- Match Report - Monmouth Town v Risca United

ewis double secures Kingfisher’s win
Monmouth Town 4-2 Risca United
Monmouth Town FC ended their season off with a win against already relegated Risca United with Craig Lewis scoring two second half goals to ensure the three points.
Monmouth came into the game after being beat convincingly by second place Penybont in the week. They knew before the game that their Division One status would be safe for another season.
Manager Ross Kennedy made four changes to his side that were beaten by Penybont; bringing in Joe Loftus, Jake Robinson, Kazeem Kareem and Sam Palmer.
Risca sat bottom of the table going into the game and were already relegated after losing eleven nil to champions Barry Town United the week before.
The Kingfisher’s started the game positively and looked dangerous, as always, on set pieces with the aerial threat of Captain Rob Laurie.
The first chance of the game fell to Laurie when Sam Palmer floated a corner into the box which found Laurie at the back post who headed the ball just wide of the post.
Soon after top goal scorer Craig Lewis had a great chance to take the lead for his side.  Mitchell Palmer floated a free kick in and found Rob Laurie who flicked on to Lewis who headed towards goal. His header was heroically cleared off the line by a Risca defender.
Risca came into the game and managed to keep possession well and played some attractive football playing through the thirds.
The away team had a good chance to take the lead when Mitchell Palmer lost the ball to Rica’s winger, who ran at the Town’s defence and cut in on his right foot and shot.  Lee Williams produced a good save and tipped the shot over the bar.
Risca continued to frustrate the Kingfisher’s with their possession styled football and took the lead when their midfielder received a throw and played a ball out to his winger who ran down the line and squared it to his teammate who took a touch and placed the ball into the net from close range.
With half time approaching Sam Palmer won a free kick on the edge of the box, which brother Mitchell stepped up to take. He bent his free kick around the wall and into the corner of the net.
The Kingfisher’s started the second half the brighter and were looking increasingly dangerous with their pace and creativity out wide.
The home side had a great chance to take the lead when Sam Palmer whipped a corner into the box and again found Rob Laurie who headed onto the woodwork.
Moments later Rob Laurie had a brilliant chance to take the lead when he headed towards goal. Once again Risca’s defender blocked it off the line.
Against the run of play Risca nearly took the lead when their winger ran at the Kingfisher’s defence and shot from twenty yards out but hit the post.
Monmouth took the lead on the hour mark when substitute Sam Oxley beat his man and ran down the line, passing it across to Joe Loftus on the edge of the box, who took a touch and volleyed it. His shot took a deflection and went in.
The Kingfisher’s got another within a minute when Lee Williams played a long ball up the pitch which found Craig Lewis who went one on one with the Cuckoo’s keeper and calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net.
Soon after Lewis scored again when he went one on one with the Cuckoo’s goalkeeper and took a shot. The keeper made himself big and made a good save, however, it came back out to Lewis who had a simple tap in.
Both teams continued to attack at each other with great intensity in the latter stages of the game. Despite the hot conditions the Cuckoo’s got one back when their player floated a corner into the box which Simon Crook cleared.  The ball fell to a Risca player who hit it first time and fired the ball into the bottom corner.
Manager Ross Kennedy described the result as “Pleasing” and “Satisfying”. He said, “I thought second half we were much better and dominated proceedings. I thought first half we were poor but we put it right second half and I’m really pleased we have been able to finish the season with a win”. Kennedy added, “Overall, I’m really proud of the lads that we have managed to meet our goal of staying up after such a tough season”.
Kennedy and all the Monmouth Town committee would also like to thank all the fans for their continued support during a time of transitional change and can’t wait to see you all next season for another entertaining season at the Sportsground!