Flashback – 15 years ago: Porthmadog celebrate revenge victory over Druids at Y Traeth

Porthmadog’s Gareth Caughter (right – red and black) evades the challenge of Druids’ Timmy Edwards as Osian Jones (Druids) and Clayton Blackmore (Port) look on. All pictures: EMYR GARETH – with many thanks

Welsh Premier League – Saturday, February 24, 2007

CPD Porthmadog 3 (L Davies 7, R Davies 25, Blackmore 48)
NEWI Cefn Druids 0

Report: Gareth Williams

On this weekend 15 years ago Porthmadog dominated Druids from the start and capitalised on an early goal to run out clear winners.

From the moment Les Davies opened the scoring after just 7 minutes a home victory was on the cards.

The strong front man made a lateral run, brushing off a couple of tackles to create an opening for himself and fired low from 20 yards just inside Carl Edwards’ right hand post.

Soon after Aled Rowlands put Davies through again but Edwards raced out of his goal to make a good block.

Porthmadog went further ahead on 25 minutes when Les’s brother Ryan Davies rose well to convert a Clayton Blackmore corner, sending his looping header beyond Edwards’ reach.

A third could have come after 34 minutes when Gareth Caughter met a Les Davies cross but was unfortunate to see his header fly narrowly wide.

Aled Rowlands hit a shot for Porthmadog

Just before the interval Ryan Davies could have scored again from a corner but his low shot was held in the mud and Edwards again saved well.

Druids were rarely a threat in the opening period but Mike Heverin, who scored a hat-trick in the reverse game at Plas Kynaston, which the Ancients won 3-0, was wayward on one occasion and near the end of the half Richard Harvey pulled off a good save to deny him from 15 yards.

Cefn’s only other effort on goal came from Osian Jones whose 25 yard strike was straight at Harvey.

Half-time: Porthmadog 2 Cefn Druids 0

Three minutes into the second-half Ryan Davies fed Blackmore on the edge of the penalty area and the former Welsh international chipped a fine 15 yard shot well beyond reach of the keeper to virtually seal the victory.

Porthmadog now upped the pace and it took some good defensive work to keep out Caughter and then Carl Owen and keeper Edwards at full stretch thwarted a Rowlands cracker at the expense of a corner.

Owen, a constant threat to the visitors, controlled a long ball out of defence but fired his shot into the side-netting.

Rhys Roberts aims to find Porthmadog team-mate Carl Owen (No 10)

With Port failing to add to the score the visitors did come more into the game and forced several corners and from one of these Timmy Edwards rose well but his header went over the bar.

Apart from this a long range attempt by Waynne Phillips was the only test for Harvey as the Druids went in search of a consolation.

Late on there were a couple of speedy runs by young sub Carl Jones which further stretched the Druids defence and threatened to produce a fourth goal. The other sub Jason Sadler also created a late chance but Caughter’s finish was wide.

TEAMS

Porthmadog: Richard Harvey, John G Jones, Ryan Davies, Rhys Roberts, Mike Foster: Gareth Caughter, Richard Hughes (Carl Jones 70), Clayton Blackmore, (Kevin Roberts 84), Aled Rowlands: Carl Owen (Jason Sadler 74), Les Davies.

Cefn Druids: Carl Edwards, Aled Rowlands, Ricky Wright, Waynne Phillips, Tim Edwards, James Taylor, Osian Jones, Carl Lamb, Mike Heverin, Steve Watkin, Andrew Iniabere. Sub: Chris Mullock.

Referee: Mark Whitby. Attendance: 167

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