Under 18 (Youth) - Match centre

GAP Connahs Quay
Caerwys FC
J Aitken (8'), C Harwood (66) (20'), L Woolley (65) (31')
Full time
Sat 18 Feb 14:00 - North East Wales Football League - Premier Division

Lacklustre Nomads Get The Win On The 3G

Nomads run out 3-0 winners, but really the game was a story of two goalkeepers

The young Reds came into the game ready on the back of a terrific 9-0 win in the cup against Hawksbury Bell and they were ready to keep the other teams chasing them at the top.

Nomads faced off against Caerwys earlier in the season and they knew the away side couldn't be taken lightly, they have some good technical players.

The opening exchanges of the game were all Nomads, who were probing for a goal early on. After a few chances and some excellent saves from the away stopper, Nomads got the breakthrough on 8 minutes. An excellent through ball from Conor Harwood saw striker Jack Foster dummy the ball. This put Jack Aitken clean through to expertly poke the ball under the keeper.

Nomads were probing again, with Caerwys on the back foot, again, more saves from the keeper as well as some poor finishing kept the score at 1-0 for a while.

Conor Harwood then doubled the home team's lead, driving at the Caerwys defence he shifted the ball onto his right foot and arrowed the ball into the bottom left from 25 yards.

Goal of the game went to Luke Woolley 10 minutes later. Liam Bruford and Luke Woolley make an excellent duo down the right and it was from this area that Nomads struck again. Bruford releasing Woolley for a 1v1, as Woolley made his way into the box he turned his man inside out, nutmegging him twice before smashing the ball past the keeper.

By half time Caerwys were looking very tired. They attempted to press Nomads and George Coulton, Ben Waddilove and Owen Manley just had them chasing shadows coming out of defence. This trio of players have been playing excellently for a number of months and they work in tandem each game they play together.

Half time was a talk about rotations and good movement, as well as finishing chances. The first half saw 3 goals, however, there were plenty more opportunities to score more.

The second half started and the first 5 minutes were very ominous. Rotations in midfield were sloppy and credit to Caerwys, they stopped attempting to press and just packed midfield.

Nomads were finding it harder and harder to break them down. Two quick changes saw a few chances go Nomads way, but again, their keeper was pulling off save after save.

Caerwys game to life with 30 minutes to go, they had a handful of clear-cut chances and Jay Loyden in the home goal, who up until this point didn't have much to do, saved superbly every time.

A game changer happened with 20 minutes to go, referee Rich Dolphin gave the away side a penalty (rightly so). Jay Loyden superbly saved the penalty, but due to being off his line the pen was ordered to be re-taken. Loyden then saved this penalty, putting the ball over the bar and out of the danger area.

At full-time it was 3-0 against a stout Caerwys team, who played some good football and had chances themselves.

The positives are the clean sheet and the 3 goals, all separate scorers again and Luke Woolley back on the score sheet. However, as a team performance it just wasn't is expected, if not for Loyden in the home goal bailing the young Reds out it could have been a story of points dropped due to toothlessness in the final third (and lack of movement in the middle).

As a manager Woodward shoulders some of the blame, there were many changes within the game that probably disrupted the rhythm of the players. With Ben Finnegan coming on and playing 6, then 8 then 9 and Conor Harwood playing 8 then 11 then 9 then 8 again.

Scorers
Jack Aitken (Assist Conor Harwood & Jack Foster)
Conor Harwood
Luke Woolley (Assist Liam Bruford)

Man of The Match - Jay Loyden
Terrific in goal when called on, and made some excellent saves. He made back to back penalty saves at a crucial time of the game and kept his clean sheet, which is more than deserved. It's easy for keepers to lose focus when in the first half they're not tested much, however Loyden stood up when it mattered for Nomads today.

Key moments

8:00
Goal Jack Aitken scores for GAP Connahs Quay
20:00
Goal Conor Harwood (66) scores for GAP Connahs Quay
31:00
Goal Luke Woolley (65) scores for GAP Connahs Quay

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Jay Loyden (32) is awarded player of the match for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Liam Bruford (58) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Craig Chisholm (37) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ben Finnegan keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jack Aitken keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jack Foster (67) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Andrew Ely (41) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Owen Manley (61) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Owen Manley (61) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Owen Manley (61) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Luke Woolley (65) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Liam Bruford (58) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Liam Bruford (58) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jay Loyden (32) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Zachary Williams (39) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Zachary Williams (39) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Zachary Williams (39) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ben Waddilove keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ben Waddilove keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ben Waddilove keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
George Coulthon keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
George Coulthon keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
George Coulthon keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jay Loyden (32) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jay Loyden (32) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Conor Harwood (66) keeps a clean sheet for GAP Connahs Quay
End of period 1
31:00 Goal 3 - 0
Luke Woolley (65) scores for GAP Connahs Quay
31:00 Assist
Liam Bruford (58) makes an assist for GAP Connahs Quay
20:00 Goal 2 - 0
Conor Harwood (66) scores for GAP Connahs Quay
8:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jack Aitken scores for GAP Connahs Quay
8:00 Assist
Conor Harwood (66) makes an assist for GAP Connahs Quay
8:00 Assist
Jack Foster (67) makes an assist for GAP Connahs Quay
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As it happened

  • GAP Connahs Quay
  • Caerwys FC
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  • Jack Aitken Goal 8:00'
  • Conor Harwood (66) Assist 8:00'
  • Jack Foster (67) Assist 8:00'
  • Conor Harwood (66) Goal 20:00'
  • Luke Woolley (65) Goal 31:00'
  • Liam Bruford (58) Assist 31:00'
  • Jay Loyden (32) Player of the Match 90:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. CPD Sychdyn 26 64
2. Mynydd Isa Spartans 26 58
3. Cefn Mawr Rangers 26 56
4. GAP Connahs Quay 26 53
5. Offa Athletic 26 53
6. Flint Mountain 26 49
7. Acton FC 26 39

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