JACKPOT UP TO £700
(27/05/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 11, 12 & 16. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £700. The next draw takes place on Saturday 10th June in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW
(27/05/17) The club are fully aware that we face a difficult task in appointing a manager to follow Warren Gibbs. There are two potential candidates that we are planning on meeting with but if anyone else feels they have the necessary credentials and wishes to throw their hat in the ring please call or text chairman Gareth Evans on 07747 890497 or secretary Stan Strickland on 07743 483733. Alternatively click on 'contact website' at bottom of left hand column to email club.
Apart from a chaotic 2008-2009 season that is best forgotten Glantraeth have an enviable record of stability regarding the appointment of managers. Since 2003 there has been Paul Whelan for five years, Chris Roberts (in part with Kev O'Neill) for four years and now Warren Gibbs being three years in charge. All of them successful and all leaving of their own accord and for various reasons.
WARREN STEPS DOWN AS MANAGER
(25/05/17) At a meeting in Bangor this evening with club chairman Gareth Evans and secretary Stan Strickland Warren Gibbs confirmed he was stepping down as manager for personal reasons that meant he could not make the commitment he felt was needed for the new season. Warren emphasised his decision had nothing to do with the club not being able to accept promotion and he had no plans to go into management elsewhere.
The club are indebted to Warren for the tremendous success he has brought to Glantraeth during his three seasons in charge and the great spirit he created amongst the squad. The search for his replacement has already begun.
ABERGELE & PRESTATYN OUT
(23/05/17) An eventful league meeting at Llanfairfechan this evening began with all those present standing for a minute's silence in memory of those that lost their lives in Manchester yesterday.
Both Abergele Town and Prestatyn Sports were voted out of the Welsh Alliance on a ballot after failing to meet the specified ground criteria. That means only Glan Conwy will be relegated, Llanrwst United gaining a reprieve, with Llandudno Albion and Mynydd Llandegai being promoted to Division One.
Next season will commence on Saturday 12th August and there will be a midweek game for the first three weeks of the season.
A decision on Gwalchmai's application to re-join the league was deferred until the other promotion contenders were known.
A FINAL WORD ON PROMOTION
(22/05/17) Twice we have won the Welsh Alliance in the past, in 1997 and 2003, and on both occasions we went on to enjoy success in the Cymru Alliance. So what has changed that has made us refuse promotion this time? Well, the requirement for 250 seats that has now been introduced by the Huws Gray Alliance for starters, that kills us. The picture above gives an idea of how it would look on our ground. Very nice maybe but our landowner was never going to give us permission to erect a structure of that magnitude opposite his house which is out of all proportion to the rural location and the size of our crowds. We cannot but agree.
Inevitably I suppose our decision has attracted some criticism on social media, usually from people we have never or barely heard of who come over as just plain thick. It does make chairman Gareth Evans and myself smile when they try to tell us how to run a football club! Those with a proper understanding of football at this level will be sympathetic and appreciate exactly where we are coming from and there has to be a real concern now that the gap between Tier 2 and Tier 3 is becoming too big to bridge for the vast majority of clubs.
It won't stop there though, floodlights will come next and it seems certain the Huws Gray Alliance will end up being part of a Welsh Premier League Division One North with annual licensing from the FAW a requirement. All this might or might not be good for Welsh football but an awful lot of clubs are going to be left behind with little chance of joining the party.
Yes there will be changes at Welsh Alliance level as well with a long overdue requirement for some cover for spectators which not all clubs have at present, that is sensible and only for the good.
Obviously we are disappointed for the players who by winning the league by sixteen points would have undoubtedly done well in the higher league. They are a great bunch of lads and we are fully aware that there will now be opportunities for them to play at the higher level elsewhere. We have to accept that and concede that we will not be applying for promotion again, the membership criteria for the Huws Gray Alliance now being beyond us. However, we will strive for success at whatever level we play just as we have always done, we have never felt bad about winning trophies and medals.
It will be interesting to see in five years time just how many current Welsh Alliance clubs have 250 seater stands, my guess would be no more than now! (Stan Strickland)
IOLO, JEFFERS & CORRIG PICK UP INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
(20/05/17) There was a great atmosphere in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth last night as Glantraeth celebrated an incredibly successful season.
Kieren Jeffreys was the supporters' choice as Player of the Year. His name will also be inscribed on the Len Jones Memorial Shield presented to the club by Len's son Aled. With Kieren away manager Warren Gibbs accepted the trophy from chairman Gareth Evans and the shield from Len's grandson Tomos.
Defender Iolo Hughes was the manager's choice of Player of the Year, the trophy presented by Warren and assistant manager Neil Hughes, and Corrig McGonigle picked up two awards, leading goalscorer presented by last year's winner Mark Bridge, and also winning the players' vote as Player of the Year, presented by last year's winner Ben Heald accompanied by his young son Gruffydd.
Jamie Jones recorded the most appearances with 37, Jamie has proved a great signing from Llandudno Junction.
The evening began with secretary Stan Strickland explaining why the club could not be promoted, it being impossible for us to erect another stand on our privately owned ground to meet the membership criteria of the Huws Gray Alliance. This would have meant us being relegated after just one season no matter how high we finished which was of no use to anyone.
Over the season the club scored a total of 127 goals, McGonigle getting 59 of them, but just as impressive was less than a goal a game being conceded in the thirty league games. As well as demolishing the club scoring record for a season Corrig will also pick up the Bob Brodie Trophy as leading scorer in Anglesey football and the Welsh Alliance Division One leading scorer award with 41 league goals that will be presented at the league AGM next month.
The club are much indebted to manager Warren Gibbs who has brought so much success to the club ably assisted by Neil Hughes and Sion Roberts. Warren has been an inspired choice as manager.
Thanks were given out to Aled Jones who has captured so much of this incredible season with his photos.
Also Helen of Hel's Kitchen fame who in our eyes runs the best canteen in the league. She presented flowers to Nia Jones who helps her in the canteen on match days and club captain Matty Lock made a presentation to both Helen and Nia on behalf of the players.
Thanks also to Gwyndaf Jones and Tony Maxwell for sponsoring playing kit and tracksuits.
The work of Tarw and Cledwyn on the ground was praised as was the hard work of all the club committee and helpers who have played such a big part in the club's many successes over so many years.
GLANTRAETH TO STAY IN THE WELSH ALLIANCE
(15/05/17) Glantraeth have decided not to accept promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance.
The club have issued the following statement:
In the past we have always accepted promotion from the Welsh Alliance and have enjoyed considerable success at the higher level, it was then a comparatively easy decision to make. However, it is now a whole new ballgame with the huge changes to the criteria for membership of the Huws Gray Alliance that have been introduced.
A 250 seater stand as required within two years is simply not possible on our privately owned ground, that is a fact, so accepting promotion would mean making a big commitment but with no long term future in the higher league as we would be relegated back to the Welsh Alliance no matter what our league position due to not meeting the ground criteria as specified by the FAW.
That would be an indignity in itself and hardly registers as progress. It would not give us the kind of stability we want so have decided we would be better served by continuing to operate and build as a Welsh Alliance club.
We have notified both leagues of our decision.
Glantraeth secretary Stan Strickland added:
We might be accused of lacking ambition but this is a dilemma that many clubs in the Welsh Alliance are going to have to face in future if they finish in a promotion position.
Our landowner Iolo Owen has generously allowed us to play on his land for over thirty years. He has allowed us to develop a tidy little ground that more than satisfies the kind of crowds we get and has in the past comfortably accommodated up to 500 for Welsh Cup ties against Rhyl for example but erecting a 250 seat stand that will rarely see more than twenty seated spectators is a step too far. There would verge on a seat for every person in the village!
The FAW have introduced these changes at Tier 2 level to bring the ground criteria closer to the Welsh Premier League and they are no doubt under pressure from UEFA but there is a real danger of a huge gap developing resulting in what will effectively be a two tier pyramid divorced from the rest.
We have spoken to many clubs in our league and those views are shared by most who are unable or unwilling to meet the revised ground criteria either because of the prohibitive cost to clubs even after allowing for grant funding or through taking the view that the requirements are well out of proportion to the size of their supporter base. The word 'ridiculous' has been used more than once!
Accepting promotion would mean being involved in a league knowing we will be forcibly relegated no matter how well we perform on the pitch because we are not able to meet the ground criteria. Why should we subject ourselves to that?
There is still much to look forward to in the Welsh Alliance. We still have hopes of one day winning the FAW Trophy, the Mawddach Cup (formerly the Barritt Cup) continues to evade us, there is still the Welsh Cup and there could be as many as 11 Anglesey clubs in the league next season making for strong local rivalry that always attracts good crowds.
We appreciate there will be disappointment after all we have achieved this season. Some of our players will be happy to continue in the Welsh Alliance while others are ambitious to play at a higher level. We respect that and accept that some might leave but I believe the decision we have made is the right one for the club.
CORRIG'S LATE STRIKE WINS COOKSON CUP AS....
GLANTRAETH COMPLETE DIVISION ONE LEAGUE & CUP DOUBLE
(13/05/17) A Corrig McGonigle goal three minutes from the end of extra-time gave Glantraeth victory by two goals to one as they retained the Cookson Cup to complete a Welsh Alliance Division One League & Cup double and round off a hugely successful 2016-2017 season.
Opponents Penrhyndeudraeth took them all the way and the result was in doubt right up to the final whistle. It was not one of Glan's vintage performances, there have been plenty of them this season, but on a hard, dry pitch with a fiercely swirling wind that made control difficult both sides struggled to play possession football.
