St Albans finish their season with a home game against Rhiwbina Black. Having secured the league title with a win at Rhiwbina’s ground the previous week, they needed to win today to maintain their unbeaten record for the season. It didn’t start well. After about twenty minutes the Buns found themslves 2 – 0 behind. But they managed to steady things and pulled a goal back to go in 2 – 1 down at half time. In the second half St Albans scored four goals to Rhiwbina’s one to take the game 5 – 3 winners. This final victory capped a magnificent season in which St Albans won all their games in all competitions.
|Under 14 A Division, Saturday, 5 May 2012|
|St Albans||5||V||3||Rhiwbina Black||Tremorfa Park|
As the season comes to its climax the fixtures that are played this week will set the stage for next week when it is likely that the final league positions will be determined. A number of teams across the divisions have come on something of a late charge, while others have consolidated their positions and are no doubt already thinking about how to take things forward next year.
On Wednesday Fairwater played Ty Celyn. Fairwater are now safe but Ty Celyn knew that if they needed to win then the match to have any chance of avoiding finishing in the bottom two. Despite their best efforts they want down 2-0 to Fairwater.
In the B Division Urdd were at home to Caerau Ely. On paper Caerau looked to be favourites, but following their defeat by Butetown confidence seems to have been an issue. Urdd have shown they are capable of springing a surprise when they are able to field their top team. And that’s exactly what they did tonight, when they achieved a 4-3 win over second place Caerau Ely. As well as securing Urdd’s place in the B Division it throws open the battle for second place.
In the C Division, champions Marshfield will be looking to sign out on a high, while Marlboro Red will be looking to edge into second place ahead of the Dragons, taking the battle for runners-up position to the final game of the season.
On Thursday St Albans extended their lead at the top of the table to five points with a 3-0 win against a dogged and determined Marlboro Blacks team. St Albans win sets up an interesting finale to the season with two games against Rhiwbina that will determine who will become the 2011/12 champions. Meantime, 4-2 win by Whitchurch over Llanedeyrn also sets up quite a battle for third place with Marlboro Black and Maindy.
|Under 14 A Division, Tuesday, 17 April 2012|
|Marlboro Black||P||V||P||Pentwyn Dynamo||Splott Park|
|Under 14 A Division, Wednesday, 18 April 2012|
|Fairwater||2||V||0||Ty Celyn Black||Pontcanna|
|Under 14 B Division, Wednesday, 18 April 2012|
|Under 14 C Division, Wednesday, 18 April 2012|
|Under 14 A Division, Thursday, 19 April 2012|
|Marlboro Black||0||V||3||St Albans||Splott Park|
|Llanedeyrn Bluebirds||2||V||4||Whitchurch||Llanedeyrn HS|
|Rhiwbina White||3||V||7||Maindy||Maesycoed Road|
A restricted programme of fixtures today with many people away for the holidays. In the A division, a superlative performance from St Albans saw them overwhelm a brave Ty Celyn by 12 – 1. The win sees St Albans overhaul Rhiwbina Black to go to the top of the league. In today’s other game a nine man Maindy team showed real grit and determination to overcome Llanedeyrn 4 – 2.
In the B Division, leaders Butetown overcame second place Caerau Ely 5-0 to make the B Division title all but theirs. In the B Division’s other game, Llanedeyrn notched up a 6-1 win over Urdd to ensure they stay up.
|Under 14 A Division, Saturday, 14 April 2012|
|Llanedeyrn Bluebirds||2||V||4||Maindy||Llanedeyrn HS|
|Marlboro Black||P||V||P||Pentwyn||Splott Park|
|Ty Celyn||1||V||12||St Albans||Maesycoed Rd|
|Under 14 B Division, Saturday, 14 April 2012|
|Butetown||5||V||0||Caerau Ely||Butetown Park|
|Pentyrch Rangers||V||Grangetown||Parc y Dwrlyn|
|Under 14 C Division, Saturday, 14 April 2012|
|Dragons||V||Lisvane Red||Butetown Park|
2012 Tesco U14s Cup Final
Sunday, 1 April 2012.
St Albans 1 v 0 Tiryberth Dynamoes
Kick off, 11 a.m. at Bryntirion Athletic FC.
In a highly competitive game in which two teams were well matched, St Albans finally broke the deadlock with a headed goal 10 minutes from time. But it could have been a different story.
For the first 10 minutes Tiryberth put the St Albans defence to the test on a number of occasions. They were adept at getting long balls over the top – and occasionally a through ball – for their striker to use his blistering pace to get behind the Buns defence. St Albans rode their luck and managed to scramble the ball away on three of four occasions. On about the tenth minute the Tiryberth strategy looked as though it was about to pay dividends when their striker got in behind the defence and was running in on an open goal. The St Albans fans groaned while the Tiryberth fans were getting set to cheer. But they reckoned without Elliot. As the Tiryberth striker unleashed a cracker of a shot, Eliott got down, spread and made himself big to deflect the strike behind for a corner. The emotions of both sets of fans turned full circle. The Buns cheered while the Dynamoes groaned. The save was possibly the turning point in the game. From here on in the defence sat a little deeper. Lee, Shaun and Connor had got the measure of Tiryberth’s strategy and this allowed the Buns to settle into their fluid style of passing football.
