Report: Trearddur Bay
Trearddur Bay 0
Bangor 1876 2 (G Roberts, L Crawley)
Yesterday saw us host a league game against potential title contenders and current leaders Bangor 1876.
In the first half we played with a strong wind behind us.
The first 15 minutes were fairly quiet for both sides with the teams getting to grip with the wind.
Once settled we tried to use the wind to our advantage but it was Bangor that created the first chance as their centre forward was put through on goal but Georgia Magee (sponsored by Chelsea Hagan) was quick off her line and dived at the striker’s feet to make a great save.
We then moved the ball well down the left hand side which ended with a through ball being played to Freya Davies (sponsored by Corryn Webb and Siobhan Davies).
Freya shrugged off the Bangor last defender’s attempt to pull her down only to see the ball carry on through to the GK.
The ref pulled play back and awarded us a free kick on the edge of the area.
Gail Manning (sponsored by The HandyMan) stepped up and tried to use the wind to bend the ball in but the Bangor GK was equal to it.
Minutes later saw Chloe Taylor (sponsored by Plas Road Allotments) burst down the right and deliver a great ball into the box which was met by Ashleigh Jones (sponsored by TJ & EJ Hughes and Sons Cleifiog), her header unfortunately sailing over the bar.
Bangor played a couple of good balls through but Georgia Magee was again quick off the line to smother at the strikers’ feet.
The home side finished the half well, making a couple of decent chances but we just couldn’t put them away.
Half time 0-0
Second half saw Trearddur kicking against the wind. We played a high line across the back which was marshalled well by Gail Manning.
Shelley Mcmullan (sponsored by Dale Moffat) and Lia Huws (sponsored by TJ & EJ Hughes and Sons Cleifiog) both made some excellent tackles down the flanks.
Bangor were pushing for a goal but it was Ashleigh Jones that went through chasing a high ball and challenging a defender in the air only to sustain a head injury which saw the ref stop play.
Beth McEachern (sponsored by Nath Irish) making her first start worked tirelessly down the left hand side and it nearly paid off when she chased down the ball, winning possession in the area and with a bit of luck could have seen us go 1 up, but the ball took a bounce which carried it through to the GK.
Bangor now making use of the strong wind put us under pressure but the girls dug deep and kept them to half chances. When they did go through Georgia Magee was equal to everything.
Hannah Smith and Stacey Evans (sponsored by the Holland) were now sitting deep and making some great challenges in front of our defence.
Bangor went 1-0 up in the 74th minute when a good through ball was played between the defensive line and this time GWEN ROBERTS made it count.
Caitlin Howell-Williams then made a brilliant challenge to prevent a second Bangor goal.
Bangor did go 2 ahead on the 88th minute when some indecisive defending allowed LEXI CRAWLEY to break through and beat the keeper.
The girls did themselves proud, matching a very good Bangor side.
We didn’t pick a player of the match as there were so many stand out performers.
Report: Bangor 1876
Trearddur Bay 0 Bangor 1876 2
A cold windy afternoon at Lon Isallt was always going to make for a difficult game with a strong wind in one direction, which Bay took advantage of in the first half.
Both teams came out fighting with 1876 looking to press but Trearddur always looking dangerous on the counter through Freya Davies up front.
1876 had a lot more of the possession but a well drilled and stubborn Bay stood tall and frustrated the visitors throughout the first period.
Visitors 1876 could have taken the lead through Gwen Roberts down the left if not for some strong keeping from Georgia Magee on several occasions.
The travelling side looked dangerous on the right through some great link up play from Lisa Thomas and Molly Barton, but again a tough home team matched their opponents and kept the clean sheet.
1876 didn’t have it all their own way though and some good build up play from Bay put pressure on keeper Becca Elliot on several occasions. This was creating a really tense atmosphere.
The end of the half saw the long anticipated return of Lexi Crawley after a bereavement, due to an injury to Awel Ellis. Lexi got straight into the action, showing her class and caused a few issues for the Bay defence just before half time.
Half time 0-0
The second half kicked off and 1876 looked a different side, pinning Bay back in their own half with chances falling to Gwen Roberts, Jordan Roberts, Lexi Crawley and Dani Barnfield but a stubborn home team managed to keep a clean sheet. Freya Davies again caused some issues on the break but keeper Elliot looked solid.
Then came the “breakthrough” but……Some lovely passing through the park released Jordan Roberts on the right who broke free to play a pass into Crawley who slotted the ball away, but the celebrations were cut short when a flag went up for offside.
Last 15 mins and still 0-0…
Then 1876 managed to find that next gear… keeping possession and finding their rhythm and on 77 minutes a beautiful weighted pass through the middle allowed Crawley to run clear on goal. Her shot was saved by the onrushing goalkeeper but the ball fell to GWEN ROBERTS to slot home to break the deadlock.
This game belonged to Lexi Crawley though. Persistence and determination paid off when on 88 minutes she broke away to get the goal she deserved.
Celebrating with fingers pointing to the skies in memory of her dad, spectators from both sides cheering her on and her team-mates beside her side, truly a magical moment for all.
This finished 2-0 but was played in great spirit, Trearddur had a plan and made 1876 work for the points. Both teams respectful of each other and played as a game should be… all left on the pitch and drinks at the end.