- Josh Webber netted his first hat trick in a 7-1 demolition of Swansea University. Their task was made more difficult on 22 minutes when their keeper was sent off for fouling Liam Griffiths and denying him the chance of a goal. Lido had a great start when Webber opened the scoring on 6 minutes after the keeper fumbled the ball, Josh was on hand to stroke the ball home. Play was pretty even after this despite the University being down to 10 men but two goals in a minute around the thirty fifth minute settled the result. First Webber was again on hand to increase the lead and seconds later Liam Griffiths netted his first goal of the season. Disappointment for Griffiths though as he was forced to leave the field on 36 minutes with an injury, he was replaced by Owen Williams. On 41 minutes Ben Keen got in on the act with his first senior goal.
- Keen made it five with a thirty yard shot on 47 minutes as now the University were looking for damage limitation. On 53 minutes Lido replaced Ben Keen with Brad Flay and Liam McCreesh with the returning (again!) Sacha Walters. Lido seemed to lose their way somewhat after the changes allowing the University to have a decent spell with the ball. On 65 minutes Josh Webber headed in his hat trick goal to much excitement around the ground. The University pulled a goal back on 71 minutes, they were awarded a penalty which Aaron Jones saved but Tom Johnston followed up his spot kick to net the rebound. Travis James, making his full debut at full back and Josh Webber were now replaced by Danny Dima and Luke McDonald. The final goal of the night was scored by Chris Jones who shot from just outside the area and it hit the inside of the post before settling in the back of the net giving the replacement keeper no chance.
With a number of new signings making their debut at this level it was no surprise they lost to a very good Ammanford side. We did make a good start and Ioan Evans one of a couple of first team players having a run out did well to get to the byeline but the Ammanford keeper gathered his cross to remove any danger. Ammanford responded with an attack down the right but the long range shot went wide. Lido took the lead on 12 minutes when Ben Kenn headed in a long cross. Again, Ammanford attacked down the right but new keeper Will Lewis made a fine save. James Radford broke up another attack and set Jay Thomas in on goal but his long range shot was easily saved. Lido went two up on 35 minutes with a fine shot from Sean Hanbury giving the keeper no chance. Lido were good for their lead at this point but conceded on 43 minutes with the shot hitting the inside of the post before nestling in the back of the net. The early period of the second half belonged to Ammanford, they equalised on 49 minutes, went ahead on 52, made it 4-2 with a penalty on 54 and as Lido struggled, they increased their lead with two more goals on 60 and 61 minutes. To their credit the team dug deep at this point and despite having most of the game Ammanford did not score again until the 87th minute. In added on time Luke McDonald was unlucky not to score when his shot from the edge of the area went just over the bar. A massive learning curve tonight, hopefully lessons will be taken on board before the next game on Bank Holiday Monday.
There were several changes to last Saturday’s squad when we visited Ynysygerwn last night. As on Saturday we conceded an early goal when Ynys scored following a free kick. The lead only lasted 5 minutes before Josh Webber played the ball to Liam Griffiths to equalise on 11 minutes, his shot hit a defender and looped over the keeper. Josh Webber then made it 2-1 on 26 minutes when he seized on a defensive error to beat the keeper with a left footed shot. Another Liam Griffiths header made it 3-1 on 40 minutes before a mad spell before the interval saw another 3 goals. Griffiths netted with a powerful shot, almost straight from the restart then the keeper made a decent save only for Josh Webber to follow up and score. There was still time for Webber to net his hat trick making the score 6-1at the break. As usual there was a host of changes at half time and in terms of goals it was much quieter. Jay Thomas hit the post early on but there was no addition to the score until Jay scored in the 79th minute, straight from the kick off Ynys pulled back a goal to leave the final score 7-2
We visited Cymru Premier side. Cardiff Met for our first pre-season friendly. We lost 3-0 but there were some excellent performances by several players. The goals conceded were disappointing, the first after 6 minutes was a penalty given against Aaron Jones who appeared to dive on tbe ball. A Met player then appeared to go into him and the ref awarded a penalty. Play was fairly even until added on time at the end of the first half. A loose pass across the box was picked up by a Met player who scored. There were numerous changes by both sides in the second half. Met’s third goal was scored from a corner, Steve Cann collected the ball but the linesman indicated it had crossed the line, neither side could quite believe it. Our best chances fell to Chris Jones and a trialist, both attempts were well saved by the keeper. An encouraging display as we move on to a friendly with Ynysygerwn on Wednesday.
The girls ended their home campaign with an excellent 3-2 win over Caerphilly Castle. Catherine Jones opened the scoring on 15 minutes. Macca McLoughlin equalised for the visitors on 25 minutes but Georgia Thorne restored the lead on 32 minutes. She added a second and Lido’s third on 74 minutes with Claire Bartlett scoring with two minutes to go to set up a nervy ending but they held on to secure an excellent win against one of the better sides in the league.
Risca United needed a win and hope the results elsewhere were favourable if they were to avoid the drop. There were four clubs who could potentially be relegated, Trefelin, Ammanford, Cwmbran Celtic or Risca United. Risca had the dream start taking the lead on six minutes when Morgan Stead found himself through on goal after a defensive error to give the visitors the lead. Two minutes later they should have scored again as Leon Thomas shot from the edge of the area but the ball went narrowly wide. It was all Risca at this stage as the Lido struggled to cope with the speedy Risca attack. Matthew Thomas tried a speculative shot which forced Aaron Jones into making a great save parrying the ball behind for a corner. After 10 minutes Lido had their first chance when Liam Griffiths turned his man and shot at goal but it was collected well by the Risca keeper. On 12 minutes Risca created another opportunity as Matthew Thomas stole in front of the defence and tried to chip Aaron Jones but the Lido keeper spotted the danger and tipped the ball over the bar. After 17 minutes another chance for Risca as Matthew Thomas again picked his way through the Lido defence to take a shot unchallenged but he couldn’t direct it on target and it crept wide. It took the Lido almost half an hour to come to terms with Risca but again on 33 minutes Leon Thomas took a speculative shot from distance which forced Aaron Jones into making yet another great save.
Half time arrived with everyone amazed the Risca only led by the one goal but at the time it was enough to keep them up. On the hour Morgan Stead with a volley from outside the box narrowly fizzed over the bar. After all the chances Risca had created they were undone on 68 minutes by a set piece, Chris Jones played in a free kick and it was headed in by Sean Hanbury who planted it into the top corner giving the keeper no chance. Mike McCalmon almost gave the Lido the lead on 75 minutes as he turned the defender and tried to slot the ball into the net from a tight angle but it was turned behind by the Risca keeper. From the corner the Lido took the lead, Cai Owens rose above the defence to head the ball into the top corner. This deflated Risca who now needed two goals to be safe. Understandably their intensity dropped but they still put late pressure on the Lido but some resolute defending and brave goalkeeping from Aaron Jones maintained the score.
The girls drew 2-2 yesterday with Cwmbran Celtic who lead the table. Lido took the lead on 7 minutes through Carly Mason-Thomas and Georgia Thorne made it 2-0 after 13. Celtic missed a second half penalty but scored twice in added on time to secure a vital point.