on Tuesday September 19th we are at home to Cardiff Met of the Cymru Premier League in the third round of the Nathaniel MG Cup. In round 1 we defeated Baglan 3-1at the Evans Bevan Field and came out on top in round 2 in a penalty shootout against Cymru Premier League side Penybont at their ground. Kick off at the Marston’s Stadium is 7.30
Lido went top of the league when they scored a dramatic late winner over previously unbeaten Briton Ferry. In a repeat of last season’s scoreline Lido triumphed in a 5 goal thriller.
The game was played at a frantic pace with lots of good football. Ferry took the lead on 3 minutes when Luke Bowen netted with a right footed shot. Lido equalised on 9 minutes with a Liam McCreesh penalty. Chances were created at both ends but neither side were able to gain an advantage and half time came with the scores level.
It was the Lido who struck first in the second half with Liam Griffiths being credited with the goal on 48 minutes., Ferry responded but were unable to break down the Lido defence until, on the assistant referee’s input the referee awarded a harsh penalty. As to be expected several Lido players were booked disputing the decision. Luke Bowen stepped up to net the penalty to level matters again. Neither side could find a winner until Rhys Wilson was adjudged to have handled the ball outside his area and was sent off. His replacement was Aaron Jones who joined the Ferry from Lido in the summer. Aaron’s first task was to pick the ball out of the net as he failed to save Chris Jones’ free kick in the third minute of added time. There was a further five minutes of added time before the referee blew up on probably the best game of the season to date.
Friday night we are home to top of the table Briton Ferry Llansawel. It’s first against second and a bumper crowd is expected. Kick off is at 7.30 pm
We defeated Goytre United with Josh Webber coming off the bench to score the only goal with 2 minutes remaining. Both sides had chances to win the game but generally it was a poor game with the sides cancelling each other out
Tomorrow sees a break from league action when we host Goytre United in the Welsh Blood Services League Cup. Kick off is at 2.30.
As befits a second v third match this was an entertaining encounter with both sides playing good football. Cambrian knocked the ball around confidently but found the Lido defence in top form. Chances at both ends were limited and it was a surprise when Cambrian took the lead midway through the first half. It appeared a Lido player was pushed to the ground but no foul was given, from the resulting corner the ball was placed in and no-one in the Lido defence took charge and the ball appeared to go into the goal off a Lido player but it wasn’t clear cut. We reached the interval conceding just the one goal and replaced Josh Webber with Norton Ferreira for the second half. Despite not conceding a second Lido didn’t look like scoring either, further changes were made with Chris Jones and Ieuan Owen taking the field. Ieuan had two great chances but couldn’t find the net but Lido kept pressing. It looked as though they earned a penalty for hand ball but there was no reaction from the referee. John Hall was then sent off for comments he made then with 4 minutes to go Ieuan Owen got the better of the defender and latched on to a through ball to slip it past the keeper. Cambrian pushed forward to try and regain the lead but despite 7 minutes of added time they were unable to breech the Lido defence with keeper Exauce Dimonekene outstanding
Lido staged a late recovery to maintain the 100% start to the season. For long periods Ammanford adapted better to the conditions and were the better side. However, three late goals turned the game on it’s head.
Against the run of play Lido took the lead on 35 minutes when Liam Griffiths played the ball through for Josh Webber to outpace the defence and wrong foot the keeper to score. However sloppy defending from a corner allowed Adam John to level on 42 minutes.
Attacking the clubhouse end in the second half Ammanford missed several chances before Tristan Jenkins put them ahead on 52 minutes. Ammanford continued to make and miss chances, On 62 minutes Brad Flay replaced Chris Jones and Ieuan Owen and Norton Ferreira replaced Ioan Evans and Sacha Walters respectively on 76 minutes. Lido now started making inroads into the Ammanford area without really looking dangerous. Liam Griffiths then equalised with a close range effort in the 83rd minute. Lido continued to press forward as the rain and wind relented for a while, John Hall hit a long range effort which somehow went in to give the Lido the lead on 87 minutes. Ammanford were shocked by this turn around but couldn’t now find a way through an improved Lido defence. There was 12 minutes of added time and Ieuan Owen made the game safe for the Lido with a goal in the 96th minute. Somehow out of the jaws of defeat Lido manged to get over the line to secure all three points to maintain their 100% record.