The U11’s welcomed Denbighshire schools to Maes Tegid on a wet Tuesday night.

Denbighshire started better retaining the ball well and they deservedly took the lead after we failed to deal with a throw in on the halfway line not attacking the ball and allowing their striker to turn and run thorough to calmly finish in the corner. This kickstarted Bala and there was a positive response from the boys while still struggling to retain possession we went close with Dafydd and Ffranc having efforts saved.

Second third was much closer while Denbighshire still kept the ball well, Rhys having to to be on alert at all times, we kept producing decent chances. We were still lacking quality on the ball trying to do to much on our own and not trusting each other. Ideas in possession were good but executed poorly. Our lack of intensity was also something that needed to get right for the last third.

Third – we got the response from the boys contesting every ball as their lives depending on it and it was this intensity that changed the balance of the game. From then we started playing football with confidence creating chances Dafydd wrecking havoc on the right, Osian and Caio getting on top in midfield. Ffranc then scored an excellent equaliser dribbling through three players before finding the back of the next. Denbighshire survived an astonishing goal line scramble their keeper making a double save then two clearances off the line. Bala kept going forward but couldn’t break the dead lock.

Man of the Match: Rhys of all the players was the most consistent kept his concentration saved well when called upon and his starting position to clear any through balls was excellent.

Bala Town U10’s Report

Bala started off on the front foot and chased down every ball, we knew the opposition well as they had beaten us heavily earlier on in the season.

The defence were solid throughout the first quarter with Cynan and Lewis dealing with everything that came towards them. The Denbighshire keeper pulled of some great saves as we bombarded their goal with shot after shot, Jack Ryan going close numerous times.

The breakthrough finally came when we forced their keeper into a save but he only parried it into the path of our striker Dan who finished from a tight angle. Deio in midfield worked his socks off all game and was in control.

Bala scored again when Jack Ryan finished a off a good move which started from the back with some good play by Michael. Bala started the second period slowly and Denbighshire came back into the game, Calvin in goal for Bala pulled off save after save and was our man of the match.

Bala continued to attempt to pass the ball well and linked up well at times. Our legs tired in the last quarter and some quickfire goals for Denbighshire killed off the game, but Bala’s head did not drop and were unlucky not to score again. Performance wise the first period was the best so far. Credit to Denbighshire – a class outfit.