FRIENDLY - 2016/17
Conygar Bridge Meadow
05 Aug, 2016 - 19:45:00
Match Score : 1-2
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This was a fantastic summer evening on which to watch a game of football. The Conygar Bridge Meadow positively sparkled for the first home outing of the Bluebirds newly assembled Welsh League squad.
The game began at a frantic pace and seemed more physical than a typical pre-season warm up. Whether that was the local rivalry or the enthusiasm of the players to impress we can only speculate. Nonetheless it was a pretty decent watch with both sides fizzing the ball around on an excellent playing surface.
Honours were fairly even in the early stages with both sides directing headers just wide and then Walters in the bluebirds goal made a fine stop from a shot from just ouside the box. The deadlock was broken after 31 minutes when striker Ashley Bevan towered above the Carmarthen defence from a Sully corner to glance home a fine header. The goal spurred Carmarthen to press forward and they had several corners and free kicks, all of which were competently dealt with by the bluebirds defence. On the stroke of half time a free kick from Sully saw a flurry of activity in the Carmarthen box before eventually being cleared.
Half Time 1-0
The beginning of the second period saw a number of changes for both sides with the bluebirds making 7 in all. As often happens, this unsettled the bluebirds defence and against the run of play they conceded two goals. Both came in the 53rd minute with Sheehan and Carroll scoring with efforts that should probably have been dealt with.
The game then went through a much quieter period with Carmarthen having longer spells of possession which usually ended up with Stefano Antoniazzi making a crunching tackle on the edge of the bluebirds box. The bearded defender was looking good in his first home game and looks to be a real asset.
On 62 minutes the bluebirds earned a free kick on the left side and Lee Hudgell curled in a superb ball which was glanced just wide. Then on 68 minutes Rhys Dalling created some space for himself and hit a shot which forced the keeper to make a smart save.
Bluebirds were now pressing hard for an equaliser and Alfie Stotter got on the end of a whipped cross but saw the ball go agonisingly wide. Two late corners caused some discomfort for the Old Gold defence but were eventually cleared and the game drew to a close.
Full Time 1-2
There is always a tendency to read more into pre-season games than they deserve but this was a really fast paced game which the bluebirds could and probably should have won. The pace and power in the side augers well for the future. The new management team look to be building an excellent side more than capable of competing in Welsh League Division 1.