Llwydcoed's Development Reserve Squad travelled to the KYMCO Stadium and gained an excellent victory to end 2018. The five goals were quality with new signing Corey Mabey scoring three followed by Christopher Davies (1) and Robert Evans (1) It could have been such a different story after two players withdrawing, the latter one as the team were about to travel to the disgust of Manager Mr Jonathan Price.
The opening stages saw Penybont try to gain the ascendancy using Ben Keen who was a good outlet, The experience and commitment of Richard Morgan and Joe Boulton stopped the threat. The hosts were gaining a slight possession advantage through Ewan Johns and Owen Hopkins. The visitors midfield started to turn defence into attack after a scrappy spell the interplay by the excellent Robert Evans, Conor Beasley and Scott Walters began to create chances and the first goal arrived, a brilliant pass by Josh Tucker picked out Corey Mabey who scored with a delightful header. The second goal soon followed the Llwydcoed defence midfield won the ball played Christopher Davies into space, he moved forward and struck a superb 30 yard shot past the Penybont goalkeeper Evan Penny. The young Penybont Team responded with Joseph Joyce, Ben Keen and Owen Hopkins trying to break open the Llwydcoed defence who defended with total commitment lead by Matthew Flynn when the visitors defence was broke the Llwydcoed goalkeeper Andy Hargreaves was alert to the danger. As the half time whistle neared that man Corey Mabey scored his second goal.
The second half started and Llwydcoed were in the mood a sublime pass out of defence by Richard Morgan put Robert Evans into space and his touch and finish was absolute class. Amazingly a fifth goal soon followed more brilliant link play by Christopher Davies, Matthew Flynn and Robert Evans saw Corey Mabey score to complete his hat trick with another top finish. The match had totally swung towards Llwydcoed but the young Penybont players kept playing and the dangerous Ben Keen found Joseph Joyce to score to give them hope and a second soon followed with Matthew Jones scoring. This was a poor stage of the game for Llwydcoed but they regained their shape and composure to record an excellent end to 2018. The football played in the first half was quality.
AFC LLWYDCOED 5