Port marching on with cup triumph
PORTHMADOG marched into the Welsh Cup second round with a comfortable 3-0 win against underdogs Penyffordd Lions of the North East Wales League.
With three levels between the teams a victory for the Huws Gray Alliance hosts was always the likely outcome but the final margin would have been much wider only for a marvellous performance from visiting keeper Nick Owen, who pulled off a series of excellent saves, especially in the second half.
Owen’s heroics began early when he did well to deny Meilir Williams at his near post.
Life was made more difficult for the visitors when they con- ceded a penalty. Tom Taylor was brought down and Williams tucked away his spot kick.
After 34 minutes Port got their second following a good break down the left from Sion Bradley, taking on two defenders before slipping the ball inside for Cai Jones, who had time to pick his spot and drill a low shot across the keeper into the far corner.
Despite spurning several good opportunities Port still held a comfortable 2-0 advantage at the interval.
The second half continued in much the same vein as the first with even more and better chances being created during the second 45 by the hosts.
Just two minutes after the restart Port should have got their third when Williams failed to convert from close range after a good ball in from Gareth Jones Evans.
Nearly 10 minutes into the half the visitors produced their only efforts on goal. First a slip by Taylor on the wet surface allowed Marcus Davies to break forward, but he took his shot early and lifted it well over the bar.
Two minutes on and Richard Harvey had to make his only real save of the game. A free kick from Garth Higgins broke for Adam Pugh on the right of the box and the defender drove low but the keeper was down well to save.
Following this warning the chances came thick and fast for Port.
Iddon Price broke through to supply Tomos Emlyn whose shot was well saved by Owen. Tomos Emlyn then pulled the ball back for Williams who rattled the near post.
The same player was denied again by another good save from Owen. Eventually the all important third goal came in the 72nd minute with Cai Jones the supplier.
He released Williams into the box with a good angled ball and this time the striker drove low with power, at last beating the excellent Owen.