PICTURE BY John Elfryn Owen shows action between Cemaes Bay (red) and Llanerchymedd.
A FULL SET of North Wales Coast West Division One fixtures returned over the weekend and, as always, they didn’t lack plenty of goals.
Bethesda Athletic moved to the top of the table on goal difference thanks to a 2-0 win over Caergybi.
Mark Hughes’ side did well to keep out the visitors who are among the leading scorers in the division this season, having netted 62 goals in 17 matches.
Pesda’s defence stood strong and the 3 points were sealed thanks to second-half goals from Dan Hughes (53’) and Cameron Robertson (84’).
Former league-leaders Llanerchymedd dropped points in dramatic fashion at home to arch-rivals Cemaes Bay in a 1-1 draw.
The last time the two sides met was on the opening day of the season and a goal from young midfielder Ben Hughes saw Medd win 1-0 at School Lane.
As expected, this encounter was once again a closely-fought one between two top sides who are now second and third in the league respectively.
Medd looked for all the world like they were heading for victory after Gwion Thomas’ 28th minute penalty (his 13th goal in as many league outings this season) put them in control.
But, the Bay had other ideas and snatched a point in the dying moments of the match at Tan Parc with their top scorer Matt Reynolds netting his 19th goal of the season.
Llanystumdwy showed why they’re considered one of the dark horses in tier 5 once more as they beat Talysarn Celts 2-1 – handing them what is only their second defeat of the season.
Darren Parry fired the home team in front 17mins into the tie before Celts’ midfielder Jac Jones scored his 17th goal of the season.
In what was a top battle between two great sides, it was Stumdwy who got the last laugh. Tom Usher was dismissed for the Celts before Iolo Jones snatched the win in the 89th minute.
Elsewhere, Bontnewydd picked up a massive 3-1 victory at high-flying Llanfairpwll.
Simon Jones’ Bont side have had a tough season so far and headed into the tie with just 4 wins to their name. Pwll on the other hand were, and still are, in the top four in the table.
Things started off well for the home side when Marky Holland notched up his 14th league goal of the season in just the 5th minute.
But Bont came back strong in the second half to secure a big 3 points away from home.
An Alex Kalafusz penalty in the 55th minute was followed up by a Cai Rhun Jones goal (70’) and another Kalafusz finish (74’) to turn the tie on its head.
Cian Owen was then dismissed 10 minutes from time on what was a rare afternoon to forget for Llanfairpwll.
Holyhead Town picked up a much-needed win of their own as they beat local rivals Y Fali 4-2 at Millbank.
Experienced forward Ian Williams, 35, put the Harbourmen in front just 7mins in but former Town man Luke Miles came back to haunt them just 4mins later for 1-1.
Just 15mins in though, Town we’re ahead again when top scorer Kaine Bentley scored his 11th goal of the season from the penalty spot.
On the half hour mark, Fali drew level again this time through Jack Roberts. However, Town forward Williams popped up with his brace on 38mins to finish a frantic first half of goal scoring action.
A second half goal and a second goal of the game for 18-year-old Bentley (52’) would be the one which officially secured the 3 points for Town – their first win since November which moved them up to 13th in the table.
Former Fali player Chris Hughes was also particularly impressive in this match for Town, who he transferred to earlier on in the season. The 17-year-old winger provided 3 assists for his team mates.
Mountain Rangers got back to winning ways with a 3-2 victory at Bethesda Rovers – but they certainly didn’t have it all their own way.
Alex Philp’s Rangers side found themselves 3-0 up after just 30mins through Ben Davies (7’), captain Tom Philp (10’) and Dewi Cooke (29’).
However, they had to fight off a spirited late comeback from the home team to earn their 3 points.
Lewis Jones scored in the 78th minute before Rovers skipper Rhun Morris scored with 4mins left of the match to set up a tense finale.
Waunfawr picked up another great win as they beat Cefni 5-2 at home.
Stand-in captain Dylan Hughes fired the Beganifs in front early on before Phil Davies brought the Llangefni-based visitors level 11mins in. However, a Ioan Gwynedd goal on the half-hour mark ensured that it was the home team who were 2-1 up on the break.
Attacker Meurig Parry gave Waunfawr a two-goal cushion on 67mins but Cefni were back in the game again on 74mins when their talented youngster Connor Roberts made it 3-2.
The home team showed their quality in the end however as a goal from top scorer Adam Jones (77’) and Hughes completing his brace (81’) secured an emphatic win in the end.
Bodorgan moved up to 9th in the table as they beat Llangoed 3-1 away.
With the last game between these two sides ending in a 0-0 draw (a very rare occurrence at this level!) it was always going to be a close match and so it proved in the first half as neither side could find a breakthrough.
But the second half belonged to the visitors – Luke Winter finding the first goal on 67mins before Aaron Jones made it 2-0 seconds later.
Llangoed skipper Matty Owen gave his side hope with a goal on 84 mins but an Aron Davies penalty wrapped up the 3points for Bod in the last minute. Young defender Ashley Davies was also dismissed for Llangoed in injury time.