A spirited performance yesterday by Druids who were unlucky not to come away with at least a point. It was an entertaining match at the Cyncoed Campus which ultimately ended 4-2 to The Students, but plenty to build on.
A changed squad travelled to the Capital with two EDS players, Dan Cabral and Pete Evans in the starting 11, showing the great pathway we have within our academy. The match kicked off, and it was Druids who were implementing the press they had practiced throughout the week to good effect, forcing the Met defence to go long.
It was a frantic, end to end start to the game in wet, windy conditions. However, the first time we properly got the ball down and played football, we scored. Seven minutes in, Faux and Edge combined in midfield to set Max Davidson down the wing, his shot was deflected into the path of Ben Wynne who was on his toes and finished into the corner to put us 1-0 up!
However, literally minutes after, The Students got two goals back to take the lead. A free header off a corner and a low finish through a few bodies on the edge of the box found the net. Disappointment for Druids to throw the lead away so quickly, but we were still in the game and didn’t let our heads drop. This crazy, end to end start to the game didn’t disappoint and we equalised not long after! A free kick was whipped to the back post by Charley Edge, Harry Farnsworth got up well to head the ball back across goal, with Ben Wynne again in the right spot to head it home and make it 2-2!
It wasn’t over though for the first half, and unfortunately Met got one more before the break. A nice turn on the edge of the box by Lewis Reese who then smashed it past Druid’s keeper Ryan Neild to make it 3-2 to the home side going into halftime.
A frantic first half, but Druids still in it. We composed ourselves during the break, hoping to get one back early in the second 45. The match got underway again and it was very even early on. Our pressure and organisation paid off as we created 2 big chances to get back into the game. On 57 minutes, Faux picked up the ball on the left wing, his cross found Ben Wynne on the edge of the area who did very well to bring the ball down and get his shot off. It was destined for the bottom corner to complete his hattrick however the Met keeper pulled off a fingertip save to deflect it for a corner.
Three minutes later, another big opportunity for Druids. Niall Flint nicked the ball off the opposition centre half through great pressing and was through on goal. His shot on the angle just hitting the side netting. A huge let off for the home side where Druids could have turned the game on its head again.
As the match progressed, The Students began to impose themselves on the game more and got in good areas around our box. However, their strikes were yet to trouble Neild in goal.
Eric Durnell came on towards the end of the match and all three EDS players were well and truly holding their own in the Welsh Premier League. Great performances from them all.
Druids continued to press on in search of an equaliser, however just before full time, in the 91st minute, Met got the goal to finish the game off. A long cross towards our far post was headed back into the area and inadvertently came off Druid’s midfielder Harry Farnsworth into the net to make it 4-2.
A spirited performance from our young side with more than half of our starting eleven younger than 18. The lads took the game to our opposition and were unlucky to come away with nothing. Something to continue building on and take into next weekend when we travel to Bala Town.
We keep going!