City made the trip to Llandarcy Academy of Sport on Friday night to play Ynysygerwn on a cold November night under the lights. Whilst Ynys had yet to win in the league this season so far, they had drawn 5 if their 8 games, showing they were difficult to beat, and also beat division leaders Trefelin on penalties in the League Cup. The heavy rain had threatened the fixture but the pitch held up well and it was game on.
Both teams started brightly and showed attacking intent early on and it was Ynysygerwn who got the early chance after just 2 minutes when great run down the right saw a shot flash low across the goal and go just wide. City reacted and were on the scoresheet after just 5 minutes, a Robbie James corner saw the ball find its way to Martyn Mickiewicz on the edge of the area and saw him smash the ball home inside the right-hand post.
Ynysygerwn pushed on and had a few chances, most notably when they forced City keeper Nick King into a great save after 16 minutes. Then on 21 minutes Ynys got a penalty; the through ball beat the City defence and keeper King made a desperate last ditch challenge at the feet of Joe Humphries only to bring him down. Ynys striker Tom Phillips stepped up but saw his low shot brilliantly saved by King.
Ynysygerwn equalised after 32 minutes when City failed to clear the ball in the area and Humphries shot left footed across goal, the ball going in off the post. City has a couple of good chances late in the half as Kareen Leigh hit the side netting and Robbie James’ header at the far post was saved.
HT Ynysygerwn 1 – 1 Newport City
City were out of the blocks quickly in the 2nd half and within 2 minuted they had re-taken the lead. Pope picked up the ball 30 yards out and played a great through-ball to Kareen Leigh, who burst forward into the are ans slipped the ball past Cole in the Ynys goal.
Nick King was called into action again after 50 minuets when a great free kick from Joe Humphries was destined for the top corner, only for King to punch it away. After 55 minutes City should have extended their lead when after a great run down the left, Jordan Chubb flashed a great cross low across goal for Aaron Carew, who somehow managed to connect with it but keep it out of the net. Just 2 minutes later City did get another as Andy Muscat played a long ball from the right touchline, which was flicked on by an Yysgerwn defender and fell to Kareem Leigh, who had held his run and pounced on the loose ball. Leigh burst forward to the edge of the area and chipped across goal into the far corner.
City pushed on and had several chances as the half rolled on, Ben Fetahi, Martin Campbell both went close and Kareem Leigh almost got his hat-trick. The last goal came after 85 minutes. Ben Fetahi, who was 40 yards out on the right crossed for Kareem Leigh on the left, Leigh burst into the box and slipped the ball back across goal for Fetahi to smash home.
FT Ynysygerwn 1 – 4 Newport City
This was probably City’s best performance of the season. Ynys are a decent hard-working team despite their league position and gave City a few problems all game. Cit0 played the passing football that we have been hoping to see this season, and they will look to repeat the performance this Friday at home to Ely Rangers.