Digs League update – 7 April

Photo – Chris Howells

A lovely warm Wednesday evening at Blaendolau played host to three Digs League matches, whilst two were played earlier in the day on the University Astro Pitch.

The stand-out match was billed as a potential title decider – the clash of Pantycelyn – CPD Y Geltaidd v CPD Premiership Pornstars. Pre-match standings saw Pornstars, the 2012 Digs Champions and Aber Town Cup winners, sat two points behind Premier League Leaders FC Inter Yournan with two games in hand. 2009 Cup winners and 2008 League Champions Geltaidd were in third place, one point behind their fierce rivals.

A crowd of over 100 gathered to witness one of the most exciting games of the season, complete with flares. The teams boasted two of the best three defensive records in all of Digs (alongside Obi Wan Kenobi Nil), so it was no surprise that they both produced a strong start at the back. Geltaidd took the lead in the first half before Owain Owen equalised with his head. Mid-way through the second half the game was won. Gwion Parry’s cross met by a bullet header from Ian Ellis for the ‘stars, who now look favourites to clinch the Premier League title.

There were two other games in the Premier League on Wednesday, first up on the Astro, where Aberzaijan raced into a 3-0 first half lead against SH Pandas. However after the third goal, the Pandas suddenly kicked into gear and it was 3-2 before the break. Tom Reynolds completed a hat-trick in the second period as Pandas came out 7-3 winners.

The remaining evening game saw Academic Athletic, who still had an outside chance of catching up with league leaders FC Inter Yournan, take on FC Leave-My-Arcelona. Hopes of taking the title were dashed however; thanks to Arcelona captain Tom Willett’s strike earning his side a 1-0 win as they leapfrogged Athletic in the table.

The day’s other two games were in the Bundesliga. On the Astro Consolation Shield finalists Toke City took on Aber Kadabra, who last week missed the chance to meet City in the final when they lost to Goal Diggers. A slow start saw Dave Bates miss a golden opportunity for Kadabra before Ianto Jones’ long-range effort put City 1-0 up just before the break. The second half was a stark contrast, as Jones picked up his second and Jack Thomas was amongst the other scorers – Toke running out 8-0 winners.

The other game took place at Blaendolau and many were distracted by the Pantycelyn game going on nearby. It was minnows Shakhtar LastNight taking on top-of-the-league and unbeaten Obi Wan Kenobi Nil. The sides met earlier in the season in the Consolation Shield 2nd Round where Obi Wan won 8-0. The first half of the league meeting started where Obi had left off, as they shot into a 3-0 lead thanks to two goals from Tokunbo Bajowa and a Dan Weaver penalty.

Shortly afterwards Tom Aldridge was sent off for Shakhtar for the second time this season and it looked as though they might crumble – however this wasn’t the case as Christian Dickenson got one back, and Steve Winter made it 3-2. It was only moments from the end that Ryan Jenkins and Adam Brelsford completed a 5-2 win for Obi Wan.

On Thursday the Bundesliga had a further two games. Captain James Clemens scored both goals as Bassett’s Allsort Army beat Aber Kadabra, who were playing for the second day in succession, 2-0. Pathetic Athletic still had a good chance of winning the league, but their chances were scuppered as they let a 2-1 lead slip and Nick Robinson scored two more to complete a hat trick, as Commodore FC won 3-2. Commodore forward Robinson now has an impressive 15 goals for the season. Goalkeeper Simon Davies was dismissed for Pathetic. This result means that Obi Wan Kenobi Nil require just one point from their remaining two league games to clinch the Bundesliga title.

Only one La Liga game was played on Thursday and it truly was a cracker. Minnows Ivory Toast, who have shipped 19 goals (v We Hate Ben), 20 goals (v Prestige Worldwide) and 22 goals (v FC Hammer) in previous games, only have three points this season as they were awarded a walkover last week against S.E.S.. They took on Borussia Teeth, who sat in 9th place, one above Toast on four points.

A 70-strong crowd witnessed a magical first half, as Alun Jones (2) and Chushu Yang fired the Toast into a shock 3-0 lead. The second half was a stark contrast – and within moments Teeth had one back through Rory McElhinney. Slowly but surely Teeth got back into it and McElhinney got his second before Sam Davies equalised approaching the end of the game. As a result of several pitch invasions, fouls and extensive goal celebrations, there was plenty of stoppage time.

Jones completed his hat-trick for Toast and thought he’d won it, having put them 4-3 ahead – but there was still time for a penalty to be awarded to Borussia Teeth after a shirt pull, and Chris Lloyd completed the eight-goal thriller as a 4-4 draw.

In the Premier League CPD Premiership Pornstars were crowned champions as they beat SH Pandas 5-0 and took an unassailable four point lead ahead of second-placed FC Inter Yournan. Ilan Hughes and Iestyn Jones were both amongst the scorers, and both have earned themselves places as nominees for the Digs League XI of the Year.