Anglesey League: Elias Cup set to kick off
THE excitement of the Lucas Oil Anglesey League continues this weekend as the Elias Cup returns.
Providing the weather holds out, three fixtures will take place in the cup competition, alongside two league matches too.
It was Arriva Bangor who lifted the Elias Cup during the 2017/18 season after beating Bodorgan in a tense penalty shootout.
After being extended to include 11 teams, up from nine last year, for this season, the Anglesey League is becoming more and more unpredictable with every week that passes.
Elias Cup Fixtures
Caergybi v Bodorgan
Caergybi, who currently sit in second place in the table, are set to take on Bodorgan in the Elias Cup tomorrow afternoon.
Dale Moffat’s side will be looking to bounce back after their slip up against Holyhead Hotspur Reserves last weekend (1-0 defeat). With Gary Jo Owen, who hit 58 goals for them last year, now out of the picture after moving Holyhead Town, James Ryan will be the man to turn to for goals.
It won’t be easy for Cybi though as they will be up against a Bod team who have certainly improved in recent months. The visitors will no doubt be looking to put things right after going so close to winning the cup last season too.
Llandegfan v Arriva Bangor
The home side welcome Arriva Bangor in this cup match and have undoubtedly improved this season, having endured a torrid time of it last year, but they remain winless this campaign. They ran Cemaes Bay to the very end last Saturday, but fell to a late 4-3 loss.
Arriva will be without their main man Scott Hughes once again here as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. They will still be the clear favourites however.
Llanfairpwll v Cemaes Bay
Llanfair, who dropped from Welsh Alliance Two to the Anglesey League in the summer following some troubles, have struggled to cope with the demands of the league so far – picking up just three points.
Cemaes on the other hand have enjoyed some decent results and beat Llanfair 4-0 last time around when Ryan Rowlands grabbed all four goals. The away side will be confident of progressing here in the Elias Cup.
Anglesey League Fixtures
Cefni v Pentraeth Reserves
This game is set to be a closely-fought encounter.
Llangefni-based Cefni have found their feet after joining the league in the summer and claimed an impressive point at Bryngwran last weekend, becoming the first team in nearly two years to stop Richard Owens side from scoring in a 0-0 draw.
Pentraeth’s second string are no pushovers themselves and they should provide a stern test. The likes of Dylan Jones and Ryan Hughes will run the show in midfield for them and striker Kenny Williams, who has eight goals so far this season, will also be a threat. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a draw here.
Y Fali (Valley) v Bryngwran Bulls
After leading the division up until Christmas last season, Y Fali eventually slipped away and finished third. This time around they have several new players and look strong again. Mike Williams has led the attacking line well for his side and Paul and Iawn Williams have been welcome additions to Dan Jones’ team.
Bryngwran are currently top of the Anglesey League table and are the clear favourites to win the title. Having said that though, they haven’t won for three games and Y Fali are always a hard team to break down at home so their might be a shock on the cards here.
Bulls striker Craig Moore is the top scorer in all competitions at the moment with 21 goals so the home side’s defence will have to be at their very best to stop him scoring.
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