Category: First Team

Finishes All Square at the Marston’s

Lack of fire power on both sides ensured a low scoring draw. Kaid Mohamed returned to the side after his holiday but he started on the bench while Gareth Couch deputised for the injured Steve Cann.

Neither side could gain the initiative and on 12 minutes Liam McCreesh played the ball wide for Sacha Walters who won a corner on the right. Noah Daley couldn’t get over the cross and only succeeded in heading over the bar. Celtic responded with a through ball for full back Richard Crees but Gareth Couch was out to claim the ball just ahead of him. Kieran Parsons and Sacha Walters combined to set up a shooting chance for Parsons but his shot from 12 yards was held by Scott James in the Celtic goal. Celtic attacked again but Zach Osborne could only head a cross over the bar. Lido lost possession from their free kick Alex Gammond got back to pass it back to Gareth Couch but he under hit it, luckily Couch managed to clear the danger. Further Celtic pressure resulted in a shot going over the bar from the edge of the box. Sacha Walters went on a good run beating a couple of defenders who had both tried to foul him with the ref playing advantage. However, Sacha then fouled when in a promising position and the chance was lost. Some sloppy defending by the Lido saw Louis Feeley in on goal but his shot was wells saved by Gareth Couch. Then virtually on half time Celtic took the lead, another long ball saw Gareth Couch come out to the edge of the area with no obvious danger about. Somehow, he dropped the ball at the feet of Chris Ham who gratefully shoots into the empty net.

Kaid Mohamed replaced the injured Kieran Parsons for the start of the second half and he was immediately in the action combining with Brad Flay and winning a corner which we headed wide. In the early stages of the second half Lido were playing some good football but couldn’t find a killer touch in the area. Too often crosses or through balls found the opposition rather than a red jersey. Then on the hour a through ball saw Kaid Mohamed run on to it and from inside the box scored with the ball going in off the post. A couple of minutes later Mohamed is again in on goal but his shot sees James dive to his right to turn the ball behind for a corner. The corner taken short saw Sacha Walters shoot, again forcing a save from James. The third corner however was too close to the keeper and he had no problem collecting the cross to relieve the pressure. As the half wore on it became more scrappy with numerous free kicks spoiling the flow of the play. One free kick from 25 yards out in front of goal saw Sacha Walters fire over the crossbar. Sean Hanbury had a shot which hit a defender and rebounded to the keeper and then from a Lido corner Celtic broke at pace. Ben Symons held up the attacker until Lido regathered but Celtic still managed to get a shot away but it went over the bar. Two minutes from time Sacha Walters found Kaid Mohamed he laid the ball off for Liam McCreesh who forced a smart save out of James in goal.

Great win against the odds

A win against the odds at STM Sports with everyone playing their part in the performance. We had a dreadful start, Steve Cann went down having collected the ball from a corner after 2 minutes and dislocated his shoulder. There was a 25 minute delay while he was being attended to and eventually he was able to walk to a dugout. Gareth Couch took over between the sticks. STM Officials phoned for an ambulance but as it wasn’t deemed life threatening an ambulance wasn’t sent.

When the game restarted Jack Hurley won the ball and played a good through ball for Noah Daley but a defender just beat Noah to the ball and clear the danger. Brad Flay won the ball on the byeline and we played the ball wide to Sean Hanbury but his cross went over the crossbar but there were encouraging signs that the team had settled. STM were awarded a free kick 25 yards out, they took a short one and fired in a shot which Gareth Couch confidently held. STM took the lead on 35 minutes when we were clearing our lines but the ball was not controlled and it was played back into the box. Gareth Couch made the initial save but we couldn’t clear the ball and in the resulting goal mouth scramble an STM player forced the ball over the line. We didn’t deserve to be behind and 5 minutes later we were back on level terms. Following a good build up Sean Hanbury passed the ball forward for Noah Daley wide left. Noah took on his defender and beat him got into the penalty area and shot past the keeper giving him no chance. Sacha Walters then picked up a loose ball and tried a shot which went just wide. Gareth Couch again held a STM free kick and on the stroke of half time Alex Gammond put his body on the line and brilliantly blocked an incoming cross.

