It was heartbreak yesterday afternoon for Druids. We were leading the game 1-0 with 10 minutes to go, but after a late red card to Niall Flint, Haverfordwest’s pressure paid off and they snatched two goals at the death to grab all 3 points.
One change from our last league match, with Pavel Vieira coming into midfield alongside Yalany Baio. The match kicked off on a windy afternoon on the grass at Bridge Meadow as both sides tried to get a grip of the game under the tough conditions. Druids, against the wind, were finding it difficult to get out of our half with most forward balls holding up in the air, but we were battling hard in midfield to win the seconds. The Bluebirds had good spells of possession early on and were looking for the long ball over our defence to get in on goal. But our backline was positioned well so far to prevent any clear-cut chances.
We got the ball in good areas up the pitch also, and just before the half hour mark, our pressure paid off. Good play around the opposition box by Druids. Stef Edwards received the ball on the left-hand side, cut in and found Charley Edge in the box. Edge created an angle and got his shot off for the keeper to just get a hand to. But Agy was there to bundle the loose ball over the line to give us the lead!
We stayed organised for the remainder of the half and were solid defensively to prevent Haverfordwest getting an equaliser. We went into halftime 1-0 up, hoping to get another in the second period to kill the game off.
The second half began, and the game got a bit scrappy as both sides knew the importance of the next goal. A lot of fouls were being given away and neither side were able to keep solid spells of possession. Druids were still looking organised with Phil Mooney and Dan Cabral again looking solid at the back. As the game went on, The Bluebirds began to push more men forward while Druids sat back and looked to play on the counter. We were still looking threatening down the wings through Agy and Faux, and just before 70 minutes another break led to Niall Flint being taken down in the box, but the referee waved away our penalty appeals.
Haverfordwest were creating chances for themselves also. A freekick from just outside the box skimmed the crossbar and another shot from the edge of the area went wide of our post. Farnsworth, Wynne and Max Davidson came on for Druids as we were getting into the closing stages.
Into the final 10 minutes now as our opponents threw everything at it. Then on 82 minutes, a corner from our opposition was flicked on at the near post and bundled over the line by Jack Wilson to make it 1-1. Agonising for Druids, who were undone again by a set piece. Then about a minute later, Niall Flint was shown a straight red card after what looked like an argument with the referee. Unclear the reasoning behind it, but everyone, including the opposition players were very surprised at the decision and again a cruel blow for Druids.
We were now forced to dig in for the final minutes with a man down, to at least come away with a point. Then literally on 90 minutes, another ball into our box wasn’t cleared and fell to forward Jack Wilson again. He twisted in the box and found the net to give the home side the lead with only minutes left on the clock.
Agonising for Druids who had been ahead for so long in the match. The referee blew for full time shortly after and we unfortunately came away with nothing. A cruel ending for Druids.
But we dust ourselves off and are back in training on Tuesday to begin preparations for our trip to Connah’s Quay on Friday night.
More than just a football club.