Category: First Team

unlucky defeat in the cup

We were unlucky to lose by the only goal scored 5 minutes from time. Our back four saw 3 players make their debuts, Lewis Clement, Steve Morris and Rowan Gammond and they all played well alongside Lewis Holmes. They restricted the Celtic attack to only a few chances. Up front Morgan Freeman also made his full debut.

This was a game of few chances and it looked odds on to be a draw and go to penalties but Celtic put Tom Neville on and his running with the ball caused us some problems and it was following one of his runs that Steve Cann made a save but couldn’t prevent Zac Osbourne from forcing the ball over the line. We pushed forward and Alex Gammond just failed to get a touch on a cross that should have led to an equaliser while Sean Hanbury shot over the bar with minutes remaining. During the second half we gave as good as we got and it was probably our lack of experience in the box that denied us a win. This in general was an encouraging performance against one of the bigger sides in the league.

Steve Cann  2 Lewis Clement  3 Rowan Gammond  4 Steve Morris  5 Lewis Holmes  6 Alex Gammond  7 Liam McCreesh

8 Jack Hurley  9 Noah Daley 10 Sean Hanbury 11 Morgan Freeman

Subs  12 Craig Lewis  – 14 Adam Llewellyn -15 Neil Thomas – 16 Jay Thomas -17 Morgan Gardner

Afan Lido 0 Cwmbran Celtic 1

Celtic recorded a rare win at the Marston’s Stadium when they scored late on to progress into round 2 of the Cup. Both sides had a couple of chances which both failed to take. However with 5 minutes to go Celtic grabbed one of their chances to seal the result.

 

Good run out against Ynystawe

On Saturday in a re-arranged friendly we played Swansea League side Ynystawe. We ran out 6-3 winners with both sides scoring some excellent goals. Patrick Finneral should have scored after 8 minutes, he beat a couple of players as he got into the box but could only shoot straight at the keeper. We took the lead on 14 minutes when a quality move down the right saw Patrick Finneral cross for Noah Daley to score at the second attempt, the keeper having saved his initial effort. Rory McCreesh saved a certain goal diving to his right to save a goalbound effort. Then on 40 minutes we went two up, a great ball from Kieran Parsons found Patrick Finneral on the right, he brought the ball under control and fired a shot from the edge of the area past the keeper. 5 minutes later Patrick was fouled just outside the area and Adam Llewellyn scored with a left footed free kick. A great strike from all of 30 yards by Llewellyn made it 4-0 on 47 minutes. Patrick Finneral then added his second before a defensive error allowed a response from Ynystawe. Youngster Morgan Gardner turned a hit a left footer from the edge of the area to make it 6-1 with 20 minutes to go. Ynystawe replied from the kick off to make it 6-2 before Cai Owens netted deep into stoppage time tom make it 6-3

Penybont 4 Afan Lido 0

Welsh Premier league bound Penybont won 4-0 last night. It was 1-0 at the interval with Luke Borrelli scoring. Curtis Hutson made it 2 early in the second half with further goals coming amongst the glut of substitutions. A good run out against last season’s undefeated champions.

All square at Goytre

We were two down at half time after Goytre scored on 18 and 27 minutes. It looked as if we were heading for a big defeat when Goytre scored a third on 47 minutes. However the players responded and Noah Daley reduced the arrears on 65 minutes but we were unable to get the second until the 86th minute when Morgan Freeman scored. We secured a draw with a Sean Hanbury goal in the 90th minute.

Season ends with another draw

A second successive 4-4 draw this time away at Cwmbran Celtic. After weathering early Celtic pressure Mark Jones should have given us the lead on 8 minutes but he headed a corner over the bar. We then grew into the game and the Celtic keeper made a good save off Noah Daley. We took the lead on 11 minutes when Neil Thomas was on the end of a right wing cross. The keeper saved his first effort but Neil forced home the rebound. We were two up on twenty minutes when Noah Daley converted a right wing cross. Celtic hit a post with a free kick and Mark Jones netted a penalty on 326 minutes to put us firmly in the driving seat. There was still time for Celtic to miss a 1 on 1 with Rory McCreesh but we went in with a healthy three goal advantage.

That advantage was blown away within 9 minutes of the restart, The first goal was scored on 50 minutes and then Rory McCreesh needlessly conceded a penalty on 54 minutes and in Celtic’s next attack it was 3-3. The way this game went either side could have scored almost at will, Mark Jones hit the post and it was a surprise that the next goal didn’t come until the 79th minute. Now we were looking to respond and we equalised on 84 minutes with another Mark Jones penalty after Toby Link-Jones was fouled in the area. Both sides had further chances to win the game but we had to settle for a share of the points.

 

Rory McCreesh  2 Kieran Parsons  3 James Parry  4 Alex Gammond  5 Toby Link-Jones

6 Neil Thomas  7 Patrick Finneral  8 Kieran Howells  9 Mark Jones 10 Noah Daley

11 Sacha Walters

Subs  12 Jack Fleming  – 14 Paul Evans

Derby ends all square

Not a good night for either defence, the neutrals loved it but once again we failed to win at home. Leading scorer Mark Jones was unavailable due to work commitments, so Neil Thomas returned.

We again conceded an early goal failing to deal with a corner on 8 minutes. The lead only lasted 5 minutes as Chris Hartland picked up a ball after the Port Talbot keeper dropped a Sacha Walters free kick and slotted it into the empty net. On 22 minutes a Port Talbot free kick into the box saw a penalty awarded against James Parry, despite his penalty saving record Rory McCreesh unfortunately wasn’t able to save this one. Again, the lead only lasted a couple of minutes, Noah Daley wide left cut in and hit a screamer into the far corner on 24 minutes. Somehow, we got to half time with no further goals. We were still in the dressing room in the early minutes of the second half, a long ball into the box wasn’t dealt with and we found ourselves 3-2 down. Worse was to follow on 51 minutes when we were 4-3 down. Jack Hurley replaced Neil Thomas on 62 minutes and from 35 yards he brought us back into the game with a shot into the top corner with 15 minutes to go.  Spurred on by this we forced a corner and now the Port Talbot defence was all at sea, Pat Finneral set up Chris Hartland and from a couple of yards he brought us level on 77 minutes. The game had changed now with Port Talbot hanging on settling for a point but we weren’t quite able to get a fifth which our performance late on deserved. On to Cwmbran Celtic for a season finale on Saturday, hopefully the defence will be aware of its shortcomings in this game and we will see the season out on a high.

Rory McCreesh  2 Kieran Parsons  3 Jack Fleming  4 James Parry  5 Alex Gammond

6 Neil Thomas  7 Chris Hartland  8 Patrick Finneral  9 Jack Underwood 10 Noah Daley

11 Sacha Walters

Subs  12 Jack Hurley for Neil Thomas 62  – 14 Toby Link-Jones – 15 Jamie Karnsang –

16 Lewis Clement – 17 Jake Simeone