Back to Winning Ways
By Shon Hughes
Magpies take apart Junction
Manager Paul Lewis was looking to build on the performance against Mynydd Llandegai the week prior. A 1-1 draw after going down to 10 men, felt more like a victory in the way the lads performed. Going into Saturdays match Paul Lewis saw the return of his assistant Dave Harding to the bench, but was still missing Daniel Griffith in defence. Stephen Bratt was back in the squad after completing a 50 mile Ultra Marathon a few weeks previously, Llion Owen also returned.
Prior to the match Junction emerged from the changing room and elected to take the magpies traditional first half side of the pitch, this was thwarted by Joey Jones winning the coin toss and changing sides. The match got underway with the Magpies using the full expanse of the Wern Mynach pitch, stretching the ball from side to side from the start, it was clear the visitors were in for a tough afternoon. Shane Jones opened the scoring on 20’ firing from close range the keeper was wrong footed after Shane’s shot glanced off a defenders knee sending it into the goal. It took only 11 minutes for Barmouth to double their lead, an almost carbon copy of the first, Gethin Evans this time seeing his effort glance a defender and going in, Gethins second goal in two games. Andrew Papirnyk would have a goal ruled out moments later, finishing a cross by Joe Ephraim, he volleyed it past the keeper but was adjudged to have raised his foot dangerously. Junction would get their only goal on 36’, Jack Nettelton heading home, from a free kick out on the right. Before the end of the half Ben Fisher would receive his first booking in senior football, a rash tackle on the half way line.
The second half was much the same, with Barmouth taking control from the kickoff, Joe Ephraim coming close with an effort just wide moments into the half. With Paul Lewis and Jake Jones controlling the midfield it gave Gethin Evans and Andrew Papirnyk license to create havoc out wide, Shane Jones and Joe Ephraim leading the attack the visitors didn’t know which way to turn, and on 60’ Paul Lewis extended the Magpies lead with what was the goal of the match, receiving the ball from Jake Jones, Gethin Evans would pull a defender out wide creating space for Paul Lewis to fire his shot from 25 yards directly in fort of goal, the ball leaving his foot curved inwards and into the top corner leaving the junction keeper only able to watch it go in. With 25 minuets to go Dave Harding made a double substitution bringing Stephen Bratt and Llion Owen on for Jono Harrison and Gethin Evans respectively, the last substitution came on 80’ Nathan Cottam replacing Ben Fisher. Both Joe Ephraim and Andrew Papirnyk would come close before Paul Lewis got his second on 90’, a great team effort saw a move down the right end with Paul Lewis slotting it home. A very controlled performance by the Magpies could have resulted in a much larger scoreline.
Paul Lewis would collect the Fans Man of the Match, fans commenting on his goal and his performance in midfield, leading by example on his day he is unstoppable, well done Paul.
Magpies are back in action next Saturday when another Llandudno club are visiting the Wern, Albion this time the visitors.