The Under 8’s and 9’s travelled to Latham Park on Sunday.
Read all about how they got on!
Bala made the journey to Newtown for the reverse fixture as we’d hosted them on the 20th of January at Maes Tegid.
1st and 2nd quarter
Bala took control of the game immediately, Ioan became commanding in defence, Llion also complementing very effectively. Jac Watkins was instructed from the beginning to start/set his position on the edge of the box, to bring the ‘sweeper keeper’ dimension to his game, yet again he was assured as ever in goal.
Caio runs and fierce drive off his right foot created problems all day, Elliott’s forays on the opposite flank was also extremely effective all afternoon. Robin in central midfield won possesion repeatedly all afternoon and began most of our Counter attacks all game. Sebi who started up front worked hard all game, didn’t give Newtown’s defenders much time on the ball, forcing them into conceding possession multiple times, or won possession single handedly when the opportunity was presented. The second quarter carried on in much the same vein, Bala continued to control the tempo, and some fantastic interplay saw some cracking goals scored.
3rd and 4th quarter
Bala lost control of the tempo, Newtown making inroads into our half and started attacking our goal consistently, this resulted in them finishing a few well worked moves. Bala’s decision making became ineffective as both final quarters came to a close, Jac Watkins significantly becoming busier as the final quarter went on, but as the clock ticked ever closer to fulltime, Sebi scored a brilliant goal to complete a highly effective Counter attack.
MOM: Ioan Morris – was consistent all afternoon and deservedly had a goal to show for his hard work.
Bala Town Under 9’s
Bala travelled to play Newtown, the largest town in Powys.
We began the match attempting to dribble with the ball on every occasion we were in possession. At times it paid off, and we found ourselves in the opponents half, creating overlaps in dangerous areas. However, the team were unable to utilise the overlaps, and would lose possession allowing Newtown to counter attack with great danger due to the pace in their team. We found ourselves one goal down at the end of the first quarter as a result.
The team became very dominant from the kick off, stringing ferocious attacks together with multiple link up passes throughout the field. With credit, the Newtown goalkeeper carried out numerous saves to keep out our shots. However, it wasn’t long until we found the goal with a beautiful finish that had been replicated from our training ground. Bala found themselves back level at the end of this quarter, and playing a lovely style of football, with several players expressing their recent development in creative methods to attack the opponents goal. A much better performance from us in this quarter.
Bala continued to play a style of football that shows the growing confidence in the squad. Attacking Newtown’s goal on several occasions in this half. Showing a very high intensity to win the ball back to further create opportunities, linking up play and exploiting the wide gaps withing the lines of the opposition. Bala were peppering the Newtowns goal. However, continued to not have any luck with finding the net.
Bala Under 9’s showed a grit to try and get a overall win. Bala pressed Newtown into their own half for majority of the quarter. Not allowing Newtown to link passes whatsoever, anticipating play well, Bala had in excess of 8 chances to put this match to bed. Furthermore, overwhelming Newtown with the urgency to regain possession. however, it was the story of the match overall; bala’s attack to no avail, and Newtown clinical finishing the difference between the two sides and ending the final quarter.
MOM – Cion
Linked up play well in the final third. Showing a great attitude towards his football, linking up play. Extremely keen to regain possession high up the field and finished a couple of good goals.