The Gwynedd side got the best possible start as they took the lead after just eight minutes as Glan failed to deal with a high ball and as the ball ran loose a cross from the right was converted by Tomos Smith. Glan were indebted to keeper Ben Heald on 22 minutes as he dived to his left and managed to flip a shot from Neil Thomas on to the bar and over but it was Penrhyn who were fortunate just before the break as a delightful chip from McGonigle came back of a post.
Five minutes into the second period Glantraeth were level, McGonigle pulling the ball back from near the byline for Matty Lock to finish. The pressure was now on Penrhyn with Harry Galeotti only inches away from Darren Gowans' cross then Galeotti fired over a minute later.
It took a tremendous tackle from Glan's Gerwyn Jones right on the hour as Smith bore in on goal then Tom Hughes shot over for Penrhyn but with no further scoring the game entered extra-time where stalemate was looking likely and yet another penalty shoot-out until McGonigle struck in the 117th minute with his 59th goal of the season, controlling a long ball from Tom Clarke before firing low and hard past keeper Robert Watson.
Glantraeth captain Matty Lock received this magnificent old trophy from Rob Jones of competition sponsors Lock Stock Self-Storage and there was great sportsmanship from Penrhyndeudraeth, applauding Glantraeth right through the presentations and much of the celebrations that followed.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook later.
JACKPOT UP TO £500
(13/05/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 9, 12 & 18. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £500. The next draw takes place on Saturday 27th May in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
COOKSON CUP FINAL
(11/05/17) There will be great disappointment amongst the players following the manner of Tuesday's loss but after previous setbacks this season, and there haven't been many, we have always come back stronger than ever and gone on another run of good results. Over the past two season we have lost two big cup ties against Penrhyndeudraeth through not performing at our best so we must make sure there are no regrets this time as we go into Saturday's Cookson Cup Final.
Kick-off at Nantlle Vale is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit, we are in the away changing room and the referee is Phil Hughes of Holywell.
GLAN LOSE OUT ON PENALTIES
(09/05/17) There was disappointment for Glantraeth in this evening's Mawddach Cup Final as they lost out to Llanrug in a penalty shoot-out after the game had ended 2-2.
The Anglesey side will feel they should have had it won in normal time as they had much the better of play for long periods after falling behind in only the seventh minute, confusion in the Glan defence leading to a penalty and although keeper Ben Heald made a great save Dylan Owen fired home at the second attempt.
Tom Clarke had a fine chance to level four minutes later but his shot was too close to the keeper who made a good block but they did gain equality on 20 minutes as Gethin Maxwell found Mark Bridge who reacted quickly to volley over keeper Dylan Roberts (pictured).
Glantraeth were well in control at this stage and another goal looked like coming with a Jamie Jones cross causing panic in the goalmouth then Marvin Pritchard fired in a shot that passed just over. On the stroke of half-time Gethin Phillips went close with a header for Llanrug.
The second half began with Llanrug's Jonathan Sadler firing into the side-netting on 50 minutes but a minute later Glan were ahead through a superb strike from Corrig McGonigle as he took possession of a Tom Clarke pass before rifling the ball home. With twenty minutes remaining Pritchard was inches away from making it 3-1.
As the game entered its final stages Llanrug were doing everything possible to unleash the aerial power of Alan Owen and Heald did well to save one header from him and as a corner came in the big number 9 headed against a post. The Gwynedd side's late burst paid off in the 87th minute as a handball led to another penalty awarded by referee Kelvin Lewis and this time David Noel Williams converted at the first attempt.
Glantraeth's Jamie Jones went close in the first period of extra-time and Heald made a fine save from Sadler in the second period before McGonigle had a great chance to win it for Glan with six minutes left after good play from Galeotti but with the keeper beaten all ends up he lifted the ball inches too high.
Llanrug won on penalties 7-6, Galeotti having the chance to win it for Glantraeth but striking the bar. Congratulations Llanrug. We go again Saturday.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
A MEETING OF TWO LEAGUE HEAVYWEIGHTS
(07/05/17) The two form teams of Division One meet in a much anticipated Mawddach Challenge Cup Final at Bangor City FC on Tuesday evening. Glantraeth and Llanrug are always there or thereabouts at this level and meetings between the two are invariably closely fought, highly competitive encounters with the side that wants it most usually coming out on top. The message is clear, we have to be at our best to win this one.
Kick-off is 7.30 pm, we are in the blue kit, we are in the away changing room, the referee is Kelvin Lewis and admission is £5 with concessions at £1 for seniors and free entry for juniors under 14. Our mascots are Rhodri, Austin and Jayden.
NOW FOR THE CUPS
(06/05/17) Glantraeth maintained their unbeaten run and appeared to come through injury free as they completed their league season at Pwllheli this afternoon so it has to go down as mission achieved.
Playing a fifth game in nine days and with manager Warren Gibbs rotating his squad to keep players fresh it was hardly surprising that it was not Glan at their most fluent against a lively Pwllheli side but they went ahead on 33 minutes as Corrig McGonigle took possession of a through ball near the goalline before turning a defender and creating an angle to fire a low shot past the keeper and finding the far corner of the net. It was number 57 and as good as any goal he has scored this season.
Pwllheli's best player Tomos Jones put his side level with a fine finish eight minutes after the break and although the home side shaded the second period there were chances at both ends but no further score and the league winners were glad to just see the game out of the way so they can now move forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
Final score: Pwllheli 1 Glantraeth 1
A great sequence of Corrig's goal pictured above. More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
FINALE TO GREAT LEAGUE SEASON
(04/05/17) On Saturday we complete our league fixtures with a trip to Pwllheli. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Gwilym Evans.
We showed great fighting qualities at Junction yesterday, not helped by the ref being so keen to give them penalties although both teams suffered from yellow cards being wafted all over the place. Tom in goal (pictured) looked laid back and comfortable in an unaccustomed role although apart from the two pens, one saved, he didn't have that much to do so well protected was he by the back four. Jamie Jones moved into the middle and was outstanding alongside Gerwyn and Sion Hogan came back into the side and showed just how good a player he is and why he is in the Island Games squad.
Sam Faulkner had a second successive start with a controlled, disciplined midfield display in a game that was fiercely competitive with Junction having so much to play for. Mike Lundstram who has played little football over recent months due to illness worked his jockeys off up front and more than once upset his former teammates with his determination and competitiveness.
It was a hard earned point but the result meant fifteen games without defeat since losing to Greenfield as we build up to one of the biggest weeks in the club's history. (SS)
CARRAIG** THE GOAL MACHINE NETS NUMBER 56 TO LEVEL & TOM CLARKE SAVES A PEN
(03/05/17) With several players missing and central defender Tom Clarke in goal Glantraeth came away with a battling draw at Llandudno Junction this evening, damaging the home side's prospects of the runners-up spot while giving a helping hand to near neighbours Llangefni's chances.
Junction took the lead on 22 minutes as a long ball set Dean Seager free and he was able to lift the ball over the advancing Clarke for a fairly routine finish. Seven minutes later Glan were awarded a free kick out on the right about twenty-five yards from goal. Corrig McGonigle took the kick and a quite remarkable strike bent one way then the other to leave keeper Gwydion Owen confused and with little chance of saving (top picture).
In first half added time there was controversy as Junction were awarded a penalty, Glan failing to clear their lines and in the battle to recover possession the referee saw a trip. The referee clearly called 'no rebounds' meaning the penalty kick was the last action of the half. Incredibly stand-in keeper Clarke saved the penalty but as the ball came back off him it was swept into the net but of course it didn't count as the half was ended. Quite why this was not understood by the home management who raced on to the field remonstrating with the match official was difficult to fathom.
Junction were not denied for long however as twenty minutes into the second period the ref gave them another penalty and while the first had seemed a reasonable decision this looked nothing of the kind as Jamie Jones appeared to win the ball cleanly with what looked a great tackle. Clarke couldn't pull off another miracle as Sam Sinkinson despatched this one to put Junction 2-1 up.
Glan were not giving up their unbeaten run without a fight and in the 87th minute Harry Galeotti cut in from the left before letting fly with a shot that the keeper could not hold and McGonigle was in quickly to take advantage for a real poacher's goal (pictured above).
Final score: Llandudno Junction 2 Glantraeth 2
** Corrig's mam told us Carraig is the proper spelling of his name but pronounced Corrig. We'll stick with Corrig.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
(03/05/17) Now the home games are finished and the ground inspection is completed work will be starting on replacing the concrete hard standing along the length of the pitch opposite the main stand. Having obtained a grant from Welsh Ground Improvements we will also be replacing the fencing on that side. This will greatly improve the appearance of the ground and also make it more spectator friendly. We are grateful to Tony Maxwell and Hogans for their advice and support of this project.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
(03/05/17) The voting slips are now in for the Supporters' Player of the Year and as expected it was a close run thing with a good number of players receiving votes...but we have a winner. The Player's and the Manager's choice will also be known by the end of the week. The awards are scheduled to be presented in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on the evening of Friday May 19th.
CAN CORRIG MAKE THE SIXTY ?
(03/05/17) Outside the gates of Goodison Park stands a statue of Dixie Dean who scored 60 goals in a season for Everton ninety years ago. It still stands as a record for England's top division, be it the old First Division or the Premier League. I doubt Corrig will get a statue if he reaches sixty, but a club legend? Would think so. (SS)
(03/05/17) Glantraeth's ground was inspected by Huws Gray Alliance officials yesterday and was passed for promotion. We are grateful to Tarw for the work he has put in to ensure a successful inspection. A final decision as to whether we accept promotion will be taken after completion of fixtures.
