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Missed chances cost Ynysygerwn
Ynysygerwn second game in three days took its toll in the end, although our second half performance deserved more.
It was one of these who put Ynys ahead, Balla cooly shooting a penalty away on 21 minutes totally against the run of play, after an Ynys player got flattened in the box. It was the midfielders 3rd goal of the season.
Panteg drew level after Ynys failed to clear a corner. The ball was swung back in from the right and diverted in off the strikers arm to level the score up.
Ynys had a glorious chance to equalise before the break but Daniel Griffin fired wide from 7 yards with only the keeper to beat.
Second half Ynys were by far the better team. Griffin struck the post with a 20 yard free kick, before Balla stung the keepers hands from distance.
James Newell came on and made a big impact, but missed a fantastic chance with 20 minutes left, blasting over from 6 yards with just the keeper to beat.
Ynys huffed and puffed only to see an 85th minute effort cleared off the line as Tom Phillips goal bound effort was blocked by some committed defending.
Within 2 minutes it was game over. Another corner was only half cleared as Balla failed to clear his lines. The ball was played out to the left to Luke Dyke who swung in a teasing cross that was met by centre half Callum Hodges who smashed home from close range.
Ynys kept going and Alex Powell hit the post again before another Phillips effort was again stopped on the line.
From the resulting clearance the ball was pumped up field where Davies slipped, leaving Dyke in the clear to round Cole and slide the ball into the empty net to make the score 4-1 in the 89th minute.
It was frustrating for the visitors as the scoreline flattered the hosts a little but clinical finishing was the difference between the two sides.
Sub Grffin bags second half treble
A Fantastic away performance from the Ynysygerwn last night saw them record their seventh away victory of the season, running out 1-4 winners over Treowen Stars.
After a lacklustre first half, that saw centre back Dean Morris and central midfielder Jonathon Evans pick up injuries in the first 10 minutes, Ynys took the lead in the 44th minute from Joe Humphries and a good run from James Newell down the right. Newell's lung busting 40 yard run ended in a deep cross that the keeper missed and left Humphries to walk the ball into the empty net.
Ynys should have doubled their lead on 58 minutes, more good work down the right hand side by Newell set substitute Nathan Davies free in the box, but he scuffed his shot wife from 8 yards.
Aaron Biddiscombe then had a goal chalked off for offside, before he finally beat the offside trap on the hour only to see his lob cleared off the line.
On 65 minutes Ynys doubled the lead. Good hold up play by Biddiscombe in the right channel freed Newell, his low cross somehow found his way to Daniel Griffin who calmly slotted home left footed to give the visitors some breathing space.
Seven minutes later substitute Griffin doubled his tally after a great through ball by Callum Thomas. Griffin, who'd on been on the pitch for 15 minutes, kept his composer to slot away his second.
Ynys were created chances last will and the next fell to left wing back Rowan Nicolson. Good build up play by the midfield saw Davies set Nicolson free, but his left footed drive flew just over the bar.
Treowen grabbed a goal back 10 minutes from time when their midfielder was given too much time on the edge of the box. His 25 yard effort was going straight at Simon Cole in the Ynys goal, before captain Tom Phillips diverted it pass the keeper to give the home side a life line.
Despite playing some decent football at times the home side couldn’t open the visitors up again and Ynys wrapped the game up in the 87th minute.
Great work in midfield between Griffin and Sam Balla, set the striker away down the right hand side. He cut into the box and curled the ball past the keeper to complete a 22 minute hat trick and wrap up the 3 points for the visitors.
Next up another long trip on tomorrow evening as we travel to Panteg. Kick Off 6:30pm
Phillips is the hero as Ynysygerwn shock Penybont on penalties
Division Three side Ynysygerwn are through to the final of the League Cup for the first time after a penalty shoot-out victory over Division One champions Penybont.
The plucky underdogs put in a proud performance against a side two divisions above them as they continued a fourth act of giant-killing in their memorable Cup run.
Tom Phillips scored the decisive penalty in sudden death after Jaye Bowen missed his spot-kick.
After failing to score in ninety minutes, both sides scored in the thirty minutes of additional time.
In a competitive second semi-final at Taffs Well, Ynysygerwn took the lead through Aaron Biddiscombe after 100 minutes after Joe Humphries missed a penalty in the first half of normal time. Substitute Luke Borrelli brought Penybont level ten minutes after Biddiscombe’s opener.
Jonathan Evans earned the Neath club a penalty after he was fouled by Ioan Samuel. Ynysygerwn failed to take advantage of it though as Joe Humphries thundered his spot-kick onto the crossbar.
Ynysygerwn were using their height to create opportunities. Defender Tom Phillips headed just over from a Humphries cross.
Nicholas Maggs side finished the half the strongest, creating more threatening opportunities than Penybont.
Penybont began to grow into the game after the restart. Curtis Hutson was introduced at the break.
Both Ben Symons and Jaye Bowen headed over from close-range as Penybont begun to test Ynysygerwn.
Simon Cole made a great reactive save to Kane Owen’s drilled left-footed shot.
Ynysygerwn’s defence were forced into overdrive as they defended for extra-time after Penybont threw bodies forward. They were successful and the two played for a further 30 minutes.
Craig Evans forced Penybont into a goal line clearance in a first chance in additional time.
Underdogs Ynysygerwn broke the deadlock. Aaron Biddiscombe punished Billy Borge for a slip with a well-hit shot from distance. Ynysygerwn were able to hold on until the brief break in extra-time.
Luke Borrelli who scored Penybont’s title-winning goal came to the rescue again. Adam Carpenter found the front-man with a well-delivered cross and Borrelli headed past Cole.
