Friday Night Football Begins with Defeat
Llandyrnog upset the home crowd
Player Manager Paul Lewis was looking to capitalise on his first win as manager against Llanberis. During the week the club had secured the signing of former club captain and current CPD Porthmadog Manager Craig papirnyk. Craig was instrumental in the club gaining promotion from the Gwynedd league through Welsh Alliance Division 2 and to where we find ourselves today. Welcome Home Craig.
Manager Paul Lewis was spoilt for choice in choosing his squad for the game no less than 22 players were available with only 5 substitutions allowed, he faced the tough task of telling players they wouldn’t be part of nights action.
A few changes were made, to the winning team of Tuesday night, Ben Fisher rewarded with a move to midfield following brilliant performances at right back, and Daniel Griffith returning after missing the win in midweek following a knock.
With the new lights lighting up The Wern Mynach pitch, not a cloud be seen in the sky, earlier saw monsoon weather ravage the coastline. Over 150 fans saw Barmouth playing in their Familiar Black and White stripes saw Captain Shame Jones loose the toss and the visitors elected to switch sides. Taking the kickoff Barmouth found themselves attacking instantly, a slick move down the right saw Llion Owen whip a great ball across the goal that was headed clear by the Llandyrnog defender for a corner. this would be repeated all night, Llion Owens ability to turn the ball into dangerous areas definitely one of main attacking threats of the Magpies. Against the run of play the visitors found themselves in the lead on 16 minuets, Scott Leonard with a looping header over Adam Walters. The visitors upped their game following their goal, Barmouth finding it hard to get out of their half, with ten men behind the ball at times, striker Shane Jones was isolated up front on his own, when the ball landed at his feet he had 3 players to beat and nobody supportig him. Jono Harrison would come closest for Barmouth on 38’, a in swinging cross, Jono leaping highest, with a bullit header, he saw his effort cleared of the line. The half ended with the visitors a goal up.
Both team got out early for the second half, and were waiting for the Referee to emerge, when the game got underway Barmouth looked like a team on a mission, spreading the ball wide to Llion Owen on one side and Ben Fisher on the other the Magpies used the full width of the Wern Mynach pitch, attack after attack Barmouth looked likely to score. On 60’ Paul Lewis instructed his Assistant Dave Harding to make the changes, on came Andrew Papirnyk to replace Lee Riches and Dave Linstead replacing Daniel Griffith. Andrew would move out to the wing with Jake Jones replacing Lee in midfield. Seconds later Joe Ephraim indicated to the bench he couldn’t carry on due to pulling his hamstring, and was subsequently replaced by Craig papirnyk. The Barmouth pressure was then rewarded, Paul Lewis working hard down the left, runs to the line, he finds Craig papirnyk with his back to goal, he turns and fires it in from a tight angle. Barmouth went on to see a Shane Jones shot go just wide and a Craig papirnyk shot saved. But it was a simple Llandyrnog corner that was the difference in the end. A corner on 72’, drilled in from the left was headed in at the near post by a unmarked Llandyrnog player, Ross Gilbert. Craig papirnyk would have another opportunity late on but the Llandyrnog defence held strong and kept the Magpies at bay. In the final minutes Llion Owen would float free kicks into the box, even having goalkeeper Adam Walters was up in the opposition box wasn’t enough.
A disappointing result but a great performance by the lads, definitely a tough result to take.
Following the match, Paul Lewis was awarded Fans Man of the Match. Paul worked tirelessly all night, linking up the defence and attack, he looked especially dangerous when Craig papirnyk came on, and nobody will be more disappointed with the result.
Up next for the lads is a Away Trip to CPD Penrhyndeudraeth, the lads came away with all 3 points last year and will look to do the same again in the last game of August.