Island Games hero Mel McGinness leaves Porthmadog to sign for Llangefni Town

Mel McGinness in action for Anglesey at the 2019 Inter-Island Games. Picture: Dai Sinclair

Ynys Môn star striker and 2018-19 Cymru North Player of the Season Mel McGinness has returned to the island to play his football.

The 29-year-old has left Porthmadog and joined a Llangefni Town side he last represented in the 2008/09 season.

His arrival at Lon Talwrn will be warmly welcomed, with Cefni still battling to retain their Cymru North status.

Llangefni manager Chris Roberts said: “Mel is a player that I have always wanted to bring in and I’m delighted to finally have him with us at Llangefni Town. He is a proven striker at the highest level of Welsh football.

“Mel has all the qualities you look for as a manager and I can’t wait to get started with him. Things didn’t work out at Port for some reason or another but I am confident I will get the best out of Mel and he will be a vital asset in our push for survival.”

And McGinness himself said: “I came to Llangefni as I know I have what it takes to help the club stay in the JD Cymru North.
“I’m very grateful that Chris and the team have given me the opportunity and put their faith in me to help them achieve this and hopefully I can repay them with some great performances and a few goals along the way.”

McGinness is a Holyhead lad who signed for Bangor City as a 16-year-old in September 2006.

He was involved in the FAW Victory Shield Under-15 squad in 2004/05 and played in the unbeatable Holyhead Under-17 team of 2005/06.

McGinness made his Bangor debut as a substitute in a 2-2 Welsh Premier League draw at Carmarthen Town on August 22. 2006.

He later represented Welsh Colleges in 2006/07 and was named in Bangor City’s UEFA Cup squad.

However, first-team opportunities were limited at Farrar Road, and following a spell at Llangefni Town in 2008/09, the striker returned home to join Holyhead Hotspur and was an outstanding success at the New Stadium.

Mel was named 2018-19 Huws Gray Alliance Player of the Season

In 2011/12, arguably Hotspur’s greatest season to date, they lifted the Welsh Alliance League title, Cookson Cup and Barritt Cup treble, as well as reaching the national FAW Trophy final. McGinness was the chief shining light in that campaign with a magnificent 50-goal haul.

He went on to be a success for Holyhead in the tier-two Huws Gray Alliance, also having a stint at Welsh Alliance Division Two Gaerwen in 2015/16.

A very dangerous attacking player who gives a team options in midfield or up front, McGinness is renowned for his great touch, never giving up and ability to make life a nightmare for any defender.

In 2016/17, he wrote himself another page in Hotspur folklore when banging in a hat-trick as the club rounded off a great season in style by winning the Welsh Alliance Reserves Division Lock Stock Fireworks Challenge Cup, thrashing divisional champions Bangor City 4-1 at Maes Eilian, Llanfairpwll.

One of the major highlights of Mel’s career occurred in summer 2019 when he was part of the Ynys Môn side which won the Inter-Island Games football tournament for only the second time in their history.

It was Mel who bagged the winner in a 2-1 victory in the final over Guernsey at Holyhead.

With Hotspur relegated to the third-tier Welsh Alliance this season, McGinness decided he wanted to stay in the Huws Gray Alliance, now renamed the Cymru North, and joined Porthmadog for the 2019-20 campaign shortly after the Island Games.

Prior to the Games, he had been named Huws Gray Alliance Player of the Season for his outstanding displays in a Hotspur team which eventually went down.

This season he had scored four times for a Port outfit which has struggled throughout and the player now sees his future at Llangefni.

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