Afan Lido 7 Penybont 1

Penybont started in a positive fashion and could have taken the lead on 7 minutes when a low cross into the far post beat everyone the ball going out for a goal kick. Our first real attack saw the Penybont keeper quickly out if his area to just beat Sean Hanbury to the ball. We took the lead on 10 minutes when Jack Hurley picked up a through ball and from just inside the area fired a left footed shot that the keeper couldn’t keep out. Two minutes later only a great tackle in the area prevented Jake Simeone making it 2-0, Penybont were struggling to cut out the through ball and again only a good save by the keeper denied Sean Hanbury, the ball rebounded to Jack Hurley but his shot was blocked by a defender. On 16 minutes Sean Hanbury was unlucky with a volley that went just wide but from the goal kick the ball was played forward to him just inside the area and his left footed shot went across the keeper and into the net. We went three up on 21 minutes and again Sean Hanbury was the scorer. Taylor Evans beat a couple of players and squared the ball for Sean to score. Penybont pulled one back on 25 minutes, a right wing run into the box drew Aaron Jones out and the ball was squared for a simple tap in. Shaun Owen then cleared a free kick to Sean Hanbury, he found Jack Hurley but his shot went just wide. Jack Hurley forced the keeper into a save on 30 minutes and Jake Simeone shot wide when well placed. Matthew Andrews then cleared a Penybont free kick with the Lido winning a corner, Evan Daley headed the far post corner back in and Matthew Andrews scored with a left footed shot. Penybont pushed forward in the closing minutes of the half but Evan Daley cleared one attack while Aaron Jones turned another behind for a corner, this resulted in a shot which went wide.

Early second half pressure saw Sean Hanbury play a great ball in to Azeem Arshad he lay the ball off for Taylor Evans but his shot went just wide. We made it 5-1 on 57 minutes following a corner, a couple of chances were blocked by some resolute defending but eventually the ball fell to Sean Hanbury who completed his hat trick. Aaron Jones made a comfortable save from a header before making two superb saves in a matter of seconds. Firstly, he turned a close range header onto the crossbar and the ball fell to a Penybont player a couple of yards out with only Aaron to beat. Somehow Aaron managed to save the shot and clear the ball. Lido went down the other end and Matthew Andrews was denied a second goal, the Penybont defence blocking his shot. Penybont pushed forward looking to reduce the arrears but firstly they shot wide following a corner and secondly Aaron Jones again held a close range header. Sean Hanbury made it 6-1 on 82 minutes when he successfully converted a penalty and then following a run down the left he squared the ball for Connor Thomas but his shot was cleared off the line by some good defending. Connor wasn’t to be denied a second time however, the Penybont keeper raced out of the area to try a clear a through ball, Connor beat him to it and from outside the area found the net with a first time shot. A good performance by our players but credit to Penybont, despite the scoreline they didn’t give up and not only denied us a few extra goals but were themselves denied by some good keeping by Aaron Jones.