Category: First Team

All square in Aberdare

On a glue pot of a pitch where good football went out of the window we still created more than enough chances to have won the game but two contentious penalties one of which they scored saved a point for the home side

We should have had the ideal start, a poor pass from a Pontypridd defender set up Kaid Mohamed who was in acres of space. He got into the penalty area but chose to shoot early and it was an easy save for the keeper. Alex Gammond was on the end of a Lido free kick but the ball hit him and went through to the keeper. Play was end to end but not in a good way because of the pitch the ball spent a lot of time in the air. On 20 minutes we cleared a Pontypridd corner up to Noah Daley, he squared the ball to Brad Flay whose shot was blocked by a defender. Then on 23 minutes the ref awarded a penalty, we were clearing a corner and the ball hit Kaid Mohamed. No one appealed for a penalty but they weren’t able to take advantage of this gift and Steve Cann dived to his right to push the ball away for another corner. On 42 minutes we played the ball forward to Noah Daley, he held the ball waiting for support. Kaid Mohamed couldn’t quite gain possession but Brad Flay did and he shot wide from the edge of the box.

Pontypridd should have taken the lead on 49 minutes when they attacked down the right and crossed the ball into the box. Somehow from only a couple of yards the striker could only hit Steve Cann’s legs and we cleared the ball. Patrick Finneral was unlucky not to score on 53 minutes. He received the ball 40 yards out and headed for goal but the keeper guessed right and saved his shot. We took the lead on 69 minutes, Alex Gammond played the ball wide for Noah Daley who played the ball into the box for Brad Flay to shoot and score from 15 yards. In a similar incident to Pontypridd’s penalty we looked to have one but the referee thought otherwise, to rub salt into the wound Pontypridd go down the other end and are awarded another penalty. This time they scored although Steve Cann again went the right way but the ball went under his body into the net. To add further insult Alex Gammond received a second yellow card for his protest. Despite being a man down we looked the more likely to win the game but Kaid Mohamed must have left his scoring boots at home! With 10 minutes to go he was set up by Noah Daley but from 15 yards fired his shot over the bar. Then following a Lido corner which had been cleared to Ben Symons we again found Kaid in the box but again from a good position he shot wide. A late Pontypridd corner gave them some hope but we finished on the front foot looking for a late winner. A disappointing result however where despite creating some good chances we failed to hit the target and add to the one goal

Another great win

A superb second half performance where we scored 5 unanswered goals saw us comfortably beat second placed Llanelli Town.

On yet another night of Sandfields rain and wind we played well in the first half but failed to turn our chances into goals but all that changed after the break. Bradley Flay netted his first league goal  to open our account, Kaid Mohamed scored his tenth with Noah Daley, Sacha Walters and Patrick Finneral completing the scoring.

After a quiet opening Kaid ,Mohamed had the first chance of the game but the keeper dived to turn his shot behind for a corner. Out of nothing Llanelli took the lead on 16 minutes following a throw on the left side. There seemed no danger when the throw was taken finding James Loveridge but his shot from outside the area beat the diving Steve Cann. He had the chance to double the lead on 18 minutes but under pressure from Ben Symons he could only shoot weakly at Steve Cann. Looking to get back into the game Noah Daley went down the right and crossed for Kaid Mohammed but he was adjudged offside and the chance was lost. Again, a right wing cross was whipped across the face of the Llanelli goal but it was too strong and no-one could turn it in. The wind was playing havoc on any long ball which more often than not ended up out of play. On 43 minutes Sacha Walters played a great ball across for Sean Hanbury but his header went just wide.

Lido came out in determined fashion at the start of the second half and Noah Daley beat his marker and squared the ball for Kaid Mohamed but he could only shoot at the keeper. Then on 54 minutes Lewis Holmes met a corner which deflected off the Llanelli keeper onto the crossbar and was cleared but the equaliser wasn’t long in coming. From another corner the ball was played to Bradley Flay who from just inside the area hit an unstoppable shot for his first league goal for the club. We continued to take the game to Llanelli and Kaid Mohammed gave us the lead on 63 minutes. He played a 1-2 in the box with Noah Daley and hit a right footed shot from 10 yards. Three minutes later Noah Daley beat the offside trap to latch on to a long ball over the defence and ran 40 yards and shot past the keeper as he came out. On 70 minutes it was 4-1 following a great team move which involved pass after pass it was left to Kaid Mohamed to set up Sacha Walters who shot over the keeper for possibly the goal of the season. It got even better minutes later when Noah Daley set up a chance for Patrick Finneral and his shot beat the Llanelli keeper for his first league goal of the season. Kaid Mohamed then forced a fine save from the Llanelli keeper to deny us a sixth.

7 Up for the Lido

A comprehensive win with Kaid Mohamed netting a hat trick and first league goals of the season for Sacha Walters and Lewis Holmes.

