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Magpies fall to Penrhyn at Home
Following the postponement of the original fixture a few weeks earlier, it was decided the Barmouth would hold the hotly anticipated Derby with Penrhyn on a bank holiday weekend. To make matters worse, many of the Barmouth players had used the empty fixture date to plan trips away, so Carl Ryan was with out much depth in the squad going into the game & adding to problems Captain Michael Irvine withdrew hours before the game with illness, Dave Harding and George Sutherns both out with serious knee injuries.
The match started at a frantic pace, both teams going at in true derby fashion. Penrhyn would have the first clear chance as Meilir Williams saw his header saved by Tyler French on 7’ this was a sign of what was to follow. The visitors would go a goal up on 27’ as again Meilir Williams got to the ball first at the front post and headed it between Tyler French and the post. Meilir Williams would get Penrhyn’s goal on 41’, creating havoc in the Barmouth defence, he managed to get the ball loose and found himself of the empty net. On 44’ minuets Penrhyn midfield Iwan Thomas was booked for a late tackle, he was lucky to be on the pitch as he’d got away with several dangerous tackles in the first half.
The second half started with the visitors putting the magpies under pressure instantly, winning a corner seconds into the half. Barmouth would see there best effort of the game on 50’ as Paul Lewis fired from 20 yards, only to see the keeper push the ball over for a corner. Carl Ryan would make his only substitution of the game on 55’ replacing Nathan Cottam for Dave Inglis. Shane Jones would come close on 60’ with a header just wide. Penrhyn would extend their lead on 66’ as Ben Jones made it three as he tapped in from a Meilir Williams cross. They would go on to score their 4th on 71’ as Huw Quaeck fired past Tyler French from 20 yards out. Shane Jones, Paul Lewis and Joey Jones would all have close chances before the game but the luck wasn’t on their side.
Penrhyn finish the game in 8th place with 35 point and 1 game remaining. Barmouth currently sit in 11th place with 29points with 3 games remaining so it could go down to the wire to see which Meirionnydd club ends up on top. Stephen Bratt was awarded Fans Man of the Match for his work rate in defence, well done Ste.
This May Day Bank Holiday sees Llandudno Albion visit Wern Mynach, 7th place Albion will look to do the double over Carl Ryan and the boys.