Guernsey have a good track record at the Island Games, claiming the silver medal two years ago and the bronze medal in 2009, and have won the gold medal twice, in 2001 and 2003. Ynys Môn - otherwise known as Anglesey - have not had a good recent record in the Island Games, finishing no higher than fifth in the last five Games that they have competed in, but won the gold medal in 1999 and claimed the silver medal on three occasions previous to that.
With the warm heat of the day subsiding into a rather chilly evening during the course of the game, Guernsey took the lead on six minutes with a very good goal. Ross Allen swung a cross to the back post, Dominic Heaume headed the ball into the middle and an unmarked Craig Young swept the ball home from six yards. The rest of the half was quite even and entertaining, both sides creating presentable goalscoring opportunities, but Guernsey retained their one goal lead at half time.
It would turn out that I watched the Gold medallists this evening, as Guernsey went on to beat Gibraltar (development squad) 4-0 in the final group game to top the group, before beating Menorca 2-1 in the semi-final and the Isle of Man 3-0 in the final. Ynys Môn ended their group stage with a 3-2 win against Gotland - coming from 0-2 down - before losing the 7th/8th position play-off to host island Jersey.
Video highlights of the goals can be found here , whist a report on the Ynys Môn fans from Essex can be found here