We attacked from the off and won an early corner after Kaid Mohamed had a shot turned away by the keeper. Again on 6 minutes another Kaid shot was turned behind for a corner which h Cwmamman cleared. Noah Daley won the ball and played a 1-2 with Kaid Mohamed before cutting in and shooting just past the post. Again, Noah was in on goal but again the keeper saved his shot. Kaid Mohamed was unlucky on 16 minutes when he picked up a loose ball beat a defender but his shot from 25 yards hit the post. The goal that our attacking play threatened finally came on 26 minutes, Noah Daley again had a shot turned away for a corner and Sean Hanbury’s cross was perfect for Kaid Mohamed to head in from a couple of yards. Cwmamman responded once we had scored but in a rare attack Luke Williams shot wide. We went two up on 42 minutes when Bradley Flay played a ball over the defence for Kaid Mohamed to run on too and lift the ball over the keeper. In a repeat move Noah Daley made it 3-0 on 44 minutes when he lashed the ball in giving the keeper no chance. 3-0 at half time with little threat from Cwmamman was a good base for the second half. But for Dylan Thomas in the Cwmamman goal the score could have been far more at the break.

Inside the first 5 minutes of the second half Bradley Flay again picked up a loose ball and found Noah Daley but his shot went just wide. Then Sean Hanbury was closed down by the keeper who blocked his shot. In a rare response Steve Cann tipped over a shot to give Cwmamman a corner which we cleared. They say Sacha Walters doesn’t score tap ins and his first league goal of the season was anything but. He picked up the ball 40 yards out , made some ground before hitting a screamer from 30 yards giving Thomas no chance. On 61 minutes Noah Daley cut in from the left and was fouled just inside the area. Kaid Mohamed took the penalty and scored to seal his hat trick. We made 3 substitutions and went 6 -0 up on 74 minutes, a Lido corner was cleared and picked up by Patrick Finneral who played it left to Jack Hurley, Jack’s cross was perfect for Sean Hanbury to head in from a couple of yards. We continued to attack but didn’t score again until 3 minutes from time when Lewis Holmes met a Sean Hanbury corner to head in his first goal since the opening day of last season.

Welsh Cup success

The main priority in a cup game is to make sure you are in the hat for the next round and that’s what we achieved. However the performance was way below the level we reached the week before against Ammanford. We barely created a chance certainly in the first half.

Aberbargoed should have gone ahead after 3 minutes when they played Thomas Gameson in on goal but Steve Cann pulled off a fine save with his feet. In the early stages Aberbargoed played with plenty of confidence and looked dangerous when they attacked. In contrast the Lido were struggling to get any game time in Aberbargoed’s half. Another chance fell to Aberbargoed on 16 minutes when McDonnell seized on a Lido error and played the ball forward for Shane Brewer who forced Steve Cann to tip his shot over the bar. The bulk of the play was in the Lido half and the Lido’s passing was often wayward allowing Aberbargoed to push forward. Then on 25 minutes a rare Lido attack saw the ball played into the box and the referee awarded a penalty for hand ball. Kaid Mohamed stepped up to take it but Cael Jones saved his penalty, luckily for Kaid the ball rebounded to him and he calmly slotted the ball into the net to put the Lido one up. Aberbargoed continued to take the game to the Lido and were again unlucky when a shot from a free kick went just over the crossbar.

Aberbargoed started the second half where they ended the first, on the front foot and it was no surprise when they equalised on 50 minutes through Craig McDonnell who was proving a thorn in our side with this display. Ironically Lido could have been two up but Liam McCreesh’s shot was saved and within seconds McDonnell had scored. Credit Steve Cann who saved the shot but it had too much power and trickled into the net. This was no more than Aberbargoed deserved but it was the Lido who scored what turned out to be the winner on 59 minutes. Jack Hurley played a free kick into the box and Kaid Mohamed just beat Cael Jones to the ball to head it past him. Aberbargoed should have been back on level terms 5 minutes later, Steve Cann went racing out of his area but didn’t win the ball, it was played into the Lido area but Owen Thomas was unable to turn the ball into the empty net so another chance went begging. Neither side were able to gain an advantage as the game wore on, Noah Daley had come on from the bench and he easily beat his defender but Cael Jones saved his shot. Deep into added time Steve Cann turned a shot away for a corner, all the Aberbargoed players came up for the corner but the Lido defence cleared the ball. It was played wide left and an Aberbargoed player’s cross hit the crossbar and thankfully fell to a Lido defender who calmly knocked the ball forward with the sound of the final whistle seconds away.

