Cymru North – no goals but sheer commitment as Prestatyn and Llangefni share the spoils

Prestatyn keeper Richard Cowderoy (green) produced a great late save against Llangefni. Picture: ALUN ROBERTS/FAW

JD Cymru North – February 5, 2021

Prestatyn Town 0
Llangefni Town 0

Match report: Dave Jones

If passion, determination and togetherness alone won football matches then Prestatyn Town would have picked up three points today.

Unfortunately for the Seasiders, you need goals as well, and neither side was able to produce one at the UK Leisure Living Stadium, Bastion Gardens today.

Visitors Llangefni, one off the bottom with only suspended and fast-disappearing Bangor City below them on minus points, put up a good battle as they did seven days earlier in a goal-less draw at Colwyn Bay.

With the strong wind at their backs in the first half, Prestatyn totally dominated both possession and territorially, but all too often the final pass was over-hit and the ball ran out of play.

Dave Sharkey created a shooting chance in the third minute, but the striker’s effort lacked the power to trouble Cefni glovesman Steve Sinclair.

A perfect corner from Tom Reilly in the 17th minute picked out captain Kyle Parle, who headed over from close range.

Debutant Steve Lewis, the former Rhyl and Bangor City striker, produced some lovely skill on the edge of the box, got a shot off which Sinclair saved, but when Sharkey went for the rebound he was adjudged offside.

Sharkey’s strike from inside the box then took a deflection which could have gone anywhere, but ended up rippling the side-netting.

Half-time: 0-0

Llangefni had the wind in their favour in the second half, but playing into the stiff breeze, Prestatyn at times performed better.

From a Reilly corner, a flick-on was cleared off the line by a Cefni defender.

The Anglesey side had a goalbound attempt blocked before in the 80th minute Sinclair produced a marvellous stop to deny Sharkey.

Cefni had a chance to win it when James Phillips let fly after exchanging passes with Cameron Jones, but home keeper Richard Cowderoy, who had not had a save to make, smothered the shot magnificently.

Llangefni threatened twice again in the closing stages, Cameron Jones heading wide before a Joshua Stanley-Williams shot flew straight at Cowderoy.

Prestatyn put everything into this performance, Parle, Ben Jacobson, Alex Peters and Jack Mulholland at the back standing out, while Law and Reilly in the midfield were magnificent.

The encouragement from the dugout was inspirational. This is a team playing for free whose commitment is worth a million dollars.

Llangefni were resilient and will be very satisfied with their last two away performances.


Prestatyn Town
Richard Cowderoy, Ahmed Ibrahim, Alex Peters, Jack Mulholland, Ben Jacobson, Kyle Parle, Gary Law, Tom Reilly, Dave Sharkey, Steve Lewis, Lewis Williams. Subs: Sean Roberts, James Webb, Mamadie Sheriff, Seb Kidd, Jake Whiley.

Llangefni Town
Steve Sinclair, James Phillips, Kieran Edwards, Steve Kehoe, Gari Owen, Joshua Stanley-Williams, N/A, Cameron Jones, Jack Smith, James Saxon, Philippe Edmonds. Subs: Josh Owen, Marvin Pritchard, N/A, Tomos Hughes, Iwan Sawicz

Attendance: 100+

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