Shaun at the dou­ble as Port roll on

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT -

THIRD-PLACE Porth­madog will aim to stretch their un­beaten run to seven matches this Satur­day when they visit Guils­field for a Huws Gray Al­liance League clash, re­ports Gareth Wil­liams.

Craig Papirnyk’s side re­mained on the win­ning trail with a 2-0 home vic­tory over Ruthin Town last week­end, Shaun Ca­vanagh scor­ing both their goals.

An ex­cel­lent first-half per­for­mance, with Port play­ing some qual­ity foot­ball and dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion, should have re­sulted in more than a sin­gle-goal lead at the in­ter­val.

The sec­ond half, where the vis­i­tors upped their ag­gres­sion, was more even but a sec­ond goal after 70 min­utes eased the ten­sion and, by the lat­ter stages, Port were look­ing com­fort­able again.

Port started strongly with man­ager Papi­irnyk opt­ing for pace at the front, with To­mos Em­lyn and Ryan Tay­lor in the wide po­si­tions and Ca­vanagh op­er­at­ing in the mid­dle.

Each re­sponded with strong per­for­mances, stretch­ing the vis­i­tors’ de­fence.

An early break from To­mos Em­lyn took him to the by­line and his dan­ger­ous cross was cleared for a cor­ner, from which Ceri James tested the keeper from 18 yards out, but Ryan Gold­ston scram­bled the ball away un­der pres­sure,

Though Ruthin were be­ing forced back on the de­fen­sive, a 17th minute break from Craig Wilkin­son caught out the home de­fence and his an­gled shot from 15 yards curled nar­rowly wide of Paul Pritchard’s far post.

On 27 min­utes, Port took a well- de­served lead when a James as­sist found Ca­vanagh in be­hind the Ruthin de­fence.

He still had much to do and raced on. Though the ad­vanc­ing Gold­ston got a par­tial block on his ini­tial ef­fort, Ca­vanagh re­cov­ered for a sec­ond bite which saw him drill home from 15 yards.

An­other good Port build up in­volved sev­eral play­ers com­bin­ing well to cre­ate a shoot­ing chance for Jay Gibbs, whose low shot went nar­rowly the wrong side of the post.

The vis­i­tors emerged a big­ger force for the sec­ond half but, de­spite hav­ing a greater share of the play, were only able to threaten Pritchard’s goal with shots from dis­tance.

The in­tro­duc­tion of Sion Ed­wards, just be­fore the hour mark, im­pacted on the game in Port’s favour as he found space and time to threaten the Ruthin de­fence with sev­eral dan­ger­ous runs.

Then, on 70 min­utes, Port gained a breath­ing space with an all-im­por­tant sec­ond goal.

Iwan Lewis found space to burst through on the right, his cross to the far post was headed back across goal by Tay­lor and on hand to fin­ish off the move was Ca­vanagh with a close range header to make it three goals for him in the past two games.

On 87 min­utes, Port could have made it 3-0 when Dan Das­calu was brought down in the box and a penalty was awarded. Gold­ston, how­ever, pulled off a great save to deny Gruff John from 12 yards.

Pic­tures: RICHARD BIRCH

● GOALS! Porth­madog’s Shaun Ca­vanagh scores twice against Ruthin

● Porth­madog’s To­mos Em­lyn skips over this tackle against Ruthin

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