North Wales Footballing Families: The Owen brothers

PICTURE by Kevin Owen.

LAST WEEK, I featured two young brothers in this series – Owain and Sion Emlyn Davies – who I believe are going to go on to achieve great things in local football.

Tonight, it’s the turn of two other talented young brothers from Gwynedd to be featured – Shane and Leon Owen.

Both began last season with a young and determined Ogwen Tigers side playing in the Gwynedd League led by former club skipper Mike Williams who had himself captained the then-Mynydd Tigers to Anglesey League glory in 2017/18.

Goalkeeper Shane (below), 16 when the 2019/20 season began, caught the eye with some fantastic performances for the club from the off – including in the Gwynedd League season opener v eventual champions Bangor 1876.

PIC: Ogwen Tigers FC.

The former Llangoed Under 18’s shot-stopper impressed many with his fantastic reflexes and performances which were way beyond his years.

In his debut season in senior football, Shane proved to be a star and showed that he had what it took to go to the very top should he continue in that sort of form.

Following the Tigers’ decision to fold the club in the summer of 2020, Shane initially signed for Llangoed FC, but just weeks later it was announced that JD Cymru North club Bangor City had swooped in to sign the player.

Citizens manager Hugo Colace is said to be a big fan of the young goalkeeper and could be willing to give him tier two level experience should he continue to grow as a player whilst with City.

Brother Leon also showcased what he could do whilst with the Tigers last season by notching up five goals in all competitions – including a brace in a fine 4-2 win v Llangoed.

The 19-year-old (below) is currently a Bangor City under 19’s player and also represented Bangor City’s first team in the Cymru Alliance (tier two, now JD Cymru North) a few seasons ago. That could be a feat that his brother now follows in the footsteps of – at the same level and for the same club.

After the Tigers folded, quick winger Leon made the move to Arriva Bangor, who will ply their trade in the new North Wales West Coast Division One when football resumes in future. He should prove to be a fantastic signing for The Busmen who have undergone a lot of changes recently.

Two great young players who, despite their young ages, have already impressed so much in the North Wales’ lower leagues.

I’d tip them both to go on to play consistently at a higher level in the not so distant future however.

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