European Glory So Close For Steelmen

Porthmadog 0-1 Port Talbot Town

Drew Fahiya was ruled out of this Principality Welsh Premier League match through illness as manager Mark Jones named an attacking starting line-up for this crucial game. Port Talbot started the better of the two sides with Daniel Thomas taking the game to the home side with a series of attacking runs on the left but Porthmadog defended well and restricted Port Talbot to a handful of long range efforts in the opening exchanges. Porthmadog played little football in the opening half as they cleared their lines at every opportunity leaving Port Talbot Town goalkeeper Lee Kendall with little to do other than organise his defence.

Port Talbot took the lead on 23 minutes when another attacking move on the left found Martin Rose in space in the area and he made no mistake with a low shot into the bottom corner of the net. Port Talbot continued to push forward but chances were few and far between for both sides before referee Huw Jones signalled for full time. In the second half Port Talbot were more in control of the game and should have extended their lead midway through the half as Lee John, Daniel Thomas and Martin Rose all had efforts on goal saved by Porthmadog keeper Richard Harvey.

Lloyd Grist also came close with a curling effort that drifted just wide of the post while Daniel Thomas found himself through on goal after 65 minutes but could only shoot wide. At the other end Porthmadof pushed forward in search of an equaliser but struggled to hit the target with the few chances that they could create with Kendall on hand to gather any crosses with ease before full time. The victory was more convincing than the scoreline suggests for Mark Jones side in a game they dominated for long periods and were denied only by an excellent performance from the Porthmadog goalkeeper.

19th April 2010 – Evening Post

European glory so close for Steelmen

Port Talbot Town are on the threshold of the greatest achievement in the 109-year history of the club — a place in Europe. The Steelmen cemented third spot with a battling 1-0 victory at improving Porthmadog, who made life difficult for the visitors. A Martin Rose goal in the 23rd minute separated the sides, a rare moment of space allowing the striker to fire home his 16th goal of the campaign from 10 yards.

The visitors created other chances, but home keeper Richard Harvey was in inspired form to deny Daniel Thomas, Rose and Lee John. Porthmadog’s Marcus Orlik fired a blistering shot narrowly over the bar, but generally Port Talbot keeper Lee Kendall was untroubled. “It was a tough match but we knew it would be as Porthmadog came into it full of confidence after winning their two previous games,” said Port Talbot boss Mark Jones. “I thought the players looked a little leggy today.

We have had a tough week but came through it well with three wins — two in the league and one in the cup. Once again the players were magnificent and worked their socks off and we are now one match away from making history.” That match is at home to Bala Town next Saturday and regardless of what Aberystwyth do in their final two matches — at Welshpool and home to The New Saints — the GenQuip Stadium side cannot be caught if they beat Bala. “They will come to us all guns blazing so we will have to match them,” added. Aberystwyth relinquished their role as favourites for third spot when they settled for a 1-1 draw at Rhyl.

17th April 2010 – www.porthmadogfc.com

Match Report

A scrappy goal midway through the first half from Martin Rose -his 16th in the league-separated the two sides at the end of a hard fought contest which hardly reflected the gap that exists between the two sides in the league table. There was to be no repeat of a very poor Porthmadog performance in the corresponding game at Port Talbot and today’s performance was a further indication of the progress made by the team in the last few weeks of the season. Though matching their high flying opponents in effort and determination once again that elusive goal, which would have prevented a 4th successive home defeat, failed to materialise.

There was an early moment of panic for Porthmadog when Richard Harvey missed an attempted clearing punch but that was the only blemish by the keeper in an otherwise superb performance. The keeper showed quick reflexes a few minutes later tipping a close range Surman header over the bar. A timely tackle by Mike Foster stopped another Port Talbot attack. Porthmadog however were not sitting back and when Marcus Orlik crossed dangerously after a good home move Kendall in the visitors needed to be alert to cut it out. Then, with 23 minutes gone, the home defence, which had generally looked comfortable, was breached when following a mighty scramble in the home penalty area Martin Rose found enough space to put the ball in the net with a low 12 yard shot. Porthmadog looked as though they had equalised when Marcus Orlik unleashed another of his specials from 30 yards. But Lee Kendall was relieved when the shot passed narrowly wide of his left hand upright. Defences remained mainly on top and the game became a midfield battle with no quarter asked or given with Rob Evans, Gareth Parry and Dan Pyrs in the thick of the action. Young Cai Jones again battled well up front for Porthmadog against experienced defenders. In the latter stages of the half an angled shot by Thomas, cutting in from the left for the visitors, flew narrowly wide and Richard Harvey needed to get down well to save a Barrow free kick at the foot of the post.

At the other end Rob Evans hit the target without troubling Kendall. Early in the second half there were chances at either end, a snapshot by Daniel Thomas went dangerously close to Harvey’s right hand post, while at the other end a well worked Porthmadog move created space for Chris Jones on the left side of the box. He cut inside past a defender but failed to get enough power on his shot. The visitors worked up a head of steam near the hour mark and Richard Harvey pulled off superb double saves to twice deny Lee John from close range. Grist was then in the action, as Port Talbot pulled out the stops to find a second goal, but he fired wide from 12 yards. Porthmadog responded with a Marcus Orlik shot from 20 yards curling over the bar. In the latter stages Porthmadog took the game to the visitors and indeed looked the more likely to score.

There were efforts from Dan Pyrs saved by Kendall and from Shannon whose shot flew over the bar. Richard Harvey though still needed to be alert as a counterattack gave McCreesh a shooting chance. But in the final minutes it was the visitors who were holding on and were grateful for a final whistle which meant that their third spot in the table was safe for now at least.

Principality Welsh Premier League

Saturday, 17th April 2010

at The Traeth, Porthmadog

Porthmadog 0-1 Port Talbot Town

Goalscorers

Porthmadog

None

Port Talbot Town

Martin Rose (23)

Referee – Mr Huw Jones

Porthmadog

Team – Richard Harvey, Euron Roberts, Mike Foster, Dan Prys, Ryan Davies, John Keegan, Chris Jones, Robert Evans, Cai Jones, Marcus Orlik, Gareth Parry

Subs – Aden Shannon (rep Parry – 72), Jack Jones (Unused), Steve Jones (rep C.Jones – 84), Dylan Williams (Unused)

Yellow Cards – Marcus Orlik (41), Aden Shannon (79) Red Cards – None

Goalscorers – None

Port Talbot Town

Team – Lee Kendall, Leigh De-Vulgt, Scott Barrow, Gareth Phillips, Matthew Rees, Lee Surman, Lee John, Lloyd Grist, Martin Rose, Liam McCreesh, Daniel Thomas

Subs – Karl Lewis (rep Phillips – 52), Matthew Thompson (rep John – 74), Chris Silva (Unused), Josh Wonnacott (Unused)

Yellow Cards – Leigh De-Vulgt (61) Red Cards – None

Goalscorers – Martin Rose (23)

Attendance – 223