SECOND VERSUS FIRST
(22/02/17) On Saturday we are away to second placed Penrhyndeudraeth. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the match referee is Kelvin Lewis. Hospitality after the game is at The Station Inn, Porthmadog.
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
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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.
We thank RPC Contracts Ltd for their support.
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.
MORE CUP ACTION
(01/12/16) We are away to Penrhyndeudraeth in the first round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup on Saturday. Referee is Gwilym Evans, we are in the red kit and please note kick-off this week is 1.30 pm. After match hospitality is at the Station Hotel, Porthmadog.
TOM GONE...GUTO BACK
(27/11/16) Tom Taylor has returned to live in Shropshire and has joined West Midlands Regional League side AFC Broseley. Tom has thanked us for getting him 'enjoying his football again.' We wish him well and as one of the finest players who has ever played for Glantraeth he will always be welcome back at the club.
After being with Huws Gray Alliance side Denbigh Town since the start of the season Guto Hughes has now re-signed for Glantraeth. We are delighted to see Guto back and thanks to Denbigh secretary Steve Whitfield for his assistance in completing the transfer before yesterday's game.
DOMINANT GLAN GO THROUGH
(26/11/16) Glan gained a comfortable 2-0 victory over Llangefni as they stayed on course for retaining the Cookson Cup and in fact the scoreline should have been even more emphatic as they were wasteful of gilt edged chances to increase their lead late in the game as Cefni pushed men forward.
A cagey opening saw few chances at either end, the nearest to a goal coming on the quarter hour mark as Corrig McGonigle fired home for Glantraeth only to be pulled up for offside. It looked a close call. Seven minutes later the home side did go ahead as great play on the right from Sion Hogan resulted in a cross that was finished by Marvin Pritchard. McGonigle shot straight at the keeper than had another effort cancelled out for offside as Glan continued to look the more threatening. Matthew Jones cut in from the left and saw his shot blocked just on the interval but it had been a rare cause of alarm for a dominant Glantraeth defence.
It was Jones who had the first shot of the second period but it was well over and Pritchard was similarly off target at the other end. On 62 minutes Glan went two up as McGonigle's corner from the right caused all kinds of problems in the Cefni goalmouth and it was Gethin Maxwell who pounced on the loose ball to blast the ball into the net and three minutes later it took a good save from McGonigle to prevent a third.
Cefni tried hard to get back in the game but a determined defensive display from the home side meant keeper Ben Heald was rarely stretched and Glan were well worthy of their place in the semi-finals.
(24/11/16) Llangefni Town are the visitors this Saturday in the second round of the Cookson Cup. Referee is Nick Pratt and please note kick-off is 1.45 pm.
KIEREN STRIKE MAKES CERTAIN
(19/11/16) A tremendous strike from Kieren Jeffreys six minutes from time finally saw off the challenge from Llanrug to send Glantraeth back to the top of the league.
The visitors put Glan under early pressure with a series of long balls, the closest to a breakthrough coming on seven minutes as Luke Phillips shot over. As the home side began to settle Corrig McGonigle fired wide on 18 minutes but a minute later the Anglesey side went ahead as Dylan Williams passed to Jeffreys who sent in an accurate cross that was headed home by Matty Lock (pictured left). Llanrug pulled level twelve minutes before the break as a cross from the right wasn't properly cleared and Luke Phillips took advantage to volley home only for Glan to regain the lead on the stroke of half-time as McGonigle put the spot kick away after being fouled in the box for his fifteenth of the season.
It was almost another for the home side within a minute of the restart as Sion Hogan had a header cleared off the line. On 55 minutes Llanrug were back in the game as Glan made a complete hash of a free kick in the middle of the park and were punished as Luke Phillips got his second to make it two all. The visitors as usual were proving tough opposition to overcome but Glan continued to probe and got back in front two minutes later as a McGonigle free kick on the edge of the area was pushed on to a post by keeper Dylan Roberts only for Hogan to pounce on the loose ball and joyfully fire home (top picture).
A fine effort from Jeffreys on 75 minutes was only a foot over, it was to prove a marker as nine minutes later the same player strode forward before unleashing an unstoppable shot that found the top corner and finally but some real daylight between the sides. Final score: Glantraeth 4 Llanrug United 2
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
(18/11/16) Midfielder Gethin Maxwell has joined Glantraeth from Llanberis. We would like to thank Llanberis secretary Carwyn Jones for his help in completing the transfer before today's 5 pm deadline. 24 year old Gethin has played for Wales at school and college level and was with Chester City and Caernarfon Town as a youth player. We welcome him to the club.
LLANRUG THE VISITORS
(17/11/16) Llanrug United are the visitors to Glantraeth this Saturday. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Lawrence Jones assisted by Tomos Barker and Connor Fowler.
