A Game of 2 Halves
By Shon Hughes
A cliche, but never truer
In the forth meeting between both sides this season, both teams knew what to expect from the opposition. Overnight rain had put the match in jeopardy, with 2 pitch inspections carried on the day.
The game got underway with both teams testing each other but no real opportunities came until the 21” as Llanrug were first to get a effort on target, Aron Hughes forcing Tyler French to save low down to his left. Mid way through the half, in a bid to gain the advantage, Carl Ryan switched the team to a 4-4-2, which had an instant impact. Barmouth attacking on the break, overwhelmed the Llanrug defence straight down the middle Paul Lewis feeding the ball to Shane Jones who slotted the ball past the keeper. Some confusion around the goal occurred as it looked that Jake Jones had touched the ball as it was going in, but both players agreed it was a Shane Jones goal. Barmouth saw out the remainder of the half quite comfortably, Tyler French in goal not really tested. But all the boys would come in at half time exhausted due to the heaviness of the pitch.
Barmouth were first out for the second half, but it was who Llanrug starred much the better, the visitors putting the ball in the back of the net on 47” only to see their equaliser ruled out for offside. It would be a scrappy equaliser on as Aron Hughes put the sides level on 52”. Barmouth would make their first change shortly after as Llion Owen replaced Lee Riches in midfield. It didn’t take long for Llanrug to take the lead, Barmouth conceding a free kick on the edge of the box, Dylan Owen placed the ball down and calmly stepped back before sticking the ball into far side of the Barmouth goal. The visitors would get their third goal 6 minuets latter when Alan Owen headed home a cross from Pritchard out on the righthand side. Barmouth would make 2 more changes before the end of the match Ieuan Brooks replacing George Sutherns and Jono Harrison replacing Geth Jones. Jake Jones was the only player booked during the game on 80” for a late tackle.
After the game Manger Carl Ryan was disappointed with the result, but could take hart from the fact his side had knocked out Llanrug twice in cup competitions this season.
Barmouth go on to their biggest game in 10 years on Wednesday when the play Conway Borough for the Lock Stock Cookson Cup. Conway Borough coming into the game on the back off winning the FAW Trophy beating Rhos Aelwyd F.C. 4-1 on the day.