This match report is dedicated to Porthmadog club stalwart Meirion Parry, who sadly passed away this weekend at the age of 67.
Meirion followed Port ardently home and away, and no doubt would have been at Bastion Gardens on this memorable occasion five years ago to see his team snatch a dramatic victory at the three-time Cymru Alliance champions. RIP Meirion.
Prestatyn Town 1 (Jack Kenny 69)
CPD Porthmadog 2 (Jamie McDaid 75, Cai Jones 88)
Huws Gray Alliance – February 27, 2016
Five years ago this weekend Porthmadog came from behind to gain a memorable victory against the odds at Bastion Gardens.
Finding themselves down to 10 men after Rob Evans was red carded in a most bizarre incident minutes before the interval, they refused to lie down, and two top quality late goals secured the victory.
Cai Jones’ winner came just two minutes before the end and the whole team showed tremendous character, defending superbly in front of Richard Harvey, who put in another great captain’s performance.
The game started at tremendous pace with neither side afforded any time to dwell on the ball.
Harvey was in action early on when an Alex Jones shot took a deflection, and later the league’s leading scorer Jack Kenny burst through on the left and it needed a timely block by Josh Banks to keep the attempt out with the goalie completing the save.
At the other end a good build up worked a shooting chance for Iwan Lewis but his effort flew over the bar from 18 yards.
Midway through the half the home team threatened and Harvey was forced to make two good saves in quick succession. Soon after he had to race off his line to stop Kenny breaking in on goal.
Kenny fired one across the goal but wide while a Michael Parker snapshot tested Harvey again.
The half ended in disarray when Kenny was upended as he broke towards goal.
Referee Tom Roberts gave a free kick on the edge of the box but in response to Prestatyn claims for a penalty, checked with his assistant and then kept to his original decision but waved a straight red at Rob Evans who was not a part of the original incident. Baffling but Evans had to walk.
Things looked bleak for Port – 45 minutes ahead with 10 men seeming like a real mountain to climb.
Despite the handicap the visitors started brightly and Cai Jones met a Gruff Williams free kick but his header went straight at keeper Mike Jones.
Pressure mounted at the other end as Prestatyn scented victory but credit to a magnificent Port defensive performance the home team had to rely on shots from distance to threaten Harvey’s goal.
Connor Shackleton cracked one from 20 yards but at full stretch Harvey palmed it away for a corner.
Although they were forced to defend for long periods Port gained some confidence when they pushed forward and having forced a corner on the right, Cai Jones turned well in the box but lifted his shot onto the roof of the net.
Then on 69 minutes Prestatyn broke on the right and an attempted clearance ran into the path of Kenny, who steered the ball past Harvey from 12 yards.
Few of the travelling support would have given Port much hope for a revival at that stage but that is what happened.
For the 75th minute equaliser Cai Jones received on the right, turning his marker superbly and racing on towards the byline. He pulled the ball back for Iwan Lewis arriving at the edge of the box. Jamie McDaid timed a run perfectly to receive from Lewis and score from close range.
The winner came with only two minutes remaining. Iddon Price brought the ball clear before finding Stuart Rogers on the right and with the home defence in disarray he chipped superbly over the central defenders to find Cai Jones as he burst forward on the blind side.
The fight back was complete as Cai fired a powerful shot past Mike Jones to secure three hard-earned points.
PRESTATYN: Mike Jones, Tom Kemp, Noah Edwards, David Hayes, Paul O’Neill, Alec Williams (Jordan Davies 61), Mike Parker, Connor Shackleton (Lee Beattie 77), Jack Kenny, Jon Fisher-Cooke (Toby Sylvester 83), Alex Jones.
PORTHMADOG: Richard Harvey, Gruff Williams, Josh Banks, Ceri James, Steve Bratt, Iddon Price, Rob Evans, Iwan Lewis, Eilir Edwards (Stuart Rogers 54), Cai Jones (Gwydion Ifan 90), Jamie McDaid.