Ben Symons almost provided the lead for the first time for Penybont but after a mazy run, he shot just wide.
Neither side were able to find a winning goal with penalties to decide.
Ynysygerwn captain Daniel Nagle had the chance to win the shootout in the normal five spot kicks after Kane Owen and Adam Carpenter missed their penalties but Wilson denied him.
Instead, it was defender Tom Phillips who sent his side into a final with Penydarren as his penalty sent Wilson the wrong after Jaye Bowen’s penalty hit the crossbar.
Ynysygerwn: Cole, Powell, Newell, Robbins, Phillips, C.Evans, Humphries (Griffin 70), Nagle (C), Biddiscombe (Nicholson 110), Balla, J.Evans (Davies 93)
Penybont: Wilson (C), Emmanuel, Owen, Howard, Borge, Dalton, Symons, Morris (Carpenter 70), Kay (Hutson 45), M.Griffiths (Borrelli 77), Bowen.
Match Report by Y Clwb Pel Droed - see more at their website www.yclwbpeldroed.org
Record win for ynys in last home game of the season
Ynysygerwn created new Welsh League history for theirselves on Saturday by recording their highest ever Welsh League win at home against Treowen Stars.
Ynysygerwn went into the game with a near full squad to choose from and managers Nicholas Maggs and Dai Burrows made 2 changes from the 0-1 away win at Chepstow Town. Sam Balla and Aaron Biddiscombe returned to the starting XI in place of Alexander Brown and Dan Griffin.
After a good start from the home side it was Balla who opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, superbly smashing a side footed volley past the keeper.
With the game still tight after 55 minutes, Biddiscombe relaxed the nerves with a superb 25 yard lob to double Ynys' lead. Just 2 minutes later skipper Tom Phillips bundled the ball in from close range, leading the the stars keeper being set off for 2 yellow cards in 10 seconds for dissent. James Newell grabbed his first of the afternoon smashing home from 6 yards (Photo: to right) before the visitors got one back with 25 minutes left.
Ynys then grabbed 4 goals in the last 10 minutes. Sub Daniel Nagle smashed home from 20 yards (Photo Above) before Newell chipped the keeper from 30 yards to make it 6. Then a first Welsh League goal for Brown, as he fired the ball past the keeper into the bottom corner in his 28th Welsh League appearance (14 as sub). There was still time for Dan Griffin to grab an 8th, first time volleying from 40 yards into the empty after the keeper miss kicked a free kick to Brown who headed straight to Griffin.
Ynys Welcome Stars
06th April 2019
This Saturday Ynysygerwn welcome Treowen Stars to Llandarcy Academy of Sport, in what will be Ynys' last home game of the season.
The hosts have a near fully fit squad to choose from, with Dean Morris (Unavailable) the only absentee.
Ynys have all 3 goalkeepers available for the first time, with Simon Cole and Carl Davies both missing the last game through work. Liam Sheehy will be looking to keep his place after a faultless performance in the last match away at Chepstow, where substitute Aaron Biddiscombe (pictured) score the only goal of the game.
Captain Daniel Nagle is also available after playing the last couple of games in the Reserves.
Thirds win Thiller
04th April 2019
Ynysygerwn Third side moved upon to 3rd place in the Neath & District Reserves League Division 1 with a thrilling 4-3 home win over Rhos Reserves.
The 3rds had previously lost in another goal feast in the Reserve Open Cup to the visitors a month ago, and found themselves behind after 10 minutes.
Teenager Nathan Davies equalised just before the half hour, before the visitors retook the lead for a second time. Just before half time Davies grabbed his second of the afternoon to bring the scores level at half time.
Midway through the second half Rhos went ahead for a 3rd time only for Adam Robbins to header home with 15 minutes remaining. Ynys finally went ahead in the 80th minute when Alexander Brown (Pictured) scored the winning goal.
The 4-3 win moved Ynys to 3rd place just 3 points behind Bryncoch in 2nd place.
With at least 4th place insured, manager Cameron Powell with be looking to finish in the top two to finish a remarkable season for his 3rd team, who play most the game against Reserve sides.
Semi Final Venue
03rd April 2019
Ynysygerwn's Nathaniel Cars League Cup semi final against Welsh League Division One leaders Penybont will take place at Taffs Well F.C on Wednesday 24th April 2019. (Kick Off 7:15pm).
Ynysygerwn go into the game as huge underdogs as Penybont currently lie 39 places higher in the league. In fact the Bridgend based side only need 4 points to become champions of the Welsh League and gain promotion to the Welsh Premier League after their Tier 1 License got accepted during the week.
Penybont's journey to the Semi Final has been reasonable straight forward with wins away at Albion Rovers, a fellow Division 3 outfit, Cwmmaman United and Port Talbot Town.
Ynysygerwn on the other hand have had to get to the Semi Final the hard way. After advancing through the first round against Croesyceiliog 4-3, after being 3-1 down with 25 minutes remaining, Ynysygerwn then beat another Division 2 side in Caerau Ely 4-1 at Llandarcy. A penalty, by former player Sam Jones, in the last minute of extra time saw Ynysygerwn shock Goytre United 1-2 after extra time in the 3rd round and set up a mouth watering home tie against a former Welsh Premier League side in Haverfordwest County.
Ynysygerwn shocked the blues with a 90th minute winner from player manager Nicholas Maggs, after the blues had equalised with 20 minutes remaining. Youth team player had put Ynysygerwn ahead in the first quarter with his first goal for the club.
Travel arrangements for the game will bee announced in the next week.