PICTURE by Wynne Evans.
CLUBS OF THE SEASON
BRYNGWRAN BULLS AND CAERGYBI
I honestly couldn’t choose a winner between these two as both have had incredible campaigns in their own right.
The Bulls secured a cup double, going on to win the Elias Cup and the Anglesey League itself. On the flip side, they lost the Lucas Oil Cup, Dargie Cup, Benllech Car Boot Trophy and Junior Cup finals. However, the fact that they made it to all but one of the finals tells all of how formidable they have been this season – they just lacked that extra drive at the final stages.
Caergybi on the other hand have taken their opportunities very well. Having narrowly missed out to The Bulls on the league title by a single point, Dale Moffat’s side turned their attention to two cup finals, where they again faced The Bulls on two occasions – and came out on top twice. Dargie Cup and Lucas Oil Cup successes to add to their Megan Cup triumph over The Bulls in the 2017/18 season, sees the club continue to progress and really put themselves on the footballing map.
HOLYHEAD HOTSPUR RESERVES
Again a difficult one between Cefni and The Reserves but I’ve gone for the latter, simply down to the fact that they won a cup.
Mike Kelly’s predominantly youthful side have been a joy to watch in their debut campaign in the AL, securing a fifth place finish and the winning the Megan Cup in style by hammering Pentraeth Reserves 4-1 in the final.
It’s been great to see the “next big things” within Anglesey’s football scene, such as Casey Gregg, Cameron Eaton and Deian Parry, showcase their talents in a senior league.
No doubt about this one. Wherever they go, their loyal supporters will follow.
Despite only forming last summer, Llangefni-based Cefni have gathered a huge and passionate following in that short space of time and the crowds they bring with them to games have been a breath of fresh air within the Anglesey League.
MANAGERS OF THE SEASON
Richard Owen (Bryngwran Bulls) and Dale Moffat (Caergybi)
Again – hard to choose just one. Both have led their teams to cup doubles this season and the battle between their clubs has been great to watch.
Owen has been with The Bulls for the best part of a decade now and has taken them from Sunday League dominance to being one of the best up and coming clubs on the island. His tactics have worked well for the most part and it’s clear to see that people believe in his vision too with some big names dropping down a few leagues to play for Bryngwran this season.
Moffat on the other hand has, within the space of a year, introduced a new team to the Town of Holyhead (which isn’t easy to do with the other clubs that are already established there) and has turned them into real competitors. With plenty of talent within his side, he has utilised that well and it’s paying off.
OVERALL PLAYER OF THE SEASON
WINNER – James Ryan (Caergybi)
There’s been many a great player in the league this season, but you can’t deny that Cybi’s main man has been the most influential and the most important for the most part.
An astonishing 74 goals to his name, saw Ryan smash the 54 goal haul he bagged for Bryngwran Bulls during 2017/18 and he lead the front line incredibly well for his side.
He was a handful for pretty much every defence this season, with some of his most memorable strikes including a goal against his former club Bryngwran and a nine-goal haul in an 11-0 thumping of Llanfairpwll.
ANGLESEY LEAGUE TOP SCORER 2018/19
WINNER – James Ryan (Caergybi)
As mentioned, an incredible 74 goals to his name, placing him into the Anglesey League history books as one of the greatest strikers.
BEST OF THE REST …
Craig Moore (Bryngwran Bulls) – 61 goals
Scott Hughes (Arriva Bangor) – 60 goals
Ryan Rowlands (Cemaes Bay) – 23 goals
Kenny Williams (Pentraeth Reserves) – 20 goals
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE SEASON
WINNER – Luke McKittrick (Caergybi)
Going from being a fringe player at the club last season to one of their best this season is a testament to how hard the central midfielder has worked to get to where he is now.
24-year-old McKittrick is a real workhorse in the middle of the park for Cybi and his work rate has been unrivalled at times. He loves to win the ball back for his side and his desire to win makes him a key player within the side.
