Top 20 teams in North Wales football 2018-19 (Nos 20-17)

No 20 Bro Goronwy

While Bro Goronwy did not perhaps match their excellence of previous seasons, they still came out of it with a major trophy.

The Anglesey side hoisted the NWCFA Junior Cup for the third time in their history and the second occasion in three years.

It was not just the fact Bro won the prestigious cup that was impressive, but also they way they did it – by pretty much destroying everyone in their path.

Cefni (4-2), St Asaph City Reserves (11-0), Rhuddlan Town (6-1) and Holyhead Hotspur Res (3-0) perished before the considerable hurdle of Menai Bridge Tigers awaited in the semis.

It was expected to be close, but Goronwy breezed to a 5-0 victory and then in the final Bryngwran Bulls were beaten 3-1.

Bro finished a respectable third in the Gwynedd League, although some distance behind top two Gwalchmai and champions Menai Bridge. 

The Moelfre men also reached the final of the Cwpan Gwynedd, but lost out to double-winners Menai.

Nonetheless, Bro maintained that excellent habit of continually winning trophies almost every season.

No 19 Caergybi

Caergybi’s second season in the Anglesey League produced two trophies and a record-breaking goalscorer.

Dale Moffat’s side, who lifted the Megan Cup in their debut 2017-18 campaign, went one better this term as they landed the Lucas Oil and Dargie Cups, beating Bryngwran Bulls in both finals.

And it would have been a treble for the Holyhead team, only for the fact Bulls won their last game of the season to clinch the Anglesey League title.

Caergybi were the only team in their league to pass the 100-goals mark, netting 106 in just 20 games. Leading the way was the phenomenal James Ryan, who found the net no less than 72 times in all competitions.

Ryan is the winner of this season’s Bob Brodie Trophy for the top marksman on the island, and he set a new record goals total in doing so.

Having bagged 54 goals last season, Ryan has now piled up 126 in two seasons with Caergybi – a stunning achievement regardless of the standard of football.

But it was not just about their star striker. Caergybi have a wealth of talented players who will no doubt have them pushing for more trophies next season.

No 18 Cefn Druids

Joyous times for Druids after winning the NEWFA Challenge Cup

Cefn Druids are a club that continues to achieve.

In 2017-18, they finished a highest-ever fifth in the Welsh Premier and reached Europe for the second occasion in their proud history.

And this season was also very rewarding, with Druids lifting the NEWFA Challenge Cup for a sixth time, beating Gresford Athletic 4-1 in the final, while the club also celebrated winning the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Reserves Division title.

There was also another magnificent feat pulled off by The Rock outfit.

Cefn saw off the challenges of mighty Airbus, The New Saints, Connah’s Quay Nomads and Bangor City to land the Welsh Premier League Development North (Under-19) championship by a seven-point margin.

Unfortunately, Druids did not quite go all the way, as they were beaten 2-1 by Aberystwyth Town in the national WPL Development final at Newtown.

Nonetheless, three trophies, retention of Welsh Premier status for another season, and a massive shot in the arm for the club’s youth made 2018-19 a campaign to rejoice for the Ancients.

No 17 Caernarfon Town

Back in the Welsh Premier League for the first time since 2008/09, Caernarfon Town made a sensational return to the top flight.

Sean Eardley’s side not only defied expectations by finishing fourth, they also brought much-needed pizzazz and character to the league.

With Bangor City and Rhyl both losing WPL status – an unthinkable scenario not so long ago – the vast majority of the other national league clubs could not fill a phone box when it came to attendances.

Thankfully, the Cofi Army saved the day with bumper turnouts home and away. And the good-natured antics among Canaries supporters almost matched the entertainment on the field.

The Cofis confounded the critics by winning away against the likes of The New Saints and Connah’s Quay, comfortably clinching a top-six place at the end of phase one before finally taking fourth spot.

The icing on the cake would have been a first-ever venture into Europe, but defeat at home to Cardiff Metropolitan in the play-off semi-finals ended that particular dream.

Nonetheless, the form of players such as Nathan Craig, Darren Thomas and Danny Brookwell ensured Town produced a season to remember.

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