JACKPOT NOW £900
(12/11/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 10 & 13. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £900. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 26th November.
JAMIE SIGNS FOR CAERNARFON
(07/11/16) Caernarfon Town have put seven day's notice of approach on Jamie Roberts. It is a great opportunity for Jamie to play with one of the biggest clubs in North Wales and Warren has agreed to waive the notice period so the transfer can go through today. It is a big loss for Glantraeth but we wish Jamie all the best and of course he will always be welcome back anytime in the future.
HARRY RESCUES A POINT
(05/11/16) Although Glan lost top spot after drawing 1-1 at Llandyrnog United this afternoon manager Warren Gibbs will be fairly satisfied with the result. The home side led through a header from Sion Davies but a fine strike from Harry Galeotti with thirteen minutes remaining forced a share of the points.
BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN
(03/11/16) After a run of five home games we have a trip along the coast to face Llandyrnog United on Saturday. Please note kick-off is now 2.00 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Billy Fuller of Prestatyn.
GLANTRAETH GO TOP
(29/10/16) A stunning opening forty-five minutes from Glantraeth had some of the gloss taken off it as ten man Abergele battled back to score two late goals leading to a lively finale to a game that had looked all but over. No matter it is Glantraeth that go top of the league with a seventh successive win and yet another hat-trick from Corrig McGonigle.
Glan were virtually unplayable in the first half, going ahead on 16 minutes as McGonigle rose to head home a great cross from Jamie Roberts (pictures below) and seven minutes later it was Roberts on the scoresheet as his dipping free kick left keeper Stuart Roberts rooted to the spot. On 33 minutes Glan went three up as McGonigle was brought down in the box then converted the penalty and within a minute this scoring machine had got a third taking advantage of a defensive blunder to cleverly dink the keeper.
The visitors began the second half better and Tom Clark brought a good save from keeper Ben Heald but their chances of getting back into the game seemed have gone approaching the hour mark as Jack Lloyd-Williams' tackle earned him a second caution and he was dismissed by referee Peter Kewley. On 62 minutes it was almost five as Roberts met a Harry Galeotti cross but saw his shot come back off the bar and four minutes later it was Sam Faulkner who was denied by the woodwork. Against all the odds the visitors were showing plenty of spirit and twelve minutes from time they got their reward as Heald was caught out of his goal and Clark pulled a goal back and if that wasn't enough of a shock for the home side three minutes later Abergele were awarded a pen that Danny Abbott put away to make it 4-2. With the game now looking more of a contest the closing minutes became quite feisty and referee Kewley did well to keep his cards in his pocket.
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
JAMES & WISDOM MOVE ON
(28/10/16) James Burgess and Wisdom Janes have been released to join Gaerwen and Beaumaris Town respectively. We wish them both well.
Tomorrow Abergele Town are the visitors. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Peter Kewley.
NO JACKPOT WINNERS
(22/10/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 9 & 14. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £700. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 12th November.
ALL SMILES AS GLAN MAKE IT SIX OUT OF SIX
(22/10/16) Glantraeth toughed it out against a strong and physical Llandudno Junction side to win 3-1, a sixth successive victory that moves the Bodorgan side within one point of the leaders. It was no more than they deserved, they made the better chances and the visitors rarely got to really trouble keeper Ben Heald until a late scare.
Junction started the stronger, Bryan Roberts' shot from twenty-five yards on 14 minutes testing home keeper Ben Heald who needed to be alert to push the ball over then it was the turn of Junction keeper Gwydion Owen to make a flying save from Matty Lock. On 22 minutes Glan took the lead as a pass from Jamie Roberts put Marvin Pritchard in on goal and he made no mistake with a neat finish. Two minutes later it should have been two as Harry Galeotti sent in a ball from the right that found Andy Barker unmarked in front of goal only for his shot to fly just over.
Junction began the second half with a shot from Joel Hewitt but it was a couple of feet wide and Glan continued to look the more threatening and should have scored another on 73 minutes as good work on the left between Sion Hogan and Darren Gowans created a great chance for Galeotti but he could not get clean contact on the ball. Two minutes later it was 2-0 as Gowans broke down the left and sent in a superb ball for Jamie Roberts to head powerfully home (pictured right).
Glan looked home and dry but four minutes from time a dreadful error gifted the visitors a lifeline as an under-hit back pass left Heald stranded and Lee Ellis made no mistake. With the game in the first minute of added time the home side made sure of the three points as Corrig McGonigle was brought down in the box and picked himself up to confidently convert the spot-kick and keep up his record of scoring in every game since joining Glantraeth.
