Flashback – 15 years ago: Big victory for Porthmadog in NWCFA Challenge Cup

Tony Williams (red and black) rises in the air for Porthmadog. Picture: Iwan Gareth

Porthmadog 5 (Tony Williams 2, Iwan Thomas, Thomas Hughes 2)
Connah’s Quay Nomads 0
North Wales Coast Challenge Cup – January 24, 2006

It was 15 years ago this week that a mixed Porthmadog side of first and reserve team players comfortably saw off a young Nomads outfit in a North Wales Coast Challenge Cup fourth round tie at Y Traeth.

The only goal of the opening period came from Iwan Thomas with a thunderous 30 yard drive.

Both Tom Hughes and Tony Williams went close during the first half – a taste of things to come.

A James Gambino effort five minutes from the break which forced Richard Harvey into a fine save was the closest the Nomads came to finding an equaliser.

Two minutes into the second period the Deesiders went even closer when Matty Phillips hit an upright with a shot from a tight angle.

The game was sealed with a three-goal burst in four minutes either side of the hour mark.

Sub Iestyn Woolway broke on the right and his excellent cross was missed at the near post by Tom Hughes, but Tony Williams had a tap in to score at the back post.

The third goal on 62 minutes was almost a carbon copy with Woolway again the provider and Williams applying the all important touch to score.

A minute later and an error at the back for the Nomads gifted the ball to Tony Williams and he set up Tom Hughes to fire home from 15 yards in emphatic fashion.

The fifth and final goal did not arrive until the 86th minute when Woolway again scampered down the right flank and produced an inch perfect cross for Tom Hughes to head home from six yards.

A good all-round performance from Port with a number of the younger players taking the limelight. Llangefni Town would be the opposition in the next round.

Many thanks to Gerallt Owen for report

Please help CPD Porthmadog in their time of need

Picture of flood damage at Y Traeth

As if North Wales football has not suffered enough over the past 10 months with the effects of coronavirus.

Last week brought a fresh crisis for clubs hard-hit by the awful flooding across the north imposed by Storm Christoph.

Some of the most devastating damage was caused at CPD Porthmadog, where the floods have been described as the worst in living memory.

Officials say it is heartbreaking to see the destruction following the tremendous efforts that volunteers have put into upgrading facilities at Y Traeth over the last nine months.

The club has launched a JUST GIVING page to raise money to help fund all the work needed to clean up and repair the damage caused.

Any donation, big or small, will be a huge help as the club’s insurance doesn’t cover flood damage.

You can make a contribution on the Crowdfunding page justgiving.com –


Up to Monday afternoon (January 25) £2,285 towards a £5,000 target had been raised.

Thanks also to Pike’s Newsagents who are collecting donations for the club.

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