The Under 19’s maintained their 100% home record with a win over second placed Caerau Ely and in doing so avenged their only league defeat to date. With a gale force wind sweeping in off the sea keeping control of the ball with the wind at the players backs was difficult. We played with the wind in the first half and scored our two goals both from free kicks then in the second we had greater control and could have scored a few more while containing the Caerau Ely attacks so that Aaron Jones didn’t make any critical saves.
Caerau Ely had an early free kick which highlighted the force of the wind as the ball hung just inside our six yard area and Aaron Jones had to punch it away. It took us some time to get into the game with a string of over hit passes aiding the Caerau Ely defence. We took the lead on 21 minutes when Sean Hanbury rose highest to head in a free kick. Jack Hurley hit another free kick from 30 yards just over the bar and Sean Hanbury hit the side netting after a counter attack while in the next attack Taylor Evans hit a 25 yard shot just over the bar. We netted the second on 36 minutes and again it came from a free kick. Jack Hurley took it and it hit the wall and rebounded to him, this time he hit a left footed shot just inside the far post. Just before the break Jake Simeone shot just over the bar from 25 yards.
Sean Hanbury almost made it three on 49 minutes when he latched on to a through ball and lobbed the keeper as he came out but the ball went just the wrong side of the post. Jack Hurley won the ball in midfield with a great tackle and carried the ball forward before finding Sean Hanbury in space. Sean closed in on goal but the keeper made a fine save diving to his left and he also managed to divert the ball away from Jake Simeone who was following up. Caerau Ely using the wind put us under a period of pressure as they looked to get back into the game but generally the defence held firm.
Taylor Evans had a good run and found Sean Hanbury but he was crowded out by the defence.
Another good win which sees us 13 points ahead.
Lido side – Aaron Jones – 2 Matthew Andrews – 3 jack Fleming – 4 Evan Daley – 5 Luke Evans –
6 Jack Hurley – 7 Jake Simeone – 8 Charlie Hamer – 9 Sean Hanbury – 10 Taylor Evans –
11 Azeem Arshad
Subs – 12 Jamie Austin – 14 Jordan Downs – 15 Lewis Clement – 16 Hakeem al-Hadi –
17 Kieran Burridge
Goals Sean Hanbury 21 and Jack Hurley 36