He is the perfect example of what a central midfielder should be in this day and age in my opinion and I believe he can play at a higher level if he sticks at it.
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASON (21 and under)
WINNER – Casey Gregg (Hotspur Reserves)
Lively winger who has been on fire for The Reserves this season and deserves the YPOTS title.
The 17-year-old has been a joy to watch out wide and popped up with 14 goals as well – including a fine header in his side’s 4-1 cup final win.
He has re-signed for the club ahead of the 2019/20 campaign and I’m sure he will be knocking on the door of the first team in no time (he has already been included on the bench).
BEST OF THE REST …
Deian Parry (Hotspur Reserves)
Dylan Jones (Pentraeth Reserves)
Ioan Thomas (Bryngwran Bulls)
Ryan Evans (Llanfairpwll)
GOALKEEPER OF THE SEASON
WINNER – Konner Druce (Bryngwran Bulls)
After spending last season as a goal-scoring winger (netting 25 goals), Druce switched his boots for his gloves this season and what a decision that turned out to be.
Few could have predicted just how important he would turn out to be for The Bulls this season but he’s proved to be the best at times with his shot-stopping ability being excellent.
BEST OF THE REST …
Kieran Weeks (Caergybi)
Dion Lewis (Arriva Bangor)
Connor Hughes (Llanfairpwll)
Lee Williams (Pentraeth Reserves)
WINNER – Ben Wright (Cefni)
A central midfielder who really flourished within the Cefni side this season and he’s quietly been one of the best in the division for me.
His height and strength in the middle of the park makes him hard to push off the ball and he popped up with eight goals for his club too.
He’s been instrumental to Cefni’s top four finish this season and I look forward to watching him play again next season.
AFE’S 2018/19 ANGLESEY LEAGUE TEAM OF THE SEASON
Goalkeepers: Konner Druce (Bryngwran Bulls) and Kieran Weeks (Caergybi)
Defenders: Henry Caldecott (Cefni), Grahame Jones (Cefni), Marcus Bell (Caergybi), Kris Dunne (Hotspur Reserves) and John Jones (Bryngwran Bulls)
Midfielders: Casey Gregg (Hotspur Reserves), Mark Williams (Arriva Bangor), Ben Wright (Cefni), Dave Webb (Caergybi), Iolo Jones (Bryngwran Bulls), Matt Reynolds (Bryngwran Bulls) Luke McKittrick (Caergybi) and Matty Roberts (Bryngwran Bulls)
Attackers: James Ryan (Caergybi), Craig Moore (Bryngwran Bulls) and Scott Hughes (Arriva Bangor)
OTHER AWARDS AND STATS
Most goals scored – Caergybi (106)
Most goals conceded – Llandegfan (145)
Least goals conceded – Bryngwran Bulls (33)
Most matches won – Caergybi (15/20)
Most matches lost – Llandegfan (20)
Least matches lost – Bryngwran Bulls (2)
Most matches drawn – Valley (6)
Most home wins – Caergybi and Arriva Bangor (8)
Most away wins – Bryngwran Bulls (8)
Least home losses – Bryngwran Bulls (0)
Cups won – Bryngwran Bulls and Caergybi (2)
Most finals reached – Bryngwran Bulls (4)
Dargie Cup – Caergybi (2-1 v Bulls)
Lucas Oil Cup – Caergybi (beat Bulls on pens)
Elias Cup – Bryngwran Bulls (2-0 v Arriva Bangor)
Megan Cup – Hotspur Reserves (4-1 v Pentraeth Reserves)
Most goals scored in a match – Nine (James Ryan v Llanfairpwll)
Most goals in a final – 3 (Adam Morris, Hotspur Res v Pentraeth Res in Megan Cup)
Oldest player in the league – Stephen Edwards (Arriva Bangor) – 56 years old
Youngest player in the league – Cameron Eaton (Hotspur Reserves) – 16 years old
Youngest manager – Arron Evans – 24 years old
Longest serving player at a club – Marc Wilson (Valley) – 11 consecutive seasons