Maindy v Lisvane Blacks (h)
By Daniel Masrani
Match report of our U13 home game v Lisvane Blacks 10/09/2015
After our aborted start to the season sat gone! I was excited at prospect of actually get our season underway & relieved to turn up at venue & find a pitch & goals!!
However the pattern of things not quite going right this season so far season saw our injury worries increase with our academy trialist being joined on the treatment table by our star CB picking up an injury that will keep him out for a while.
Add in a couple of no shows & we only just managed to get a team on the pitch literally 1 min before kick off time!
Only just about having the 11 meant I had to ask a couple of the boys to play out of position & to be fair there were no shortage of hands raised to help the team.
Onto the match & after a tough couple of mins at start we started to control the game, looking incredibly dangerous on the ball & a lovely team move was finished calmly by Gethin Williams to open the scoring.
We were now in real control but unfortunately as at times last season we missed a few chances before a great chipped finish by our new starter Owen Williams put us 2 up.
However with quite a few of our players playing out of position we were sometimes being caught out slightly off the ball. The pace & size of the attacking Lisvane 4 eventually caught us out, allowing Lisvane space on the edge of our box & stunning curling finish made it 2-1 h/t.
Second half & we looked a little jaded, the effort of the boys seemed to be taking its toll & no subs meant we couldn't freshen up whereas Lisvane were able to replace their tiring few.
Eventually the pressure told & we conceded 2 unfortunate goals in quick succession, 1 bobbled in box & landed right at their strikers feet to tap in & 1 a pen with their player heading out of play.
To be fair then the last 15 mins we came back amazingly the boys finding a second wind & we created a series of great pacy countercattacks that on most days would have ended in at least a couple of goals.
However it wasn't to be & today wasn't our day with the final score being a very unfortunate 3-2 defeat to what was a very good Lisvane side.
I'm immensely proud of all the boys efforts, but I feel a special mention must go to our temporary CB pairing of Henry Davies Brook who looked so composed & assured most of the game & my man of the match who covered brilliantly & snuffed out Attacks for fun Tom Griffiths, brilliant the pair of you.
Goal scorers : Gethin Williams 1 Owen Williams 1
Man of match : Tom Griffiths.