Afan Lido 4 Goytre 0

This was the first time in four home matches that we have scored against Goytre. We’ve suffered three defeats, 5-0, 4-0 and 2-0 so it was nice to finally break our duck. Sean Hanbury played up front in place of the transferred Mark Jones with Shane Williams being restored to left back.

We forced an early corner which we played short but lost the ball, Shane Williams with an excellent tackle regained possession on the half way line. Our first opportunity to take the lead actually came after a Goytre free kick. It sailed harmlessly through to Steve Cann who immediately played the ball forward to the unmarked Sacha Walters. Sacha went down the right and crossed the ball in for Sean Hanbury but somehow he failed to get a touch and the keeper cleared. Goytre then attacked but the defence was solid and it resulted in a shot from outside the area sailing over the bar. Luke Prosser of Goytre was sent off for a foul on Cai Owens on 10 minutes and 3 minutes later we took the lead. Elliot Thomas crossed the ball into the area and the keeper fumbled it and it fell for Liam McCreesh. The keeper tried to retrieve the situation but the ball went to Sean Hanbury and he made no mistake from a couple of yards. In a rare Goytre attack Carlos Indjai chested the ball in the penalty area and then drove forward 20yards before releasing his pass. Lido were allowed to dominate possession by Goytre who packed their defence making it difficult to create any clear-cut openings. Just before the interval Shane Williams again won the ball and found Sacha Walters whose run down the right opened up the defence but a poor pass saw the ball go through to the keeper. Right on half time Goytre finally had a shot on goal when Lewis Sommers found some space but his shot was easily held by Steve Cann.

In the opening minutes of the second half Carl Evans cleared a Goytre attack and found Elliot Thomas but his shot lacked power and didn’t trouble the keeper. We finally scored the second on 49 minutes, we were awarded a free kick which we took quickly and caught out the Goytre defence. The ball was played to the unmarked Liam McCreesh and his low shot across the keeper went just inside the far post. The third goal was scored by Cai Owens on 57 minutes, Sean Hanbury crossed the ball beyond the far post and Cai headed it back across goal high over the keeper giving him no chance. On 64 minutes Liam McCreesh almost had a second, the keeper cleared the ball straight to him 35 yards out. With the keeper well out of his goal Liam shot first time at the empty goal but the ball went just the wrong side of the post. Carlos Indjai almost increased the lead when his far post header from a free kick went just wide. A rare Goytre attack saw Steve Cann make a great save from a powerful shot turning the ball out for a corner. On 75 minutes there was a great moment for youth team player Jack Todd who scored his first senior goal. Liam McCreesh intercepted a Goytre clearance and found Elliot Thomas on the right. Elliot cut into the penalty area and played a square ball for Jack to score. No more goals but a dominant performance against a good side, admittedly struggling due to the sending off.

Lido side

Steve Cann – 2 Cai Owens – 3 Shane Williams – 4 Carl Evans – 5 Carlos Indjai – 6 Josh Doyle – 7 Elliot Thomas – 8 Liam McCreesh – 9 Sean Hanbury – 10 Andre Griffiths – 11 Sacha Walters

Subs - 12 Josh Webber for Sacha Walters 71 - 14 Jack Todd for Sean Hanbury 71 - 
15 Taylor Evans - 16 Jack Fleming for Liam McCreesh 79 -17 Leigh de Vulgt