(01/05/17) Glantraeth continued their winning run with a 2-0 victory over St Asaph to increase their lead at the top to a staggering 18 points before being presented with the League Championship Trophy by Rob Jones of league sponsors Lock Stock Self-Storage. It was a game that will not live long in the memory.
More than an hour had gone before the first shot on target, the opening half best forgotten as St Asaph's offside tactics and Glan's failure to deal with them strangled the life out of the game.
Corrig McGonigle created some much needed excitement as he forced a full length save from keeper Luke Jones on 61 minutes and four minutes later the home side took the lead as McGonigle was tripped as he took on a defender and comfortably put away the spot kick.
The visitors were creating little at the other end and McGonigle came close to his second three minutes from time with a tremendous shot that thudded against the bar but did add to his tally in injury time, scoring again from the penalty spot for his 54th goal of the season.
But tonight was all about Glantraeth being rewarded for what has been an incredible run of results in the league that has seen off all opposition and it doesn't finish there, with two tough league cup finals yet to come and the chance of even further glory.
More of Aled's pictures to follow on Facebook.
"I DREW A PICTURE OF WHERE THE GOAL WAS"
(29/04/17) Twenty-five years ago Neil Hughes was playing for Bangor City in the Welsh Premier League but if we thought his days of producing moments of magic were over then we were much mistaken as his stunning strike as the game entered the 93rd minute gave Glantraeth a 2-1 win at Greenfield. Collecting a corner from Harry Galeotti with his back to goal the easy option was to lay the ball back to Galeotti but instead he just turned and perfectly curled the ball into the top corner off the inside of the post. He said later: 'Although I was facing the other way I drew a picture of the goal in my mind then placed the ball where I had pictured it going!' (You just gotta love him).
It was brilliant and yet another memorable moment from this incredible season and although for the most part the game had been comparatively flat in many ways after Thursday's thriller in the mountains it was another welcome three points for the Anglesey side.
There was a magnificent welcome from Greenfield for Glantraeth with a guard of honour on to the pitch and congratulation posters on the league title win on the away changing room walls.
Tom Clarke came close to giving the visitors the lead on 10 minutes as he broke forward into space only to see his shot strike a post and fifteen minutes later a great low cross from Mark Bridge was only inches away from being converted by Corrig McGonigle.
Greenfield took the lead on 36 minutes with a goal that was furiously contested by Glan as a snap shot from the edge of the area from Tom Carney found the net with keeper Ben Heald unsighted by a home player a yard in front in an offside position. Despite his assistant flagging referee Tony Moore overruled him and awarded the goal.
In the 52nd minute McGonigle scored his 52nd goal of the season to put the sides level, Gerwyn Jones heading on a Heald free kick for the Glan striker to finish with his right foot.
With the game looking headed for a draw Neil Hughes produced that supreme finish. Will that be his swansong? Don't bet on it!
The reaction to Neil's goal brilliantly captured by photographer Aled Jones. More on Facebook tomorrow.
Please note Monday's game at home to St Asaph has been brought forward to a 5.30pm kick-off because of the league championship presentations that will follow.
A FANTASTIC STRIKE FROM MARK BRIDGE & ONE EACH FROM TOM CLARKE AND SAM FAULKNER AS...
GLANTRAETH WIN TITLE IN STYLE
(27/04/17) Following the 3-0 win at Llanberis this evening Glantraeth are Welsh Alliance League Division One Champions for 2016-2017 season after an incredible run of results - losing only one and drawing two of the past 24 games after losing the opening two fixtures of the season - a run that has seen 80 goals scored and only 19 conceded. The League Championship Trophy will be presented following the home game with St Asaph City on Bank Holiday Monday evening.
Glantraeth came so close to taking the lead in the opening minute as Matty Lock met a corner full on with a header that was cleared off the line and four minutes later only a tremendous save from keeper Ben Heald prevented the home side going ahead.
Corrig McGonigle was beaten by the pitch on 27 minutes as he took the ball wide of the keeper but couldn't control the bobbling ball well enough to find the target. A great double save by home keeper Louis Williams, first from Kieren Jeffreys then McGonigle, prevented Glan taking the lead just past the half-hour mark as the Anglesey side began to look the more likely scorers.
The second half saw the title favourites take charge and only an incredible display by Williams in goal prevented a complete rout. He looked unbeatable on 52 minutes as he threw himself full length to save from a beautifully struck shot from Mark Bridge but if that was a good effort his second three minutes later from fully thirty yards was nothing short of sensational as he hit the ball on the run giving the diving keeper no chance (pictured above) before being buried under his celebrating teammates.
Williams was again in action on 63 minutes with a fine stop from Matty Lock then McGonigle was crowded out as he looked to force the ball home but the non-stop barrage on the home goal brought further reward eighteen minutes from time as Bridge's cross from the right was headed home by Tom Clarke. On 78 minutes Williams went full length to save from Darren Gowans then Bridge struck a fierce shot that flashed just wide of a post but it hardly mattered as with three minutes of the ninety left the league title was secured as Sam Faulkner stroked the ball home from close in, Bridge again the provider.
'Championees' rang around Ffordd Padarn following the final whistle in what is proving an incredible season for Warren Gibbs' side, league champions and with two league cup finals still to come. It doesn't get much better. Final score: Llanberis 0 Glantraeth 3
More of Aled's pictures to follow on Facebook.
(25/04/17) We have been asked many times if we will accept promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance for next season. The truth is no decision has yet been made. Never before have there been so many things to consider regarding such a decision given the massive changes that have been introduced to the criteria for membership of the higher league.
Firstly, we have to pass a second ground inspection by the Huws Gray Alliance which will follow shortly after the deadline of April 30th. If we pass that, as we expect to, we will consult with our management, Warren and Neil, our landowner and our main sponsors before making a final decision which will not be taken until after the completion of fixtures.
HECTIC END TO LEAGUE SEASON
(25/04/17) Our league schedule now hots up with a run of four games in seven days.
We start at Llanberis on Thursday evening. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, we are in the blue kit and the referee is Peter Owen.
On Saturday we travel along the A55 to face Greenfield. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we are in the blue kit and the referee is Tony Moore. There is a coach going to Greenfield picking up 12.30 pm at Llanfairpwll Park & Ride.
On Bank Holiday Monday we play our final home game when St Asaph City come to Trefdraeth. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Peter Owen.
Next Wednesday, May 3rd, we are at Llandudno Junction. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Gareth Hughes.
JIM CHIPPY IS £300 WINNER
(22/04/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 6, 12 & 13. There was one winner of the £300 Jackpot, Jim Chippy of Malltraeth. The next draw takes place on Saturday 13th May in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
CORRIG PASSES FIFTY AND GLAN ALMOST HOME AND DRY
(22/04/17) Nothing short of a miracle will now prevent Glantraeth from becoming Champions of the Welsh Alliance for the third time in their history as they ran out 5-1 winners over Llanrwst United this afternoon.
The visitors put in a good performance particularly in the first half but as so often has happened this season Glan really turned the screw as the game wore on to comfortably pick up another three points.
The league leaders took the lead on 9 minutes as Corrig McGonigle sent a lovely cross-field pass to Harry Galeotti who cut inside before striking the ball firmly past keeper Louie Harris. Llanrwst we're giving as good as they got in an opening half of few chances but went further behind a minute before the break as Kieren Jeffreys drove forward into space before letting fly with an unstoppable shot that saw the net bulge.
Just past the hour Glan went three up as McGonigle was tripped in the box by Alun Roberts and you will rarely see a better penalty kick as the Glantraeth striker scored his fiftieth goal of the season with a superbly executed delivery into the top corner (top picture).
Llanrwst came closest to opening their account on 64 minutes as keeper Ben Heald was out quickly to save from Luke Roberts as he closed in on goal but a minute later the visitors fell further behind as McGonigle's inch perfect pass was side-footed cleanly home by Shaun Lock (pictured above).
The Gwynedd side got some reward for their efforts eighteen minutes from time as Roberts got behind the home defence and took the ball wide of Heald before slotting home only for the home side to restore their four goal lead four minutes later with another classic from McGonigle, his brilliant first touch from Shaun Lock's pass taking him clear of his marker before smacking the ball just inside the post.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
SIX POINTS FROM THE TITLE
(19/04/17) We are at home on Saturday when Llanrwst United are the visitors. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Kelvin Lewis.
PHEW!!! MATTY RETURNS THE HERO
(17/04/17) Embedded at the bottom of the league Glan Conwy made Glantraeth work harder for the three points than perhaps any other club over recent months. In the end the match winner was Matty Lock, coming on as a late sub after a frustrating four months out through injury then heading home with only five minutes remaining to deny the home side what would have been a heroic point despite a couple of bad refereeing calls going in their favour.
The Anglesey visitors began like they were headed for double figures after going two up in the opening eight minutes, Corrig McGonigle with a close range finish in the 7th minute from Gethin Maxwell's cross (pictured below) and in the next attack Andy Barker's long ball in from the right found the net off a post with McGonigle ready to pounce.
It should have been 3-0 on 13 minutes as Gerwyn Jones headed home only for McGonigle to be wrongly flagged offside as interfering with play. It proved a costly mistake as two minutes later Connor Davies struck a tremendous volley from twenty-five yards to put the home side back in the game.
Kieran Jeffreys shot against a post on 27 minutes and ten minutes later Gerwyn Jones should have scored from an unmarked header but found the keeper instead and five minutes before the break McGonigle struck the bar with a free kick as Glantraeth looked to get back in control.
All hell let loose two minutes into first half Injury time as Davies handled the ball into the net from a corner only for the goal to be given and now there was a real game on for the league leaders.
