Encouraging performance despite defeat

On paper a heavy defeat, in reality an excellent performance by a young inexperienced side who all wanted to play at Cambrian on a cold, wet Tuesday night. Hopefully their support will see them have more appearances this season.

Toby Link-Jones came in for his first start of the season and only his third in his young career, he was arguably our man of the match. Jay Thomas made his full league debut, Jamie Karnsang joined him in midfield for his fourth start while Patrick Finneral up front was making only his eleventh start. Off the bench three youth players, Morgan Gardner, Luke McDonald and Evan Thomas all had their first taste of football at this level.  Also on the bench but didn’t make an appearance was a fourth youth team player, Myles Perkins.

As expected all the early pressure came from Cambrian but it was the Lido who almost took the lead on 8 minutes when Chris Jones set up a chance for Patrick Finneral who was unlucky to see his shot hit the post and rebound in the Cambrian keeper’s hands. Cambrian then went down the field and took the lead when Gareth Couch failed to hold a header which crept over the line. On 10 minutes we were two down, Cambrian had the ball wide in our area and were looking for space to cross it. A Cambrian player went down to win a penalty with basically no challenge on him. 13 minutes and another goal, the referee decided that Sean Hanbury had handled the ball near half way, again this was a disappointing decision by the referee but he then failed to notice Cambrian take a quick free kick with a rolling ball. Two passes later it was in the net. So, 3 down in 13 minutes with two contentious decisions going against us. The boys responded really well to this and Lewis Holmes scored with a right footed shot on 16 minutes following a corner. Again, Cambrian had a free kick given for ‘hand ball’ but this time they headed the free kick over the bar. Gareth Couch made an excellent save on 21 minutes when he got down to turn a powerful shot away for a corner. Patrick Finneral just lost out to the keeper in a 50-50 chase for the ball on the edge of the area. Although 3-1 down we were by no means out of the game. Jay Thomas forced a good save out of the Cambrian keeper with a low 25 yards shot and on the half hour he again made an important save this time off Chris Jones. 5 minutes before half time Gareth Couch closed down a Cambrian attacker and made a good save to keep the score at 3-1. Just before the interval Jay Thomas tried to play Patrick Finneral in but again the keeper was out to claim the ball.

Gareth Couch made an save early in the second half as Cambrian looked to increase their lead. Sean Hanbury tried a free kick from distance that the keeper fumbled but he was able to gather before a Lido player could respond. Patrick Finneral was once more unlucky, he cut in from the left but the keeper again saved. Ben Symons won the ball in midfield and his pass found Brad Flay but his shot went wide. On 65 minutes we went 4-1 down, we lost the ball on the half way line and they powered down the left and shot to beat Gareth Couch at his near post. From the kick off several players were involved in an excellent phase of passing to set up Chris Jones but his shot went just over the bar. Cambrian should have scored again with 10 minutes to go but failed due to some excellent defending and blocking by the players with Lewis Holes and Toby Link-Jones to the fore. In the closing minutes Cambrian had a couple of corners which were headed behind and in added time Chris Jones saw the Cambrian keeper off his line and tried a long range shot which the back pedalling keeper just managed to tip over for a corner.

Lido win the derby

We were without the suspended Alex Gammond, Lewis Holmes, Liam McCreesh and Noah Daley while Sacha Walters, Morgan Freeman and Patrick Finneral were all out injured. In came Kieran Parsons for his first game since he picked up an injury against Cwmbran Celtic on October 12th, Kaid Mohamed and Jack Hurley who missed last week’s game while there was a full debut for Adam Llewellyn (Welly).

We took the lead on 11 minutes from an unlikely source, Ben Symons and the ball on the right touchline and his cross to the far post drifted over everyone and settled in the back of the net. Goytre immediately respond and a strangely subdued Steve Cann failed to deal with an attack and Steve Morris with a goalline clearance protected the lead. Kyle Mohamed and Brad Flay combined well and Kaid set up a chance for Adam Llewellyn but he could only find the side netting with his shot. Kaid Mohamed looked dangerous each time he had the ball and he again found space in the area but couldn’t keep his shot down and it went over the bar. A Lido corner on 40 minutes almost saw us increase our lead but it took two good blocks by the Goytre defence to prevent us scoring. However, two minutes before the interval they could do nothing to prevent a second goal. Again, good work on the right saw Brad Flay drive into the box he set up the chance for Jack Hurley and he made no mistake with a powerful drive.

Goytre United came out looking to get back into the game and they won a series of early corners. Eventually from one of these they scored despite several Lido attempts to clear. Goytre’s joy only lasted a couple of minutes as Lido attacked down the left and Kaid Mohamed played the ball back to Jack Hurley who from the edge of the area chipped the ball in to the far post again giving the keeper no chance. Kaid Mohamed picked up a loose ball and drove towards goal but once more he shot over the bar. We looked for a fourth goal and the Goytre keeper saved from Kaid Mohamed and Brad Flay while Kieran Parsons did enough to put Keane Watts off with a header from close range. With 20 minutes to go Connor Thomas replaced Adam Llewellyn for his first taste of Welsh League football. With 10 minutes to go Goytre pulled a goal back, for once Kieran Parsons failed to cut out a through ball and Watts raced through to slot it past Steve Cann and set up a nervy last 10 minutes. Straight from the restart Goytre won a corner but it went out for a goal kick. Kaid Mohamed then was narrowly wide with a 30 yard free kick as Lido responded well. Another Lido free kick from a similar position saw Jack Hurley’s shot comfortably saved by the keeper. In the final minute of normal time Goytre were awarded a free kick 40 yards out in a central position but Lido defended it well and cleared. In added time Matthew Andrews replaced Kieran Parsons who had an excellent game on his return. Our midfield of Jack Hurley, Brad Flay and Jamie Karnsang impressed all night with their movement with and without the ball giving Goytre no respite. Considering our lack of experience tonight this was an outstanding performance with several players giving the management a selection problem with their performances.

defeat for the youth

A much changed and youthful side lost 5-0 at Garden Village on Sunday. With a number of the side now involved with the first team some of the younger players are stepping up to take their places and gain experience of Youth Football.

