The five things learnt as Barry Town United advance to the next round of Nathaniel MG Cup
Barry Town United advanced to the next round of the Nathaniel MG Cup after an enthralling 4-2 victory over Afan Lido, but what were the five things learnt from the Cup clash?
The fans were certainly treated to a goal fest with their being six goals scored at Jenner Park as Louis Gerrard played in an unfamiliar role for the hosts. So, lets get on with it, here are the five things learnt from the tie.
Micheal George has a big future in-front of him
This is some youngster. He seems to have it all, some neat passes and never let anything phase him. There was one moment when he lost concentration and gave the ball away, but all in all, you couldn’t fault the tremendous effort that George put in on the night.
He was also incredibly unlucky not to find the net as he saw his second-half strike thump against the Upright. Nevertheless, a brilliant display from the youngster and he is only going to improve with time.
Fans treated to a six-goal thriller
This game had everything you wanted. Goals, drama, the lot. There were four goals in an incredibly entertaining first-half as Barry took control of the Cup tie at Jenner Park.
In the second-half there would be drama as Alex Gammond was sent his marching orders for dissent. The visitors then pulled one back through Joshua Webber before Tyrell Webbe put a bit of glitter on Barry’s performance to score the sixth goal of the night.
Louis Gerrard stars in unfamiliar lone striker’s role
Louis Gerrard started in the unusual striker’s position but in fairness to him, he didn’t look an ounce out of place, scoring twice. He may have even got his hat-trick but his effort agonisingly hit the crossbar.
Overall, it was a complete performance from Gerrard, who’s usual role is to play in midfield. He carried on where he left off on Saturday after assisting for Kayne McLaggon’s goal as Barry Town United took a shock three points in Nantporth.
Afan Lido can take confidence after spirited display in Barry
You can see why Afan Lido had won six out of their last seven because they weren’t underwhelmed at all, responding excellently after falling behind in the early stages.
You really couldn’t fault their application or effort, especially after Gammond’s sending off, pulling a goal back through Joshua Webber before Tyrell Webbe sealed the points for the hope and Mark Robinson’s side can take great confidence as his side travel to Cardiff to face-off against STM Sports in the Cup on Saturday.
Gavin Chesterfield gets mixture of youth and experience spot on
This was a wonderful performance from Chesterfield’s side. Yes, there were lapses in concentration at times, especially at 3-1 when the defence switched off as Webber made it 3-2, but overall he got his tactics and team selection spot on.
The young Michael George linked up excellently with Macauley Southam in the middle of the park and putting Louis Gerrard up-front in a lone role proved to be a stroke of genius.
(Featured image: Rhys Skinner)