There was no doubt Glantraeth were rattled by the home side getting level and more and more frustration was creeping into their game and there was a huge escape on the hour mark as Davies was denied by the post with a powerful effort from just outside the box.
With the game entering the final twenty minutes the pressure on the Glan Conwy goal was mounting, McGonigle volleying wide from a quality Mark Bridge cross but a minute later Bridge was guilty of a bad miss as he he failed to find the target after getting on the end of a ball swung in by Harry Galeotti.
It looked like it might not be Glantraeth's day thirteen minutes from time as McGonigle's free kick struck the underside of the bar and was cleared. It was all getting too frantic as the visitors got more and more desperate to find a winner when a cool head was maybe what was required and perhaps it arrived in the 80th minute as Matty Lock was introduced from the bench and his first real involvement saw him mobbed by his teammates as he headed home off the underside of the bar after leaping high to meet an in-swinging corner taken by Guto Hughes (top picture).
There was relief as the final whistle sounded to end a game that proved far tougher than could have been anticipated and now Glantraeth effectively need seven points from their final six games to ensure they finish top.
Final score: Glan Conwy 2 Glantraeth 3
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
TITLE CHARGE LOOKING GOOD
(15/04/17) Llandyrnog were on the end of a heavy 5-0 defeat this afternoon and only the goal frame saved them from further embarrassment as Glantraeth strengthened their bid for the league title. Corrig McGonigle was back to his best with four and unlucky not to make it five as the home side completely overran the visitors.
The league pacesetters took the lead on 18 minutes as Darren Gowans sent Harry Galeotti away and his cross was perfect for McGonigle to put away. If that was an easy finish his second wasn't as Tom Clarke found the Glan striker in the area and he brilliantly evaded two defenders to create the space to find the net with a classy finish. It was almost 3-0 on 39 minutes as Iolo Hughes met a Gowans' free kick only to see his header come back off the bar.
Three minutes into the second half McGonigle completed his hat-trick, Gethin Maxwell feeding Galeotti out on the right who surged into the area before finding McGonigle who gave keeper Stuart Griffiths little chance with a well directed finish. The game had now become even more one-sidedness with Glan looking like scoring each time they attacked and it was four for McGonigle on 56 minutes as he put away the spot kick following a foul on Jamie Jones.
With three substitutes used Glan were down to ten men twenty minutes from time as Iolo Hughes limped off but it hardly interrupted the pattern of the game although the visitors did come close on 83 minutes as keeper Ben Heald got a bad bobble as he attempted to clear leaving Gareth Roberts a clear shot on goal but his shot was too high.
Galeotti got a deserved goal five minutes from time, taking a pass from Maxwell before cutting in and firing past Griffiths. Roberts headed wide for the visitors two minutes later then Dyrnog had an amazing escape the following minute as Galeotti crossed for McGonigle who shot against a post and as the ball rebounded out had a second attempt that also struck the upright.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
(12/04/17) Four points from two very tough away games this week has got to be good. We are back home on Saturday when Llandyrnog United are the visitors, kick-off is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Nick Pratt.
On Monday we attempt to battle our way through the Bank Holiday traffic to get to Glan Conwy for a 6.30 pm kick-off. We are in the blue kit and the referee is Matt Bridges.
IOLO STRIKES AS GLAN FIGHT BACK
(11/04/17) Tonight's game at Eithin Duon was very much the proverbial game of two halves as Glantraeth were put through the mixer in the opening forty-five minutes with Llanrug kicking with the wind towards the clubhouse end but after the break it was the visitors asking all the questions and by the final whistle the home side had done well to hang on for a point.
The first threat of the game on the ten minute mark saw Llanrug's Jonathan Sadler turn the ball against a post after Alan Owen had won a header. The home side were being awarded a series of free kicks and corners that were putting Glan under pressure and Iolo Hughes did well to clear off the line from David Williams following a goalmouth scramble on 25 minutes.
With the interval only a minute away it looked like Glan would hold out but Eifion Williams pinched possession in the middle of the park and a quick break led to Carl Griffiths squaring the ball for Owen to score from close in.
The Gwynedd side deserved their half-time lead, the visitors had barely created a chance, but how things changed on the restart as Llanrug were now the team forced to defend with Tom Clarke having a shot blocked and Corrig McGonigle forcing a save from a free kick. On 57 minutes keeper Dylan Roberts pulled off a superb reaction save as Clarke looked like scoring from a couple of yards out but following another fine save from Shaun Lock he was finally beaten on 64 minutes as Iolo Hughes headed home a corner from Lock, his first goal for the club.
As Glan went looking for the winner a great cross from Harry Galeotti was volleyed wide by McGonigle but then there was a let off at the other end as a low cross from the right was only inches away from being converted by Owen. The league leaders were going flat out for the three points and couldn't have come closer with four minutes remaining as Darren Gowans' free kick smashed against the angle of post and crossbar with Roberts well beaten and two minutes later Galeotti skimmed the bar with a dipping effort from twenty yards.
Final score: Llanrug United 1 Glantraeth 1
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
CARYS WINS £900 JACKPOT
(08/04/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 3, 12 & 19. There was one winner of the £900 Rollover Jackpot, Carys Jones of Dwyran. The next draw takes place on Saturday 22nd April in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
GLAN MARCH RELENTLESSLY ON
(08/04/17) A 2-0 win at Penrhyndeudraeth puts Glantraeth in a strong position at the top of the league as they continue to set a scorching pace with only 5 points dropped from the last 57 at stake.
You don't win at Penrhyn easily and although the home side came back strongly in the final third of the game Glan once again held firm for another clean sheet.
The Anglesey-based visitors took the lead after only five minutes as Guto Hughes sent in a cross from the right that keeper Robert Watson failed to field cleanly and Gethin Maxwell was in quickly to get a toe to the ball and force it over the line (top picture). On 14 minutes Penrhyn almost levelled as Neil Thomas struck a terrific left foot shot on the run that Glan keeper Ben Heald brilliantly pushed on to the bar and over and three minutes later the crossbar rescued the Gwynedd side as a long ball in from Guto Hughes came back off the woodwork.
Playing with the Maes Y Parc dip in their favour and with the sun causing problems for the home defenders Heald was for the most part playing the ball long and a great free kick from his own half allowed Gerwyn Jones to break free and head home to put Glan two up with twenty minutes gone. The last action of the half had Glan's Marvin Pritchard firing over and Tomos Smith having a shot blocked at the opposite end.
Penrhyn were out of the blocks quickly on the restart with Huw Quaeck shooting wide of the goal but at this stage Glan still looked well in control, Andy Barker getting in a shot on 63 minutes that was straight at the keeper. The visitors were caught cold three minutes later, however, as a quickly taken corner led to Carwyn Price flashing a low shot that passed only a foot wide and on 79 minutes Mark Cook was found unmarked at the near post but his effort was also off target. The visitors had not looked quite so comfortable in the closing stages and too easily lost possession in the final minute allowing Cook to get in a fine shot from twenty-five yards that brought a flying save from Heald.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
(06/04/17) On Saturday we travel to face Penrhyndeudraeth. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit, referee is Phil Hughes and after-match hospitality is at The Station Inn, Porthmadog.
The following Tuesday, 11th April, we visit Llanrug United. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, we are in the blue kit and the referee is Peter Kewley.
(04/04/17) A goal five minutes into the second half from Marvin Pritchard was enough to give Glantraeth a huge win in a game where they really had to dig deep against a highly motivated Llanberis side.
It was a three points built on having the best defence in the league with keeper Kieron Williams not having a single save to make throughout the entire ninety minutes despite the considerable endeavours of the visitors, just nine goals now having been conceded in the past thirteen games.
The win came at a cost though with leading scorer Corrig McGonigle pulling up early on and having to leave the field with what appears a nasty injury.
In truth it was a game that lacked much in the way of goalmouth action as both sides for the most part cancelled each other out. An early effort from Kieren Jeffreys for the home side that was easily saved and a burst of pressure from the visitors approaching the half-hour mark that saw Aled Hughes fire into the side netting were the highlights then Jeffreys who had been Glan's biggest threat twice shot wide to bring the first half to an end.
Five minutes into the second period Glan went ahead as Shaun Lock sent in a cross from the left and the ball fell to Pritchard who made no mistake with a low shot just inside a post. Llanberis had plenty of the ball as they looked to get back into the game but they could not penetrate the defensive wall and in fact Glantraeth could have had a second five minutes from time as Andy Barker blasted a foot over.
It wasn't pretty and Glantraeth never quite won the battle but they showed great resilience despite not being at their best which will hold them in good stead for the challenges that lie ahead.
Final score: Glantraeth 1 Llanberis 0
A minutes silence in memory of Henry 'Romeo' Esin was held before the game. More pics on Facebook tomorrow.
GLAN GRAFT OUT 3-1 WIN
(01/04/17) Glantraeth got the three points but had to really graft against a Barmouth side that belied their lowly position with a determined display that kept them in contention for long periods of the game.
Corrig McGonigle had the ball in the net after just two minutes as the ball came back off the keeper only to be flagged offside by the assistant referee, it looked a doubtful call at best. On the half-hour mark Glan took the lead as Harry Galeotti sent in a great cross from the right that was finished with an equally impressive glancing header from Mark Bridge and six minutes later keeper Adam Walters brought down Jamie Jones and McGonigle confidently put away the spot kick.
Two up it was looking good for Glan but five minutes before the break the visitors pulled a goal back through a stunning Rob Murfet strike from all of thirty yards that gave keeper Ben Heald no chance.
