1 year ago
By Steve Dixon
Blacks beaten in seven-goal thriller
Facing St Josephs for the second time in three weeks, there were high hopes of improving on the 2-2 draw at the Maesycoed ground.
The game started off brightly, with Maindy going on the attack at Trelai Park, taking the game to a well organised St Joe's, with some positive, attacking moves.
It wasn't long before the scoring opened with a good finish from Mazin, following a sweeping attack. Further attacks resulted in a good save from St Joe's very impressive, tall keeper. Then the pressure paid dividends, with a second goal which came from Amin.
This brought St Joes to life, who quickly responded with a goal in open play and then a second before half-time from a poorly defended corner.
St Joes stepped up the pressure in the second half, building on their momentum and growing confidence, pressing forwards and followed up with goals from a well taken free-kick and a fourth from another corner - clearly, some work for Maindy players to do from set pieces in training. Shakil Ahmed's 12th goal of the season was not enough to rescue the game.
There were signs in the second half that Maindy lacked the game experience and teamwork to break down a well-trained St Joes side. Maindy's midfield lost the battle for control, isolating the strikers, who couldn't find a way throug.
It was a shame this game hadn't taken place later in the season, which would have given the new look Maindy time to gain more match experience, particularly in knowing how to defend a lead. The defeat means the Blacks slipped two places to fifth, with Lisvane Panthers and Ely Rangers going above them.
Updated 23:02 - 9 Oct 2016 by Steve Dixon