Old boys triumphant return

A difficult night for the Lido with Briton Ferry parading 4 former Lido players in their starting line up with 4 of the goals being scored by them. Lido with 2 players out suspended and several away gave a debut to new signing Liam Griffiths formerly of Goytre United.

There was an early chance for Ferry as Tyler Brock connected with a cross on the half volley and Cirotto did well to keep it out. It was only a short reprieve however as Mark Jones headed a corner in to put the Ferry one up. The early stages suggested a combative game with the Ferry leading through the early goal continuing to press on the flanks. Ferry again went close as Jones and Brock bore down on a cross to the near post but it somehow evaded both and wriggled clear. Ferry increased their lead on twenty minutes when Liam McCreesh rolled a ball through into the path of Mark Jones who calmly guided it home for his – and his team’s – second of the game.

Two minutes later another former Lido player, Jack Hurley unleashed a piledriver of a volley from distance which grazed the bar. It took 25 minutes for Lido to have their first shot on goal and it ended up being a tame effort from Ben Keen who chipped it well wide from distance. The Ferry scored their third on 32 minutes with yet another cross producing a goal. This time Liam McCreesh stole in between the central defence to head past Cirotto. It was now one way traffic on the Lido goal with the Lido struggling to make any impact. Tyler Brock turned his defender inside out in the box before trying to unleash a shot but he got his foot underneath the ball and it squirmed wide of the post

Lido created an early chance in the second half as Patrick Finneral stole beyond his defender but, with only the keeper to beat, he couldn’t keep his shot down. Ferry made it four on 53 minutes when Steve Davey’s weak volley took a wicked deflection to give Cirotto in goal no chance. Liam McCreesh made it five on 65 minutes when he got in the way of a Cirotto clearance and it rebounded into the net. Lido had now made a couple of substitutions and Josh Webber pressed forward. His initial shot was charged down but Pat Finneral picked up the rebound and drove it at goal for McFenton to save low down. On seventy minutes another chance for Ferry as Mark Jones connected with a cross but his header looped over the bar, they did make it six however on 75 minutes when Keiran Williams netted. Inside the last ten minutes and an acrobat effort from Cai Owens from distance as he tried a scissor kick went narrowly wide but Lido had the last word when Luke McDonald planted a cross onto the head of Liam Griffiths who nodded home to open his Lido account.