As the game settled, both teams probed for weaknesses in the other’s defence but were getting very little change. It looked as though St Albans had finally unlocked the Dynamoes defence when Umar received the ball, turned and unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot, but which was just tipped over the bar by the excellent Tiryberth goalkeeper.
At the start of the second half Abdi came on for the injured Tyrone who, along with Nathan, Dylan and Jake, had played a major part in securing the midfield. The changeover had virtually no effect on the style and fluidity of the Buns’ football. The core of the midfield continued to win the ball and spread it to either of the Aarons in their wide positions. They did a great job in stretching the Tiryberth defence and with their incisive runs the corner count began to mount.
With about 10 minutes to full-time a well-struck corner from Nathan to the near post caused chaos in the Tiryberth defence as ConnorCusack rose to meet it and headed it down towards the goal. With the defence scrambling Connor made sure of the goal by bundling the ball over the line. St Albans 1 – 0 Tiryberth Dynamoes.
It was now a case of the Buns holding firm. With five minutes to go, Hugh came on for Aaron D. who had picked up a knock. For the best part of the closing minutes St Albans kept Tiryberth pinned back in their own half. But a long ball out from defence won Tiryberth a free kick just ten metres outside the St Albans penalty box and had the Buns supporters quietly panicking. Tiryberth set the ball down. It was obvious this was going to be a strike on goal. But Elliot was up to it and turned the ball behind for a corner. Or it would have been if the referee hadn’t blown the whistle to signal full-time and the start of St Albans’ celebrations.
With Rhiwbina Black not having a midweek game, St Albans were able to close the gap on the league leaders. But it was a close call. Games against Marlboro Black are never easy and they had to battle every inch of the way to secure a victory. Marlboro took the lead and St Albans needed to dig deep to pull the deficit back, to take the lead and then to hold on to it. Pentwyn, buoyed by holding the league leaders Rhiwbina Black to a draw on Monday, achieved a narrow victory over their namesakes Rhiwbina White. Canton Rangers, in spite of their best efforts went down to a strong Whitchurch team. In the B Division Pentyrch Rangers eventually gained the upper hand over Radyr, taking all three points and closingthe gap on Caerau Ely. Butetown went into an early 4 – 0 lead, and while Grangetown refused to roll over, they eventually went down 6 – 3 to the league leaders. In the battle of the Reds in the C Division, it was Lisvane who continued their good run to take all three points.
|Under 14 A Division, 28 March 2012
|Pentwyn||2||V||1||Rhiwbina White||Pentwyn Leisure
|St Albans||2||V||1||Marlboro Black||Tremorfa Park (Thursday fixture)
|Ty Celyn||2||V||3||Maindy||Maesycoed Rd|
|Under 14 B Division, 28 March 2012
|Rumney||6||V||0||Marlboro White||St Mellons
|Radyr Rangers||3||V||5||Pentyrch Rangers||Caedelyn|
|Under 14 C Division, 28 March 2012
|Marlboro Red||1||V||3||Lisvane Red||Caedelyn|
We’ve arrived at the business end of the season and the games will be coming thick and fast now the clocks have gone forward. The coming few weeks will be a time when the strength of teams’ squads will be tested to the full.
On the first of the evening fixtures the A division had a full programme of matches. In what might be seen as a dry run for the Cardiff & District final in a few weeks time, last Saturdays semi-final winners’ Whitchurch and St Albans came up against each other. St Albans ran out 3-0 winners against a Whitchurch team that never stopped working. But in the end it was the footballing skill and composure of St Albans that secured them a well earned victory. Maindy’s erratic form continues, while Fairwater put behind them the disappointment of going out of the cup on Saturday. Fairwater edged the game with Maindy three goals to two. As predicted the game between Rhiwbina and Pentwyn had the potential to be a close run affair. And so it turned out. The game ended in a 3-3 draw. Marlboro Black, carrying something of a hangover from their cup exit on Saturday, were held to a 2-2 draw by Ty Celyn.
|Under 14 A Division, 26 March 2012
|Whitchurch||0||V||3||St Albans||Hailey Park|
|Rhiwbina Black||3||V||3||Pentwyn||Whitchurch Hosp.|
|Llanedeyrn Bluebirds||1||V||3||Rhiwbina White||Pontprennau
|Ty Celyn||2||V||2||Marlboro Black||Heath Park|
|Under 14 B Division, 26 March 2012
|Under 14 C Division, 26 March 2012