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
WINNING WITH STYLE
(17/10/16) Watching Saturday's 2-0 win over Nantlle Vale was Glantraeth's all-time record goalscorer Ian Fidler. I said to Ian tongue in cheek when Corrig McGonigle got his tenth in little more than four games that his records could be under threat! Ian scored over 300 goals for Glantraeth.
It was another excellent performance and the main talking point amongst the supporters was the quality of play that we were seeing. There is a confident swagger about the squad at present perhaps best personified on Saturday by young Harry Galeotti (pictured) out on the right who despite some rough treatment continued to take on his marker and display his tricks before being subbed when things looked like getting out of hand.
Saturday sees the visit of Llandudno Junction and do we owe them one after our heavy defeat in the FAW Trophy! Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Robin Williams. (SS)
GLANTRAETH UP TO SECOND
(15/10/16) It was fifteen points from fifteen for Glantraeth as they moved up to second in the league with a 2-0 win over Nantlle Vale this afternoon and in truth the margin of victory should have been greater as they completed bossed the opening half in particular.
With both keepers, Ben Heald and Kieron Williams, unavailable Glan manager Warren Gibbs was forced to play central defender Wisdom Janes in goal but he was rarely tested, the home side taking the lead on only four minutes as Marvin Pritchard met Jamie Roberts' corner at the near post to head home (top picture). Vale keeper Ceirion Hall was constantly in action as the Anglesey side piled on the pressure playing at breathtaking speed at times and it was the pace of a counter-attack on 32 minutes that put them two up. Roberts passed to Harry Galeotti who put Sion Hogan away down the right and with the visitor's defence struggling to get back Hogan's cross gave Corrig McGonigle a simple tap-in.
The visitors began the second period looking more determined but were not testing Glan's stand-in keeper who was looking confident with what little he had to do and it was soon the home side looking threatening again as a clever chip from Galeotti was only just too high.
Vale were getting more and more frustrated and the game really kicked off on 73 minutes as Ellis Jones made an appalling tackle on Marvin Pritchard that could easily have led to serious injury. It was a clear red card but referee Richard Burge's decision to wave a yellow caused outrage and two minutes later the same player went into another tackle almost as bad only for the referee to caution the wrong player, substitute Kevin Barlow. The referee had lost control and then invited more ridicule after all that had gone before as he cautioned Glantraeth's Jamie Jones for dissent, it was his second yellow and he was sent off. Even with ten men Glan never looked in danger and in the last few minutes were peppering shots on the Vale goal but couldn't add to their tally.
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
IOLO HUGHES JOINS GLAN FROM PORTHMADOG
(12/10/16) 21 year old defender Iolo Hughes has today signed for Glantraeth from Porthmadog. We would like to thank Craig and Gerallt for waiving the seven day's notice. Bethel-based Iolo has previously played Welsh Premier League football for Bangor City.
BIG THREE POINTS TO PLAY FOR
(10/10/16) Our league position is looking much healthier now on the back of four successive victories and we have the chance to climb even higher on Saturday when Nantlle Vale are the visitors. We won 2-1 at their place in August but really had to work for it, they looked a useful side, so we need to maintain the kind of high intensity we showed against Greenfield in what was an impressive performance. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Richard Burge.
THREE SHARE £1,500 JACKPOT
(08/10/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 8 & 14. There were three winners who share the £1,500 Rollover Jackpot, Gerwyn Jones of Caernarfon, Sam Hughes of Ty Croes & Beryl Siddall of Newborough. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 22nd October.
ANOTHER THREE FOR McGONIGLE AS...
YOUNG GUNS UNLEASHED
(08/10/16) It was a torrid first hour for Greenfield as they were run ragged by a high energy performance from a Glantraeth side that were on fire from the opening whistle as they looked to defend the Cookson Cup. There was experience and control at the back but it was the sheer pace and accuracy of the play from the youngsters through midfield and into attack that caught the eye, Corrig McGonigle again unstoppable with his ninth goal in three and a bit games.
It was almost 1-0 for the home side on three minutes as Jamie Roberts' cross was met by McGonigle only for his header to come back off the bar. There was incessant pressure from Glan and it paid off on 17 minutes as Sion Hogan and Roberts combined well on the left and this time McGonigle made no mistake with his header as the cross came in. Two minutes later a goal of sheer quality put Glan two ahead as Sam Faulkner played an exquisite ball with the outside of his boot behind the Greenfield defence for McGonigle to run on to, round the keeper and finish expertly from an acute angle (pictured above). A third came on 25 minutes as Sion Hogan drove a ball in from the left that ended up nestling in the corner of the net. It had been a superb first half display by Glantraeth which made a nonsense of their tepid Welsh Cup performance last week. Tom Taylor at the back looked like he had never been away, as cultured as ever with his play, and was seen having a word with one or two of the youngsters as the game got a little feisty at times late in the half.
