Derby cup match goes to extra time
The 1st round of the RDJFL Cup was cruel to Denbigh JFC, drawing the u15s against the Ospreys u16s.
Both teams had one or two players unavailable and the u15s suffered a major setback when influential Ashley Andrews had to leave the field after only three minutes with a back injury. Ospreys dominated then and in truth should have had this game sewn up in the first quarter but chance after chance went begging with their only success in the first half coming when Ospreys Man of the Match Lewis Cooper cut in from the left edge of the box and slotted a quality right footed low drive past keeper Iwan Johnson. The younger team were always a threat on the break with Gruff Roberts causing problems down the left side but it was from a corner that they got success when Olly Williams was judged to have pushed an u15 player in the back. Roberts stepped up and made no mistake. All square at the break.
The second half started in a similar vein with the younger team soaking up the pressure and looking to strike on the break and that they did when Roberts again went on a lung bursting run beating countless opposition players and getting his rewards when centre back Williams made a reckless challenge giving away his second penalty of the game. Roberts duly dispatched it, 2-1 to the u15s.
All the pressure was now on the Ospreys. Could they step up to the plate? That’s exactly what they did when they took complete control of the game and pinned the u15s back in their own half for the last 20 minutes. The u15 s defenders Sam Lyon, Daf Montgomery and Aled Dougles made numerous important tackles and thumped the ball away at every opportunity. It was getting tense with two penalty claims being waved away. The older team got what they deserved 10 minutes from time when Justin Jacques slammed home following a scramble in the box. It was all Ospreys now but the u15s hung on and the excitement continued.
The age difference was evident in extra time and in the second period Sam Lewis, who along with Rob Thomas and Daf Williams, controlled the midfield broke into the box and hit a low drive which was initially saved by Johnson but the ball squirmed towards the line and was controversially judged to be over before the attempted clearance. Danny Williams finished the scoring off with minutes remaining. 4 – 2.
This was a fantastic advertisement for competitive junior football in the town, and though most of the players were friends, you would never have guessed it as the teams battled and left nothing on the field. Both sets of players should be very proud of their performance but it is Ospreys who go through.