Over the weekend our academy sides had another great round of fixtures against Caernarfon Town. All our sides continue to improve week on week and again put on some outstanding individual and team performances.
A wet, windy and freezing day for the lads but they showed a great attitude to play through it and enjoy their football. A great performance by the whole team with a special mention to both keepers Jac Davies and Kai Latham. Despite the weather, they both pulled off numerous saves and put their bodies on the line for the team. Well done all!
Our U10s endured the same conditions over a rainy weekend. But all the lads put a great shift in. Man of the match was Leo Killick who never stopped working and got a goal as a reward for his efforts.
Another impressive display from the whole team who are showing improvement every week. Man of the match was Ethan Morris who put in a superb defensive display. He kept his shape consistently and was confident in possession, always looking to drive forward and create in attack.
It was tough to pick a MOM for our U12s as the whole team played out of their skin, showing a great attitude and doing the club proud. A mention has to go to Evan Roberts. Mr consistent, who rarely gets the credit he deserves. Evan was outstanding, pressing every ball, rarely missing a tackle and composed in possession. Well done Evan and to the whole team!
After a tough start, the lads showed a great attitude to continue working hard and their second half performance was a huge improvement. MOM was Celt Jones, who was calm on the ball and maintained his discipline and balance to win it back for us. A great effort!
A very fast and competitive game for our 14s, who all rose to the occasion. It was great to see them communicating and working as a team against quality opposition. MOM was Olly Hughes who showed a brilliant work rate in and out of possession. Olly was a big threat going forward and scored an outstanding goal, dribbling through 2 players and hitting a 25 yard strike into the top corner! Well done Olly and to the whole team!
Another great match for our 15s. William Cooke was outstanding up top. A proper number 9 performance, linking up with his teammates well, pressing from the front and 2 goals to top off an excellent display.
The matches and standard of play were getting more and more competitive in our older age groups. The 16s battled non-stop and showed great communication and teamwork throughout the game. MOM was Matty Hunter who was excellent in a new position. Playing up top as a number 9, Matty got two quality goals. It was great to see the team’s confidence continue to grow!
It was a very big game for our 19s over the weekend as Caernarfon Town were top of the league. With a much-depleted squad, Druids only had 1 outfield substitution with players who had already played the day earlier for the EDS. Throughout the first half, Druids kept their shape well and caused the visitors problems on attacking transitions. It was a tight opening 45 with Druids creating a few half chances but unable to capitalise as of yet.
Druids came out for the second half with a great intensity and took the lead through an outstanding long-range effort from Vinnie Cooke. It was looking to be a great result for our lads against top of the table, as Caernarfon struggled to dominate. However, in the final 6 minutes they grabbed two quickfire goals to snatch the win, in an agonising finale.
Despite the result, MOM has to go to Mitchell Williams who was strong and energetic in a new role at right back. With our opponents very strong down the wings, Mitch was up to the task defensively while also retaining the ball well in possession.
19s Manager Chris Allen spoke after the game,
“The player’s work rate and attitude was fantastic. We showed in possession we can hurt a very good team. I was proud of the display today from a development perspective, but we are hurt by the manner in which we conceded 2 late goals. We would have loved to hold onto the victory but it wasn’t to be. We will take the positives and belief into the rest of the season.”
Overall, a great round of fixtures for our academy sides finished off with a very close, competitive match for our 19s. All the lads can be proud of their efforts, doing the club proud.
More than just a football club.