Five minutes into the second half it was all but over as McGonigle fastened on to a long ball from keeper Ben Heald and got clear of the chasing defenders. He was never going to miss, and he didn't! Moments later Sean Davies was only a foot wide with a header from a great pass from Kieren Jeffreys.
The pace started to slacken in the final half-hour with Greenfield having their first serious attempt on goal with 62 minutes on the clock, Liam Robinson firing a foot over then Heald was called on to make a smart save from Wayne Edwards, but it was too little too late from the visitors who never really looked like rescuing the game. Final score: Glantraeth 4 Greenfield 0
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
TOM TAYLOR BACK AT GLANTRAETH
(07/10/16) Tom Taylor has today re-joined Glantraeth from Caernarfon Town. We would like to thank Iwan and Geraint for their co-operation in completing the transfer today so he is available for the weekend. Tom was last with the club in 2013-2014 season when Chris Roberts was manager, winning the Player of the Year vote. He is shown being presented with the trophy by chairman Gareth Evans.
Moving the other way are Mike Lundstram who has joined Llandyrnog United and keeper Connor Hughes who has returned to Holyhead Hotspur.
IN DEFENCE OF THE COOKSON CUP
(04/10/16) We begin our defence of the Cookson Cup on Saturday when Greenfield are the first round visitors. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Gwilym Evans.
It has been disappointing to go out of both national cup competitions in games where we performed well below our best so it is the league's domestic cups we must now concentrate on, starting this weekend.
CORRIG HAT-TRICK IN VAIN AS GLAN EXIT WELSH CUP
(01/10/16) Glantraeth are out of the Welsh Cup and can have few complaints as they were wasteful of chances and the more ruthless finishing of visitors Mynydd Llandegai gave them a 5-3 victory to continue their run of successes against higher league opposition.
Glan were always chasing the game, going behind as goals from Liam Willighan and Jamie Whitmore put the Gwynedd side two up with barely twenty minutes played. The home side came back strongly with Corrig McGonigle pulling a goal back from the penalty spot on 25 minutes and ten minutes before the break it was McGonigle again the scorer to bring the sides level with a neat finish and just on the half-time whistle he came close to completing his hat-trick with a right foot shot that flew just over.
Llandegai went back ahead on 52 minutes as Matthew Smith converted at the far post following a corner driven in from the right and twenty minutes from time Willighan got his second with a fine shot on the turn to put the visitors in a commanding position. Glan were having plenty of the ball without looking entirely convincing, Jamie Roberts firing over from little more than a yard out following a McGonigle cross, but there was hope for the home side with six minutes remaining as McGonigle did complete his treble with a cleanly executed finish after a poor clearance from the keeper had put his side in trouble. Any hopes the Anglesey side had of rescuing the game disappeared in the last minute as a shot from Matthew Lewis found the top corner to restore the two goal lead and secure a place in round two for the visitors.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
WELSH CUP ROUND TWO THE AIM
(26/09/16) A week after Llandudno Junction put five goals past us Mynydd Llandegai went there and won through in the last round of the Welsh Cup so anyone thinking we might be in for an easy ride against the second division side next Saturday is a fool. It will be tough and we are going to have to work for a place in Round Two. Our results have picked up since then and if we maintain that form we have every chance. Referee is Iwan Ellis assisted by Dion Roberts and Ceri Pritchard. Please note kick-off this round is 2.00 pm.
JACKPOT NOW £1,500
(24/09/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 7 & 17. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,500. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 8th October.
A WIN & ANOTHER CLEAN SHEET
(24/09/16) Gari reports from St Asaph: Glantraeth ran out 2-0 winners, Kieren Jeffreys opening the scoring after 16 minutes with a long range effort from just inside the opposition's half with the home keeper stranded. Corrig McGonigle made it two on the half-hour mark with an assist from Jamie Roberts. The home side did miss a penalty in the second period but it is another three points and a third successive clean sheet for the Anglesey side.
THIRD PLACED ST ASAPH NEXT
(21/09/16) Saturday sees us travel to face St Asaph. The Denbighshire side have started the season well and currently lie third. We must aim to keep the form of our last two games going which will give us a fighting chance against any opposition in the league. We will be in the red kit, kick-off is 2.30 pm and the match referee is Matt Bridges.
SORRY KELVIN !
(18/09/16) With apologies to Saturday's referee Kelvin Lewis but we just had to publish this moment in the game captured by club photographer Aled Jones.
FIVE AS GLAN CRUISE TO EASY WIN
(17/09/16) Jamie Roberts returned to action and Corrig McConigle made his debut and both were among the goals as Glantraeth comfortably beat Pwllheli by five goals to nil this afternoon.
