Flashback – 5 years ago: Cai Jones is a match-winner for Porthmadog

Cai Jones scored Port’s only goal. Picture: Emyr Gareth

CPD Porthmadog 1 (Cai Jones 20)
Buckley Town 0
Huws Gray Alliance – Saturday, 12 March 2016

Five years ago today Porthmadog completed a league double over Buckley, bringing to an end a bogey which had persisted over five seasons.

A neatly conjured Cai Jones goal after 20 minutes proved enough for Port to collect all three points.

Jones was lively from the start, twice firing just wide in the opening 15 minutes.

The persistent Jones did get the ball into the net on 17 minutes, winning the header in a challenge with keeper Ben Jones, but referee Liam Gray adjudged a foul.

Port continued to hold the upper hand and after 20 minutes Asa Hamilton opened up the Buckley defence with a superb sideways flick which put Cai Jones clear on goal and though the first effort was blocked, the follow up from the same player found the net from 10 yards.

The visitors did not get a shot on goal until 31 minutes with Danny Wynne blasting over the bar from the edge of the box.

A good Port build up down the right led to an excellent Hamilton pull back for Gwydion Ifan who drove low across the face of goal but somehow evading a final touch.

Before half time arrived Buckley worked a half chance for Matty Roberts who lashed over the bar from 18 yards.

Half-time: Porthmadog 1 Buckley 0

In the first minute of the second period a fine Port move ended with Josh Banks striking over the bar.

Following this, it was the visitors who looked the stronger, forcing Port back and threatening to make them pay for the lack of clinical finishing in the opening half.

Jack Leamy pulled a shot wide before Adam Eden’s corner was only partially cleared and a second cross created a clear heading opportunity for Chris Roberts who somehow headed over.

As the half wore on the Buckley fightback ran out of steam and strong runs by Hamilton and McDaid, in particular, relieved the pressure and had the final ball been better there were opportunities to make the game safe.

But in the end the single goal proved enough as Iddon Price and Steve Bratt maintained control at the centre of the defence with Gwydion Ifan keeping a tight rein on Eden, Buckley’s biggest threat.

PORTHMADOG: Richard Harvey, Gwydion Ifan, Josh Banks, Steve Bratt, Iddon Price, Iwan Lewis, Rob Evans (Stuart Rogers 64) Gruff Williams, Jamie McDaid, Asa Hamilton, Cai Jones.

BUCKLEY: Ben Jones, Jack Jones, Nath Williams, Chris Roberts, Tegid Lloyd, Marcus Davies, Jack Leamy, Aaron Williams, Danny Wynne, Matty Roberts, Adam Eden.

Attendance: 116.

Many thanks to Gareth Williams for another excellent report.

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