STM started the second half looking to regain the lead but could only head a corner over the bar. Sean Hanbury then set up a chance for Noah Daley but his shot was saved by the keeper, Sean then went on a fine 30 yard run got into the box but again the keeper saved his shot. We took the lead on 56 minutes after their keeper had again made a save off Sacha Walters turning the ball behind for a corner. We took the corner short crossed it in low for Sean Hanbury to turn the ball in from 8 yards. Liam McCreesh showed great composure just after the hour when he calmly headed a STM free kick back to Gareth Couch. It just showed the confidence that we were now playing with. Ben Symons having had a few knocks was replaced on 65 minutes by Patrick Finneral with Sacha Walters filling in at full back. STM now had a lot of possession but lacked a finishing touch, some of their finishing left a lot to be desired. On 70 minutes Gareth Couch made another save turning the ball away for a corner which was again headed wide.  Brad Flay was unlucky not to make it 3-1 on 76 minutes, he picked up a loose ball and fired in a great shot but again the STM keeper dived full length to his left to turn the ball away for a corner. The corner found its way to Noah Daley and his shot was tipped onto the crossbar and out for another corner by the keeper. STM again pushed forward looking for an equaliser but they were unable to find a way through the defence with Gareth Couch standing firm. In added time having weathered the STM storm we pushed forward and passed the ball around keeping possession for some time. Eventually Patrick Finneral shot and again the keeper saved only this time Liam McCreesh followed up and turned the ball into the net from a couple of yards with the keeper still on the ground. We comfortably saw out the closing minutes to earn 3 valuable points.

Home joy at last

2-1 down with 5 minutes to go we turned the match around with an Alex Gammond header and a Liam McCreesh strike from 30 yards deep into added on time. Lido had the first real chance of the game on 8 minutes when Noah Daley set up an opportunity  for Liam McCreesh but Dan Bradley in the Cambrian goal was down to his right to make a smart save. There were few chances being created, one of the few was when Dan Bradley dropped a corner but recovered before a Lido player could take advantage. Then on 31 minutes Steve Cann made a fine save but the ball rebounded to a Cambrian player who from 10 yards fired over the bar.  Cambrian attacked down the right with a low cross across the face of the goal but no visiting player attacked the ball and it went out for a goal kick. The game burst into life in the 44th minute, firstly Cambrian took the lead, again they attacked down their right and a low cross into the 6 yard box was turned in by Cameron Keetch. Cambrian had hardly finished celebrating when Lido equalised with a 25 yard shot from Jack Hurley.

For the second successive home game we conceded a penalty early in the second half, Liam Edwards netted although Steve Cann guessed the right way. Cambrian looked to add a third but somehow from close range hit the post then Cann saved a long range shot. Brad Flay replaced Neil Thomas and Cann again excelled tipping over another blockbuster of a shot. Lido were pushing forward looking for an equaliser and it came on 85 minutes following a free kick. For once our delivery was spot on and Alex Gammond headed in from just outside the 6 yard box. Lido celebrations were even louder in added time when Dan Bradley came out to try and clear the ball but with Noah Daley closing him down he miskicked the ball which went straight to Liam McCreesh 30 yards out. Liam took one look and shot into the empty net amid wild celebrations.

Afan Lido 0 Briton Ferry 3

It was goalless at the interval despite both sides having chances to score. Both keepers made some excellent saves but the game turned on 50 minutes when the referee awarded a penalty to the Ferry. Afterwards despite Lido pressure we were unable to score and former Lido striker Mark Jones made the game safe on 82 minutes and substitute Tyler Brock added a third well into stoppage time.

Rob Thomas should have opened the scoring for the Ferry but somehow from 6 yards fired over the bar. Lido went down the other end and Kaid Mohamed forced Conah McFenton into a good save diving to his left. Steve Cann then made a couple of saves from Mark Jones and Ian Hillier. On the half hour Steve again produced a top draw save from Mark Jones Lido almost took the lead on 36 minutes when a goalbound shot hit a defender and went out for a corner. Just before the interval a great ball inside the full back saw Noah Daley in on goal but McFenton again made a fine save to deny him.

5 minutes into the second half and the Ferry were awarded a penalty, they had a big shout for one earlier which was turned down but on this occasion with little appealing it was awarded and Mark Jones opened the scoring. Lido won a couple of corners in response to the goal but the second was headed over the bar. Then following another period of Lido pressure Noah Daley had a shot blocked with Liam McCreesh firing the rebound over the bar. With 15 minutes to go Patrick Finneral set up a chance for Noah Daley but his shot was again saved by McFenton who pushed the ball out for a corner which Lewis Holmes headed just wide. Ferry then attacked with Steve Cann making a diving save and with 10 minutes to go Jack Hurley brilliantly beat a couple of defenders in the box and crossed for Kaid Mohammed who headed over the bar from inside the 6 yard box. It proved a crucial miss as within two minutes the Ferry increased their lead when the ball was squared for Mark Jones to shoot into an empty net. Deep into injury time Tyler Brock made it 3-0, next Friday we are home to Cambrian and need a top performance to get a result to kick start our season.

