Flashback – 15 years ago: Port were flying after bringing down Wingmakers

Richard Hughes (white and black) scored the game’s only goal. Picture: Porthmadog website

Airbus UK 0
CPD Porthmadog 1 (Richard Hughes 24)
Welsh Premier League – April 11, 2006

Richard Hughes’ 24th minute header over Adam McGee proved to be enough to secure the three points for Porthmadog on a night where the strong wind was the real winner.

The Airfield, Broughton, was the venue for a Welsh Premier battle played on this date 15 years ago.

Port had the wind at their backs in the first half and controlling proceedings from the start with a lively Paul Friel firing a couple of early efforts to test keeper McGee.

Home glovesman McGee was in action again after 17 minutes to touch a powerful Hughes header over the bar following Ywain Gwynedd’s corner.

It was no surprise when the visitors went ahead with Hughes beating the offside trap to head Gareth Caughter’s lob over the keeper into the net.

Just past the half-hour mark McGee failed to gather Gwynedd’s corner cleanly but Lee Webber fired over the bar.

The only other real threat on goal came when Jason Sadler’s shot on the turn flew narrowly wide.

Half-time: Airbus 0 Porthmadog 1

The second half with its reversal of roles provided less entertainment than the first.

The home side were intent on belting the ball downfield at every opportunity while Porthmadog found it difficult to string more than two passes together against the elements.

The result was a rather frenetic endurance test for both players and supporters.

Despite their territorial advantage the home side was unable to create any real scoring opportunities, but rather tested Richard Harvey, in the Porthmadog goal, with an aerial bombardment of corners, crosses and free-kicks.

Harvey was equal to the task, performing heroically in very difficult conditions.

For all their huffing and puffing Airbus did not create a real chance until the 82nd minute when John Davies shot wide when well placed and two minutes later sub James Hussaney fired over the bar.

Porthmadog held out and it was a relief to hear the final whistle. Play anywhere Richard Hughes once more turned up trumps.

Airbus: Adam McGee, Lee Williams, Steve Hopkins (Dave Purcell 11), Andy Thomas, John Davies, Paul Connelly, Craig Jones (Anthony Williams 46), Gareth Owen (James Hussaney 46) James McIntosh, Stewart White, Dave Hughes.

Porthmadog: Richard Harvey: John G Jones, Lee Webber, Rhys Roberts, Mike Foster: Ywain Gwynedd (Geraint Mitchell), Danny Hughes, Paul Friel, Gareth Caughter: Jason Sadler, Richard Hughes.

Attendance:137

Thanks to Gareth Williams for another great report from the Porthmadog camp

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