PICTURE by Welsh Premier League.
ALTHOUGH my focus has seemingly been firmly on the Kon-X Anglesey League in recent weeks, it does not mean that I have forgotten about the other leagues …
Of course, I have been keeping a close eye on Wales’ top flight too and in this article I pick out my top three moments of the weekend just gone. I’d like to say a Happy New Year to all my readers and I hope that you stick around for some more football-related fun in 2018!
1. Goalkeeper scores for Carmarthen Town
Without a doubt the top moment has to be when a goalkeeper scores as it’s a once in a blue moon chance that I will get to talk about it on the blog.
Over the years in the English Premier League there has been a handful of goalkeepers who have managed to find the back of the net. Paul Robinson, Tim Howard and Asmir Begovic are just three of them.
In the Welsh Prem this weekend however, it was veteran shot-stopper Lee Idzi who produced the magical moment.
The Carmarthen Town goalie produced a whopping kick that, helped on by the strong wind evaded his opponent GK, Aberystwyth’s Chris Mullock and found the back of the net.
In the end, the Old Gold won 2-1 to hand them what was only their third victory of the season so far.
The news quickly made the rounds on Twitter. The best post I saw was “Goals in 2018: Messi – 0, Ronaldo – 0, Lee Idzi – 1”.
A rare moment, but truly incredible nevertheless.
2. Llandudno snatch the win at Bangor
With Bangor City being at home (where they have been quite formidable at times this season) and dominating the game, it was hard to see anything but three points going the Citizens way in this one.
However, it wasn’t to be.
In the dying moments of the game, striker Marc Williams chased down City goalkeeper Matthew Hall’s clearance. The ball looped over the latter’s head and “Sparky” pounced to net an unlikely winner.
The goal sparked huge celebrations amongst the Llandudno supporters who had travelled in a big group together, as well as Mourinho-esque running onto the pitch antics by manager Iwan Williams.
The result could prove to be a hammer blow to Bangor’s title hopes this season but will no doubt boost Llandudno’s confidence as they attempt to scrape their way into the top six before the split.
It will be tough for the Seasiders, competing with Barry Town and Cefn Druids for that final spot, but I think they’ll certainly give it a good go and this result proved that they have what it takes to take on the best and win.
3. Newtown do it against TNS (again)
There’s just something about Newtown that The New Saints (TNS) can’t seem to handle at the moment.
Last season, the Robins held the Champions to a thrilling 3-3 draw at home and narrowly lost 1-0 away.
On Boxing Day of this year, they were 2-0 up only to eventually lose 3-2. Four days later however, they finally got their deserved win over the Saints as they beat them 4-2 at their own ground.
This time, it was TNS who had taken a 2-0 lead as Greg Draper and Jamie Mullan scored within the first 15 minutes of the match. Newtown’s Ryan Sears and Luke Boundford scored to level it up before half time.
Robbie Parry was then sent off for TNS on the stroke of half time and you could argue that this was the game changer.
Boundford netted his second on 73 mins before Nick Rushton followed up in the 87th to give the Robins a truly memorable win at the home of the league leaders and move them up to ninth place in the table.
It showed that TNS are human after all and with the league being closer than it has been in a long time, the split could produce a very entertaining end to the season once it comes around.
There was a special mention for Newtown captain Craig Williams too as he beat the all time WPL appearances record for the club – surpassing Colin Reynolds in the process. Momentous day all around for the club then!