THE NATHANIEL CAR SALES WELSH FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION TWO
AFC LLWYDCOED v SWANSEA UNIVERSITY 11/8/2018
Llwydcoed opening in the 2018/2019 Season ended in disappointment for the New Management Team of Lewis Holder and Matthew Driscoll. Nevertheless there were lots of positives to be gained from the defeat and there were eight new players in The Match Day Squad.
The match started with an excellent attendance.
The Llwydcoed ground playing surface was not up to standard because of the long dry summer, lots of poor areas .
Llwydcoed settled early and threatened the Uni defence winning free kicks, the Uni goalkeeper Luke Wallace pushing Morgan Andrews goal bound effort away. More brilliant play by Llwydcoed midfield of Lewis Holder, Michael Davies, Ioan Evans and striker Ross Daniels created some good scoring opportunities and after winning another corner they opened the scoring through Elliot Morris with a header on the back post. The Llwydcoed supporters were being entertained with some attacking football. More attacks followed but the Uni players began to realise they had to react and they did playing some diagonal balls across the Llwydcoed shape. The pressure was now on the hosts whose defenders Jordan Ellis, Christopher Bristow and Gabriel Williams had to be on top of their game and reacted with some power headers away and then the Uni thought they had scored only for a superb goal line clearance kept the score 1-0 but not for long the prowess of the Uni midfield found space in the Llwydcoed shape and took full advantage of a poor clearance resulting in a foul in the penalty area and Nick Hyden equalised. Moving on from this passage of play the Uni players game management saw them find too much room and Adam Orme shot through a defender to score low in the bottom corner. The visitors had upped their game and controlled possession but just before half time Llwydcoed had chances to equalise through Liam Price and Ross Daniels but the visitors kept their one goal advantage.
The Uni team started strong in the second half attacking the Llwydcoed shape and defence who responded and kept their shape. The Uni midfield of Jordan Hughes, Marley Bishop Wisdom and Nick Hyden began to control possession but they could not break open the Llwydcoed midfield/defence who tackled and battled for everything but could not build any sustained attacks. The introduction of Llwydcoed substitutes of Macauley Rombach and Zak Griffiths gave them renewed hope but the Uni unit showed all their qualities and saw out the game adding to their scoreline through Wyn Thomas who had followed up the shot that Llwydcoed's goalkeeper Andy Hargreaves had spilled in very difficult conditions. The heavy rain on a poor playing surface not helping.
The Uni had gained the victory deservedly the Llwydcoed players deserve lots of credit for playing their part in an excellent team display.
AFC LLWYDCOED 1
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY 3