Under 15s 3 Drefach 5

Saturday 30th November 2013

Mistakes proved costly for Llan as they ended up losing an entertaining game in the Park.

Squad: Owen Flowers, Dafydd Williams, Cian Bateman, Aled Evans, Ciaran Melly, Tim Thomas, Dylan Nicholas-Clark, Liam Jones, Jacob Owens, Jack Gilmore-Jones, Rhys Tiplady, Kyan Koszalski-Evans, Rhys Austin and Sam Morris.

This season so far can be summed up in one word - inconsistent.  We have the ability to beat any team in the division. 34 goals in 11 games shows that we can always cause teams problems.  However when we think we're on top, all too often we switch off, cause our own problems and concede silly goals.

On Saturday at the Park, we played excellent football but gifted Drefach the first goal of the game as we failed to clear the danger in the box under little pressure.

We then got ourselves back level with a deflected goal from Liam Jones which was no more than the team deserved for their dominance in the first period.

As the match looked to be heading to half time with the scores level, Drefach managed a couple of quick fire goals.  The timing was bad news for Llan, who again, will feel disappointed with their defensive build up to the goals.  Take nothing away from Drefach, they capitalised on the chances to make sure they were ahead on the only stat that mattered.

Half time - Llan 1 Drefach 3

We insisted on continuing to play good football at half time, but Drefach came out all guns blazing and controlled the early stages of the second half.  While they were clearly on top at this point, it was again disappointing to concede a fourth goal as the result of a mistake.

At 4-1 down, we changed our team set up and it had the desired effect as the game opened up for the last twenty minutes.  By taking more chances going forward, we knew that we would take extra risk at the back.  It was a risk that was almost worth it.

First Tim Thomas rose to head in Dafydd Williams' cross and then Llan really heaped pressure onto the visitors by scoring a third goal through Thomas again.  

The urgency and character was excellent to see from Llan players but credit must also go to the defence and particularly goalkeeper Owen Flowers who made a string of fine saves to keep our hope of completing the comeback alive.

However the eighth and final goal of the game was Drefach's as they finally managed to beat Flowers late on.

While we are all disappointed by the result, there was absolutely no shame in the performance.  Mistakes happen and what is important is how we react to them and stop them happening again.  I've seen enough lately to be convinced our results will improve sooner rather than later.