FIRST HOME GAME TOMORROW
19th August 2016
Tomorrow afternoon the first team will play Llandudno Junction at Lon Talwrn in our first home of the season. Chris Roberts and his side will be looking to build on last week's 2-0 win at Barmouth while Junction will be eager to get some points on the board after losing their first two games. Kick off is 2.30pm and we would appreciate your support. It was great to see so many fans in Barmouth and we hope you'll be our 12th man again tomorrow.
#togetherstronger #cmonthetown #PYS
LLANGEFNI TOWN RES 1-4 HOLYHEAD HOTSPUR RES
19th August 2016
Some naive defending and poor finishing cost the youngsters as they found themselves 3-0 down at half-time against Holyhead Hotspur Reserves at Lon Talwrn on Wednesday night. The second half performance was much better and when Connor Gordon pulled a goal back, it looked like a dramatic comeback was on the cards but Cefni's hopes were dashed when the referee ignored the linesman's flag and awarded the visitors a goal that was clearly offside. Holyhead's goalkeeper made a string of great saves late on and it was one of those night's when everything the visitors hit went in and every Llangefni shot narrowly missed the target, was cleared off the line or saved by keeper. Manager Gafyn Buckland had this to say after the game "The scoreline was not a true reflection of our performance but we are being punished for our mistakes, and it's important that we learn from them quickly and make sure they don't keep happening. We might be the youngest team in the division but I'm annoyed because the last two games were very winnable and having worked with these players for a few years, I know they're capable of beating any team in this league."
CHRIS AIMING FOR PROMOTION
17th August 2016
You are now starting your third season as Manager of Llangefni Town FC, How has it been? It’s been good, being the manager of my hometown club is great and I have to thank the committee members that brought me in and gave me the chance. We gained promotion from the Welsh Alliance Division 2 in our first season back at the club and finished third last season in Division 1 just missing out on promotion to the Cymru Alliance, so it has been a successful first two seasons and I can only thank my players past and present, my coaching staff, sponsors and the supporters for that success. When I came in as manager of Llangefni Town my main aim was to get a good team of local lads playing back for the town and to build a good relationship with our junior setup and encourage the “One Club” moto where we are a team that all Llangefni Junior players look up to and aspire to play for one day. What would you say has been your best Town moment so far? My best moment so far at Llangefni Town would have to be gaining promotion to the Welsh Alliance Division 1 in our first season together and going to St Asaph on the final day of the season with so many local people there to support us really did show that the town was back, and that we had created something that the Llangefni people had been wanting for so long.
What would you say has been your best Town moment so far? My best moment so far at Llangefni Town would have to be gaining promotion to the Welsh Alliance Division 1 in our first season together and going to St Asaph on the final day of the season with so many local people there to support us really did show that the town was back, and that we had created something that the Llangefni people had been wanting for so long.
After that fantastic 4-1 win versus Junction last year, how disappointed were you not to finish in the top 2 and gain promotion? Last season was our first in Division 1 having just been promoted the previous season so to finish in third was a great achievement, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed after coming so close. When we beat Junction at home 4-1 we were really on our game and everyone knew exactly what was at stake and their roles on the day, we then went on to play both St Asaph & Barmouth away two teams that weren’t doing so well at the time. We lost both games and I think that those two games lost us the league. So yes I was disappointed, especially in how naïve we were in those two games. But on reflection we have to be proud of our third place finish last season and how far the club has come in such a short space of time
How do you feel your pre-season went? “We started pre-season with 4 matches against higher league opposition in Porthmadog, Caernarfon Town, Rhyl and Holyhead Hotspur and during these fixtures we competed well and got a chance to work on some key aspects that let us down last season. I was happy with our performance against these four opponents and it was encouraging to see that there wasn’t that much between us. I think it is important that you are challenged during pre-season, and playing teams from a higher league gave us the chance to work on key aspects of our game that we had discussed during the summer break and identified that we needed to work on. We then played three lower league oppositions in Penmaenmawr, Valley and Aberffraw and lost two and drew one, this was disappointing to see that we had let our performances drop from the standard we had shown in our previous four games and I was quick to remind my players of the naivety shown towards the end of last season which cost us the league title. But on a whole it has been a good pre-season, the lads have worked hard and I am confident that we are ready for the season ahead.”
