Match Report: Connah’s Quay Nomads v Druids

A disappointing evening for Druids when we travelled to The Deeside Stadium last night. The Nomads showed their quality in front of goal with some fine finishes, to take all three points.

A quick turnaround for Druids from our loss away at Haverfordwest on the weekend. We travelled to The Deeside Stadium with the same squad, hoping for an improved performance against last season’s champions. It wasn’t getting any easier for Druids, as The Nomads came into this match with plenty of confidence after a 2-0 home win against Barry Town 3 days earlier.

The match kicked off and The Nomads pressed Druids back early on. Familiar with the surface and conditions at Deeside, our opponents got early crosses into our box, but captain Michael Jones and the Druids defence were equal to it so far. We earned our first opportunity on 15 minutes as a forward ball fell to Niall Flint just outside the area. His strike unfortunately going wide of the post.

The Nomads kept peppering our box with direct balls and crosses towards their frontline. They broke the deadlock just before the half hour mark. A long ball from central defence travelled over the Druids backline, bobbling around our box. Forward Byron Harrison battled with our defence to get a strike off before the ball was cleared. A fine finish as it found the top corner to make it 1-0 to The Nomads.

Then just before halftime, the home side got another fine goal. A corner was cleared away from the Druids defence but fell to Corbellini on the edge of the box. He chested it down and fired on the half volley into the top corner. Not much Jones could do in the Druid’s goal. We went into half time 2-0 down with another tough uphill battle coming in the second period.

The match kicked off and The Nomads showed no signs of slowing down, putting the game to bed within 5 minutes of the restart. A long ball from The Nomad’s keeper was flicked on into our box and forward Declan Poole was there to find the bottom corner to make it 3-0. The home side were playing with plenty of confidence at this point as Druids struggled to get back into the game.

They got 2 more before full time as it ended 5-0 to The Nomads. A disappointing evening for Druids as the hosts showed quality and ruthlessness, with some fine finishes in front of goal.

After doing the maths and looking at Barry Town’s points tally and upcoming fixtures, this result has confirmed our relegation from the Cymru Premier League. A disappointing position and outcome for the club, but the staff and players will continue to show a positive attitude and work hard in our remaining fixtures, starting with a positive performance for our fans when we return to The Rock on the 26th. An official statement will be made by the club in due course.

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