Morris scores 3 on his return
Gaerwen 4-1 Cemaes Bay
Last Saturday (December 2nd) Gaerwen welcomed Anglesey rivals Cemaes Bay to Lon Groes for a Welsh Alliance Division Two local derby. Keen to bounce back from last weeks disappointing home defeat at the hands of Meliden, Gaerwen started the game well, keeping possession and moving the ball side to side.
The first real chance of the game on 10 minutes as Liam Morris created space well for himself inside the 18 yard-box but this right foot effort was sliced wide. 5 minutes later Morris got on the score sheet - a cracking set-piece delivery from captain Gethin Davies found Morris in acres of space, who made no mistake with a powerful header. Just 2 minutes later it should have been 2-0 Connor Gordon going close with a good opportunity.
Against the run of play, Cemaes equalised on 25 minutes as Jon Williams headed a long hopeful ball back to Gwyndaf Owen. Williams' header didn't quite have enough power on it which meant Owen had to rush out to get a hand to the ball, in doing so Owen made the slightest of contact with the ball and Bay striker, who stayed on his feet as the ball trickled out for a corner. Some half-hearted appeals from a handful of Bay players saw the referee point towards the spot. Owen very nearly kept the penalty out as he got a hand to the spot kick but the strike just had too much power for the Gaerwen stopper.
The home-side reacted well and re-took the lead on 35 minutes, Connor Gordon latching on to a loose ball to fire his 3rd goal of the season. 2-1 h/t.
The second half had a similar pattern to the first, with the home-side enjoying a lot of possession and Bay defending deep trying to hit Gaerwen on the counter. Dylan Williams had a guilt-edged opportunity on 55 minutes to double Gaerwen's advantage but fired over from 5 yards out. Just 5 minutes later a good flowing move saw Liam Morris slip through Connor Gordon who's effort was brilliantly save by the Bay stopper. With 25 minutes to go Bay were still in the game despite Gaerwen's domination. The home side introduced Llion Vaughan on 70 minutes and he had an instant impact showing great desire to keep in a ball down the Gaerwen left and crossing in to Liam Morris. Morris controlled well and scored a fantastic bicycle kick giving the Cemaes Bay goalkeeper no chance.
This meant Bay had to open up to try to get back into the game and this played to Gaerwen's advantage with more space to play in the away side's final third. Both Morris and Llion went close in the last 10 minutes, then both combined, with Morris scoring his third of the game after Llion played him through.