WF League - 2016/17
07 Jan, 2017 - 14:30:00
Match Score : 5-5
In a game which saw almost a season’s-worth of drama packed into its 90 minutes, the Bluebirds managed to score five goals without ever being in the lead.
During the first 20 minutes the Bluebirds seemed barely to have turned up at all, and by the 19th minute the home side had taken a 2-0 lead. A quick break down the left saw them score in the 5th minute and their second goal 14 minutes later was likewise with the run of play.
In the 22nd minute Ely could easily have gone three up, only to be thwarted by a superb clearance off the goal-line by Jamie Evans. And slowly but surely the Blues began to battle their way back into the game. The pitch was in a poor condition and they began to realise that the best approach was the direct one. The result was a quick two-goal burst just before half-time. In the 40th minute Ashley Bevan hammered home a left-foot shot from15 yards and a minute later Steffan Williams volleyed in from just inside the box.
Half Time 2-2
Having gone into the second half with that two-goal burst just behind them the Blues will have felt they now had the impetus to stride ahead, only to be knocked by a third Caerau Ely goal in the 68th minute. A brilliant save by James Gwilt prevented a 4-2 scoreline and then the Blues bounced back, forcing an equaliser three minutes later when an Ely defender was crowded into an own-goal after pressure in the six-yard box.
And twice more the Cardiff side scored, only for the Blues to equalize within a minute or two. Caerau went 4-3 up in the 78th minute and Steffan Davies produced a superb individual effort to make it 4-4. Caerau went ahead again, from a penalty, in the 83rd minute and this time it was Greg Walters who levelled, in the 85th.
That goal was followed within a minute by a red card for a Caerau player and the fraught concluding minutes saw Walters just unable to convert two further chances before the game ended with a goalmouth incident which saw a red card for Caerau’s ex-Bluebird keeper Scott James and a yellow for Steffan Davies.
Full Time 5-5
Maybe the Blues team and management will be less than pleased to see a run of clean sheets end so dramatically, but they will also note that all of their main attacking players got on the score sheet with good goals. Best of all of course was the fact that they came back and back, to equalise, time after time, in an away game to one of the league’s top clubs