A splashing win

This was an entertaining game played in monsoon conditions with both sides adapting well to the conditions while referee Ben Williams also had an excellent game. Steve Cann returned in goal for the Lido while there was a first appearance of the season after injury for James Parry. Liam McCreesh stood down after a family bereavement

First chance of the game fell to the Lido after 2 minutes but Sean Hanbury’s shot went just wide. Ammanford responded with a fierce shot from 8 yards which Cann saved the ball going out for a corner which was played to out to an Ammanford player who from 25 yards unleashed a fierce shot which went inches wide.  Lido took the lead on 11 minutes, Kaid Mohamed had the ball wide left and drilled a low cross across the face of the goal. Sean Hanbury was on hand to turn the ball into the net.  Kaid Mohamed then found space on the edge of the box turned and shot but Morris in the Ammanford goal saved it with his legs. Lido kept up the pressure and Alex Gammond headed just wide from a Lido free kick. Lee Trundle for Ammanford made ground down the right and crossed the ball in but the resultant shot somehow went wide with only Cann to beat. Alex Gammond then did well to block another shot as Ammanford looked for an equaliser. In their next attack Lido again cleared a shot off the line. Ammanford were then awarded a penalty for a handball by James Parry but Steve Cann saved Lee Trundle’s spot kick with the ball going for a corner. Just ahead of half time Kaid Mohamed set up Brad Flay but Morris in the Ammanford goal made an excellent save turning the ball over the bar for a corner.

Ben Symons played the ball wide for Noah Daley who cut in and shot but he couldn’t keep the shot down and the ball went over the bar. Again, Kaid Mohamed played Noah Daley in but again in a repeat of his first effort the ball went over the bar. Ammanford were awarded a free kick just outside the area but from a good promising position Lee Trundle’s shot went high and wide. On the hour Ammanford thought they had their equaliser but Steve Cann did well to save on the line. Again, Noah Daley from a good position shot wide. Play was end to end as both sides looked for different reasons to get a goal. The Lido defence was getting some great blocks in to deny the Ammanford attack. Lido got the decisive second goal with 5 minutes to go, Noah Daley slipped while in possession but Kaid Mohamed picked up the ball and from a wide angle fired the ball into the empty net. Lido pushed forward again to look for a third goal from Sean Hanbury’s shot drifted just wide.

Couchie turns in MOM performance

We recovered from the shock of conceding an early goal to win 3-1 with all the goals coming in the first half. With Steve Cann still injured Gareth Couch continued in goal.

We went behind after 3 minutes, an attack down the Monmouth right saw the ball crossed in low for Sam Oxley to turn it in from close range. The pace and movement of the Monmouth forward line was causing us problems early on. While not out of the game we were struggling to find an end product in front of goal, Kaid Mohamed picked up a loose ball and drove at the Monmouth goal but with only the keeper to beat he shot straight at him. That however stirred us into action and Noah Daley had a powerful shot tipped over for a corner with Lewis Holmes heading wide amid calls for a hand ball by the Monmouth defence. Kaid Mohamed was again in on goal but the keeper tipped his shot away for a corner, Sacha Walters beat a couple of defenders but could only shoot at the keeper. With pressure building on the visitor’s defence we drew level, Noah Daley beat his marker and shot, the ball hit the post and rebounded to Sacha Walters who made no mistake from close range. We won the ball from the restart, Noah Daley again went down the left, crossed the ball into the area but no-one could turn it in to the net. Ben Symons played a great ball wide to Noah Daley, again he easily beat his marker, his shot hit the post and rebounded to the keeper. With 5 minutes to half time we could have gone behind, we over played it at the back, lost possession but Gareth Couch made a fine save. We were guilty of this a couple of times before the interval but each time Couchie saved us. He made a terrific double save when the odds were on a Monmouth goal, we played the ball forward and Liam McCreesh played the ball in for Noah Daley to score. So, from looking at a 2-1 down less than a minute later we were 2-1. Just to make it worse for Monmouth Brad Flay scored his first goal for the club to make it 3-1 at the interval.

There was a quiet start to the second half but Gareth Couch again saved on 51 minutes. On 64 Minutes Monmouth cleared a Lido corner and broke quickly but once again Gareth Couch foiled the visitor’s attack. They now dominated possession for a period of time but failed to hit the target with any meaningful shots. With 15 minutes to go Kaid Mohamed played a square ball for Sacha Walters but his shot went over the bar. Monmouth responded with an attack but again shot over the bar. Noah Daley beat his marker and played a low ball across the box for Bradley Flay who got a touch with the goal at his mercy but the ball was cleared. Patrick Finneral played the ball wide for Kaid Mohamed who also crossed the into the 6 yard area, this time Liam McCreesh failed to turn the ball into the net. In added on time Kaid Mohamed went in on goal, rounded the keeper but was tackled deep in the area with the referee waving away appeals for a penalty. A good cup tie played in a good spirit with Monmouth by no means overawed.