Magpies hold League hopefuls
By Shon Hughes
Barmouth and Llangefni Town draw 0-0
Coming into the match after Wednesday nights escapades in the Cookson Cup was always going to be difficult, and the morning of the game Paul Lewis withdrew after falling ill, missing Lewis in midfield gave Manager Carl Ryan a selection headache against the league title contenders.
In a bid to ensure the loss of Paul Lewis wouldn’t give the visitors an edge, Carl Ryan moved Joey Jones into midfield with Steve Bratt coming in to partner Captain Michael Irvine in defence. Jake Jones was also rested due to the fixture congrestion, which saw Lee Riches return to centre midfield.
The match got under way and from the first minute it was clear the visitors were planning on coming away with nothing less than the 3 points, but it would be the home side that would have the first effort on goal, Geth Evans putting the ball just wide. Llangefni didn’t take long to get in on the action with Galleoti and Prichard both having efforts in the first 10 minuets. Dave Linstead and Shane Jones linked up on several occasions and looked where Barmouth were most dangerous. The first half would go on to see both teams cancel each other out, neither getting a real hold of the game.
The Second half was much of the same for the first 10 minuets, both teams playing attacking football that was cancelled out by two solid defences, Steve Bratt, Daniel Griffith, Llion Owen and Captain Michael Irvine all battling against the Llangefni forwards, with Shane Jones, Dave Harding and Geth Evans all putting pressure on the visitors. Jake Jones would make an appearance on 70 minuets, coming on to replace Lee Riches, and had a instant positive impact, putting both Geth Evans and Shane Jones in on goal, only for their efforts to be saved. After a solid performance in a defensive roll in midfield Joey Jones was forced to withdraw on 81 minuets due to injury, being replaced by Jono Harrison. Daniel Griffith would receive a yellow card for a late tackle late on. In the end the match would end goalless, with neither team able to break the deadlock.
Steve Bratt was awarded Fans Man of the Match for his defensive display. A mention has also got to go to Daniel Griffith and Llion Owen who both were tremendous on both side of the defence.
Barmouth will take great pride from the result against the side second in the league, they will now look to Monday as they welcome St Asaph to the Wern Mynach. Follow all the action by following us on social media, search @BDFCmagpies