On a rainy Friday Night, Tothewhistle travelled to the Llandarcy institute of sport to watch a pre season tie that saw Welsh League Division 1 side Briton Ferry Llansawel take on Division 3’s Ynysygerwn in the 7th annual Malcom Judd Memorial match.
After a late kick off the match got underway with Ferry in red and white and Ynys inYellow and Green. Immediately, the game saw it’s first chance and it came to the underdogs but two smart saves from the Ferry Keeper denied Ynysygerwn an early goal and it was the last action he saw for a long time. After a confident start, Ynys began to lose touch when Ferry began to settle. It was a formidable defensive display from the division 3 side until Gavin Jones broke the deadlock for the Reds just before the break. With No attacking threat since the opening 10 minutes, Ynys had a mountain to climb in the second half if they wanted victory.
However, a change of game plan in the second half saw trialist, Adam Robbins get a half volley in the box which he finished with top quality to the goalkeeper’s right. From then the shape of the match changed. Ferry would dominate while Ynys defence would hold firm, at least until an unfortunate comedy goal scored by the reds’ Tyler Brook. He was played in by the scorer of the first goal, Gavin Jones, and he attempted to lob the keeper. However there was still one Ynys defender on the line to prevent the goal. But instead of clearing it, he produced a top quality finish in to the top corner of his own goal. They were very unfortunate.
There was nothing Ynysgerwn could do, Ferry had a spring in their step. Ynys kept knocking on the door but Ferry refused to open the door again. And after Ynys had failed to be clinical in the final third, a sharp counter attack lead to the third goal. Rory Healey was the scorer in more lucky circumstances has his shot was deflected into Simon Cole’s net. It was bad luck for him on the day as the Ynys keeper had quite a formidable performance, but to make things worse for him but better for Ferry, Gavin Jones topped of a well deserved brace after Healey split open the defence with a tremendous through ball. So Briton Ferry had won the match with a convincing scoreline but certainly not a convincing performance. The good news for Ynysygerwn was that there were a lot of positives to take form the match and it has set up their season very well…
Highlights. Briton Ferry Llansawel 4 – 1 Fc Ynysygerwn