It really was Friday 13th

It could only happen on Friday the 13th!  Our bus was involved in an accident so we had to travel by car to Haverfordwest. We started ok with an early attack which the Haverfordwest defence cleared. Then for a period of time they held the ball and knocked it around but they didn’t make any inroads on our goal. They took the lead on 17 minutes when an attack down the right saw the ball crossed in and headed against the crossbar, their player reacted quickest and scored with a close range shot. On 22 minutes Noah Daley had a shot blocked and Haverfordwest broke quickly but the shot went straight to Steve Cann. Alex Gammond headed a corner wide on the half hour, to this point it was our best chance. Haverfordwest went two up on 35 minutes, they played the ball down their left and Steve Cann raced out of the area but a Haverfordwest player got to it first and crossed the ball into the goalmouth where it was put into the net. Jack Hurley was unlucky with a shot from the edge of the area which went inches wide. But we reduced the arrears on 39 minutes from a corner. It was met perfectly by Alex Gammond and his header gave the defence no chance of clearing. On the stroke of half time we had a chance to draw level from a free kick 25 yards out in a central position but Alex Gammond’s free kick went over the crossbar.

From the restart we attacked and Jack Hurley shot at the keeper. Steve Cann again came out of the area and failed to clear the ball, this time however the shot went wide. Kaid Mohamed tried his luck with a long range effort which forced a good save by Steve Hall in goal. We went 3-1 down on 55 minutes, Haverfordwest attacked down our left where there was a huge space they took the ball into the area but the shot was blocked, however it fell kindly to one of the midfield players who was following up and he sent an unstoppable shot into the net. Again Haverfordwest attacked down their right where there was oceans of space but this time we managed to clear the danger. Jack Hurley then won the ball in midfield and found Kaid Mohamed he made ground and passed to Brad Flay but his shot went wide. Haverfordwest’s fourth goal came following a Lido free kick. We pushed forward looking to get back into then game but the kick was cleared and a long ball forward found us wanting at the back and they scored to settle the result. Kaid Mohamed’s luck was out as a header beat Steve Hall in goal but he instinctively stuck out a hand to make the save. The fifth was scored in similar fashion a couple of minutes from time. A result to reflect on, Haverfordwest on the night played very well but we need to respond to this and get ourselves up the table.

Kaid wins it in added time

Kaid Mohamed scored in the 94th minute to give us the three points. Both sides missed several good opportunities before Kaid’s shot gave the keeper no chance.

We won an early corner following a good run by Ben Symons, the cross was headed on but the Llantwit keeper saved. A sweeping move down the left saw Sacha Walters cross the ball in for Kaid Mohamed but he directed his header the wrong side of the post. Llantwit responded with an attack of their own but the forward’s shot went over the bar. Llantwit were awarded a free kick which we cleared for a throw. We then cleared the throw but a midfield player picked up the ball 25 yards out and shot first time but again it was over the bar. We went behind on 17 minutes, we lost the ball when attacking down the right and Llantwit moved the ball quickly to set up and take the scoring chance. Ben Symons was again doing well on the right making 40 yards before being crowded out by a couple of defenders. Steve Morris was booked for a nothing challenge, the ref saying it was the number of fouls he had committed. On the half hour following a Llantwit free kick they should have doubled their lead but could only direct their header at Steve Cann. After 38 minutes a Lido free kick was punched away by the keeper and a Kaid Mohammed shot was blocked and cleared. Just before the interval Llantwit again wasted an opportunity somehow twice hitting Steve Cann in goal, the second time he crucially held on to the ball. Right on half time a Ben Symons cross was narrowly headed wide by Kaid Mohamed.

We took the game to Llantwit in the early stages of the second half and they persisted in keeping 10 men behind the ball in an effort to protect their lead. We had an early chance to draw level when Kaid Mohamed headed a Ben Symons free kick on to Alex Gammond but he couldn’t keep his shot down and it went out for a goal kick. The referee called back Llantwit for a free kick not allowing advantage. Luckily for him the shot that went in as he blew the whistle hit the post rather than the back of the net! The resultant free kick was cleared. Just before the hour a good turn and run by Noah Daley set up a chance for Sean Hanbury but he shot over the bar. We continued to put pressure on the home team and finally after 67 minutes it paid off. Sacha Walters drove into the home penalty area and was tripped, Kaid Mohamed netted the resultant penalty. From the kick off Llantwit went into our box and somehow missed an open goal. Kaid Mohammed was fouled 25 yards out in a central position but Sean Hanbury’s strike went just over the bar. Kaid Mohamed headed clear a Llantwit corner which then saw Lido break quickly winning a corner. Somehow Alex Gammond failed to hit the target with his header from a couple of yards. With 2 minutes to go Jack Hurley played the ball wide to Noah Daley just inside the box, his shot hit a defender and then the crossbar before being cleared. Llantwit then attacked and again from only a couple of yards the ball was headed wide of an open goal. In the fourth minute of added time we finally scored the winner, Noah Daley in the area back heeled the ball into the path of Kaid Mohamed and he drilled the ball past the keeper to send the Lido supporters wild with excitement.