Competitive football returned to a blisteringly hot Ynys Park on Saturday with the visit of fellow JD Cymru South team Taffs Well FC in Round one of the Nathaniel MG Cup.
Although the Club has played a number of friendlies recently, months have passed since the last competitive game and there was definitely a different feeling around the ground as preparations for the season opener took place.
A large crowd greeted both teams as they took to the pitch for the 2:30 kick off and both sides seemed nervous during the opening exchanges with neither team taking control. The home side were the first to exert pressure on the visitors goal and Ryan Griffiths saw an early goal chalked off for an unfortunate hand ball within the first 15 minutes. The rest of the first half was shaded by the away side and Taffs Well FC were only denied the lead by 2 fine saves from home keeper Keenan Bailey.
Half time score 0-0.
The 2nd half of the contest began with temperatures hitting 30c at the Ynys and the home side slowly gaining control and establishing the passing style that has brought so much recent success to the Club.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 68th minute when a fine run and shot from Ryan Griffiths was well saved by the Taffs Well FC keeper H. Phillips, however, Trefelin BGC midfielder Jamie Latham showed great composure in a crowded box to slot the rebound home.
The home side continued to press through most of the remaining 20 minutes of the game, with Taffs Well FC a constant threat on the break. The tie was finally settled in the 85th minute when a mazy run and shot from home winger Chris Jones hit the post and the re bound was finished by the tireless Ryan Griffiths putting the home side 2-0 up.
Despite some pressure from the away side in the closing stages Trefelin BGC closed the game out and move into the next round.
Final Score 2-0.
I think everyone would agree that both sets of players, staff and officials should be congratulated on a competitive match played in the right spirit in very difficult conditions. We wish Taffs Well FC good luck for the rest of the season.
Thanks to Creative KF for the photos