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Andy D
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Jun 16, 2019, 10:45 PM

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A day at the Ynys Mon 2019 Inter Island Games Tournament, Admission: Free, Tournament Prog: 3

11am Jersey 5 Orkney 0 (at Llangefni Town), Att: 247

An excellent start to the day on one of the better grounds on the island. Jersey were the better side but possibly not by such a clear margin. Kieran Lester scored all four Jersey goals in the first half, a couple of weeks after notching a hat-trick in a 9-2 victory by Parishes of Jersey over the Chagos Islands at Harrogate. The second period was more even although Orkney rarely threatened. Llangefni's ground has changed little since their appearance on the Welsh Alliance 'hop a few years ago, neat stands on either side and substantial cover behind each goal.

2pm Shetland Islands 6 St Helena 1 (at Aberffraw), Att: 462

Hats off to St Helens. An 8,000km journey to get here, having raised 71,000 to cover expenses didn't really deserve a heavy defeat by an efficient Shetlands side who were 5-1 up at the break. St Helena were willing but a little limited, however with just one pitch on the island and this being their first venture into a tournament of this nature you couldn't help willing them to do well. A word also for the brilliant support from the St Helena fans, not sure how many had travelled with the team but they were certainly enthusiastic. Aberffraw's ground has been railed off since my last visit, for an Anglesey League decider. Grass banks on either side provide excellent views and a couple of tiny dugout sized shelters provided minimal shelter which fortunately wasn't needed as we had the best weather of the day.

5pm Ynys Mon 2 Western Isles 1 (at Holyhead Hotspur), Att: 1025

The most competitive game of the three I watched, a strong Western Isles side being a match for the hosts in the first period, surviving several close shaves before taking the lead on half time from a close range header. Ynys Mon pushed forward in the second period and deserved their eventual win with two well-taken goals midway through the half as their opposition tired against a strong wind and squally showers. Holyhead's ground features a 500 seat main stand and a narrow cover alongside for about 100. Their previous ground next door still remains, although it is now looking a little worse for wear despite still being used. An impressive turnout by the locals, no doubt tempted out by free admission. also a good showing by the 'hopping glitterati with numerous familiar faces in attendance throughout the day.

Also a word for the organisation which helped the day go smoothly, despite a couple of technical hitches with the Orkney and Shetland island anthems and who provided free teamsheets to compliment a tremendous A4 tournament programme. Good luck with their efforts to host the 2025 Island Games, they would be worthy hosts.

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(This post was edited by Andy D on Jun 16, 2019, 11:16 PM)

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