Menai Tigers 4-3 Aberffraw: 450 spectators turn out to remember Sean Brett

PICTURE BY Eado Photography

AROUND 450 spectators turned out to watch Menai Tigers beat Aberffraw 4-3 in what was a fitting win in memory of former manager Sean Brett who sadly died recently.

The Friday night North Wales Coast West Premier match at Treborth turned out to be a thriller as the Tigers saw out the win.

The late great Sean Brett.

Former manager Sean Brett, 50, died in a road traffic collision in Flintshire on Saturday, February 26.

Since then, hundreds of tributes have been posted to Sean, who was a fantastic human being as well as being a fantastic coach.

He was a Juniors coach with Menai Tigers for 12 years, helping to bring through some top talents into the men’s game – including Sam Jones who now plays second-tier football with Colwyn Bay.

As boss of the Tigers’ senior side, Sean enjoyed many a great success including winning the Anglesey League, the Megan Cup twice, the Elias Cup, the IPP Cup and the Meditel Cup (x2) and the league title and the Bob Owen memorial shield in the Gwynedd League.

He is held in high regard on the island and rightly so.

Tigers (yellow) and Aberffraw applaud the life of Sean Brett. PIC: Wynne Evans

As such, a minute’s applause was held in Sean’s memory before the match between Tigers and Berffro on Friday, with all money raised through ticket sales (£5) going towards supporting the Brett family. The total collected now stands at over £7,000 according to Menai Tigers.

An estimated 450 people were in attendance to both pay their respects to Sean and witness a great game of tier 4 football play out.

The Tigers found themselves ahead just 3 minutes into three tie through Craig Roberts and the first half scoreline remained the same through to the break.

Eventual Man of the Match Dean Redmond – who had been so influential for Sean Brett’s Gwynedd League and Meditel Cup winning side of 2018/19 – made it 2-0 on 52mins.

Redmond celebrates a goal. PIC: Eado Photography

But Aberffraw responded well with Nathan Moore hitting his 11th league goal of the season just a minute late to make it 2-1.

And within the space of 4 minutes, 2-0 became 2-2 when Adam Hallybone levelled proceedings for the visitors.

But, the lethal forward Redmond looked hungry and it wasn’t long before the Tigers were back in front again on 57mins. The fans at Treborth had been treated to four goals in the space of just 6 minutes from both sides!

Callum Davidson made it 4-2 to give the Tigers breathing space on 67mins before Alan Williams 94th minute goal for Berffro proved to be nothing but a consolation as the Tigers held on for a fitting win for their former manager.

Davidson was also on the scoresheet for Tigers. PIC: Wynne Evans.

That victory sees Aaron Rowlands’ side up to 6th in the league table, just 3 points off third place. Aberffraw remain in 10th.

It was a night many will remember I’m sure for more than one reason.

Line-ups

Menai Tigers: Gethin Hughes (GK), Owain Roberts, Darren Gowans, Matthew Hughes, Tom Parry, Callum Thomas, Paul Rowlands, Dean Redmond, Craig Roberts, Callum Davidson, Sion Hogan (C). SUBS: Mitchell Jones, David Roberts, Kelvin Frazer, Liam Billington, Kevin Roberts

Aberffraw: Darren Baker (GK), Ieuan Lloyd (C), Kyle Murphy, Stephen Jenkins, Andrew Jones, Alan Williams, Nathan Moore, Iolo Jones, Adam Halllybone, David Harper, John Jones. SUBS: Richard Roberts, Simon Browne, Osian Lloyd, John Earnshaw

To donate to the Menai Tigers fundraiser in support of the Brett family, click here.

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