Despite the three goals the first half had not been over-blessed with excitement but the action really kicked off after the break as Glantraeth went looking to increase their lead, McGonigle, Galeotti and Marvin Pritchard all having efforts on goal then Murfet had a shot deflected wide for Barmouth. McGonigle went close with a free kick that passed just a foot wide on 55 minutes and five minutes later Guto Hughes nearly set up the Glan striker but the third goal arrived twenty minutes from time as Shaun Lock's corner swung in from the right was powerfully headed home by Gerwyn Jones. Only keeper Walters kept Glan from adding another, making two tremendous saves from Andy Barker in the closing stages.
Three brilliant pictures of the goals by Aled above, more on Facebook tomorrow.
MIKE, CHICK & TOM ALL BACK
(30/03/17) It is transfer deadline day in the Welsh Alliance and forward Mike Lundstrum has re-signed for Glantraeth from Llandyrnog United. We thank Dyrnog secretary Matthew Lewis for helping with the transfer. Glantraeth legend Darren 'Chicken' Jones has again put pen to paper for Glan to further add to the squad for the fourteen games remaining and last but certainly not least Porthmadog have reluctantly agreed to the transfer of defender Tom Clarke (pictured). The Y Traeth club were quite understandably keen to hang on to Tom with three games still to play as he has been an integral part of Craig Papirnyk's side all season but agreed to go along with Tom's wishes and sign the forms this afternoon. My thanks to Port secretary Gerallt Owen.
Be glad when it's past midnight! (SS)
CUP FINAL DATES & VENUES
(29/03/17) The Mawddach Challenge Cup Final v Llanrug United will be played at Bangor City FC on Tuesday 9th May with a 7.30 pm kick-off.
The Cookson Cup Final v Penrhyndeudraeth will be played at Nantlle Vale FC on Saturday 13th May with a 2.30 pm kick-off.
SEASON GATHERS PACE
(26/03/17) Through having games postponed we have at present lost top spot to Llandudno Junction who have emerged as strong challengers for the title but there is still a long way to go and there are two or three other clubs who could yet have plenty to say about the final outcome. All we can do is keep winning!
Jeffers moved into double figures with his two goals against Trearddur Bay so we better put the engraving of the leading scorer trophy back on hold. Hopefully we will have Gethin Maxwell returning from injury this week and Matty Lock expects to return to training in the next few days. Sam Faulkner remains suspended for two more games.
With Shaun Lock returning to the club from Beaumaris Town and Dylan Williams back after a short spell with Mynydd Llandegai Warren is already looking to ensure a strong squad is in place before the transfer deadline this coming Thursday as the end of season run-in gathers pace with midweek games now back on the agenda.
Next Saturday we resume playing with a home league fixture against Barmouth & Dyffryn United. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Laurence Jones.
The following Tuesday 4th April Llanberis are the visitors. For that game we will be in the blue away kit, kick-off is 6.15 pm and the referee is Allan Rowlands. (SS)
JACKPOT NOW £900
(25/03/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 4, 6 & 11. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £900. The next draw takes place on Saturday 8th April in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
WINNING BUILT ON GOOD DEFENDING
(19/03/17) Groundsman Cledwyn Williams did a great job of repairing the pitch after last week's win over Glan Conwy and he faces the same task again as it took a real hammering yesterday. The pitch was certainly borderline after continuous rain and referee Peter Owen did well to get the game played at all helped by both sides playing very competitively but in a great spirit.
Getting to another cup final made all the effort worthwhile and our sheer power in such heavy conditions as the game got into the later stages was very impressive.
Bay will feel the scoreline was harsh given that much of the game was very close and up until fifteen minutes from time they were in with a real shout but it is not the first time this season that we have come strong in the later period of a game, subs Andy Barker and Harry Galeotti making an immediate impression.
It was a real team effort and with midfielders Gethin Maxwell and Matty Lock out injured and Sam Faulkner suspended Dylan Williams moved into the middle and was one of several players who could have had a claim on man of the match.
Much has been made of our goal scoring recently with Corrig quite rightly attracting the headlines but just as impressive has been the fact that after conceding six in our opening two league games the following 16 have seen only 14 scored against.
As I said yesterday we ain't won nothing yet but reaching both league cup finals for the second successive season is no mean achievement in itself. The venues for the finals are still up in the air which is a bit worrying, the original date for the Mawddach Cup Final at Bangor now apparently in doubt. Hopefully the league can soon sort that out. (SS)
GLANTRAETH AIN'T WON NOTHING YET BUT....
TOP OF THE LEAGUE
COOKSON CUP FINALISTS
& NOW MAWDDACH CUP FINALISTS
(18/03/17) A hard fought and tremendously entertaining semi-final played in testing conditions ended with Glantraeth simply overpowering a good Trearddur Bay side to run out 6-1 winners. They will now meet Llanrug United in the Mawddach Challenge Cup Final, date and venue to be arranged.
Glan took the lead on 21 minutes as Kieren Jeffreys drove into the heart of the Bay defence before releasing the ball to Dylan Williams who powerfully struck a low shot that found the net, passing just inside a post. Eight minutes later the visitors were back on terms as a long ball put Bryn Roberts clear and although keeper Ben Heald made a great save from his first effort the ball fell nicely for Roberts to follow up and score with his second attempt.
The goals continued to flow as Glantraeth went back in front just past the half-hour mark as Shaun Lock put in a well driven cross from the left that found Mark Bridge who maintained his cool to control the ball before picking his spot (top picture).
There had been little to choose between the sides in the opening period and the second half looked like it might be no different as Jeffreys fired wide for Glan and Asa Thomas shot just over for Bay but the big breakthrough came on 75 minutes as the home side piled on the pressure to open some real daylight between the teams, Corrig McGonigle twice having close range efforts saved before Jeffreys blasted the ball high into the net.
Glantraeth now went for the kill as they began to dominate with some superb football in the conditions and got a fourth four minutes later. Andy Barker, just on as a substitute was the architect, linking up well with Dylan Willams on the right before setting up McGonigle to get number 43 of the season with a low right-footer.
Barker was again influential in setting up a fifth on 84 minutes with Jeffreys getting his second, his shot passing just inside a post despite keeper Elliot Smith's best efforts to keep it out (pictured). Two minutes later Harry Galeotti brilliantly beat his marker on the goal line (pictured above) before creating an angle to shoot home and make the final score 6-1.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
AIMING FOR ANOTHER FINAL
(15/03/17) Glantraeth host Trearddur Bay United on Saturday in the semi-final of the Mawddach Challenge Cup. The winners will meet Llandyrnog United or Llanrug United in the final. Referee is Peter Owen and kick-off is 2.00 pm.
AT JUST 19 CORRIG McGONIGLE REWRITES THE RECORD BOOKS
(11/03/17) With at least fourteen games still to play Corrig McGonigle has now scored more goals in a season than any other player in Glantraeth's 33 year history beating the previous record of 41 goals scored in 2002-2003 season by Nigel Moore (pictured below). Corrig only joined Glan from Caernarfon Town in late September having missed our opening six games making the 42 goals he has now amassed in just twenty starts even more impressive.
Any successful striker needs the service from his teammates but just as important good teamwork is only rewarded when the ball is put in the back of the net and Corrig's scoring record is little short of incredible.
Twenty one years ago I signed Lee Trundle on his first professional contract, he was a similar age to Corrig, also had a lethal left foot, and although a different type of player I have to be honest and say I would be hard pushed to choose between them at the same age and Trundle didn't end up doing too badly!
Corrig set himself a target of 50 for the season, he might well have to reconsider! (SS)
JACKPOT NOW £700
(11/03/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 8, 12 & 15. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £700. The next draw takes place on Saturday 25th March in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
GLANTRAETH RUN OUT 4-1 WINNERS
(11/03/17) Three goals ahead at the break with Corrig McGonigle again getting a big three it was a dominant opening forty-five minutes from Glantraeth but they were made to work in the second half as a much improved display from the visitors threatened to get them back in the game.
McGonigle was out of luck in only the second minute as he turned and struck a tremendous shot that crashed against the post but he wasn't to be denied for long as a quick one-two just past the quarter hour mark put the home side in control as he first connected with a well worked corner taken by Guto Hughes to fire home through a crowded area then a minute later Mark Bridge swung the ball out to Harry Galeotti on the right and his perfectly delivered low cross was put away with nonchalant ease by Glantraeth's leading scorer.
On 21 minutes McGonigle looked certain to complete his hat-trick as he broke clear down the middle only to be chopped down. It looked a certain red card for the Glan Conwy defender but the visitors had a big let-off as referee Peter Kewley elected to only show a yellow. The treble was completed however on 39 minutes as McGonigle headed home from a Galeotti corner (top picture).
The home side seemed to lose impetus after the break and the visitors began to look far more threatening and got a goal back on 53 minutes as a free kick sent in from the left went in off Glantraeth defender Iolo Hughes. It lifted the Conwy side as they enjoyed their best spell of the game and it took a good tackle by Gerwyn Jones to prevent substitute George Roberts getting in a shot on goal on 73 minutes but their hopes of avoiding defeat disappeared the following minute as Jones popped up at the other end to head home as he was first to a corner kick taken by Shaun Lock.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
HOME TO GLAN CONWY
(08/03/17) Glan Conwy are the visitors on Saturday for a league fixture. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Peter Kewley.
