PICTURE by CPD Llanerchymedd FC
THE 21/22 North Wales Coast West Division One campaign continued on Thursday night and Llanerchymedd and CPD Y Fali made it two wins from two.
As well as that, Cemaes Bay picked up their first win of the season and Holyhead Town kick-started their campaign with three points also.
Meirion Grieves Medd side move to the top of the league for the time being with a resounding 6-0 victory over Cefni – who had drawn their opening match of the season 3-3 at home to Llangoed on Saturday.
Goals from Caernarfon Town academy product Tom Kelly, attacker Mark Jones and talented midfielder Chris Bennett gave the home side a commanding lead at half time.
Three more goals then followed in the second half for the early league-leaders as 17-year-old Kelly added his second on 64mins, before former Trearddur Bay Bulls man Gwion Owen netted six minutes from time and Bennett bagged his brace very late on.
LLANERCHYMEDD: Kenny Hughes (GK, C), Dylan Owen, Tomos Jones, Dan Thomas, Ben Hughes, Chris Bennett, Gethin Davies, Tom Kelly, Matthew Jones, Mark Jones, James Burgess. Subs used: Deion Evans, Gwion Owen, Dion Owen.
CEFNI: Lee Williams, Hugh Alan Jones, Mark Wayne Hughes, Graham Jones, Ben Wright (C), Andrew Cleator, Lee Lewis, Matty Roberts, Craig Evans, Marc Parry, Nathan Lewis. Subs used: Gareth Roberts, Macauley Lewis, Gwion Williams
Y Fali impressed in their match-up v Llangoed as they came away from Tyddyn Paun with a 3-1 win.
A commanding first half saw the visitors go in 3-0 up at the break. Club stalwart Marc Wilson fired his side ahead from the penalty spot early on before Luke Miles (below) bagged his second and third goal of the season respectively with two great finishes.
Man of the Match, 16-year-old winger Chris Hughes was sensational early on out wide for Fali, causing all sorts of problems to Llangoed’s defence with his pace and trickery out wide.
Such was the dominance of Fali’s first half performance that it should have been game well and truly in the first 45 minutes. Captain Mark Hamblin missed a chance from Fali’s second penalty of the the evening and Wilson also missed from close range.
Llangoed looked better in the second half and were rewarded for their efforts late on when former Arriva Bangor man Luke Rushton-Davis scored on his debut.
However, it was all in vain for the home side in the end as Fali picked up six points out of a possible six so far. Not bad at all for a side who were said to have been facing an uncertain future just a month or so ago.
LLANGOED: Rhys Wyn Owen, Josh Pugh, Nathaniel Evans, Cameron Slater (C), Connor O’Neill, Colin Ball, Deio Roberts, George Roberts, Ashley Davies, Anthony Williams, Luke Rushton-Davis. Subs used: Kieran Fritter, Matty Owen, Ieuan Grenier, Dan Jones, Dan Owen
Y FALI: Sammielee Williams, David Williams, Dan Manning, Jack Peters, Morgan Jones, Jack Halton, Mark Hamblin (C), Cemlyn Hughes, Marc Wilson, Chris Hughes, Luke Miles. Subs used: Owain Roberts, Aidan Roberts, Tom Jones, Morgan Rowlands, Rhys Thomas
Elsewhere last night, Cemaes Bay picked up their first three points of the new season in dramatic fashion against a spirited Llanystumdwy side in a hard-fought 3-2 victory at School Lane.
You have to give credit to the Gwynedd-based club for their performance in the match that they will have to travel the furthest to this season too and on a Thursday no less. Stumdwy made the 47 mile trip up to the most Northern point of Anglesey for the clash.
Club legend Sion Parry (below), who recently returned to Stumdwy from Nantlle Vale, fired the visitors in front within the opening three minutes of the match.
Rhys Lloyd brought Cemaes Bay level some on 17mins before Parry restored Stumdwy’s lead on 25mins to ensure that this would be a difficult night for the home side.
But much like in 2019/20 when they won the Anglesey League, Cemaes Bay showed their class in the end. Having been 2-1 down at the break, the Bay had it all to do in the second half but they turned it around brilliantly.
Veteran forward Andy Williams, who turned 40 years old last month, levelled the scoring again on 66mins for Cemaes and full-back Sion Rowlands, recently signed from Holyhead Hotspur, scored the eventual winner just six minutes from time. It was his 30-yard screamer which decided the tie in the end – a real goal of the season contender as the Bay picked up their first victory of the new season following a 1-0 defeat to Llanerchymedd on the opening day last Friday.
CEMAES BAY: Dan Jones (GK), Sion Rowlands, Shane Pell, Mike Davies, Dylan Jones, Rhys Lloyd, Keenan Downey (C), Luke McKittrick, Andy Williams, Tam Morton, Dan Howes. Subs used: Ryan Folksman.
LLANYSTUMDWY: Carl Williams (GK), Dafydd Roberts, Ynys Edwards, Daniel Price, Sion Pierce, Gruffudd Sion, Dafydd Jones, Guto Roberts, Sion Parry (C), Sion Guto Jones, Morgan Griffiths. Subs used: Archie Harris, Elis Lloyd Jones, Robert Parry, Kian Pritchard.
Finally, Holyhead Town opened their tier five campaign with a 3-1 victory over Llanfairpwll who suffered their second defeat in as many matches.
A closely-fought battle in the first half of the match meant to breakthrough for either side but the match came to life in the second 45.
Kaine Bentley came racing out of the blocks to hand the Harbourmen the lead with Luke Jones providing the assist. Marquis Holland then replied for Llanfairpwll, scoring his first goal for the club nine minutes after Town’s opener.
17-year-old talent Bentley was proving to be a handful throughout this encounter at Maes Eilian though and it wasn’t long before he struck again on 70mins – Ian Williams the creator for the goal this time around.
The game was only well and truly over in the dying moments when experienced forward James Ryan, who hit a record breaking 74 goals in a season for Caergybi in 2018/19, made it 3-1 in injury time on his competitive debut for the club.
LLANFAIRPWLL: Carwyn Hughes (GK), Dafydd Evans, Aled Davies, Cian Williams, Dylan Rees Williams (C), Danny Connolly, Cian Owen, Marquis Holland, Dylan John Williams, Josh Roberts, Carwyn Roberts. Subs used: Kieron Davies, Jay Finter, Gethin Williams.
HOLYHEAD TOWN: Luke Owen (GK), Tony Meyer, Luke Jones, Jordan Rowlands, Ryan Heywood (C), Charlie Diamond, Kaine Bentley, Jenson Rowlands, James Ryan, Josh Evans, Ian Williams. Subs used: Paul Williams, Aidan Batsford, Anton Williams, Callum Jones.