Conwy Borough got off to a flying start in the newly-named JD Cymru North as goals from Sean McCaffery and Corrig McGonigle secured a 2-0 victory at Porthmadog, reports Tomos Jones.
Port had the first opportunity when they broke fast through Iwan Lewis and his excellent ball found Rhys Williams one-on-one against keeper Ben Heald. However, the home striker was too slow as Nathan Williams made a crucial block.
Conwy were looking very dangerous on the counter and deliveries over the top were causing problems for Port’s back-line.
On the 20-minute mark, Port nearly opened the scoring when Lewis found himself free on the edge of the penalty area, but his effort went over the bar.
Boro took the lead in the 26th minute when McGonigle’s fine corner was headed against the crossbar by Adam Pritchard, but McCaffery was on the six-yard line to tap the ball into the back of the net.
Port made a change just before the restart as returning midfield ace Jay Gibbs came on for the injured Daniel Roberts.
The hosts began enjoying more of the ball, but were not creating enough in the final third.
And they soon paid the price as Conwy won a penalty in the 38th minute. McGonigle’s free kick was only headed back into his path. His touch took him past Robert Evans who clipped the shin of the striker and the referee pointed to the spot.
McGonigle slotted the ball into the bottom right corner, sending Inter-Island Games winning captain Paul Pritchard the wrong way.
Williams almost pulled one back before the interval.
Port started the second half well, Mel McGinness’ effort from a tight angle flying just wide of the post.
Williams’ half volley cleared the bar before John Littlemore came on for his debut.
Both sides had chances before the end, Littlemore and Ilan ap Gareth for the hosts, while McGonigle and Cory Williams were presented with further opportunities for the Tangerines, but it ended 2-0 to the Morfa men.
Rest of the League
Llangefni Town began life back in the Cymru North on a successful note with a 2-0 win against visitors Gresford Athletic, Matthew Jones with both goals for the Anglesey side.
Rhyl fell behind to a fourth-minute Mark Cadwallader goal, but fought back to celebrate a tremendous 2-1 victory at Flint Town United.
Steve Thomas levelled with a great finish from outside the box on 32 minutes, then Aaron Hassall won it with a free kick after 78.
Danny Hughes scored twice as Llandudno came from behind to defeat Corwen 3-1.
An early Joe Williams penalty put the newly-promoted team in front Maesdu Park, but Hughes struck at the double before half time and Dean Seager sealed the win after the break.
Rob Hughes’ penalty in first-half added time was enough to ensure Prestatyn Town began their campaign with a 1-0 triumph over visitors Guilsfield on Friday night.
Ten-man Llanfair United grabbed a 1-1 draw at home to Ruthin Town.
A wonderful Kevin Evans shot put the visitors in front after six minutes, but Gethin Stephens headed in a Paul Griffiths free kick to level on 31.
Four minutes later, Llanfair’s Griffiths was red-carded, but there were no further goals at Mount Field.
Jonathan Evans’ 92nd minute clincher sealed Penrhyncoch a 2-1 result at Llanrhaeadr.
A Liam Lewis beauty handed the Roosters a 62nd minute lead, but Matty Williams equalised on 90 before that dramatic late decider.
Postponed: Bangor City v Colwyn Bay.
JD Cymru North results – August 17
Bangor City P Colwyn Bay P, Flint Town United 1 Rhyl 2, Llandudno 3 Corwen 1, Llanfair United 1 Ruthin Town 1, Llangefni Town 2 Gresford Athletic 0, Llanrhaeadr 1 Penrhyncoch 2, Porthmadog 0 Conwy Borough 2, Prestatyn Town 1 Guilsfield 0