MAWDDACH CUP FINAL @ THE BOOK PEOPLES STADIUM
9 MAY 2015 --- 2PM
|MAWDACCH CUP AND THE TREBLE JOY IS EVIDENT|
A remarkable treble was achieved by Holywell Town adding the Mawddach cup to the already secured Lock Stock Welsh Alliance title and the FAW Trophy. But how they had to strain every sinew today to beat an excellent Llanrug who must have been devastated at the end they had gone so close but in the end 5 minutes from the end Luke Tyson had supplied the knock out blow.
|WELCOME TO BANGOR|
Here we go then onto Bangor and the day before returning to the on field encounter. Usual early start, bleary 6.15am, changing at Manchester and then Llandudno Junction, after the latter it was a new experience for me having visited our ultimate destination just once previously but on a bus journey from Llandudno. We rattled over the Conwy rail bridge and snuggled up to the walls of Conwy castle before departing the pretty town right at the side of Conwy Borough's ground. Onward to Bangor exiting the tunnel into the station at 1130. Its an interesting station as both ends of the station have a small run back onto central through lines before entering tunnels. Todays kick off had been brought forward half an hour to 2pm, sadly that left me a little less time to explore but equally with the added extra time allowed me to return at 10pm instead of nearer midnight!
|THE FORMER SITE OF BANGOR CITY @ FARRAR RD|
|MEMROBILLIA AT BANGOR CITY FC|
Hopefully you will see with some of the pictures on the Facebook the old ground means a lot to the club within their bar at the new Nantporth ground there is a catalogue of evocative history mounted on the walls and very interesting it is too. To this though, unless I missed something, I would like to add what a disgrace that there is not a mention
of what once stood on the developed Farrar Rd site not plaque, statue or even a history board telling of the great times, what a shame! The ground was part of the time and so closely embedded within the town unlike todays ground which it has to be said like many is pushed out of the town into a very weird position close by the Menai Bridge accessed by a very circuitous route, nice ground it is though.
|PENRHYN BAY VIEW FROM THE PIER APPROACH|
|THE VICTORIAN PIER AT BANGOR|
|THE IMPRESSIVE MAIN STAND AT NANTPORTH|
|ATCOST's AT BANGOR CITY FC|
|LLANRUG UTD FC 2015 MAWDACCH CUP FINALISTS|
|CECIL ARRIVES FAMILY SOON FOLLOW|
As the build up continued it was clear that the sent off star of the FAW Trophy final had served his suspension and during his time away from the game had been up to a bit of breeding because his family had multiplied as there was a certain amount of baby crocs as well as adult crocks in evidence today.
|MATCH OFFICIALS AND CAPTAINS SAM JONES [HOLYWELL] AND EIFION WILLIAMS AT KICK OFF|
|PERIS-JONES  FIRES HOME TO GIVE LLANRUG THE LEAD|
Into the second half and Holywell were out of the blocks fast after the half time 'chat' Steve Thomas firing wide when clean through and then somehow failing to connect to a Paul Williams inch perfect cross. After so many days when they had been Holywells was todays not to be? Well on 59 minutes those question were starting to be answered when Matt Harvey powered home a superb header from 10 yards.
|HOLYWELL MANAGER JOHN HASELDIN OBSERVES|
Scoring machine Phil Lloyd had been on the bench until his second half introduction when he immediately seemed to give Holywell the confidence they could win and in the 4th minute of extra time he controversially gave The Holywell the lead. Storming through the middle he reached the edge of the box before firing what looked like an unstoppable shot only for it to crash down off the bar and the assistant referee after a moments consideration signal that the ball had crossed the line. As ever in these situation Llanrug felt extremely badly done too as they clearly felt the ball had not crossed fully over the line. After a moments while calm was restored Lloyd had secured the lead for Holywell but this Llanrug team did once again not know when to lie down. Feeling aggrieved they stormed forward and substitute Gethin Phillips fired home from 8 yards though a crowded box to level the scores.
As we entered the second half of extra time we were now witnessing a cracker of a game which was full of credit to both sides. As we entered the 110th minute Holywells season was almost complete when they took the lead once again Steve Thomas crossed and Luke Tyson steered the ball home in at the far post to send the massed Holywell crowd behind the goal into delirium and Cecil the crocodile and his family air bound!
At the final whistle John Hasledin and his staff celebrated on the bench as the players congratulated one another and also it was good too see commiserated with the Llanrug players.
Time then for the Mawddach Cup to be presented to Holywell captain Sam Jones and for The Wellmen and their large following to enjoy another superb celebration and they tell me it will continue back home in Flintshire tonight!
|CECIL AND FAMILY GO WILD|
|MANAGER AND CAPTAIN ENJOY THE MOMENT|
The blog was delighted to meet up with many friends from supporters to players of Holywell this afternoon I have said before its been such a welcoming club and I for one cant wait to cover some of their games next season. I know the supporters feel the same but for now they must enjoy the superb season of massive highs that have been fully celebrated by all concerned before next season challenges start.
|NO BLOGS COMPLETE WITHOUT MR GLYNN OWEN MIND YOUR FINGERS|
Much like Newtown last week loved Bangor too and fully enjoyed attending some of Holywell Towns wonderful season, well done all!
|ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE BANGOR ARE BY THE STANDARD 175's|