Skipper strikes late on to seal win in feisty derby
Berffro come out on top in 2-1 win over table toppers Boded
Following Saturday's disappointment at Harlech there was no time to dwell for Berffro as the final midweek fixture of this year threw up a classic, a local derby vs Boded, who travelled the short distance to Cae Cynlas as league leaders following 5 wins from 5 and an impressive goals for and against column!
Playing with the wind at our backs we started the brighter of the two sides with the front pair of Rich and Nath linking well early on, with Rich's pace causing problems. Boded got to grips with the game after some ten minutes and looked confident and assured in possession but the midfield 3 of Connor Matty and Billy worked hard to deny them any space and as a result neither side created any real opportunities in the first quarter. Rich had our first real chance when a long kick downfield from Kenny was flicked on by Nath, cashing in on some hesitancy between the visitors defence and keeper, Rich nipped in but his effort went agonisingly wide of the far post with many of the home crowd thinking it was in. Boded looked to get the ball out wide quickly especially to their tricky and direct left winger, Ieu Lloyd had his hands full but coped brilliantly and nullified the threat. Kenny was quick off his line just on the half hour mark when a chance fell to the visitors number 10, under pressure from Kenny he was only able to poke an effort which trickled wide. The game became stop start as the clock ticked towards half time with neither side giving anything away in any tackle and the ref certainly had his hands full. Ieu Lloyd once again was up and down the right flank and flashed a shot wide when found in a good position from a cross field pass in midfield. 5 minutes before the interval we struck to take the lead, Gaz Wyns free kick from deep caused problems in the box with the visitors number 6 heading back towards his own goal, the ball eventually came back down of the crossbar with Pdoing on hand to nod home from a yard out. The goal spurred us on as we upped our game and now Connor and Matty were driving forward more from midfield with Billy doing a solid job screening in front of the back line. We almost doubled our lead before there break when a corner in from Billy was met by the right foot of Nath Moore on the edge of the area but his effort flew into the chest of the grateful keeper. 1-0 half time.
The second half started with the away side now much brighter as we gave away possession cheaply and put pressure on ourselves but Jenks Iwan and Gaz stood firm under heavy pressure and did well to protect or lead. Again the game became very scrappy in midfield, as happens in local derbies and the referee was having to hold up play for lots of niggly fouls. Boded pushed on and almost equalised but for a good save from Kenny when a shot from a tight angle from the left was destined for the bottom corner but somehow he managed to get fingertips on it and turn it around for a corner. Just before the hour however the scores were level, we got caught out from our own corner, lost possession and with Kenny stranded, Bodeds number 6 was able to cooly grab the equaliser. Now it was anyone's game as neither side wanted to settle for a point and the game continued at a ferocious pace. Andrew was brought off the bench and immediately his pace got him on the right areas but Boded were able to clear the drilled crossed into the box. With just a quarter of the game to go Boded were reduced to ten men after their centre half gave the referee no option but to dish out a second yellow after a late tackle following his first for a cynical pull of the shirt when Rich threatened to break clear. Now was our chance to really push for the win, or so we thought as for the next ten minutes it was the away side doing all the pressing and but for some resolute defending and a bit of luck, they may have the lead. Jenks, Gaz and Iwan made countless blocks and interceptions along with Connor in midfield who never stopped making tackles in the middle of the park. The clock reached 88 minutes and we were given a chance to get the ball into the box again as we were awarded a free kick for another blatant foul. Gaz Wyns delivery was inch perfect and was met on the volley by Jenks whose low effort flew right through the keepers legs and into the back of the net to send Cae Cynlas wild. With over 4 minutes of injury time, it was time for cool heads and a bit of game management, Boded pushed and pushed and threw caution to the wind but couldn't find a way through and finally the final whistle blew. 2-1 FT man of the match Billy Kennedy.
Tuesday night was the perfect reaction that the management team would have wanted following Saturday. The 14 used worked tirelessly in what was a pulsating game played at a frantic pace, credit to the back 5 who did extremely well to limit a potent strike force who have been free scoring so far, to very little. Also the midfield 3 worked hard and kept going right to the end. Next up is FAW Trophy action round 2 at home to Llanrug