Roberts put Glan ahead on 19 minutes as he headed home a cross from Andy Barker (pictured below) but that was about it in a less than inspiring opening forty-five minutes but the action really kicked off after the break.
Five minutes in Glantraeth went two up as Sam Faulkner won the ball leaving James Burgess to pick his spot with a fine shot into the top corner. The always dangerous Mark Jones had a shot deflected wide two minutes later for Pwllheli then Faulkner was frustrated with himself as he fired wide from a good position after good work by Barker and Roberts.
Within a minute of coming on from the bench on 61 minutes McConigle had opened his account as Robert's shot was half saved by keeper Kobr Jiri only for the Glantraeth man to follow up and head home (top picture). The home side were now rampant with Roberts inches away from finishing as a shot from McGonigle fizzed just past a post then McGonigle had the ball in the net only to be called offside.
It took a great tackle from Kieren Jeffreys at the other end as Jones looked to pull the trigger with the visitors struggling to get back in the game but it was pretty well all over on 73 minutes as Sion Hogan ran at the defence and laid the ball off perfectly to give Barker an easy finish and the scoring was completed with six minutes remaining as Glan completed an excellent second half performance as McGonigle got his second, coolly feinting a defender and the keeper to slot the ball home.
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
GOAL ACE CORRIG SIGNS FOR GLANTRAETH
(15/09/16) Manager Warren Gibbs this evening signed striker Corrig McGonigle from Caernarfon Town. The 19 year old had an incredible scoring record last season netting over 100 goals in total including 50 for Pentraeth and was also top scorer for Bangor City's title winning Under 19 side. He also boosted his tally by scoring for Coleg Menai and Welsh Colleges. We would like to thank Iwan and Geraint at Caernarfon for waiving the seven day's notice.
PWLLHELI AT HOME
(13/09/16) We return to home league action next Saturday when Pwllheli are the visitors. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Kelvin Lewis assisted by Brian Anderson and Charley Smith.
It's been an up and down start to the season but with so many squad changes in the summer perhaps that is not surprising. Certainly last Saturday's win against a very good and far more established Trearddur Bay side counts very much as an up. There was a determination and focus from the first whistle that was perhaps missing in the first meeting. I also think the pitch helped, it was dry and bone hard when we last met which made constructive football difficult, but recent rain had the pitch looking lush and green this time which made for a better game. Just my opinion but I believed it suited us.
Jamie Roberts is straining at the leash now to get back into action following a nasty injury, last Saturday was a bit too early. He was just one of a few we had missing against Bay and team selection might be more of a challenge this week which I doubt Warren will complain about. (SS)
WELSH CUP DRAW
(12/09/16) Glantraeth have been drawn at home to Mynydd Llandegai in the first round proper of the Welsh Cup. To be played Saturday 1st October.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(11/09/16) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 8, 16 & 17. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 24th September.
ANDY FIRES GLAN THROUGH
(10/09/16) Glantraeth learned lessons from their league defeat at Trearddur Bay last month and were in the faces of the league leaders from the first to the last to dent the home side's one hundred percent record and come out worthy winners to progress to the first round proper of the Welsh Cup.
In a highly competitive game chances were not easy to create, Asa Thomas volleying over for the home side on twenty minutes before Andy Barker gave Glan the lead five minutes before the break with a well struck shot from twenty yards that found the bottom corner (top picture).
Barker was a lively presence up front for the visitors and twice caused problems early in the second half. Dale Murphy had a shot on goal on 67 minutes but the home side were struggling to break down a fired up Glantraeth side and Barker was not far off target two minutes later as he tried an effort from distance with keeper Bry Roberts out of his goal then Sam Faulkner also went for an ambitious attempt on goal. With the game entering its final quarter Glan keeper Ben Heald was called upon to make a comfortable save from Murphy but the visitors did have a let off ten minutes from time as Thomas coming in from the right struck a post but a commanding performance from the visitors well deserved the win. Final score: Trearddur Bay Utd 0 Glantraeth 1
More of Aled's pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
TOUGH CHALLENGE AT BAY
(05/09/16) We go back to Trearddur Bay next Saturday in the second qualifying round of the Welsh Cup. We now have it all to do after the poor display at Junction described by manager Warren Gibbs as 'one of his most disappointing days in football'.
Bay are continuing last season's form and taking all before them at present so we know what we are up against. They are organised and very competitive and we need to match that and more if we are to gain control and win a place in the next round. Anything less and we will be out.
Although the Trophy game was a 2 pm kick-off please note the FAW have deemed next Saturday's Welsh Cup fixture a 2.30 pm kick-off, a bit of consistency would be nice, it helps avoid confusion! We will be in the red kit and the ref is Peter Owen...yet again.
