We will try to cover every game this season with our honest and sometimes tongue in cheek match reports. Yes we will say things that may offend but its more through frustration than anything else, so whoever you are Please do not be offended....
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30th August 2017
Maesglas 4 Crannog Reserves 3
The Blues bounce back after their abysmal 7 -1 display away at Bargod.
Midweek games in recent years have not been ideal as far as Maesglas are concerned, but this time the worry was with Crannog as at kick off time which had been delayed by fifteen minutes they could only muster 9 players, with three others due to turn up at any time.
Not sure who was affected more, the Blues or Crannog, as Crannog seemed to be playing without worry, and on the opposite scale Maesglas played with care.
Even though the Blues dominated the early exchanges it was the 9 men of Crannog who took the lead when impressive Crannog striker Stephen Leonard out paced the Blues back line and finished clinically past Blues shot stopper Graham Keen.
Leonard was a big threat, as he looked to make something out of nothing every time he had the ball.
The Blues were slow to get going but eventually equalised through Keiran Harman who broke in from the left and drove his shot to the near post to level the scores up. The 3 who had missed the kick off arrived and this seemed to help Maesglas gather momentum for the second half.
Maesglas were totally dominant after the interval but no matter what they tried, the resolute Crannog defence and excellent goal keeping by the ever green Gavin Stedman kept the Blues at bay.
Couple of changes saw the Blues step up a gear and the homesters took the lead when Joe Howe guided a shot towards goal, it rebounded off the post and on hand was Justin Elliot who tapped home from close range.
It was a goal that the Blues deserved, but as always when you switch off the inevitable happens and from a free kick it was that man Leonard again heading past the diminutive back line of the Blues to level the scores, and within minutes, lo and behold another goal from similar circumstances another header this time from Tony McDonald to put the Crannog boys three two up and time was running out for a shell shocked Blues outfit.
But fair play to the young team that the Blues now possess, they showed character to come back and levelled the game up through two goal hero Keiran Harman who got onto a cross and finished off an excellent move.
Steffan Evans was the man who got the winner with a matter of minutes left on the watch of referee Rhys Stedman, Evans weaved his way into the box and unleashed a shot from fifteen yards and dipped under the crossbar leaving keeper Stedman no chance.
The whistle at the end was a big relief for Maesglas as Crannog had pushed them all the way. The winning team was the correct one, but the Blues cannot afford to give goals away as easy as they did.
League Fixture 22nd August 2017
Maesglas 1 Llanboidy 1
This opening fixture for the 2017 – 2018 for both sides was always going to be a tough one, and it certainly came down to who took their chances on the night, and unfortunately for the Foxes, they didn't take the chances that fell for them, especially a glorious opportunity with ten minutes to go which would have put them two clear, a cross into the box and from 6 yards out was blazed way over the cross bar.
The game was a cracker at times and both sides were as always trying to play good football, and the scoring touches was theonly thing letting both teams down.
On the night Llanboidy will feel harshly done as hosts Maesglas were awarded a penalty right at the death, after Boidy keeper Bleddyn Williams was deemed to have tackled Blues front runner Steffan Evans late, after Evans had seconds before put the ball just narrowly past the post. Rightly or wrongly, referee John Rees, without hesitation pointed to the spot. Keiran Harman easily disposed of the penalty to level the match up with seconds remaining.
The penalty was the main talking point after the game, and the only way to describe it is as if a rugby player passes the ball out to his player but then is late tackled. There was obviously some disagreement about the decision but the penalty stood, awarded and scored.
The Blues you could say were handed a life line, but overall during the game they showed grit and determination in what is now a new look Blues side which will improve as the season goes on, if everyone is available for the games.
Llanboidy would have felt hard done by after the final whistle went but they can be delighted with a point and a good performance, and it may have been all three points. Its all about ifs and buts, they have a match winner in Tomos Rogers who played well on the night and he caused the Blues problems and was the main instigator in the opening goal midway through the second half when he waltzed around four Blues players and set up Rhys Evans with a tap in from just a few yards out, and like mentioned earlier, the game may have been done and dusted if they had not missed that chance.
The newbies for the Blues are a young bunch, many of which had only played reserves football until tonight, certainly know how to play the way the game should be played, and everyone across the squad worked hard and put in a very good shift.
A point shared is better than no points and both sides will feel that it was a hard earned point. The Blues travel to Bargod and once again this will be a tough fixture, and the hosts will be on a high after winning away at Aberporth 2-4.
