A five star performance from the Lakesiders in a win dedicated to Callie Ramsay.
After a run of three straight defeats, The Lakesiders would return to Maes Tegid to bring Phase 1 to a close on Friday evening (02/04/21) with Flint Town United being the visitors. It was a must win game, with Barry Town and Penybont on the catch up going into the Champions Conference.
Before the game, both sets of clubs and club officials held a minute silence to pay their respects to Callie Ramsay, the Father of our Goalkeeper Alex Ramsay, who tragically passed away on Thursday evening after collapsing at a walking football event held at The New Saints’ Park Hall Stadium. We again would like to send our sincere condolences to Alex, Eric and Karen, our thoughts are with you.
The match got underway at a sunny Maes Tegid, and within two minutes we were forced into an early change, as Ollie Shannon looked to have gone down off the ball and subsequently was replaced by Ryan Pryce.
It was a cagey affair throughout the first ten minutes, with both teams scrapping for possession.
However it only took 20 minutes for their to be a goal! Lassana Mendes received the ball on the left hand side, he cut in on his right and curled a superb effort from the edge of the box, right into the far corner, a superb goal from Mendes to give Bala a 1-0 lead!
Harri Lloyd who’d come into the squad on short notice, was called into action on 24 minutes, as he got down well to his left and pushed a shot away from danger.
Will Evans attempted to double the advantage with a right footed shot from outside the area, but his effort went wide of the post.
Anthony Stephens did superbly well to clear a teasing ball into the box, as he headed the ball over the bar to concede a corner.
Bala had a big shout for a penalty with 15 minutes of the first half to go, as Venables looked to have been bundled over inside the box, but the referee waved away the appeals.
The first half came to an end, and despite only being one goal up, it was a good performance from the Lakesiders, who should of been ahead by one or two more at the break.
We got the second half underway, and straight away it was 2-0! Antony Kay climbed higher than everyone else at the back post and headed the ball home from a corner! The perfect start to the second half!
Venables for the second time had a goal ruled out, with his second being ruled out for offside, however…
Just minutes after his disallowed goal, Venables struck home and this one definitely counted! The Captain made some space for himself on the edge of the box, and rifled the ball above the keeper and below the crossbar, as it cannoned off the bar and into the net! A superb goal to give Bala a 3-0 lead!
It could of been four on 67 minutes, as Will Evans went on a driving run towards the byline, he put the ball across the face of goal, but could only reach a Flint defender who almost put the ball into his own net with his clearance.
It didn’t take long for the fourth goal to come… This time Steven Leslie received the ball about 30 yards out and unleashed a bullet into the top right corner of the net! An absolute worldie from Leslie to send Bala into a four goal lead!
Another goal? Oh go on then! Chris Venables got on the end of a cross from the right hand side and hit home from close range to make it 5-0 to Bala, while also grabbing his 19th goal of the season!
Henry Jones had come on for Jack Mackreth, and tried to make an impact with just three minutes of normal time left, as he made his way into the box and took a shot on, but his effort rolled into the hands of the Flint keeper.
The game came to an end after three minutes of additional time, and what a performance from the Lakesiders! A much deserved win, with some absolutely cracking goals to choose from, surely one of them winning goal of the month!
Substitutions: Ryan Pryce (3), Henry Jones (77), Kieran Smith (77), Liam Davies (82)
Yellow Cards: Antony Kay (17)