FIRST HURDLE TROPHY EXIT FOR GLAN
(03/09/16) Junction jubilantly tweeted 'Glantraeth well and truly shunted by the Railwaymen' and it was hard to argue after the home side won this FAW Trophy tie by five goals to two. It was a miserable afternoon for the Anglesey side as they went 5-0 down before a late rally saw Matty Lock score two fine goals to give a slightly more respectable look to the scoreline.
After opening brightly Glan fell behind on 22 minutes as Joel Hewitt beat keeper Connor Hughes to the ball and six minutes later it got worse for Hughes as he spilled a long distance effort leaving Lee Ellis a simple chance to score. Things didn't improve after the break as goals from Brian Roberts, Ellis again and Merrick Knight saw the home side out of sight leaving little to celebrate following those two late strikes from Lock.
The visitors might point to missed chances and defensive errors but there is no denying this was hugely disappointing result for Glantraeth in a competition where expectations are always high.
SHAUN MOVES TO BEAUMARIS
(30/08/16) Shaun Lock has today signed for Beaumaris Town. We wish Shaun all the best, who can forget the two great crosses he put in that directly led to goals and us winning the Cookson Cup Final at Bangor City back in April.
JUNCTION IN FAW TROPHY
(29/08/16) We face a tough draw in the second round of the FAW Trophy next Saturday when we travel to face Llandudno Junction at their Flyover Ground. Please note kick off is 2.00 pm and we are in the red kit. The referee is Nick Pratt. The FAW don't appoint assistants but league secretary Ron Bridges will appoint them if the home club requests them. At this stage it looks none have been appointed.
We have enjoyed good wins on the lush and spacious playing surfaces at Glantraeth and Nantlle Vale in our last two games. We have set a standard now we need to keep it going. Sam Faulkner and Jamie Jones are now free from suspension although Jamie Roberts is still a couple of weeks away from returning to action.
THREE SHARE £2,000 JACKPOT
(27/08/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 2, 8 & 18. There were three winners who share the £2,000 Rollover Jackpot, Medwyn Evans c/o Huws Gray, Gaerwen, John Williams of Malltraeth & Alan Barton of Malltraeth. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 10th September.
ANOTHER THREE POINTS
(27/08/16) Glan's improved form continued with a well earned 2-1 win at Nantlle Vale this afternoon. Marvin Pritchard put the visitors ahead after 17 minutes as he prodded the ball home after a Darren Gowans' free kick had been blocked and as the Anglesey side continued on top Gowans, Matty Lock and James Burgess all went close.
With twenty-five minutes gone Vale began to apply pressure, Simon Kay and Aled Hughes heading over from corner kicks and Aaron Griffiths having a shot deflected wide. Glan came close to a second four minutes before the break as Burgess headed against the bar and as the ball came back sent in another header that keeper Neil Perkins went full length to save. The visitors finished the half on the attack, Kieren Jeffreys having a shot blocked and a great cross from Sion Hogan was headed wide by Gerwyn Jones. Lundstram and Burgess also saw efforts fail to penetrate a packed home defence.
After surviving that spell of pressure it was the visitors that again began to look the most likely scorers with Jeffreys through on goal only for the keeper to make point blank save then Burgess shot a foot over. Eight minutes from time Glantraeth went two up as Jeffreys picked out Craig Whelan with an inch perfect pass and Whelan did the rest, arrowing a header into the top corner to easily beat the keeper (top picture). It wasn't over yet as three minutes later Glan were caught flat footed as a long free kick was met at the far post and played across the face of goal to leave Hughes a simple conversion but that proved the end of the scoring as the visitors claimed the three points.
POSITIVES TO MOVE FORWARD ON
(25/08/16) An excellent second half display in the win over Llangefni Town last night will hopefully kick start our season. There were so many positives once we really got going, it was a real team performance the only downsides being the injury to Jamie Roberts and the dismissals of Jamie Jones and Sam Faulkner which will see them suspended on Saturday at Nantlle Vale although that will give other players the chance to shine. Kick-off for that game is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Gwilym Evans.
We have today waived the seven days notice to release Dion Williams and I met with their manager Sean Brett this morning to sign his transfer back to Menai Bridge. (SS)
GLAN EXPLODE INTO ACTION
(24/08/16) A fairly tame first forty-five minutes in which goalmouth action was at a premium exploded into life after the break as a devastating opening by Glantraeth left visitors Llangefni reeling.
The best chance of the first period fell to Cefni's Jack Williams on 26 minutes as the home side failed to cut out a through ball but as Williams closed in on goal keeper Connor Hughes made a great block to clear the danger.