Saturday 22nd April 2017
Ffostrasol 8 Maesglas 2
The Blues season came crashing down with an almighty bump against worthy division two champions Ffostrasol who showed no mercy and drove the dagger into the Blues hearts without blinking an eye lid..
Maesglas had travelled light for what was just a few months ago a game that the Blues won.But
this time around and with the pains of the second half of the season being disastrous showed the lack of commitment by some players who let the club down, and so much so that the Blues could only field a bare eleven and this included the 51 year old manager and 4 players carrying injuries.
In comparison Ffostrasol had a side of youngsters, and very good youngsters, but added to that a couple of old heads of in Gethin Davies and Gary Jones who have guided these young lads in great fashion, and playing with a style of football that has won them the accolade of champions.
From the off it was plain to see that the home lads wanted to wrap the game up early doors as they say, but a resolute defence kept the Ffos boys out for which seemed an eternity, however the pressure soon told on the makeshift back four of Maesglas when the home team took the lead. A second and third soon followed. Maesglas had a good couple of chances that may have made a difference with Kieran Harman and Billy Myers going close.
But at the break it was all over as a contest in all reality, but the Blues deserve some credit for not throwing in the towel, and for the the first 20 minutes of the second half they turned the game around and showed some heart and pride in the shirt that they wore and gave the Ffostrasol side a scare, coming back with two well taken goals from leading Blues striker Dan Jones, the first a free kick was crossed into the box from Callum Plowright and scorer Dan Jones headed the ball into the top corner and his second from a corner taken by Kieran Harman and once again Dan Jones leaping like a salmon at the far post and again heading past keeper Gary Jones.
But then Ffostrasol found another gear and used their substitutes well, and as the already battered, bruised and tired legs of the Maesglas lads began to fail, the Ffostrasol young boys took over the grip of the game and it became an onslaught, the roof had caved in on Maesglas for the very first time this season and as the goals went in the heads dropped.
What had been a good game turned into a training session, and fortunately for the Blues the whistle blew for theinal timethis season by the excellent stand in referee and Ffostrasol stalwart Gethin Thomas, who took over due to lack of a referee on the day. The final shrill of the whistle brought the Blues curtain down on a season which had showed so much promise but had died a death in the last few months.
Ffostrasol will end the season with an expected barrage of goals against SDUC and will pick up the Division Two trophy, and rightly so, their style of football has certainly been transformed from the old Ffostrasol way of playing, and these crop of youngsters should be very proud of their achievements. A lot of clubs will be sniffing around one or two of them during the close season, but one lad who will be a loss is Dion Phillips who is off to study at Cardiff and will, no doubt be recruited by the Cardiff Mets where he will join ex Blues player Gwion Howell.
As for Maesglas, well its back to the drawing board. The season began so well and at one point were being tipped for promotion, but the reality is the Blues were never good enough and only have themselves to blame.
A damning report of certain individuals could be dropped on the desk of the manager, but there is no need, he certainly knows who put the real effort and commitment into the season.
Its about those that did will have a pat on the back from the gaffer and they will hopefully stick with the club next season, and will obviously be welcomed back with open arms.
But for those who didn't will need to find a big mirror and take a proper look at themselves and ask themselves these simple questions, and its not brain surgery these questions either but questions like:
“did I let the boys down by not letting anyone know that I couldn't play? Did I show enough commitment during the season like attending training? Did I work hard enough at training? Did I work hard enough during the game? Did I embarrass myself by arguing with the ref? Could I have played today instead of drinking the night before?”
Unfortunately many more questions can be thrown into the mix to add to those, as for the real answers, only those players alone will know the real truth, but believe you me the Gaffer already knows those answers anyway.........................
A BIG THANK YOU
“A massive thank you for everyone who has put the graft in this season, and many a lesson has been learned, and hopefully we can put this right for next season, recruitment is a must so we will be welcoming new players along with those who are staying loyal, I hope the bad arse injured crew recover and we will see them back fit and healthy for next season.
A Big thank you to Samba for taking the training sessions and Wynne for his amazing attitude and hard work off the pitch and a thank you also to those players who took their cars to the away games.
A Huge thank you to our home kit shirt Sponsors Anthony and Nicola from the Seven Stars, and John from The Red Lion and his sponsorship of the away kit thank you for your generosity.
The food at the Hope HQ has been a revelation, every club who visited has been envious of the after match dining experience and the club is very grateful to Debbie and the team there who have done wonders. Thank you Debbie for your hard work, its very much appreciated.
So thank you all very much....”
Paul “The Gaffer”