MATCH REPORT: Talysarn Celts back on top of North Wales Coast West Division One!

PICTURE BY Wynne Evans

ARTICLE BY Tomos Wyn Jones

TALYSARN CELTS moved one point clear of Gwynedd rivals Waunfawr at the top of North Wales Coast West Football League Division One following their 3-1 victory against Llanfairpwll.

Goals from young gun Luke Baum (x2) and captain Jac Jones sealed the win at Maes Eilian during a wet afternoon on Anglesey.

Here’s Tomos Wyn Jones’ report from the encounter …

The visitors started the game on the front foot, with captain Jac Jones looking extremely dangerous early on with his passing range and precision. Talysarn’s confident start also went hand in hand with Llanfair’s nervy one, with the hosts playing a risky game of playing out from the back against pressure.

They nearly paid the price when Luke Baum caught out captain Dylan Williams, the attacker drove forward but Williams brought him down, conceding a foul and was booked. Due to the distance from goal and the angle, it was not deemed a foul denying a goal scoring opportunity, however, it was an early warning sign that the Celts were to put Llanfair under huge pressure up top.

Despite their domination of the ball in the opening quarter, the Celts’ best opportunities came from midfielders Rhodri Jones and Garem Jones, though, their volley and long-range effort went sailing over the bar.

The visitors’ wastefulness was nearly punished in the 26th minute where Llanfair had a great opportunity to take the lead. Jay Finter whipped in a fantastic ball from the right to the back post, where he found in-form Cian Glyn Owen in acres of space, he took the opportunity first time, but his low volleyed effort was saved by Celts’ goalkeeper Brian Page.

This changed the rhythm of the game as Llanfair started to take more control, creating more openings and opportunities. Ultimately, the home side were given their rewards in the 37th minute as they broke the deadlock. Marquis Holland made a great run down the left and even got a shot off, Page saved but the ball rebounded back to Holland, he then tried to round the ‘keeper, but he read the situation and parried the striker’s second shot to the edge of the box to Finter, who bulleted his effort right into the top right corner, giving Page and the Talysarn defence no chance.

Finter scores for Llanfairpwll. PIC: Wynne Evans

The attacking trio of Holland, Owen and Finter was looking extremely dangerous for Llanfair. But, despite Pwll’s glittering 10-minute period, Talysarn showed why they are competing for the title and equalised just 5 minutes later.

A ball over the top was aimed between Llanfair ‘keeper Huw Shaw and Baum, Shaw rushed off his line and tried to clear his lines but missed-kicked the ball which fell into the path of Baum. He opened his body up and smashed the ball off the bar into the net with his left foot to make it 1-1.

It was no less than what the visitors deserved, given their dominance for the best part of half an hour of the first half. Having said this, Llanfair had a great opportunity to get back in front at the stroke of half time, though, Owen’s chipped effort went wide of the post and the score remained 1-1 until half time.

Celts’ two-goal hero Baum. PIC: Wynne Evans

Both sides started the second half brightly and had enormous chances to take the lead. Llanfairpwll had a big opening in the 49th minute, when Dei Thomas found himself in space in the attacking box, his effort was well saved by Page but came back out into the path of Holland, who’s effort on goal was magnificently blocked by the Talysarn defenders.

This was a key moment in the game as a goal at the start of the second half could have changed the dynamic of the game. Talysarn had a great opportunity themselves 10 minutes into the second half, where captain Jones’ header looped just over the bar from the edge of the box.

Jones was at the heart of everything good Talysarn were doing all game, and he put them into the lead in the 56th minute with a goal of the month contender. Rhodri Jones played a simple ball to the captain, who took a touch to open his body up and drive the ball right into the top corner from 35-yards out, giving no chance for Shaw in goal. Even if you had three goalkeepers in the goal, they would not have prevented the ball from going in, it was swerving and powerfully driven from the Celts’ ace.

Captain Jones celebrates his goal for the Celts. PIC: Wynne Evans

The visitors nearly had their third two minutes later, however, David Jones’ low effort from a corner went a whisker wide of the post. The second goal inevitably killed Llanfair out of the game, as they looked deflated and Talysarn looked commanding in and out of possession.

The home side didn’t pose much of a threat for the rest of the game, though, they were creating several problems for themselves as they were caught often playing out from the back. You could sense Talysarn wanted a third and their wish became a reality right at the end of the game; Glyn Hughes-Thomas played an excellent through ball to the right of Baum, who took the ball in his stride and passed it right into the bottom left corner, giving Shaw once again no chance of saving it.

That proved to be the final play of the game, with the Talysarn camp extremely happy with their hard-fought win against a side who were having a purple patch under new manager Gwyndaf Hughes.

Llanfairpwll will look to bounce back and regain their excellent form on Tuesday night when they face yet another title contender in Llanerchymedd away at Tan Parc. For Talysarn, they will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season in midweek when they host Y Fali at Gloddfa Gai.

Action from Talysarn Celts v Llanfairpwll. PIC: Wynne Evans

Llanfairpwll Team – Huw Shaw, Dei Thomas, Aled Davies, Nathaniel Evans, Dylan Williams, Thomas Wilkes, Luke Owen, Robat Williams, Marquis Holland, Jay Finter, Cian Glyn Owen

Talysarn Celts Team – Brian Page, Llion Jones, David Jones, Sion Williams, Dei Williams, Rhodri Jones, Garem Jones, Jac Jones, Glyn Thomas, Luke Baum, Jack Usher

AFE’s Man of the Match – Jac Jones (Talysarn Celts)

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