The younger Academy age groups welcome Connah’s Quay to Maes Tegid on Friday evening.

Read below their match reports!

Under 8’s
We had a chat before the game and we wanted to carry the confidence we gained from the Newtown match into tonight’s encounter but we knew that we were going up against a strong Nomads outfit. We stressed how important winning the first ball was going to be and if we would fail then winning the second ball was a must.

We started slowly with no intensity in our play and felt we weren’t on the front foot at all but our defence kept a high line that enabled us to have a solid foundation regardless. Jac in goal was encouraged to play from the back and our defence remained comfortable in possession.

Second quarter we challenged Robin to get better control of center mid and get our passing game going and use Jac and Elliot on the wings more frequently. Sebi worked tirelessly up top and our play improved slightly, resulting in good goal scoring opportunities that Jac benefited from.

Third quarter Nomads really put us under pressure and Llion and Ioan had to be on guard as Nomads were getting a foothold in the game and we struggled to match their intensity and commitment but we kept going and created some very good counter attack’s with Caio working hard to support the attacks on the left.

In the final quarter we challenged the team to finish the game strongly and ensuring that our work rate would not drop at all. This resulted in a very competitive final quarter with both teams playing football as it should be played, passing and moving the ball around really well. Credit has to go to both teams for a fantastic evening of football and thanks goes to Nomads for coming up to Maes Tegid.

Bala Town Under 9’s.
We hosted Connah’s Quay Nomads Academy at Maes Tegid, the home of Bala Town Football Club.

First quarter
Bala started strong, winning duals in important areas and linking up play really well. Transferring defence into attacks, with great decisions on the ball. Bala showed their growing knowledge of the football game, whilst in possession; showing more composure on the ball, it led to Bala being able to retain possession longer than in previous matches. Which made it great to see and the football being played was attractive for large periods. Out of possession Bala continued to work really hard trying to stop momentum within the first quarter, was weighted in our favour. Unfortunately, we were unable to score a goal to finish off a good quarter for Bala Academy due to the brilliant display from the Nomads goalkeeper.

Second quarter
Connahs Quay Nomads came out very strong, counter attacking very well. They were able to create opportunities from our individual errors within our own half and making most from some of our players out of their positions and it led to Nomads finding the net on a couple of occasions. But over the first two quarters, the match was evenly balanced. But, unfortunately, we suffered an injury to a key player within this quarter. This had a big impact on our style of play.

Third quarter
The two teams cancelled each other out continuously. Both sides of defence stopping each other. A lot of possession was back and to. Bala continued to have a lot of good spells of linking up play and finding shots on goal, coming close with a shot from a considerable distance. However, it was to no avail. No team found a goal in this quarter from open play and it was a reflection of how well both sides reacted to danger from the opposition. Unfortunately Nomads scored a goal from a corner which was well worked, finished from a header at the near side post. A difficult goal to prevent due to the physical presence of the goal scorer.

Fourth quarter
Bala continued with spells of dominating the game. However, the goalkeeper was outstanding for the Nomads this evening. This did not stop Bala players continuing with their attempts and a pass in which came from the defence, was finished with a volley into the nomads goal. An unstoppable strike that De Gea would of struggled to keep out. It was very well deserved as the score was not a true reflection on how the team played. However, you could see the frustration creeping into our players with the lack of goals with players striking from further out.

Under 11’s
Friday night football came to Maes Tegid where we welcomed Connah’s Quay Nomads.

In an even first quarter we struggled to keep the ball but kept our shape and were very disciplined. While Nomads moved the ball well we coped with most of what they threw at us the back three of Iolo, Huw and Ows deserving huge credit for their concentration levels. Disappointed we didn’t create anything going forward not helped with our poor ball retention and the front two struggling to make the ball stick and losing the ball cheaply.

Started better with thw game becoming more even. Owen P coming on instead of Deio as a No 10 with Dafydd moving to central midfield with Osian and keeping our shape when we lost the ball closing the space between our defence and midfield. Nomads took the lead surprisingly from a corner an area we have improved greatly from the beginning of the season. We came close ourselves from corners Dafydd getting up but couldn’t control the header. Started to create decent chances now and after good link up play from Owen P setting Osian through but he slipped just as he was about to shoot.

Much more dangerous going forward Owen P moving out as a winger and getting more success and from one of his crosses Ffranc controlling with his back to goal setting Llŷr up who finished coolly first time. The game became very open with both teams trying to win the game, we went close with Ffranc and Deio coming close after a string of corners. Rhys producing a point blank save on to the crossbar their striker heading over with the follow up. Nomads scored from our own mistake, good closing down from them and they stole the ball and finished easily. We pushed forward and with the final corner of the game Nomads failed to clear their line Iolo firing in a shot on to the crossbar and down (VAR) on/over the line, and Ffranc doing the same with the follow up. Entertaining football from both teams.

Positives. Work rate from the boys was first class, Ffranc and Owen P producing the type hard working performance that we will expect in every games from now on. The back three were superb closely followed by the midfield two who were so disciplined.
Huw was Man of the Match, he was so calm on the ball and ice cool while defending, makes the game look easy, to think this is his 3rd game playing there.