10 men Gaerwen come away with the three points
Mochdre Sports 1-2 Gaerwen
Last Saturday (24th February) Gaerwen travelled to Conwy based side Mochdre Sports. Both sides came into the game on the back of heavy defeats having conceded 11 goals between them last Saturday.
Gaerwen started the game well creating a couple of half chances from good set piece deliveries. On what seemed to be a heavy and boggy pitch the away side were playing some nice stuff with Dylan Williams and Chris Bennett causing problems down both flanks. However Mochdre went closest to open the scoring on 25 minutes as a superb free-kick from 20 yards out cannoned off the post, the Sports striker could only blast the rebound over from 10 yards out. The pattern of the first half didn't change following that, with Gaerwen continuing to look dangerous going forward, Paul Bryant going close with a back post header. On 35 minutes it was Gaerwen's turn to see an effort hit the woodwork, Arwel Williams' headed effort being brilliantly tipped on to the bar by the Mochdre stopper. The referee drew a close to a tight first half with the score 0-0.
The away side started the second half poorly, giving away possession cheaply and Sports looked to be enjoying more possession in the Gaerwen half, without really causing Gwyndaf Owen in goal any problems. However, some great work on 50 minutes by Connor Gordon down the Gaerwen left saw him pick out Kieren Lewis who was brought down in the box when one on one with goalkeeper. Liam Morris stepped up and cooly put the spot-kick away. Just 5 minutes later Gaerwen doubled their lead, Liam Morris again on the scoresheet after some good work by Arwel Williams and Paul Bryant.
With the Anglesey side in total control and seeming to be cruising to victory, Mochdre Sports pulled a goal back. A long throw-in wasn't defended by Gaerwen and the Mochdre captain headed in from 4 yards out. Things got a lot harder on 60 minutes as Gaerwen went down to 10 men, Paul Bryant receiving his marching orders for two avoidable bookings. This saw Gaerwen replace Connor Gordon with Dafydd Jones to hopefully see the remaining 30 minutes out.
To credit the Gaerwen players they managed the final 1/3rd of the game brilliantly without really conceding more than a couple of half chances to Mochdre. Gwyndaf Owen pulled out a good save on 80 minutes as the away-side held firm. Mochdre Sports threw everything at Gaerwen in the last 5 minutes, launching long balls at will but all of their attacks were defended well with Owen in goal not making a save worth note. Final-score 1-2.
Manager Lee Jones commented:
A great three points. We discussed in the week that our commitment and attitude had to improve and I thought the lads showed exactly that today and I think we deserved the win. I thought both Chris Bennett and Dylan Williams were excellent, especially as both played out of position and they put in a huge shift.
Another positive was seeing Liam Morris score his 20th goal of the season. There's no doubt Liam will go on to play at a higher level and score goals but his commitment along with his goal-scoring has been excellent for us this season. He has to be the first Gaerwen striker in a while to score 20 goals in a season, I set him a target of 30 at the start of the season and with 14 games left I wouldn't bet against him hitting or even passing that target.
However, most importantly a big mention to all 13 lads that traveled to Mochdre, to have 9 players unavailable, go down to 10 men and get the three points is fantastic.