(04/03/17) Today's game at Pwllheli has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
COOKSON CUP FINAL DATE
(03/03/17) Tuesday 25th April, Lock Stock Cookson Cup Final - Glantraeth v Penrhyndeudraeth to be played at Bangor City F C Kick-off 7-30pm
Saturday 29th April, Mawddach Challenge Cup Final - Glantraeth or Trearddur Bay Utd v Llandyrnog Utd or Llanrug Utd to be played at Bangor City F C Kick-off 2-30pm
(02/03/17) We travel to face Pwllheli on Saturday. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we are in the blue away kit and the referee is Kelvin Lewis. After-match hospitality is in the Penlan Fawr.
JACKPOT NOW £500
(25/02/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 5, 16 & 17. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £500. The next draw takes place on Saturday 11th March in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
GAME OFF !!
(25/02/17) Today's game at Penrhyndeudraeth has been postponed.
TREBLE DREAM STILL ALIVE
(18/02/17) Glantraeth moved into the semi-finals of the Mawddach Challenge Cup after overcoming the stubborn resistance of visitors Llanrwst who showed a real determination to erase the memory of their 8-0 league defeat.
The first real chance of the game after five minutes came to the visitors as hesitation let in Matt Mullender but he pulled his shot badly wide then six minutes later Glan were lucky not to fall behind as Gene Faulkes got on the end of a free kick only to see his effort come back off a post.
After those early escapes the home side began to get on top as a good ball from Jamie Jones almost put Corrig McGonigle in and a fine cross from Mark Bridge was only inches away from Guto Hughes converting. Glan had been well below their best but with five minutes of the half remaining McGonigle cleverly turned his defender to create a chance that was well saved by keeper Chris Wright.
The Anglesey side turned up the heat after the break with the Llanrwst defence under constant pressure keeper Wright saving at the near post from Bridge then Gerwyn Jones headed over. On 59 minutes Glantraeth took the lead as Kieren Jeffreys fired home through a crowded area despite the attempt by a defender to stop the ball with a hand.
The visitors continued to battle for everything but we're now posing little threat in attack and Wright was keeping them in the game, making fine saves from first Jeffreys then point blank from Gethin Maxwell. McGonigle volleyed wide from a good Bridge cross but a second goal had to come and it was 2-0 on 71 minutes as a cross from Hughes arrived at the feet of McGonigle to score from close range.
With fifteen minutes remaining superb play from Harry Galeotti provided a simple header for McGonigle (pictured above), his 39th goal of the season, and now Glan were coasting with Galeotti displaying his party tricks out on the left with one audacious flick that left two defenders for dead.
With the game as good as won it came as a shock on 84 minutes as an incident between Sam Faulkner and Llanrwst's Faulkes led to a mass coming together of players and resulted in both players being dismissed. Final score: Glantraeth 3 Llanrwst United 0
Glantraeth will now be at home to Trearddur Bay United in the semi-final.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
AIMING FOR THE SEMI-FINAL
(14/02/17) Llanrwst United are the visitors on Saturday in the Mawddach Challenge Cup. The winners will be at home to Amlwch Town or Trearddur Bay United in the semi-finals on Saturday 18th March. Kick-off is 2.00 pm, the referee is Tony Moore and we will be in the new RPC sponsored red kit.
TWO SHARE £1,700
(11/02/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 9, 14 & 18. There were two winners, Ann Jones of Bodffordd and Chelsea Roberts of Newborough. The next draw takes place on Saturday 25th February in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
GLAN BACK WITH A BANG
(10/02/17) Glantraeth got back to winning ways this evening with a 4-0 win away to Abergele Town. It was no easy ride with the home side giving a good account of themselves but the difference was in the finishing as Glan goal machine Corrig McGonigle was again on target, scoring all four for the Anglesey side.
Glan were almost ahead after just 17 seconds as Harry Galeotti swung a ball in from the right that McGonigle just failed to convert. On fifteen minutes an Andy Barker pass gave McGonigle a shooting chance but the keeper was out quickly to save. Abergele had chances of their own, Antonio Jecovelli breaking clear on 21 minutes only for Gerwyn Jones to make a great rescuing tackle and two minutes later a clearance was blocked and rebounded nicely for Jack McDougall but this time Glan keeper Ben Heald made a fine block.
Galeotti had been a constant threat on the right and was instrumental in the visitors taking the lead ten minutes before the break. Jamie Jones burst forward with real purpose and as the ball was played out wide Galeotti crossed perfectly for McGonigle and although his header was half saved he followed up to score (pictured above). Three minutes later McGonigle struck a free kick from twenty five yards that skimmed the bar but was not to be denied as he got a second in the final minute of the half firing into the roof of the net after brilliant play from Galeotti.
McGonigle completed his hat-trick four minutes into the second half with a goal of sheer class. Sion Hogan made a run in from the left after linking up with Gethin Maxwell and played the ball to the Glantraeth number 10 just inside the area who picked his spot by delightfully clipping the ball into the top corner with the keeper left helpless.
Despite being three goals down Abergele were still playing like they believed they could get something from the game pushing forward whenever they could with Jamie Hobson left frustrated on 51 minutes as his free kick looked goal bound only for Heald to go full length to save and they went even closer on 73 minutes as Jecovelli headed against the bar following a right wing corner. The game was all but over as a contest twelve minutes from time and again it was McGonigle on target with Maxwell providing the chance for what was an easy tap-in by the Glan striker's standards.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook.
FRIDAY ON THE 3G
(07/02/17) On Friday evening we are away to Abergele Town on Llandudno FC's 3G pitch, kick-off we have tonight been informed is now 7.45 pm not 7.30 pm as given out by the league. We have also been informed that they have changed their home colours to red so we will be in the new blue away kit. Referee is Terry Atkinson. Please ensure you have the correct footwear for the 3G pitch as apparently Llandudno officials carry out checks.
BIG SCALP FOR GREENFIELD
(04/02/17) Greenfield's jubilant reaction as the final whistle sounded said it all after defiantly surviving a second half onslaught from the league leaders to hold on to their half-time lead and break Glantraeth's nine game winning run.
The visitors began in lively fashion and looked like they meant business, Glan are there to be shot at now and can expect more of the same but they looked somewhat off the pace in the early stages with the visitors showing more urgency. The home side improved and on twenty minutes Corrig McGonigle went close with a low shot that almost found the target. Ten minutes later a fine pass from Sam Faulkner gave McGonigle another shooting chance but his shot found the side-netting.
The Anglesey side were shocked on 38 minutes as Greenfield took the lead, Liam Robinson reacting quickest to a free kick and firing home unmarked.
With it all to do after the break Glan really began to turn the screw as the visitor's defence was put under enormous pressure. It was all hands to the pump in the Greenfield defence as they set out to hold on their advantage. Gerwyn Jones headed just wide on 51 minutes and six minutes later Mark Johnson cleared off the line from McGonigle with his keeper beaten.
It was now like the Alamo as Glan threw everything into seeking an equaliser and as things got more desperate the actions of Greenfield's management duo led to them being sent from the dugout by referee Dewi Owen. Their side were doing them proud with their defending but got lucky on 65 minutes as McGonigle clipped the crossbar from a tight angle and the Glantraeth striker looked like he had finally broken their resistance ten minutes later with a header from a Harry Galeotti cross that looked a certain goal only for former Holywell keeper Danny Stanton to pull off a quite incredible reaction save.
Glantraeth could not be faulted for effort as they piled forward on an increasingly heavy pitch with Andy Barker and Sean Davies having chances in the closing stages but the heroic efforts of the visitors got their reward as they held on for the points.
It was a setback for Glantraeth but manager Warren Gibbs will be looking for a big reaction away to Abergele Town next Friday night.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
MARK BRIDGE RE-SIGNS
(03/02/17) We are pleased to report that forward Mark Bridge has re-signed a form for Glantraeth from Huws Gray Alliance club Holywell Town. Mark was Glan's leading scorer last season with 22 goals as well as being voted Welsh Alliance Division One Player of the Year. Thanks to Holywell secretary Steve Roberts for his assistance.
GREENFIELD 2.30 PM
(30/01/17) Greenfield are the visitors next Saturday as we return to league action. Please note kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Dewi Owen.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,700
(28/01/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 1, 4 & 10. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,700. The next draw takes place on Saturday 11th February in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
NEW HOME KIT SPONSORS
(24/01/17) We are delighted to announce that RPC Contracts Ltd are the sponsors of our new home kit
RPC Contracts Ltd is a North Wales Company that offers Various Earth Retention Solutions for Domestic and Industrial applications. It is one of the UK's leading engineering solutions providers of earth/soil retention systems and supporting wall systems.
The division has built a first class reputation as a leader within its field and, operating nationally, designs, manufactures and installs retaining walls and structures for use in the civil engineering and wider construction industry. From complex bespoke solutions to 'off the shelf' systems, all RPC products including gravity retaining walls, sea and harbour walls, cantilever walls and concrete crib structures, are designed and developed to meet the standards outlined in BS8002.
Their specialist teams are able to develop a solution that meets the specific demands of each project. From initial surveys and research, they work closely alongside clients through the manufacturing stage and finally to installation.
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A 6-0 CUP ROMP FOR GLAN
(21/01/17) It was all too easy for Glantraeth who had far too much class against a Prestatyn Sports side left fighting for nothing but pride.
The league's leading scorer Corrig McGonigle put the home side ahead after just seven minutes as he neatly lifted the ball over the advancing keeper after being first to a through ball from Iolo Hughes (top picture). On 21 minutes it was two as Kieren Jeffreys sent in a cross from the left with Marvin Pritchard determinedly winning possession to leave himself an open goal (pictured left). The visitors chances, already looking pretty bleak, further evaporated four minutes later as Dominic Donnelly cleaned out Jamie Jones without any attempt to play the ball and left referee Mark James with an easy red card decision.
