WF League - 2016/17
22 Oct, 2016 - 14:30:00
Match Score : 0-3
Cwmbran Celtic FC
The Bluebirds’ fourth away win of the season was a decisive one as they raced to a 3-nil lead by half-time and comfortably withstood a second-half rally by a resilient Cwmbran side. The visitors went into the game smarting from the poor result against Afan Lido whereas Celtic’s last league game had been a 7-1 drubbing of Monmouth Town. Likewise the home side stood fourth in the table, with 2 games in hand on the leaders. Bur once again the form book was ripped up as the Blues blasted to a 2-0 lead in the first 16 minutes. With Greg Walters returning as a very energetic presence in midfield, the Blues management had been able to push Steffan Davies on up front, pairing with Ashley Bevan, and this partnership was at the heart of the opening brace. In the 11th minute Lee Hudgell’s corner swung to the far post where Davies crashed in his header for a classic striker’s goal. Five minutes later, Bevan pressurised a defender into a mis-hit back pass which beat his own keeper. Celtic were finally rocked right back in the 42nd minute when Steffan Williams went on a dangerous run towards the area and was taken down by a challenge which was sufficiently wild to earn the defender a red card. The resultant free kick broke from the box and it was Williams who was able to hammer it in from an oblique angle.
Half Time 0-3
It was all credit to a very good Celtic side that they should have made a real game of it in the second half. But credit to the Bluebirds too for the way they retained their composure and left the field 3-goal winners. There had in fact been two enforced changes at the heart of the Blues defence with Stefano Antoniazzi and Nathan Banner drafted in to replace the unavailable Sean Pemberton and Jamie Evans. They played inside the new full-back pairing of Matthew Broome and Antonio Facciuto, and that defence proved solid enough for a clean sheet against a normally free-scoring attack.
Full Time 0-3
Thank you to Steve Roberts of Cwmbran Celtic for the use of some excellent photographs.