Derby ends all square

We played out a 1-1 draw with neighbours Goytre United with both sides reduced to 10 men in the first half. Referee Gavin Townsend issued 2 yellows and 2 reds inside the first 26 minutes of what is traditionally not a feisty derby.

Lido were without Kaid Mohamed and Jack Hurley to add to the injured Sacha Walters and suspended Lewis Holmes. Steve Morris and Jamie Karnsang started.

Lido went behind on 9 minutes following a corner, it was played to the 6 yard line, Steve Cann stood rooted to the spot, no-one went with Adam Robbins allowing him a free run and he planted a firm header into the net. We struggled to get into the game which was littered with free kicks until we won a corner on 21 minutes which Sean Hanbury headed wide. Brad Flay tried a snap shot which went just over the bar but there were now signs we were getting into the game. On 26 minutes a Goytre attack saw Alex Gammond pick up his second yellow and our one man advantage had gone. Morgan Freeman had to replace the injured Patrick Finneral on 36 minutes. On 38 minutes Josh Jones was played in but Steve Cann made a fine block to deny the visitors a second goal. Brad Flay then cleared a Keane Watts shot from a corner as the visitors pursued a second goal before the interval. Despite those chances it was Lido who scored in added on time in the first half. Noah Daley equalised with a left footed shot after Luke Probert failed to hold a cross.

On 51 minutes a misplaced Liam McCreesh pass set up Josh Jones on a run to goal but with only Steve Cann to beat he shot over the bar. Again, the half was littered with free kicks but as the half progressed, we started to find some momentum and Sean Hanbury shot over the bar from just inside the area with 13 minutes to go. In the final stages however we were struggling to clear our lines, Goytre picked up virtually every clearance and immediately put us back under pressure but we held out for a share of the spoils thanks to a  post coming to our aid with 2 minutes to go as a shot beat Cann but hits the far upright.

A first for Parry

This was one of our poorest performances for some time. There were basic errors all over the pitch and it took a first goal for James Parry on 35 minutes to give us the lead. Caerau Ely bottom with 2 points and without a point away always looked as though they could get something out of the game but they let themselves down in the final third.

After 2 minutes Caerau broke down their right and played a cross into the box but there was no-one in support to score but it was an early warning. Jack Hurley with a great tackle won the ball and found Liam McCreesh but he shot wide from a favourable position. Two breaks involving Patrick Finneral, one saw his cross held by the keeper, the second his shot was headed away by a defender but was crossed back in to Liam McCreesh who again shot wide. On 20 minutes only a great tackle in our penalty area by James Parry denied the visitors a goal scoring opportunity. More Lido pressure saw Kaid Mohamed in on goal but he could only shoot at the keeper and the chance was lost. Caerau responded with a corner and another attack down the right after they cleared a Lido free kick. It was down to another fine piece of defending by James Parry to again deny Caerau who had grown in confidence as the game wore on. Brad Flay tried his luck on 33 minutes but his shot went just wide. Then on 35 minutes Lido took the lead, it followed a corner which was won by Patrick Finneral and the corner was perfectly placed for James Parry to net his first goal for the club and crown a fine first half for him. Right on half time we played ourselves into trouble at the back but the Caerau player could only head the ball over the bar.

We failed to heed that warning as Caerau equalised within the first minute of the restart. We lost the ball on the edge of their area and a long ball forward on the strong wind caught us out allowing Ben Vincent the chance to level the scores. We pushed forward looking to re-establish our lead and Kaid Mohamed combined well with Brad Flay before shooting wide. Sean Hanbury played the ball wide to Liam McCreesh whose cross was headed wide by Brad Flay. The next attack following a corner saw Sean Hanbury head the ball at the keeper. Caerau Ely broke from deep and Ben Symons defended solidly to clear the danger. Sacha Walters replaced Patrick Finneral on 67 minutes and 4 minutes later we regained the lead. Again, we played the ball wide and Sean Hanbury’s cross was over the defence for Liam McCreesh to run on to it and score from a couple of yards. From the kick off Kaid Mohamed played Noah Daley in but the keeper was out quickly to close him down and block his shot. Noah returned the compliment for Kaid with a great ball inside the defender but Kaid rushed his shot and it went way over the bar. We continued to push forward looking for a third to see out the game but Brad Flay shot over the bar then Noah Daley, Kaid Mohamed and Liam McCreesh all had half chances in the box but we couldn’t get in a clear shot. The series of misses continued with Sacha Walters and Kaid Mohamed failing to hit the target inside the last 10 minutes. In added on time we almost scored what would have been a howler for the keeper. He kicked the ball against Kaid Mohamed and the ball rebounded inches over the crossbar of the unguarded net.

No game next week and so it’s on to play the double header against Goytre United, the first at home on Saturday December 28th  at 2.30pm.

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