What a different story it was after the break as Glan stormed forward looking nothing like the side that had lost their opening two games. Within two minutes of the restart they took the lead as Jamie Jones sent in a great ball from the left and Mike Lundstram rose to score with an equally impressive header and this was almost immediately followed by a second as Darren Gowans danced down the left before crossing to leave Marvin Pritchard an easy tap-in (top picture). It was all Glantraeth at this stage and a tremendous long ball from Dylan Williams found Lundstram only for the Glan striker to fire just over.
The home side should have had a penalty on the hour mark as Pritchard pushed the ball past keeper Liam Ewing before being clattered to the ground. It was a let-off for the visitors but things got even worse for them on 62 minutes as Steve Kehoe was dismissed for a second yellow and ten minutes later it was 3-0 to the Bodorgan side as a well drilled cross from Sam Faulkner was headed back across goal by Lundstram for James Burgess to nod home.
Nine minutes from time Llangefni pulled a goal back after referee Peter Kewley spotted an infringement in the area and Paul Rowlands comfortably put away the spot kick. Cefni keeper Ewing made a fine save from Gowans on 84 minutes and Lundstram following up shot over then there was another red card as Jamie Jones got a second caution for an alleged dive in the box to reduce both sides to ten.
Glantraeth re-opened their three goal lead four minutes from time with another fine goal as Lundstram crossed from the right and Matty Lock's header put a goal on a plate for Faulkner to score from close in. Faulkner's joy didn't last long as four minutes later referee Kewley was at it again, completing his hat-trick by sending the young midfielder off for a second caution. Final score: Glantraeth 4 Llangefni Town 1
Note: Glantraeth's talented midfielder Jamie Roberts was taken to hospital after getting injured late in the first half. The good news is there is no break just a badly sprained ankle.
NOT JUST LOCAL PRIDE AT STAKE
(21/08/16) On Wednesday we entertain Llangefni Town at Trefdraeth. Cefni have a one hundred percent record after two games and we are pointless. If that doesn't sting us into a reaction then nothing will!!
Our performance against Penrhyndeudraeth wasn't bad, we could just have easily won as lost, but at Trearddur Bay we were very much second best, admittedly against a side that could well be good enough to retain their league title. There was also the little matter of having keeper Connor Hughes injured early in the game, which hardly helped.
Pride is very much at stake on Wednesday and not just local pride, we cannot afford to fall any further behind and a win really is a must. Kick-off is 6.30 pm and the referee is Peter Kewley.
ALL TOO EASY FOR BAY
(17/08/16) Glantraeth were handicapped from early in the game as keeper Connor Hughes was injured in a challenge with Asa Thomas but they were already behind to a third minute goal from Curt Williams after some dreadful defending presented the scorer with an easy conversion. Gerwyn Jones headed a Sean Davies free kick on to the roof of the net for Glantraeth but the visitors were struggling to make any real impression on the Bay defence and went two behind on 26 minutes as Dale Murphy ran through almost unchallenged. Hughes was virtually a passenger and was replaced in goal at half-time by Sion Hogan who could do little to prevent a third five minutes in as a quick free kick put Murphy clear to get his second. Last season Glan fought back from three goals down to force a draw but there was little sign of this happening on this occasion and only a late penalty from Jamie Roberts gave a better degree of respectability to the scoreline. Final score: Trearddur Bay United 3 Glantraeth 1
More of Aled's pictures on Glantraeth Facebook page tomorrow.
EVEN BIGGER TEST WEDNESDAY
(14/08/16) With only four players that were with the club at the end of last season in the sixteen man squad yesterday it was hardly the ideal opening game to face a very good Penrhyndeudraeth side. Having said that we could just have easily won as lost if we had taken some of the clear cut chances we created so it is important we take the positives from our performance.
On Wednesday we will face an even bigger test when we go to league champions Trearddur Bay. Kick-off is 6.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is again Peter Owen. After-match hospitality is in the Driftwood Motel.
I must admit when I walked on the ground yesterday I was hugely impressed at the tremendous amount of work that has gone on during the summer. The pitch looked superb, as good as I have ever seen it. I've always said when the sun is shining there are few better places to watch a game of football than at Glantraeth, biased but true. The new canteen (pictured) also looked tremendous, a credit to the hard graft that has gone in over the past couple of weeks. I can't speak highly enough of our committee, Helen and other friends of the club who have made all this happen. (SS)
JACKPOT £2,000 !!!
(13/08/16) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 10, 13 & 15. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £2,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 27th August.
PENRHYN'S LATE STRIKE SINKS GLAN
(13/08/16) Both sides were guilty of missed chances in a closely fought opener at Glantraeth but with the result on a knife edge it was Penrhyndeudraeth that pounced six minutes from time as a low shot from Jack Davis found the net to give the visitors a 3-2 win.
