A brilliant all-round performance as our EDS travelled to Cefn Albion on Saturday, coming away with a deserved 2-0 win. Again a very youthful squad made the short trip to Cefn Albion with only 2 players over the age of 17.
The match kicked off very scrappy with Albion applying the pressure early on, winning a free kick in a dangerous area which just went wide. However Druids began to feel their way into the game and were attacking the Albion backline with some slick possession based football. This began to bare fruit, as we created multiple chances in front of goal with the main one through Eric Durnell, who brilliantly cut inside from the left wing and got his shot away which was palmed away for a corner. Druids continued to move the ball effectively on the ground and were patient with their play, waiting for the gaps to appear.
Joe Mehra found the space soon after and unleashed a vicious strike from 30 yards which was miraculously saved by the Albion keeper. Druids went into halftime at 0-0 but were confident their dominance would lead to goals soon.
Manager Jordan Hadaway had instructed his team during the break to continue doing what they were doing and not to panic if the goal doesn’t come straight away.
The second half began and it looked a matter of time before the EDS would get the breakthrough. Our midfield 3 were dominating the ball and being positive on it. It was also great to see Max Pritchard come one in the 64th minute after being out injured for 9 weeks.
Shortly after, a great ball out wide found Harry Fuller who got the ball out of his feet and delivered a pin point cross for number 9 Brad Knight to head into the net. It was a very well worked goal, straight off the training ground.
Despite going 1-0 up, Druids kept the pressure on. However Albion we’re also determined to get one back and won a few set plays in good areas up the pitch. Druids defence held firm however to maintain our lead. Towards the end of the match, a great combination down the left wing ended with forward Oscar Herd getting on the ball and driving into the Albion box. He was taken down just in front of goal and the referee awarded a penalty. Herd stepped up and slotted it home to make it 2-0. Full time followed soon after in a great win for the EDS after a well-rounded performance!
Manager Jordan Hadaway spoke after the match, “I was very pleased to get a clean sheet as it’s always something I value and I always tell the lads it’s something we should take pride in getting. This is our 2nd clean sheet of the season so I’m very happy. In possession we looked very dangerous, similar to the Rhydymywn game, but this time we punished the opponents and created the cleaner cut chances in the final third so it’s an improvement which is very positive.”
Our EDS seem to continue improving every match and it has been a joy to watch them this season. They next play against Brickfield at Clywedog Park on the 25 August. Come on you Druids!!