Injury time agony
3:00pm Wednesday 6th February 2013 in Sport
Taff's Well 4
Haverfordwest County 3
Having conceded two penalties and two red cards, the Bluebirds still fought back to three-all before a brilliant Taff’s Well goal in the third minute of injury time foiled their chances of a point.
The Blues did not have a good first half and were two goals down after 25 minutes.
The first followed a clumsy challenge by Lee Bevan which gave Taff’s Well a 15th — minute penalty, the second was a good strike ten minutes later.
But just when it looked as if the visitors might have to spend half-time brooding on a two-goal deficit, the everdangerous Richie Lewis conjured up a goal on the strike of half-time, when his firsttime shot squeezed past the keeper.
Then, early in the second half, they were hit by a dual blow when Peter Blain’s clearance under pressure fell to a Taff’s Well attacker and Phil Cattlin’s desperate attempt to get the ball clear earned him a red card. The Wellmen converted the penalty and the Blues were 3- 1 down and a man short.
They made a fine recovery as Jack Christopher, back from suspension and not fully firing, still managed to score two good goals. The first followed a lovely through ball from Rob Morgans and the second came with just three minutes left on the clock.
But in between these two scores came a real horror moment, first of all when Morgans was scythed down by a bad tackle which earned the Taff’s Well defender a sending-off, and then when Chris Holloway dived into the argument and earned his third red card of the season and a possible five-week suspension.
For all the drama the Blues were back on terms with Christopher’s 87th-minute goal and were probably worth a point. But spectacular injury-time strikes are all part of football and Taff’s Well conjured up a winning finish as the clock was ticking down.
This Saturday Haverfordwest County return to the Bridge Meadow to play Bryntirion, kick-off is at 2.30pm. In the Welsh Cup quarter finals, the Bluebirds are at home to either the New Saints or Rhyl, the cuptie will be played on Saturday, March 2nd.
Jordan Smith has transferred to Llanelli and young winger/forward Owen James has signed from from Ammanford.
Haverfordwest County: Peter Blain, Ricky Watts, Antonio Facciuto, Liam Hancock, Lee Bevan (Rob Morgans, 60), Phil Cattlin, Chris O’Sullivan, Chris Holloway, Steffan Williams (Anton Owens, 70), Jack Christopher (Ben Steele, 85), Richie Lewis.
Sub not used: Owen James.