Just on the half-hour mark a great ball from Sam Faulkner put McGonigle away and as he pushed the ball past the keeper he was brought down before picking himself up to score from the spot. It had been one way traffic but the visitors did win a couple of free kicks at the start of the second half, the second from Paul Watts dipping just over for what was their best attempt so far.
Any chance of a fightback was put to bed on 54 minutes as McGonigle scored his 33rd of the season and completed yet another hat-trick with a perfectly executed finish after good work on the right from Sean Davies and Harry Galeotti. Eight minutes later McGonigle was the provider with a lovely chipped cross for Galeotti to nod home (pictured above).
With twelve minutes remaining McGonigle was denied another by the crossbar but with time running out Sion Hogan blasted the ball high into the net to complete another convincing performance by the league leaders.
Glantraeth will now be at home to Llanrwst United for a place in the semi-finals of the Mawddach Challenge Cup.
More of Aled's pic on Facebook tomorrow.
COPA DINER & BAR NEW SPONSORS
(19/01/17) We are delighted to announce that COPA DINER & BAR are sponsoring a new away kit and tracksuits for the remainder of this season and next season.
Copa is a family run Diner & Bar which serves up American inspired food with a Welsh twist as well as your favourite drinks and is set in the top of the old wine & spirit warehouse on the Square in Caernarfon.
Our thanks to owners Gwyndaf and Marlene for their support.
MAWDDACH CHALLENGE CUP
(18/01/17) It's Mawddach Challenge Cup second round action at Glantraeth on Saturday when Prestatyn Sports are the visitors. Kick-off is 1.30 pm and the referee is Mark James assisted by Gareth Parry and Ashley Williams.
JACKPOT UP TO £1500
(14/01/17) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 17 & 18. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1500. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 28th January.
GLAN GO NINE POINTS CLEAR
(14/01/17) Glantraeth ran out 5-1 winners at Barmouth to open up a nine point lead at the top of the table with Corrig McGonigle claiming a hat-trick in nine minutes to take his total to 30. The only surprise was that it took so long to make the three points safe, the first forty-five minutes being little more than shooting practice for Glan yet remaining goalless.
The visitors should have taken the lead in the second minute as Marvin Pritchard broke clear but he failed to find McGonigle who was unmarked for what would have been a certain goal. Barmouth were being overrun as attack after attack reined down on their goal, McGonigle shot over then headed over, Pritchard did well to win possession then fired over, Harry Galeotti had a shot deflected wide and as the corner came in Kieren Jeffreys saw his effort go wide.
Glan thought they had the lead on 25 minutes as Pritchard headed home a Darren Gowans' cross but was fractionally offside. A long distance effort from Iwan Kojs sailed well over but it was a rare venture into the opposition half by Barmouth as a succession of shots continued at the other end, McGonigle firing over then seeing his shot blocked following a brilliant run from Galeotti. Glan went even closer on 38 minutes as Iolo Hughes had his shot come back off a post and Galeotti followed up only to see the ball cleared off the line.
Glan keeper Ben Heald was called into action for the first time four minutes before the break as he easily fielded a shot from Kojs. Galeotti and Pritchard fired over in the time remaining before the break which summed up a half that Glan had completely controlled yet too often had been guilty of failing to get shots on target.
A half-time roasting had Barmouth moving a yard faster following the interval and the challenges were coming in much quicker and it was clear Glantraeth now had a battle on their hands. The game really took off as the visitors finally gained the lead on 48 minutes as a run from Galeotti created the chance for Jeffreys to neatly finish but within two minutes Barmouth were level as Dave Inglis swept the ball home following a free kick. Five minutes later a scramble in the Glan goalmouth saw Sean Davies do well to make a saving tackle and prevent the home side going ahead.
This was now proving a real test of character for Glantraeth as they fought to get back control and it looked like their luck might be out on 72 minutes as the outstanding Jeffreys burst forward and fired in a tremendous shot that struck the underside of the crossbar. Not to be downhearted three minutes later Glan did regain the lead as McGonigle laid the ball off to Gowans who let fly from twenty yards with a shot that flew into the top corner giving keeper Adam Walters no chance.
Glan now scented blood and got a third on 81 minutes as Sean Davies sent in a ball from the right which was met by McGonigle who saw his first header saved but as the ball came back he made no mistake to head past the keeper. Six minutes later McGonigle got his second as he was tripped in the area and put the spot kick away with a low shot to the keeper's left and on ninety minutes there was an exact repeat as he was again tripped in the area but this time the ball was dispatched to the keeper's right.
No Aled pics this week!
(10/01/17) Next Saturday's Three Number Lotto draw is for a Rollover Jackpot of £1,300. Tickets can be obtained from Malltraeth Village Store.
SOUTHBOUND TO BARMOUTH
(10/01/17) We're back to league action next Saturday with the long trip to Barmouth. Kick-off is 2.00 pm, we are in the red kit, referee is now Mark James and after-match hospitality is at The Barmouth Bar & Grill, Church Street.
ALED - ACE PHOTOGRAPHER
(09/01/17) When Daily Post journalist Dave Jones did a survey of the top football websites in North Wales Glantraeth's was voted top four along with Porthmadog, Bangor City's Citizen's Choice and Airbus UK. Porthmadog's bilingual site deservedly came out first. Occasionally I get stick for biased reporting in favour of Glantraeth but I can live with that, it is about promoting the club positively and maybe I occasionally get carried away. If I get something completely wrong I am always happy to correct it or even apologise and have to admit one or two comments about match officials over the years have got the club in trouble. The only criticism that would perhaps hurt was to be accused of being bland and boring.
I have to say however that the website wouldn't be half as good if it weren't for the contribution of Aled Jones who supplies great action photographs for the website and our Facebook page the same evening after every game. I am useless with a camera, Aled is superb, above brilliantly capturing the reaction after keeper Ben Heald scored against Trearddur Bay. (Stan)
GOWANS WONDER STRIKE THE ICING ON THE CAKE
(07/01/17) Two Welsh Alliance heavyweights slugged it out on the heavy Eithin Duon pitch with Glantraeth coming out on top by three goals to one after extra-time to now face Penrhyndeudraeth in the Cookson Cup Final. Both sides had their moments but Glan proved the stronger to deservedly go through against a Llanrug side who fought all the way, the win finally being made certain through an incredible strike from Darren Gowans with the last kick of the game.
After a Sion Phillips header straight at Glan keeper Ben Heald on two minutes the visitors began to get on top with Corrig McGonigle heading a free kick swung in by Guto Hughes wide then Kieren Jeffreys shot straight at the keeper. On 14 minutes another shot from Jeffreys proved more of a test for keeper Dylan Roberts as he had to go full length to save.
A good cross from Llanrug's Mathew Phillips tested Heald on 22 minutes but it was the visitors who continued to look the more likely scorers, McGonigle rifling a right foot shot over four minutes later after a nice pass from Harry Galeotti. Just past the half-hour mark Glantraeth went ahead as Jeffreys and Gethin Maxwell created an opening for McGonigle and he made no mistake, this time with his left foot, to give the keeper no chance (top picture). Eight minutes later ex-Llanrug man Marvin Pritchard had a powerful shot deflected over. As half-time approached the home side increased pressure on the visitor's goal but the Anglesey side's defence held firm to finish a half that they had largely controlled.
A determined looking Llanrug side came out after the break and within three minutes had pulled level when David Noel Williams' shot was deflected wide and from the corner Luke Phillips saw his looping header find the net. The game was now far more even with both sides threatening in turn but the visitors had a great chance to go back ahead on 67 minutes as McGonigle's clever pass put Galeotti clear only for him to pull his shot wide.
Glan's luck was in eight minutes from time when Carl Griffiths saw his shot come back off a post then Alan Owen's header was cleared off the line by Sean Davies. The game swung up the other end and Roberts had to go down smartly to save from Jeffreys and with the ninety minutes almost up McGonigle almost scrambled a winner.
So it was extra-time and within a minute of the kick-off Glantraeth regained the lead, McGonigle fighting off the challenge of Eifion Williams following a pass from Matty Lock to go one-on-one with the keeper. The outcome was inevitable as the Glan hitman slid the ball home for his 27th of the season. Three minutes later Roberts pulled off point blank saves from McGonigle and Galeotti as Glan further turned the screw but Llanrug were not beaten yet and it took a good save from Heald to deal with a free kick from Dylan Owen. The home side were trying everything to get back in the game but this was a cup tie that saved the best to last as Glantraeth were awarded a free kick on the half-way line. Against all odds and probably against the advice of his manager Darren Gowans elected to shoot and the power of his shot left Roberts clutching at fresh air. It was a sensational ending to the game and with Glan celebrating referee Robin Williams sounded the final whistle.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
COOKSON CUP FINAL THE PRIZE
(03/01/17) Having now taken 34 from the last 36 points at stake we take a well earned break from league action next Saturday when we travel to face Llanrug United with a place in this season's Cookson Cup Final at stake. As the current holders we have every incentive to defend this magnificent old trophy. It won't be easy, it never is at Eithin Duon, against a Llanrug side who are always tremendously competitive. Kick-off is 1.30 pm, we are in the blue kit and the referee is Robin Williams.
JACKPOT UP TO £1100
(26/11/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 10, 12 & 13. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1100. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 10th December.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
(31/12/16) Glantraeth took the three points but never succeeded in fully shaking off the challenge of a Llangefni side who finished strongly as they sensed the chance of snatching a share of the points.
The visitors were on top from the start and missed a huge chance to take the lead after only forty seconds as Darren Gowans swung in a great ball from the right that found Gethin Maxwell unmarked almost on the goalline, any kind of contact and it was in the net but he missed his header and Cefni were able to scramble clear.
