PICTURE by Cemaes Bay FC shows Keenan Downey and Andy Williams celebrating a goal.
IT’S no surprise to anyone that Cemaes are currently sitting top of the Anglesey League. However, you have to say that the manner in which they’ve got there has been a real joy to watch.
The goals have been flying in left, right and centre for Darren Thomas’ side after they got ‘the old band’ back together last summer. A whole host of Welsh Alliance names and other former players arrived back at School Lane during that time and it’s almost as if they never left in the first place.
In fact, only a handful of players from last year’s squad are still there now after a complete overhaul (I can only think of Dafydd Jones, Deio Rowlands and Shane Pell off the top of my head).
Dan ‘Patch’ Jones has returned to take his place in goal and the likes of Lewis Connor, Deio Rowlands, Nick Owen, Rhys Lloyd and Shane Pell have impressed in defence. Among the two brilliant new additions to that back line however are former Bro Goronwy duo Dylan Jones and Sam Carter. Jones in particular has been incredible at times. The former Bro captain, who netted in the Junior Cup final last year as the Gwynedd League club won the trophy for the third time, has bagged nine goals from centre back this season.
In midfield, there’s a whole host of talented players on the books. Captain Keenan Downey (below), who came through the club’s youth ranks, is back again after returning from Bodedern Athletic. He’s lead the charge this seen and has been highly influential, notching up 15 goals so far.
Fellow central idfielder Ryan Folksman has stepped in in the absence of the currently-injured Downey and has been superb since doing so. A tireless worker in the middle of the park for The Bay, he’s proof that even if this team is missing one or two big names from that starting eleven, the subs and reserves can make just as big of an impact.
Elsewhere, you also have the formidable Luke McKittrick and the talented Dafydd Jones, as well as young prospects Daniel Jones and Sol Williams – both of whom have really caught the eye. It’s a similar story out on the wings too – with the likes of Tam Morton and 16-year-old Daniel Howes – who bagged two against Llandegfan at the weekend – giving the club further options to change their style of play from game to game.
It is up top that the club look most dangerous though with two experienced names leading that department. Steven ‘Tyco’ Whittaker (above) is one of the best finishers on the island. Having returned to Cemaes from Welsh Alliance One side Bodedern in the summer, he’s racked up 39 goals already this season and has proven how good he is once again.
Also up top is the prolific Andy Williams, who after many seasons in the Gwynedd League with Bro Goronwy, joined the Cemaes revolution in the summer and has been a real star ever since, hitting 16 goals despite missing a large chunk of the season through injury.
The management team of Darren Thomas and his assistants Alan Gray and Gez Owen are also back at Cemaes this year in what seems like a serious case of nostalgia at the club.
The blend of talented youth and worthwhile experience is paying off to no end and they are still on course to win plenty of silverware (only out of the Junior Cup and Benllech Car Boot Trophy). It could, and very much should, be a very successful end to a great campaign for the club but time will tell whether that proves to be the case or not.