The Gwynedd side began the stronger, a long cross from full back Alun Hughes bouncing off the top of the bar after just 90 seconds, then Sion Parry just failed to make contact with a left wing cross and Meilir Williams scooped one over from close in. After those early scares it was then Glantraeth, with many new faces in the squad, who began to carve out the better chances with Mike Lundstram twice in a minute inches away from converting great crosses from Jamie Roberts and Darren Gowans. A flowing move by the home side on the half-hour mark deserved reward as Dylan Williams and Sean Davies linked on the right before crossing for Lundstram to power a header inches wide.
Penrhyndeudraeth took the lead on 36 minutes as a cross from the right was saved by keeper Connor Hughes only for the ball to cannon off Meilir Williams into the net. Dylan Williams volleyed wide as Glan replied but it was the visitors that went in ahead at the break.
Glantraeth had a great chance to level five minutes into the second half as a Jamie Roberts' shot was only half saved by keeper Tyler French only for Lundstram to fire over from almost point blank range but the home side were level two minutes later as Jamie Roberts created space and let fly with a powerful shot for his first goal for the club. Six minutes later it was Roberts again on target to put the Anglesey side ahead as his header from a Lundstram cross was deflected past the keeper. Home keeper Connor Hughes made a fine finger tip save from Alun Hughes a minute later but If Glan's second goal had an element of good fortune it was nothing compared to Penrhyn's leveller on the hour mark as Meilir Williams hit a shot that was well off target only for the ball to hit Marvin Pritchard and completely change direction leaving keeper Hughes with no chance of saving.
The game was now delicately poised and some brilliant play by Jamie Roberts on 68 minutes ended with a powerful shot that brought a flying save from French. The home side had a gilt edged chance to go back in front five minutes later as Lundstram sent in a perfect cross that Marvin Pritchard met at the far post but with the whole goal at his mercy he headed wide. It was a big let off for the visitors and Glantraeth paid a heavy price as Davis snatched that late winner. Referee Peter Owen played only one minute of added time, almost unheard of, to end any chances of a late equaliser but Penrhyn will be happy as they got the perfect start to the season.
More of Aled's pictures now on Glantraeth Facebook page.
TWO MORE ADDED TO SQUAD
(09/08/16) Warren has added two more players to his squad. Keeper Connor Hughes (pictured right) has joined after signing for Holyhead Hotspur in the summer. 19 year old Connor was previously with Bodedern and Llanfairpwll. Many thanks to Hotspur secretary Richard Parry for his assistance in the transfer. Thanks also to Pentraeth secretary Dawn Hughes for helping complete the transfer of central defender Gerwyn Roberts (pictured above). Gerwyn was captain of Pentraeth last season and has also played for Llandegfan and Bethesda Athletic. Pen pictures will be updated next week.
(08/08/16) In the first round of the Cookson Cup holders Glantraeth have been drawn at home to Greenfield while in the opening round of the Mawddach Challenge Cup we are away to Penrhyndeudraeth.
NOT LONG NOW
(07/08/16) It's been an interesting pre-season, the hardest part has been keeping track of the score at times! Even now I wouldn't guess at Warren's starting eleven when we kick-off the season next weekend. Through circumstances there has been little choice but to make several changes to the squad so I think it would fair to say we are in a period of transition. Transition or not we face a daunting opening two games against Penrhyn and Trearddur Bay, probably two of the title favourites. Still, every season is a challenge so no change there.
Off the field the old canteen had reached the end of its life and has been replaced by a new cabin, Hel's Kitchen Mark II, which will be open for the first time next week. A lot of work has gone into fitting it out by committee members, Helen and other helpers and now it is really looking the part. Tarw has led the way on the field with new fencing at the road end helped by Cledwyn and Gareth Morris with more improvements to come. All I can say is the ground bears little resemblance to when I first visited in 2005 although we did then have the bonus of the Glantraeth Restaurant on the site which was a great facility.
Next Saturday's game at home to Penrhyndeudraeth kicks off at 2.30 pm and the referee is Peter Owen. Admission is again £3 with under sixteens free and includes a complimentary programme while stocks last.
A new signing is Dylan Williams (pictured) who has re-joined Glantraeth. Dylan was with Shrewsbury Town's youth team and has also been at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crewe Alexandra. He has also played in the USA for West Virginia Chaos and RedStorm the soccer team of the University of Rio Grande in Ohio. More recently he has been with Menai Bridge. (SS)
PRE-SEASON ENDS WITH WIN
(04/08/16) Glantraeth completed their pre-season fixtures this evening at Penmaenmawr Phoenix with a 4-2 win, scorers Shaun Lock, Jamie Roberts (pictured), Matty Lock & Mike Lundstram.