Glan were a constant threat in the early stages with Corrig McGonigle firing into the side netting on nine minutes following a fine pass from Jamie Jones and three minutes later Sion Hogan almost put McGonigle in.
Cai Powell-Roberts shot well wide for the home side on 23 minutes but three minutes later Glantraeth took the lead as the ball fell to Kieren Jeffreys following Gowans' free kick and he surged into the area before curling the ball into the top corner (pictured below).
Cefni were stung into a response and a good run from Powell-Roberts saw his shot blocked then a Corey Sinnott cross looked dangerous as it passed across goal before being cleared.
Glan were soon back threatening with McGonigle looking clear on goal only for Alun Roberts to save his side with a great tackle. On 40 minutes Maxwell shot just wide for the visitors but there was no denying McGonigle four minutes later as Maxwell put him clear and this time he made no mistake with a low finish past keeper Kenny Hughes.
Six minutes following the restart the Talwrn Road side were back in the game as Craig Roberts headed home following a free kick. Hughes made a good save from McGonigle on 57 minutes but seven minutes later the visitors again opened up a two goal lead, McGonigle again the scorer as he was left an easy finish after Maxwell had fired in the perfect ball from the right.
Hughes kept Cefni in the game on 73 minutes with a tremendous flying save from Gowans and the home side took full advantage with thirteen minutes remaining as they got a goal back as Paul Rowlands' corner from the right wasn't properly cleared and Steve Kehoe volleyed home through a crowded area.
Down to ten men with Gerwyn Jones off the field having an open head wound treated Glan had to dig deep in the final stages as Cefni went looking for an equaliser but the final whistle without further scoring meant the perfect ending to 2016 for the league leaders.
Final score: Llangefni Town 2 Glantraeth 3
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
(29/12/16) On Saturday we are away to Llangefni Town. Kick-off is 2.00 pm, we are in the red kit, referee is Nick Pratt and after-match hospitality is at the Railway Inn.
(18/12/16) I'm not sure what the odds would have been against yesterday's match report headline coming true in advance of the game but I guess they would have been pretty long! The referee apparently said Ben's free kick was 55 yards from goal and it was reportedly his first goal since under 15's football. It certainly went down well with the other players and the supporters.
Every good team starts from the keeper and it is not only Ben's ability that make him outstanding but his shouting and organising from the back and he is always, always encouraging even after a mistake.
We are going very well at present and will finish the year in top spot but we mustn't get too cocky there are still many obstacles to overcome. Let's enjoy the moment however, we have earned it after coming back from losing our opening two league fixtures to win ten and draw one of our last eleven.
Corrig's incredible scoring exploits are quite rightly attracting the headlines but it has very much been a team effort. Players like Sion Hogan and Andy Barker had to be patient early on but have played a big part recently and youngsters Sam Faulkner and Harry Galeotti have the talent to play a major role as the season progresses.
The two Bangor lads Kieren Jeffreys and Matty Lock have played a fair few games for Glantraeth over the seasons but as a midfield pairing have never played better with Matty seemingly thriving with the responsibility of being team captain.
Iolo Hughes and Gerwyn Jones are now building a solid central defensive partnership with progressive full backs alongside in Dylan Williams, Guto Hughes or Jamie Jones who has proved an excellent signing from Junction.
In Gethin Maxwell and Marvin Pritchard we have strength, fitness and experience in the middle of the park and Darren Gowans came back into the team yesterday and might well have got my vote for man of the match.
Managers get the stick when results are bad so great credit to our management team of Warren, Neil and Sion for some great football we have seen over recent weeks.
Happy Christmas. (Stan)
KEEPER BEN HEALD ON SCORESHEET AS GLAN WIN 6-1
(17/12/16) Despite going behind early in the game Glantraeth went on to beat their nearest rivals Trearddur Bay and open a six point lead at the head of the table.
On eight minutes Jordie Murphy let fly from twenty-five yards to give the visitors the lead with a tremendous strike but within three minutes it all changed as a free kick from Darren Gowans was fumbled by the keeper and Corrig McGonigle got the final touch to force the ball home then within a minute McGonigle added another, heading home from a Kieren Jeffreys' cross.
There were tremendous scenes of celebration on 22 minutes as keeper Ben Heald scored a third for the home side as his free kick taken from his own half dropped over the keeper and was adjudged to have crossed the line.
Bay went close right on the half-time whistle as Craig Moore broke clear only to see his shot strike the outside of a post. A great tackle from Gerwyn Jones seven minutes into the second period prevented Dale Murphy getting in a shot and two minutes later Glan were 4-1 ahead as Sion Hogan's glancing header at the near post from a Guto Hughes free kick found the corner of the net.
What was expected to be a tight top-of-the-table battle was turning into something of a rout as the home side scored a fifth on 69 minutes as Gowan's determination won him possession and he cut in from the right and scored from a tight angle. With six minutes remaining Jeffreys scored the goal of the game as his long distance left footer crashed against the underside of the crossbar and over the line to complete the scoring.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
ALLIANCE MATCH OF THE DAY
(14/12/16) Our performance last Saturday against Llanrwst should not be underrated, it was every bit as good as the 8-0 result suggested. The Parc Gwydir club had been going well, so well in fact that their manager Barry Owen had just won Division One Manager of the Month. However, it is a result now consigned to the history books as we entertain title rivals Trearddur Bay United this coming weekend.
We know they are not only a good side but a very competitive side and we will have to match that and more just as we did in our Welsh Cup win if we are to come out on top. It is the Welsh Alliance Match of the Day and kicks-off at 2.00 pm with Terry Atkinson the man in the middle,
CORRIG MAKES IT 21 FROM ELEVEN STARTS AS...
GLANTRAETH RUN RIOT WITH EIGHT
(10/12/16) This Glantraeth side must be one of the most entertaining in the club's history as every attack looked likely to lead to a goal and with such a large nucleus of young players this afternoon's 8-0 hammering of Llanrwst on their own patch must be right up there with any result the club has previously achieved. The football and the finishing was a sheer delight to watch and you had to feel for the home side who showed no lack of effort but were completely overrun come the final whistle.
Llanrwst managed to hold out until the thirty minute mark before a Corrig McGonigle was chopped down in the box as he took possession of a pass from Kieren Jeffreys. McGonigle put the spot kick away with a minimum of fuss and ten minutes later Andy Barker swept the ball home as the pressure continued on the home goal.
Early pressure after the break from Llanrwst led to a couple of corners that came to nothing then as play broke upfield McGonigle twice went close before becoming provider on 52 minutes as he threaded a ball through for Kieren Jeffreys to make it 3-0. The home side twice fired wide as they attempted to get back in the game but had a let off on 58 minutes as Gethin Maxwell's shot was deflected on to a post but he had more luck seven minutes later as his cross was pulled back by Barker for McGonigle to finish and two minutes later McGonigle set up Barker to score a fifth for the Anglesey side.
Llanrwst were being completely outclassed and nine minutes from time brilliant play from Sion Hogan set up McGonigle to score with his right foot to complete his hat-trick and Hogan deservedly got on the scoresheet himself three minutes later to blast home after McGonigle's shot had been half saved.
In the 89th minute McGonigle kept up his phenomenal scoring rate with his 21st goal in only 11 starts as he was put clear and made goalscoring look simple as he rounded the keeper to give himself an easy tap-in. With time just about up Glan keeper Ben Heald was called into action for just about the first time as he made a fine flying save from Bryn Jenkins.
Final score: Llanrwst United 0 Glantraeth 8
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
AWAY AT LLANRWST
(07/12/16) It's along the Conwy Valley on Saturday to face Llanrwst United as we look to retain top spot in the league. Kick-off is 2.00 pm, we are in the blue kit and referee is Lawrence Jones. Food is in the Llanrwst clubhouse after the game.
GLAN WIN SHOOT-OUT AT MAES Y PARC
(03/12/16) What a great advert for the Welsh Alliance this game was as Glantraeth broke Penrhyndeudraeth's hold on the Mawddach Challenge Cup with a brilliant attacking display to win 3-2. The Anglesey side scored three but it could well have been more as home keeper Robert Watson was the busiest man on the field, constantly in action as shots reined in on him, but Glan could never relax as the Gwynedd side always carried a threat going forward.
After a couple of early scares as Adam Griffiths shot narrowly wide and Meilir Williams had a shot blocked Glan began to take control with Corrig McGonigle twice having shots saved then trying an audacious lob from forty yards out that caught out Watson only to come back off a post. There was no stopping the Glan striker though as he put the visitors ahead on the half-hour mark from the penalty spot after being brought down by the keeper. Glantraeth had been so much on top that it came as a massive shock as Meilir Williams struck twice approaching the interval to put Penrhyn ahead. It seemed poor reward for Glan's efforts but things picked up right on the half-time whistle as Jamie Jones fed McGonigle who had been a constant threat and his neat finish sent the teams off level (top picture).
Harry Galeotti crossed and Jamie Jones shot over then McGonigle bent a free kick inches wide as Glan opened the second period on the offensive then it took a fine flying save from Kieron Williams at the other end to keep out a header from substitute Pawel Romanowicz on 64 minutes.
The pressure on the home goal now really intensified as Glan launched attack after attack during a five minute spell that saw McGonigle, Andy Barker, Sam Faulkner and Galeotti all have efforts on goal before Barker put the visitors ahead with a low volley from twenty yards out for what proved to be the winner.
Glantraeth will now be at home to Prestatyn Sports in the second round, date to be confirmed.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
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