Welsh League Cup - 2018/19
Conygar Bridge Meadow
03 Nov, 2018 - 2:00:00 PM
Match Score : 3-1
Three-one was no more than a fair reflection of a game in which the Bluebirds dominated for three-quarters of the time and kept playing their now traditional passing football throughout, despite the really awful conditions.
A smaller-than-usual crowd of the hardy faithful had gathered in pouring rain and with a Rugby international back on the box, to see the Blues play their way warily into the game. Eliot Scotcher tried a few “sighters” early on and the side settled, to pass the ball, to switch the ball and to probe at the Llantwit defence. It rapidly became clear that Scotcher and Ricky Watts were dominating the middle of the park and, with Tom Dyson bustling forcefully across every swathe of the pitch, it was clear that the Blues had the match won in midfield.
Llantwit meanwhile relied on the quite different tactic of bursting out of defence at speed, and their lively striker Josh Jones did in fact threaten on a few occasions, on one of them forcing a very good low save from Kyle Stuart. But a Blues goal always seemed imminent and in the 24th minute it came, when Leon Luby played a fine ball in from the right, Lee Trundle flicked on neatly and BEN FAWCETT, always a good finisher, cracked in from 15 yards.
The second goal came in the 34th minute when Scotcher got to a poor goal kick and headed on and behind the defence to put TRUNDLE through in the sort of one-on-one which is never as easy as it looks but which Magic Daps managed to turn into a formality as he waltzed round the keeper and planted the ball home.
The 2-nil lead at half-time had seemed as if it might be the prelude to a 4- or 5-goal win, but as conditions grew even worse, the Llantwit smash-and-grab style increasingly made it look as if their spirited come-back might just help them to pinch a goal or two. In the 60th minute Sean Pemberton was harried into heading one ball against his own bar, and in the 64th the Major pulled one back when KRISTIAN SMITH exploited a momentary hesitation between Stuart and Tim Hicks to get in and score.
Even with the Major eager for an equaliser, the Bluebirds had the better of the last half-hour and threatened several more times, with the pick of the attacks maybe being one fine exchange between Fawcett and Luby which saw the lanky full back nearly in. Just afterwards Danny Williams got into space and had clearly spotted that, with the keeper forward, a lob would do the trick, only for an awkward bobble to take the ball away from him at the last second. But the Blues continued to have the run of the play and deserved the third goal in the 88th minute when Scotcher’s free kick ran loose in the box and ASHLEY BEVAN was able to belt it in for the third good striker’s finish of the afternoon.
Next Saturday the Blues entertain Swansea University in the 2nd round of the JD Welsh Cup, kick-off 2/.30. .
Haverfordwest: Kyle Stuart; Leon Luby; Alaric Jones; Sean Pemberton (Jack Wilson, 65); Tim Hicks; Ricky Watts; Danny Williams; Elliot Scotcher; Ben Fawcett (Ashley Bevan, 78); Lee Trundle; Tom Dyson.
Subs not used: Elliot Thomas, Steve Hall (g/k).