Game of two halves sees disappointing end to U12’s Super Six campaign.

In a strong first half the U12’s had the better of Caernarfon in the opening exchanges with Ifan Jones linking up well with the centre of midfield and Deio Williams and Henry Evans threatening the opposition fullbacks at every opportunity. It didn’t take long for the Lakesiders to break the deadlock as a neat through-ball from Huw Evens played in Ifan Jones in the 5th minute, who finished coolly past the Caernarfon keeper, 1-0 to Bala.

The U12’s were looking comfortable with Rhys Jones rarely threatened in the Bala goal. The midfield and forwards did their part in keeping the Cofis pinned back in their own half for long periods as Deio Williams forced 2 saves from the Caernarfon keeper. For the last 10 minutes of the first half, Caernarfon started to have a spell of dominance and created a couple of half chances, but the U12s went into half time looking very comfortable despite the slender 1-0 lead.

Straight from the kick off a Bala attack broke down and Caernarfon countered to force a corner. A short-corner was well defended by Bala, however a harmless ball towards goal somehow found its way into the net in a really bizarre turn of events, 1-1. Straight from the kick-off the U12’s lost the ball in the centre of midfield and a long ball over the top resulted in a one-on-one between the impressive Caernarfon striker and Rhys Jones, 2-1.

2 goals conceded within a minute had the Lakesiders rattled. Caernarfon had all the momentum at this point as they played the long ball towards goal at every opportunity. The Lakesiders’ back-line was under constant pressure and another long ball into the box wasn’t dealt with and the spilled ball was tapped home by the Caernarfon striker, 3-1 with 15 to play. It was 4-1 seconds after as another long ball was misjudged by the Bala back-line. A very avoidable fifth goal was added 5 minutes from time.

Despite recent improvements and some really good performances, it was a very disappointing end to the Super Six campaign. It is always difficult when you concede 2 goals in a minute that turns a game completely on its head, but the boys then have to show character to get back into the game. We showed great character last week against Llandudno to come back at them 3 times, however that desire was totally lacking this week.

The boys have learnt a harsh lesson of what happens if you let frustration get the better of you. The boys have come a very long way in a short period of time, but we are still playing catch-up on the teams around us. When we are on-top, like we were in the first half, you have to take the chances. Had we gone in at half-time 2 or 3 goals up, I don’t think Caernarfon could have complained at the scoreline, it would have been a totally different game.