Hearts Wanderers u16 3 Denbigh u15s 1
Denbigh u15s had another tough game on Saturday at Rhyl where they played u16s Hearts Wanderers.
The pitch. although drying nicely, was incredibly rutted and bumpy making it for difficult for either team to play any sort of passing game. The Reds were detemined not to let in an early goal,which has been their downfall in recent games, and with big centre half Sam Lyon missing captain Adam Jones was asked to play a defensive role in his place. Denbigh's determination seemed to catch Rhyl unawares as they competed fiercely for every ball. Gruff Roberts, Corey Wynne and Ifan Jones especially, made some strong runs at goal but their efforts were not enough to beat the very good home keeper. However they made Hearts realize they were in a game and the one - on - one battle between Ifan Jones and his marker became a feature of the game. Bongi Mashaba and Josh Morris somehow found space against the older and bigger opponents and showed what they were capable of too. Nil - nil at half time and Denbigh were looking good for at least a point.
It was clear that the home side coach had something to say at half time as Hearts came back out looking a different eleven . There was more purpose and steel in their play and fifteen minutes in Denbigh's crossbar was rattled by a thunderous shot before bouncing harmlessly away. Denbigh were hanging on and it was still nil - nil with twenty minutes left. Iwan Johnson in goal was worked hard and on one occassion he had to bravely dive at the Hearts' centre forwards' feet to push the ball away to prevent a certain goal. The Reds finally buckled with fifteen minutes left when a header from a corner bounced wickedly under a Denbigh player's foot and found the net. 1-0. Five minutes later it was 2 - 0 when a low drive found Denbigh's corner. Shortly afterwards Adam Jones was controversially deemed to have brought down an opponent right at the edge of the box and the resulting penalty kick left Johnson with no chance. It was encouraging to see that the u15s continued to look for a goal of their own and it came with minutes to go when Ashley Andrews' shot from twenty yards was deflected off a defender and looped high into Rhyl's net. Rhyl u16s 3 Denbigh u15s 1.