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.

Opening win for the Youth

The Youth began their season with a hard fought win over a spirited Briton Ferry side. Morgan Freeman opened the scoring in the 8th minute when he tapped the ball into an empty net from a couple of yards. The Ferry equalised on 13 minutes with a shot that bounced in front of the diving Jack Davies who was making his debut. On 17 minutes the Ferry went 2-1 up only for Toby Link-Jones to equalise from a free kick three minutes later. Both sides were trying to play football in the torrential rain and the Ferry again went ahead on the half hour a lead they held until half time.

Noah Daley cut inside and set up Morgan Freeman who shot from just inside the area to level the scores again on 49 minutes. Lido started getting on top as the half progressed and the Ferry keeper made a fine save from Morgan Freeman on 65 minutes. A minute later Noah Daley drove into the penalty area again and the keeper did well to turn his shot away for a corner. The Lido took the lead on 78 minutes when a 25 yard shot from Jay Thomas hit the inside of the post before nestling in the back of the net. On the second half performance it was a deserved lead. With 3 minutes to go a Jay Thomas free kick bounced awkwardly in front of the keeper and he was unable to gather the ball. Morgan Freeman reacted quickest and he guided the ball into the net from a couple of yards to complete his hat trick. Finally three minutes into added time Noah Daley got the goal he has been striving for when he cut in from the left and slotted the ball past the keeper.

First win for the Reserves

A 3-2 win for the Reserves the first of the season at Garden Village. They led 3-0 until the 78th minute and Garden Village pulled a second goal back with two minutes to go. From somewhere the referee added 8 minutes on but despite late pressure we held on for the win.

We had a great start we were two up inside 11 minutes, the ref we thought played a great advantage for the first but as the game wore on it was obvious we weren’t getting many decisions so it wasn’t really an advantage. The ball fell to Adam Llewellyn just inside the box and his shot gave the keeper no chance. The second on 11 minutes followed an excellent build up involving several players and Adam Llewellyn this time on the left side curled a shot inside the far post, again giving the keeper no chance. Garden Village must have had a record number of free kicks in this game as every time one of them went down they got a free kick. They also had a penalty on 21 minutes when a forward backed into our defender went down and was awarded a penalty. Gareth Couch diving to his right however brought off a terrific save. On the half hour following a Lido corner Village broke quickly won yet another free kick which was headed against Gareth Couch and  a Village player hit the rebound over the bar from a couple of yards. Morgan Freeman could have made it  3-0 on 35 minutes when he picked up a clearance beat several players drew the keeper and shot but the keeper saved it.

We should have had a penalty on 48 minutes, firstly Morgan Gardner was pushed in the back but stayed on his feet, then he was hacked down amazingly it drew no reaction from the referee. Morgan Freeman did make it 3-0 on 53 minutes when he latched on to a clearance, sped away from the defence and lobbed the keeper from 25 yards. Village then had many free kicks but were unable to make them count but on 78 minutes one of their subs went on a run beating several defenders, drew Gareth Couch and slotted it past him. Spurred on by this they poured forward looking for a second but generally the defence held firm. Morgan Freeman had a chance to finish off the game but shot at the keeper then with two minutes to go the Village pressure finally told and they pulled back a second. In the fifth minute of added time Morgan Freeman shot inches wide but we finished the game keeping the ball in the Village half to ensure a first win.

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.

Sad news

Club Vice President Len Howells, father of club Chief Executive Alan sadly passed away this morning. On behalf of the club I’d like to offer our condolences to Len’s wife, Alan, Ian and their families at this sad time.