Gap Connah’s Quay 1 (Dean Thurston 32)
CPD Porthmadog 2 (Paul Roberts 19, 45)
Cymru Alliance League – February 12, 2011
Paul Roberts struck twice in a fantastic victory for a Porthmadog side taking on the runaway league leaders on their own patch 10 years ago today.
Once Quay’s Rob Jones had fired an early first-timer narrowly wide of the Port post, and the same player had cracked a 20 yard free kick straight at keeper Richard Harvey, the game settled into a midfield battle.
Gradually, with Gareth Jones Evans and Jack Jones showing up well in the centre, the visitors started to get on top.
And with 19 minutes gone it was Jack Jones who won the ball to set up Port’s first goal.
He slipped the ball through for Paul Roberts to break into the box and net cleanly with a shot from 15 yards.
With 32 minutes gone, James McIntosh blocked an attempted clearance and chased it down the right before his pinpoint cross allowed Dean Thurston to level the scores from six yards.
Later a Jack Jones cross-field ball found Cai Jones out on the left. The winger broke strongly to the byline and crossed to the back post where Jamie McDaid’s effort was diverted for a corner.
Another Cai Jones delivery to the back stick reached Paul Roberts whose header was deflected for another flag kick.
The same player almost put Port back into the lead, when with three minutes to go to the interval, he charged down a clearance and the ball went only narrowly wide of keeper Adam McGee’s right upright.
But on the stroke of half-time McGee failed to gather yet another high Cai Jones cross and Paul Roberts was on hand to tap in to give Port a lead they thoroughly deserved.
Straight from the restart the Nomads could have drawn level when Ben Collins received and cut in from the left but though well placed his finish was wayward.
Soon Port settled into the first half pattern and Jones Evans raced down the right to set up Cai Jones but the forward’s shot was blocked for a corner.
A minute later and Roberts put the same player through but McGee was down to save well.
As the half wore on the league leaders began to sense that the game was slipping out of their grasp. They brought on player manager Mark McGregor and leading scorer Gary O’Toole and mounted a series of attacks but still it was Port who looked the more likely to add to their score.
For the last 15 minutes the excellent Port defence, marshalled by the outstanding Gareth Owen and sidekick Dan Pyrs, held firm.
Pressure mounted as Andy Alston hurled his long throws into the box and also a couple of left wing corners from O’Toole caused concern, but an heroic Port defence were in no mood to yield.
Perhaps the best Nomads’ break came from Jamie Petrie down the right but Harvey did well to cut out the cross.
It was Port who ended the game back on the attack and Alan Hooley needed to clear a Paul Roberts effort off the line with McGee stranded.
Twice towards the end McGee had to save from sub Craig Roberts.
All in all an excellent morale boosting win with fine performances from one to eleven plus subs.
The four youngest players, Jamie McDaid, Cai Jones, Gareth Jones Evans and Jack Jones, all deserved a special mention.
Connah’s Quay: Adam McGee, Ben Alston, Ben Collins, Tom Baker (Mark McGregor 59), Andy Alston, Craig Jones, Jamie Petrie, Alan Hooley, Dean Thurston (Sam McNutt 71), James McIntosh, Rob Jones (Gary O’Toole 59). Subs not used: Danny Pinch, Louis Mackin.
Porthmadog: Richard Harvey, Euron Roberts, Richie Owen, Gareth Jones Evans, Gareth Owen (Ryan Davies 85), Dan Pyrs, Cai Jones (Daren Gowans 66), Gareth Parry (Craig Roberts 73), Paul Roberts, Jack Jones, Jamie McDaid. Subs not used: Marcus Orlik, Rhys Roberts.