Ynysddu Welfare 0 Chepstow Town 3
3:53pm Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
YNYSDDU bow out of the FAW Welsh cup with their heads held high after a courageous performance against a strong Chepstow side.
After a good week for The Welfare, they headed into this cup tie with the belief they could cause another upset against a side who play three leagues higher than them.
Manager Steve Coote had a strong squad to pick from and opted for a 451 formation with the hope of stopping Chepstow playing in the midfield.
The game started at a very high pace with boys sides going at him hammer and tongs. The Welfare are used to the artificial surface but Chepstow didn't have any problems adapting and looked a very good footballing side.
The first 20 minutes had plenty of action but no chances for either side. Both sets of players were fully committed and there were plenty of hard challenges going in. As the half wore on Chepstow were getting on top and their slick passing game was pulling The Welfare all over the pitch. The Welfare midfield were working tirelessly to close the ball down, with Lloyd Stone giving a typical all action display and the back line were holding firm.
Ynysddu struggled to retain any possession and lone striker Dane Bennett was isolated against a strong Chepstow defence being marshalled superbly by James Munday.
As the game was getting closer to half time The Welfare backline were starting to get careless and Chepstow striker Jason Thorne was starting to look dangerous with some excellent movement.
Then the first big chance. Poor defending from The Welfare seen the ball break loose in the box. The ball was rolling out of play but the Chepstow winger didn't give up and a rash challenge from keeper Luke Morgan gave the referee no option but to award the penalty. Up stepped the Chepstow captain to send the keeper the wrong way and put Chepstow 1 nil up. 0-1 The Welfare almost instantly got back in it. A superb run from Luke Bodman, beating 3 players and cutting in from the byline, he cut the ball back to Nicholas Thomas who didn't strike the ball cleanly with his left foot and the ball rolled agonisingly wide of the far post.
Chepstow had a glorious opportunity to go 2-0 up when the centre forward broke the offside trap and raced through on goal. Keeper Luke Morgan made amends for his earlier error with a fantastic 1 on 1 save.
The half-time score was Ynysddu 0 Chepstow 1.
The Welfare had held their own in the first half and playing with the wind in the second half gave them the belief they could still get back in this game. Manager Steve Coote made a tactical change with Lawrence Davies on for Connor Bennett.
Davies had an immediate impact and The Welfare were starting to pass the ball far better. First 20 minutes were very similar to the first half with both sides going for it but no chances.
Then The Welfare's big chance came. Some sloppy play from the Chepstow back line allowed Lawrence Davies to intercept the ball. He played in Gareth Knott, he dummied the defender and as it was opening up he chipped the keeper with a brilliant effort. His effort hit the underside of the bar and as Craig Lowther was charging in the ball took a horrible bounce and Chepstow cleared. Huge chance but this gave The Welfare real belief that they could get back level.
The game was now getting really open and the referee was struggling to keep control. Several cards were being dished out, one for Chepstow midfielder Dale Clark.
With 70 minutes one the clock Chepstow thought they had settled it with a shot arrowing to the corner. Another superb save from Luke Morgan to push the ball wide.
15 minutes left on the clock and Stewart Wilkins came on for his debut. Ben Murphy was also pushed up front to try and get The Welfare level.
With 10 minutes left on the clock, Chepstow midfielder Dale Clark made a late challenge and he received his second yellow card. A harsh yellow but gave The Welfare more hope.
The free kick was launched into the box and after a scramble Chepstow had a goal kick. The ball was rolled to the left back who drove up field, his diagonal ball found the right winger who hit an unstoppable volley into the far corner. A superb goal and surely killed the game off. The relief on the Chepstow players was evident. 0-2 With 2 mins left on the clock another break from Chepstow gave them the third goal to kill the game off. 0-3 The scoreline was cruel on The Welfare and very flattering for the visitors. No doubt the better side won but The Welfare can be proud of their performance. Chepstow knew that they were in a game right up until the last 5 minutes and the gulf in class that the leagues suggest certainly wasn't evident.
Starting line up: Luke Morgan, Shane Bowen, Tony Davies, Ben Murphy, Adam Thomas, Connor Bennett, Nicholas Thomas, Luke Bodman, Gareth Knott, Dane Bennett.
Subs: Lawrence Davies for Connor Bennett 45 Craig Lowther for Dane Bennett 65 Stewart Wilkins for Luke Bodman 75 Subs not used: David Palmer Jack Pewtner Man of match: Lloyd Stone