ANOTHER busy week for Mardy FC saw their title-winning Gwent Central Division One side complete their league season with an 11-0 midweek victory away to Clydach Wasps 2nds, before scoring another seven without reply at home to Forgeside on Saturday in the Open Cup semi-final, reports CLIVE HARRY.
With a view to resting some players for the cup game, a number of the successful reserve team stepped up for the game at Clydach with the move paying off handsomely in a comfortable victory.
Highlights were a stunning volley from Stephen Williams for his first goal of the season and the inevitable goal from the prolific Mark Hughes providing him with something to celebrate on his 44th birthday!
A remarkable statistic was that the first ten goals were all scored by different players before young Iestyn Brown-Morris scored his second and the team’s 11th.
The full list of scorers was Aaron Norman, Dan Wait, Callen Gregory, Kieran Dobbs, Gareth Williams, Mark Hughes, Dan Palmer, Dan Marfell, Dafydd Evans, and Brown-Morris (2).
Attention then turned to Saturday’s Open Cup Semi-final and the Mardy men took the lead after 12 minutes when a pin-point Ellis French free-kick was headed home by Aaron Norman.
It was increased 10 minutes later when Forgeside’s Graham Rees turned the ball into his own net under pressure from Norman, who then had another header turned over the bar by keeper Mike Heady.
Mardy were proving to be masters in the air and they soon scored another two headed goals from Dan Palmer and Dan Marfell before the latter scored his second goal with a lovely finish from 18 yards.
The first half scoring was completed when Jamie Laurent netted with a clever flick.
Unsurprisingly, the second half was a rather more mundane affair with Forgeside, to their credit, not letting their heads drop and Mardy inevitably losing some fluency with all five substitutes on.
There was one further goal when a ‘Totti’ (Aaron Norman) cross was headed home by Dan Wait, but there was bad luck for Huw Llewellyn when he ‘scored’ as the final whistle was being blown and had his effort ruled out.
Mardy can now look forward to the finals of both the Open and Langdon Cups with the Open Cup Final against Pontypool Town taking place this Saturday at Pen Y Pound stadium, kick-off 2.30pm.
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