’s only group of four, it meant that their 7-0 victory over bottom side Western Isles was omitted from calculations to determine the best-placed runner-up, in accordance with Fifa rules. Thus, putting the Shetland Isles through in their place. **

WOMEN

Group A

Western Isles 1 (Mary MacLeod)
Hitra 0

Final group standings:

Ynys Mon – 3pts (Goal difference = +1)
Hitra – 3pts (Goal difference = 0)
Western Isles – 3pts (Goal difference = -1)

Group B

Jersey cruised to a 6-2 victory. PICTURE: Jersey FA.

Jersey 6 (Megan Wood 1′, 45′, Natasha Keen 39′, Jodie Botterill 54′ & Rosie Corbett 80′)
Gibraltar 2 (Shania Robba 7′ & Keshia Doody 90′)

Final group standings:
Isle of Man – 6pts
Jersey – 3pts
Gibraltar – 0pts

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PLAY-OFF MATCHES

MEN

Ninth placed match

Western Isles 2 (Eachainn Miller & Robert Shirkie)
St Helena 1 (Rico Benjamin)

Seventh placed match

Orkney (red) v Alderney at Glantraeth. PICTURE: Aled Wyn Jones.

Orkney 1 (Owen Rendall)
Alderney 2 (Josh McCullouch & Joe Blackham)

Fifth placed match

Jersey (red) take on Hitra. PICTURE: Wynne Evans.

Jersey 3 (Kieran Lester, Jay Giles & Adam Trotter)
Hitra 1 (Sindre Kvakland)

(All played on Thursday)

Third placed match

Isle of Man secured the bronze in the men’s competition. PICTURE: Paul Hatton.

Shetland Isles 0
Isle of Man 5 (Rhys Oates (x3), Dan Simpson & Own Goal)

(Played on Friday)

WOMEN

Fifth placed match

Western Isles 5 (Beth MacLeod, Shana MacPhail, Maryam Lee, Shana MacLeod & Ann-Louise Stewart (P) )

Gibraltar 0

(Played on Wednesday)

Third placed match

The Jersey ladies secured a bronze medal! PICTURE: Jersey FA

Jersey 3 (Libby Barnett (P), Megan Wood & Eve Watson)
Hitra 2 (Nina Antonsen & Kristina Joregnson (P) )

(Played on Friday and AFTER EXTRA TIME)

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SEMI-FINALS

MEN

Sam Jones (third from left) was the hero for Mon in the semi’s. PICTURE: Amlwch Town FC.

Isle of Man 2 (Rhys Oates 50′ & Chris Bass 70′)
Guernsey 3 (Will Fazakerley 14′, Matt Loaring 44′, 80′)

Ynys Mon 2 (Sam Jones (x2) )
Shetland Isles 1 (Ronan Grant)

(Both played on Thursday)

WOMEN

Isle of Man 5 (Becky Corkish, Jade Burden (x2), Casey Halsall & Sarah Wignall)

Hitra 1 (Kristina Jorgenson)

Ynys Mon 1 (Lexi Crawley)

Jersey 0

(Both played on Wednesday)

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THE FINALS

MEN

Ynys Mon men took the gold!

Ynys Mon 2 (Liam Morris 70′ & Melvin McGinness 86′)
Guernsey 1 (Keanu Marsh 5′)

YNYS MON’S Men team took the gold medals in the Huws Gray 2019 Island Games Football tournament – becoming the first set of players from Anglesey to do so in 20 years.

The match on Friday started off in the worst possible fashion for Campbell Harrison’s side when Guernsey were ahead after just five minutes thanks to a Keanu Marsh strike.

There was a chance to pull level just ten minutes later when, after Guernsey’s Frank Tobin was sent off for a clear handball on the line, Môn were awarded a penalty. It wasn’t to be though as Sam Jones saw his spot-kick saved brilliantly by James Hamon who produced a fine save.

The drama continued on the half hour mark when another penalty was awarded – this time in Guernsey’s favour. Matt Loaring stepped up to take it but once again it was saved as Paul Pritchard got a strong left hand to the ball to keep it out.

In the second half, Môn continued to push for an equaliser, and although it took until the 70th minute to finally arrive, it was well and truly worth the wait. Llangefni Town’s Liam Morris hit his third goal of the tournament – a sensational left footed volley into the roof of the net to make it 1-1.

Mel McGinness then secured the victory for his side six minutes from time with a great finish from the right hand side of the goal to spark scenes of celebrations from the 3000 fans who had packed into Holyhead Hotspur’s New Stadium. (Captured via this phenomenal picture above!)

WOMEN

The Mon women secured silver medals. PICTURE: Amlwch Town FC.

Ynys Mon 1 (Catrin Evans)
Isle of Man 2 (Sarah Wignall & Eleanor Gawne (P) )

The Isle of Man FA’s women’s team eventually clinched the gold at the Inter-Island football tournament.

The Manx beat their Welsh hosts 2-1 in Friday afternoon’s final thanks to an early strike from Sarah Wignall and a penalty just before half-time from Eleanor Gawne.

Catrin Evans pulled one back for Ynys Mon, but Brian Cowin’s Manx squad held on to lift the title.

Karen Williams’ Mon Ladies did the island very very proud with some fantastic performances along the way however and will write themselves into the history books for claiming those silver medals.

(Both played on Friday)

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FINAL STANDINGS

MEN
Gold – Ynys Mon
Silver – Guernsey
Bronze – Isle of Man
Fourth place – Shetland Isles
Fifth place – Jersey
Sixth place – Hitra
Seventh place – Alderney
Eighth place – Orkney
Ninth place – Western Isles
Tenth place – St Helena

WOMEN
Gold – Isle of Man
Silver – Ynys Mon
Bronze – Jersey
Fourth place – Hitra
Fifth place – Western Isles
Sixth place – Gibraltar

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