|Oct 15, 2011 2:00:00 PM||
Newtown Forest 1st XI
2 - 1
HT : 0 - 1
Down Area League Division 1
|James Whitten||Centre Forward||1||-||-||-||-||-||0|
|Andy Grey||Right Centre Half||-||-||-||-||-||-||0|
|Colm Best||Left Centre Half||-||-||-||-||-||-||0|
|Darren Floyd||Right Back||-||-||-||-||-||-||0|
|Richard McFerran||Left Back||-||-||-||-||-||-||0|
|Chris Noble||Defensive Midfield||-||-||-||-||-||-||0|
|James McKeown||Left Midfield||-||-||-||-||-||-||0|
|Jimmy Devlin||Right Midfield||-||-||-||-||-||-||0|
|Steven Allen||Right Centre Midfield||-||-||-||-||-||-||0|
|Tommy Moreland||Left Centre Midfield||-||-||-||-||-||-||0|
Newtown Forest First team finally gets the rub of the green and takes away the 3 points.
The first team grinded out a well fought 2-1 victory over a hard battling 3rd Bangor team at Hydebank. Forest had the kick off and after 30 secs we had our first chance, some nice passing moves was done by the midfield and the front line to allow Chris Noble with a 1 on 1 chance, he proceeded to round the keeper and with the net gaping, asking for the ball to be rolled into it, he was bundled over by a chasing defender but to everyone dismay the ref only awarded a bye ball.
3rd Bangor grew in confidence and as they were constantly looking for the ball over the top they managed to carve some chances out for themselves. Then they managed to convert one of these chances about 20 mins into the match. The first half then descended into a few half chances for Forest as we were opting to use a long ball tactic but when we did decide to play the ball along the ground we opened the 3rd Bangor defence up.
Half time came and with us being 1-0 down the manager knew he had to change the style of play the team had adopted and he knew we had to change something upfront so off came James McKeown and he was replaced by Stevie Armstrong. The manager finished his rousing speech and Forest came out in the second half pumped up and ready to go. As soon as the second half kicked off we had a far better mentality, we were competing better, playing the ball how we should and best of all dominating the opposition. We were attacking them down the wings and through the middle, and with the midfield, defence and keeper being solid 3rd Bangor was finding it hard to break us down and create chances and we were turning the play over with ease.
Eventually with all the possession and with the umpteenth corner we converted one into a goal, Richard whipped it in from the left hand side which James Whitten met on the run, the keeper had no chance as it flew past him, 1-1 and Forest had the momentum. The match then turned into a petulant affair with a lot of free kicks being given away from both sides, 3rd Bangor seen that we were on top so they decided to make it a more physical affair with tackles flying in and the heat off the game got turned up a notch. The manager decided we need to switch things again to freshen up our attack, so Jimmy Devlin came off for Peter Lavery and Forest just continued where we had left off, lots off possession and pushing forward looking for an opening to grab the winner.
In the last quarter off the game and with Forest pushing for a winner there was a couple of times 3rd Bangor hit us on the break looking for a goal themselves but the defence and keeper stood firm. All the extended pressure finally paid off with about ten minutes to go, this time we had hit 3rd Bangor on the counter attack and we had found space down the left hand side, where the ball was crossed in for Stevie Armstrong as he was standing unmarked at the back post, were he had time to control and finish neatly making it 2-1.
After we go ahead in the match for the first time the manager decides to use his last substitute and hold on for the win so he replaces Stevie Allen with Marty Cullen. Things become a wee bit jittery with Forest trying to hold on for the victory and with 3rd Bangor throwing everything at us looking for the equaliser. Late on 3rd Bangor had a few more chances and did hit the bar but Forest held on for a well earned victory.
Author: Michael Kitchen