Airbus v Holyhead Hotspur Friday 1st December, 2018
With this Friday nights FAW Welsh Cup tie at Nant Porth against Bangor City next on the list Holyhead Hotspur can take heart from am excellent performance at Huws Gray Alliance league run away title contenders Airbus Broughton despite the 2 – 0 score line with their fine disciplined and organized defence only breached with ten minutes to go which had put the hosts 100% record in danger.
Although the hosts had the majority of play the Holy islanders often threatened on the break while the home camp said after the game that no one could complain if Darren Garmey’s men had gor something out of the match.
While all the team put in a fine shift with captain Alex Jones outstanding at the heart of the defence the main talking point after the game was the performance of young 17 year old Dan Williams between the sticks in the second half (in for suspended Carl Jones) and making a number of crucial stops.
Dan is the son of Holyhead Hotspur goal keeping coach Mervyn Williams himself a north Wales stalwart custodian over many years now in his mid 50’s but still used often on the bench while Dan’s display has the stamp of his father’s ability.
On the back of this performance Hotspur should have no trepidation of Friday’s match at Bangor City in their attempt to get into the next round of the Welsh Cup despite their lowly league position but with the backing of a large ‘vocal’ following to cheer them on as these Cup occasions seem to bring the best out of the team. So why not add rivals Bangor City to their conquests.
An early effort by Steve Tomassen saw Dan Williams having to deflect a shot for a flag kick on eight minutes while a Hotspur break away by Harri Galeotti found Mel McGinness clear but his shot wearily at opposite keeper Dave Roberts. Lewis Buckley blazed over a good chance for the hosts after good patient play by Airbus and the same player did the same again on 20. Hotspur then had a period of pressure and on 29 a free kick by Kenleigh Own had to hacked off the line. Airbus reasserted themselves and Asa Hamilton was in on goal on the left but shot into the side netting. At times Hotspur were riding their luck but sticking to their task against the hosts good build up play and defending well in closing down and limiting opportunities for them. Any opportunities by the hosts were spurned with Hotspur capable of blunting their attacks.
Half Time 0 – 0
Airbus on the front foot at the start of the second half and a cross by the hosts from the left evaded everyone in the goal mouth when a touch was all that was needed. At the other end on 53 Mel McGinness just failed to get a good connection from a John Littlemore cross. On 75 minutes a terrific strike from Curtis Strong looked goal bound but young Dan Williams (man of the match) flung himself to his left to bring off an outstanding save. On 69 Hamilton headed wide from a good cross and shortly afterwards Williams made a couple of good saves as the hosts looked for the break though. However the stalemate ended on 79 when after a great block by Alex Jones the ball reached Leo Riley who from 15 yards rifled the ball home giving Dan Williams no chance. On 85 Williams again called into action with a fine stop as Airbus pressed for more but Luke McGivern nearly drew Hotspur level on 90 but on 90 plus 2 Joe Chaplin made it safe for Airbus slotting the ball home.
Gareth M Davies
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Marc Evans is substituted on for Holyhead Hotspur
Luke McGivern is substituted on for Holyhead Hotspur
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Harry Galeotti is substituted off for Holyhead Hotspur
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