How happy were you with the season opener away to Barmouth last weekend? “I was extremely happy with our 2-0 win away to Barmouth last weekend for a number of reasons really. I was happy with the way we responded after our last 3 friendlies, we really dominated the game and some great performances from some of our more experienced players showed me that they wanted to get things right and ensured that what was expected of the team was carried out. It’s always pleasing to get off to a good start and gain maximum points from your first game.”
We had two coaches travelling to Barmouth last weekend, how good were the supporters? “The supporters have been fantastic since I joined two seasons ago. Having them there on match days in full voice does really lift us as a team and I can only thank them all for once again travelling down to support the lads. I will never forget the following we had to St Asaph in our last game of the season in Division 2 where they came in their numbers to support us. We were unlucky not to be promoted last season but with the support behind us this season we will do our utmost to repay the supporters and give it a real go again this season. So on behalf of myself, my management team and the players we can only thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you throughout the season.”
What is your Season Objective? “We want to to gain promotion to the Cymru Alliance, I have strengthened the squad over the summer with new additions that I believe can help us push us on and improve from last year’s third place finish. We have a committed bunch of lads who are willing to work hard for each other and I believe that we can compete for the league title this season.”
Youth & Reserves? “We have a great bunch of players in our reserve team this year and it is really encouraging to see how talented and hungry they are. We have included 5 of the reserve players in the first team during pre-season already and they have shown that they are more than capable to make the step-up when required. I am looking forward to seeing how these players continue to develop and come through to represent the first team. I have to give a mention to the Reserve coaching staff Gafyn Buckland & Gerald Beardsmore, I think they are doing a fantastic job in bringing these talented players through and I couldn’t ask for better people to work with. I also believe that the relationship between seniors and juniors at Llangefni is the best it has ever been, and there is a real good feel about the club at present.”
Who do you think is the Team or Teams to watch this season? “There are a few good teams that I think will be challenging this season, Llandyrnog have made some decent signings and I also think that newcomers Greenfield will be strong and will compete with the likes of Trearddur Bay, Penrhyndeudraeth, Glantraeth and ourselves.”
BARMOUTH BRUSHED ASIDE AS LLANGEFNI START WITH A WIN
14th August 2016
Second half goals from Gari Owen (Sponsored by Ffion Ffi & Linos Mon) and Craig Evans (Sponsored by Bwd) gave Llangefni a comfortable win at Barmouth on the first day of the new season. Chris Roberts' side had most of the possession in the first half but chances were few and far between. Paul Rowlands came closest to scoring but his shot was cleared of the line. Cefni stepped it up a gear in the second half and the break through came after 55 minutes when Owen was the first to react to the rebound and tap it in after Rowlands shot was saved by the keeper. Craig Evans sealed the win with 5 minutes to go when he beat the offside trap and produced a very cool side foot finish passed the on rushing keeper. This was a very solid performance from Llangefni and Roberts will be looking for more of the same at home against Junction next Saturday.
Meanwhile the reserves were unlucky to lose their first game at home against a much more experienced Llanrug Utd side on Friday night. Llyr Roberts gave Llangefni the lead after 25 minutes when his 30 yard shot found the top corner. Goals either side of half-time gave Llanrug a 2-1 lead but Cefni battled until the end. Rhys Thomas almost equalised when his stike from the edge of the area went centimeters wide of the post.
11th August 2016
LOCKSTOCK COOKSON CUP ROUND ONE
Llangefni Town vs Llandyrnog Utd (8th of October)
MAWDDACH CHALLENGE CUP ROUND ONE
Llangefni Town vs Llanfairpwll (12th of November)
LOCKSTOCK FIREWORKS CHALLENGE CUP ROUND ONE
Bangor City Res vs Llangefni Town Res (8th of October)