CPD Amlwch 4 – 5 Llangoed U14s
scorers were; Aaron Evans (2), Cai Jones, Kieran Owen, Sam Gregson
Man of the match was Aaron Evans.
Llangoed travelled to CPD Amlwch on a glorious Wednesday evening in May. CPD Amlwch had relocated from the leisure centre pitch to play the game at the Lon Bach ground. The pitch was in good condition and there was a slight breeze as the referee, Sion Hughes blew for kick off. Llangoed were missing key players Lewis and Lloyd who were both unavailable due to illness but you wouldn’t have thought it as the team passed and made headway down the flanks with Cai and Kieran coming close in the first few minutes. League winners Amlwch were also playing attractive football and the play went from one end to the other before Llangoed finally broke the deadlock on the 16th minute when Kieran crossed the ball in and Cai unselfishly flicked it back for Kieran to score at the far post. 1-0 Llangoed.
CPD Amlwch hadn’t gone through the season with only 1 loss in the league by being pushovers and they immediately responded with some excellent play down the flanks coming close only to be stopped by a reaction save by Shaun and Tom clearing down the line. Unfortunately, with this sustained pressure, something had to give and three minutes later, Amlwch got the equalizer after a defensive mixup saw their striker through the centre to calmly slot home to make it 1-1.
Amlwch’s second came after a shot into the ball slipped out of Shaun’s arms and fell neatly to an Amlwch player who poked it into the net. 2-1 Amlwch.
Amlwch weren’t finished yet and while Llangoed were still reeling they scored again after an attempted clearance cannoned back off a Llangoed defender and fell neatly for an Amlwch player to fire low to Shaun’s left and make it 3-1 Amlwch.
Aaron was on providing pace down the right side and the three pronged attack were making moves into the Amlwch box. A cross from Kieran across the area saw Aaron catch it on the volley and bury it to make it 3-2 Amlwch.
But yet again, we conspired to hand Amlwch their two goal cushion when another poor clearance allowed an Amlwch player to come in wide and fire across the face of goal, past Shaun to make it 4-2 Amlwch.
Llangoed were playing hard and Rich and Gary made a couple more substitutions as we tried to get back into the match. We were handed a lifeline after a foul outside the box resulted in a free kick which Ben stepped up to take. His well struck shot was parried by the excellent Amlwch keeper but fell to Sam Gregson who was following up and he hammered the ball into the roof of the net from 3 yards to make the scoreline 4-3 to Amlwch going in to half time. What a half of football for the neutral!
Llangoed must have had a right talking to as they came out in the second half with a markedly different attitude. They were on the front foot for the off and had three chances in the first five minutes, the best falling to Cai who connected with a shot from Kieran that the Amlwch keeper failed to hang on to. His sliding toe poke was headed goalwards only to be stopped by an amazing save from the Amlwch keeper’s fingertips.
Once again, Amlwch fought their way back into the match as Cian came close with a shot from distance and Shaun pulled off a fantastic save from a point blank shot that cannoned over the bar. It was nervy stuff going into the last 10 minutes when Aaron, who had been making a muisance of himself down the right wing, croosed the ball in and Cai picked it up, went round 2 Amlwch defenders before firing into the bottom corner and making it 4-4. What a match.
Amlwch were defending well and the clock was ticking down with Llangoed knowing that only a win would put them in contention for runners up this season. With a minute to go, Aaron ran the ball down and launched a fabulous strike from 25 yards which flew over the stricken Amlwch keeper and dipped under the bar to make it 5-4 Llangoed.
Both teams had time for one more attack each, both leading to the ball going out for a goal kick before the referee blew for full time and signalled the start of Llangoed celebrations.
We would like to thank Amlwch for one of the best games of the season. It was very close and competetive. The referee, Sion Hughes let the game flow, dealt with any incidents sensibly and was even handed throughout. Congratulations to Amlwch on winning the league this season. They have played some very good football and hopefully we will have improved enough over the next couple of seasons to challenge them for the title at under 16s.
Next up is our final game of the season against Holyhead B at Hotspurs ground on Saturday 20th May. Kick off is at 1030. See you there at 0945.