Unbeaten start to season for Sully Sports FC
7:50am Thursday 6th September 2012 in Sport
PENYDARREN 1 SULLY SPORTS 3
TRAVELLING to play Penydarren at 'The Bont' is always a tough game and Saturday's South Wales Senior Soccer League First Division clash was no different.
The home side have picked up a few decent players and were well up for the game but Sports shaded the first half hour despite losing Fowler with a hamstring tear on 15 minutes, to be replaced by Jamie Barnett.
However, Sports fell behind when a long ball caught them square and, although the home player looked offside, he was allowed to play on and lifted the ball over Kieron into the net. Two minutes later and Sports were level, Alex Long bursting through the defence and, although obstructed, lobbed the goalkeeper for the equaliser. It appeared certain that, if Sports had not scored, the keeper would have walked.
An almighty half-time roasting from Fowler made an impact as Sports took the lead when a great ball from Barney was headed back at the far post by Gareth Hemmens and headed home by the inrushing Ed Jones. A determined home side came right back into the game and they should have done better when, from two yards out, a fierce shot grazed the post. Minutes later the same player missed an even better chance, hitting the bar when it was easier to score.
Penydarren were to pay for those mistakes as a good bit of football from Sully saw Hemmens power a header past the keeper to complete a maybe flattering win. A welcome three points. This win was down to sustained hard work, with the defence facing a bombardment but being equal to the task. There was another all-action display from Gavin Beddard who played at the back for the last half hour.
It is unlikely that many teams in the senior leagues will match Sports' current record - a year to the day since their last league loss, a run of some 30 league games and also at least 10 cup games.
A brilliant effort from all players, manager and coaches.
This week Sports were due to play Cogan on Wednesday, and then on Saturday they face probably their hardest away game at the sloping 'billiard table' pitch at Cwmbach. The team leave at 12 noon from Lidl.
CADOXTON BARRY 2 SULLY SPORTS 3
IN Saturday's Vale of Glamorgan League (First Division) clash, it took Sully 35 minutes to get into the game and start to play like a team, with the first goal coming from Mylo Ellis Case, making his debut for the side this season. The goal came from a good run of play, with Myles receiving the ball in the box and finishing sublimely.
At half time, Stevie McCarthy Campbell replaced Gareth Ricketts at left back, and Sully scored their second goal when a lovely cross from Ryan Warden fizzed across the forwards. With players from both sides looking flabbergasted at the missed opportunity, the ball bounced off the ground at the far post and went into the net. Great goal from Ryan there!
The third goal went to Daniel Cox who won the ball on the wing and, in top gear, ran straight at goal before slotting home.
To be fair to Caddy Barry, they kept their heads up and battled on to score two goals, and keep Sully on the back foot right up until the final whistle.
Special mention to the Cadoxton Barry seasoned centre back who won every header and distributed the ball well.
Man of the Match - Ryan Warden; Yellow Jersey - Rhys Perkins.
This Saturday the Sully side entertain Barry Pumas at Swanbridge in a league game.