Afan Lido 1 Goytre 1

Goytre this week signed a number of players in an effort to avoid the drop and their new look team took the game to the Lido in the early stages. They had the bulk of possession and position without troubling the Lido goal. It was this pressing that cost them the Lido goal, a Goytre attack broke down and the ball was played forward to Noah Daley on the halfway line. He was too strong for the defender and raced clear towards the goal. The Goytre keeper came out to narrow the angle but Noah confidently fired it past him from just outside the area to give the Lido a 14th minute lead. Encouraged by this goal Lido pressed forward and Jamie Karnsang played a square ball to Chris Hartland just outside the area but his first time shot went just over the crossbar. Sacha Walters on his return from injury also hit a first time shot over the bar as the Lido looked for a second goal. Again on the half hour Sacha from outside the area saw his shot go over the bar. Goytre looked for an equaliser before the interval and the returning Dan McDonald fired wide from the edge of the area.

Noah Daley won the ball in the early seconds of the second half and cut in from the touchline but lost the ball, it fell nicely for Alex Gammond who hit a first time shot straight at the keeper. Goytre had a great chance to equalise on 51 minutes when a corner flashed across the face of the goal but no-one was able to get a touch and the chance was lost. Lido responded with a couple of corners of their own but Alex Gammond was unable to direct his header on target and the ball flashed wide of the post. Jamie Karnsang had a great chance to double the lead on 65 minutes when he raced on to a square ball but as he went to hit it the ball bobbled and his effort went wide. On 68 minutes Rory McCreesh made a fine save diving high to his right to just tip away a header but Goytre looked as though they were getting back into the game and so it proved when they equalised on 73 minutes. Lido cleared a Goytre corner but Goytre skipper Kris Leek hit an unstoppable thirty yarder that flew into the top of the net. 3 minutes later Neil Thomas almost restored the Lido lead but his left footed shot went the wrong side of the post. Both sides looked for a winner in the final 10 minutes with the Lido tending to snatch at long shots rather than work the ball into the area. However with 2 minutes to go Alex Gammond got on the end of a Cai Owens throw and his goalbound effort was tipped around the post by Ben Fletcher in the Goytre goal to ensure a point for the visitors.

.Rory McCreesh  2 Kieran Parsons  3 Jack Fleming  4 James Parry  5 Jamie Karnsang  6 Neil Thomas  7 Chris Hartland  8 Alex Gammond  9 Noah Daley 10 Cai Owens 11 Sacha Walters

Subs  12 Jack Underwood  for Sacha Walters 85  – 15 Patrick Finneral for Neil Thomas 77 – 16 Lewis Clement  – 17 Paul Evans

Excellent win for the Reserves

A young Reserve side came back from a 2 goal deficit to win 3-2 at Swansea University on Saturday. Jamie Karnsang scored the first with an unstoppable shot and Noah Daley scored the other 2. Credit to the youngsters who battled hard and tackled everything in sight to protect their lead.

Youth win local derby

Two first half goals by Patrick Fineral was enough to beat Port Talbot at Victoria Road on Sunday. He scored after 35 and 40 minutes, both sides missed chances but the young Reds side picked up a deserved 3 points.

Pontypridd 1 Afan Lido 2

Debutant Neil Thomas gave us the lead on 6 minutes only for Luke Gullick to level on 10. Noah Daley restored the lead on 63 minutes and despite being without several first choice players we held on for another away win.

Afan Lido Youth 1 Pontardawe Youth 1

The youth led 1-0 at the interval thanks to a terrific shot from Noah Daley on 16 minutes. However we failed to capitalise with a strong wind at our backs. Pontardawe equalised on 70 minutes and both sides had chances to win the game. However once again we lacked a clinical finish in front of goal. The Pontardawe keeper made a couple of good saves but several chances went begging.

Afan Lido 1 Llantwit Major 2

This was our sixth home defeat of the season with neither side playing any good football in a match spoilt by the strong wind blowing in off the sea. Once again, we failed to make use of it in a first half in which we didn’t manage a shot on target. The nearest was a long-range effort by Noah Daley which hit the crossbar with the keeper way off his line. Our second half performance again lacked any sort of continuity and we fell to two similar goals. Both were played in behind our back four for Anthony Rawlings to run on to.

Major attacked from the kick off and got in behind our back four and should have taken the lead but from a good position they shot over the bar. There were few chances in the first half with an Anthony Rawlings header on 28 minutes which went just wide was one of the few in a half easily forgotten.

We kicked off the second half and Chris Hartland found space on the right of the penalty area but like Major in the first half he couldn’t keep his shot down and it sailed over the bar. On 48 minutes following a Lido free kick Cai Owens from 15 yards shot over the bar. Any hopes that we’d get on top in the second half following this early pressure were soon shattered when a simple ball over the top of the back four saw Anthony Rawlings beat Rory McCreesh to the ball and he had the simple task of slotting the ball into the empty net. Straight from the kick off the visitors again attacked and from a good position shot wide. Around the hour mark we started to put pressure on the Major defence and we equalised on 64 minutes. Chris Hartland tried to play the ball through and there were appeals for a penalty, the ball broke loose and in the confusion Noah Daley netted his sixth goal of the season. In a repeat of their opening goal Major played the ball through the back four for Anthony Rawlings to shoot past Rory McCreesh for the winner on 73 minutes. McCreesh then made a fine save to prevent Kris Evans making it three. At no point in the final fifteen minutes did we look as though we’d salvage a point.

Rory McCreesh  2 Craig Jones  3 James Parry  4 Alex Gammond  5 Cai Owens  6 Ben Thomas  7 Chris Hartland  8 Jack Hurley 9 Mark Jones 10 Noah Daley 11 Jack Fleming

Subs  12 Jack Underwood  for Craig Jones 85 – 14 Patrick Finneral for Jack Fleming 79 – 15 Carlos Indjai for Jack Fleming 68 16 Taylor Evans