It was a great game for the neutral last Friday night as the Steelmen travelled to Ystrad Mynach to take on Trethomas Bluebirds. The Bluebirds started the evening just 2 points behind City in the league so it was always likely to be a close game.
Trethomas sat their stall out early and had their first clear chance in the 4th minute when a shot from 15 yards out forced City keeper Tsvetan Pateev into a great top-corner save. Jake Buckley then had a good chance for Newport after 7 mins when his shot was deflected over the bar. Trethomas should have taken the lead after 18 mins when a great run down the right saw the ball pulled back to the penalty spot but the shot was blasted over the bar.
Then on 27 minutes Trethomas has another golden opportunity to score when City defender Andy Muscat missed a header, allowing the Bluebirds striker to run in on goal, but Pateev again put in a great save to deny the goal. Trethomas finally got their goal on the half hour when Aaron Carew went down 25 yards from the Trethomas goal; most of the players stopped, but no foul was given and Bluebirds midfielder Stuart Olsen reacted quickest, playing a long ball forward for striker Tom Neville to chase. Neville burst forward into the box and calmly slotted past Pateev in the City goal.
Trethomas has several more chances at the end of the half as wing-backs pushed forward and counter-attacked well, with wing-back Aaron Calwell coming closest when he struck the post on 43 minutes. Trethomas were relentless in their attacking play and would surely have been thinking themselves unfortunate to only be 1 goal ahead at half time.
HT 1 – 0
City started brightly in the 2nd half and should have got a penalty on 47 minutes when Jack Buckley was brought down, but the referee waved away all protests. City pushed on but couldn’t find a way through the Trethomas defence. Then on 66 minutes the Bluebirds doubled their lead when City defender Nick Simcock lost possession 25 yards out and Tom Neville burst forward and put his shot across goal into the bottom left corner.
City started to get going again and the introduction of substitute Martin Campbell saw him combine well with Robbie James and Kareem Leigh in midfield. On 73 minutes Leigh received the ball on the edge of the area and found the net. Then 4 minutes later some great work down the left from Aaron Carew saw a square ball that found Ben Fetahi on the edge of the area, who smashed his shot low into the centre of the goal.
Martyn Mickiwicz was brought on along with Owain Morgan, making his first appearance since a pre-season ankle injury and they continued the good work in midfield. Morgan hit a rasping shot from 25 yards only to see it curl just wide. Then on 81 minutes City got a penalty after Leigh was brought down in the area. Up stepped Matyn Campbell, but his low shot was well saved by Gareth Williams in the Trethomas goal.
Undeterred, City pushed on and the winner came in the 88th minute when a chip from out on the right by Nick Simcock found the head of fellow centre half Andy Muscat, whose downward header was helped over the line by Kareem Leigh for his 2nd of the night.
City held on to see out the game and seal a great comeback and 3 valuable points. Let’s hope we don’t give away the goals tonight and have to do it all over again.
FT 2 – 3