It wasn’t just the First Team in action at The Rock on Friday night as the Under 10’s and 11’s also took on Cefn Druids.
The U11’s went to Cefn Druids on Friday night and played an entertaining game. We are getting into a worrying habit of being in control and letting teams back in to the game. First quarter we were totally in control and cruising playing some decent football. We went close a few times before we scored when Osian scored a cracker in off the crossbar. Bala kept applying the pressure Llŷr scoring from a free kick taking it quickly before they had a chance to organise.
Second quarter we conceded an early goal out of our own mistake with Ows losing the ball when under no pressure gifting them a foothold back in the game. This turned the game on it’s head even though Druids weren’t dominant, they wanted it more which is disappointing. They scored another goal from our own mistake, Owen was given the ball when been closed down and the lack of communication to help him out meant he had no chance to react. Really sloppy play from us all quarter and a failure to keep calm in possession giving the ball away cheaply.
Third quarter we got a reaction and we chased the game but conceded another cheap goal which Rhys will be disappointed he failed to hold on to but wasn’t given much protection from his defence. We kept going but aside a few corners didn’t really test their keeper.
First half – Bala played really well, playing nice football, and winning the ball first time, looking very dangerous in the final third. Defensively, Cefn Druids found it difficult to play against us, even with a player in a black kit making it very difficult for our defence to pick him up, the Cefn Druids coach kindly agreed to put one of our bibs on him.
However the majority of the time they were unable to break through the lines, our goalkeeper put in some great saves also when they were shooting from range. Cefn Druids were introduced to our young deadly finisher Jack within the first half!! He scored a lovely goal that was a replicar of the mighty Paul Scholes!! He dropped his shoulder took it around his marker and showed Cefn Druids what his left foot can do, finding the top corner. We got another goal shortly after scoring the first, with a well timed effort on goal by Osian, that was clinical in nature, it put us deservedly two goals up at half time.
The second half.
Cefn Druids had a change in formation; brought back on the player in black, again this made him difficult for our defence and midfield to pick up, and with our centre midfield attempting to play higher up the field instead of sticking to his position it allowed overlaps. Often putting the defence 3/4 on 2. Furthermore, Cefn made the most of their opportunities; scoring 4 goals, as a result.
However, I can honestly say the U10’s played well and can be proud of their performance, with two players playing up in age groups we were definitely not played off the field. The intensity, and some positional errors cost us the score, but I am sure that can be worked on!
Player of the match – Jack. Cefn Druids could not handle him at times; it was a pleasure to watch him. His performance was superb! To think he was playing up a couple of years, at this level was amazing!