Following Saturdays first league win, The Welfare were looking to build on that result and gain another 3 points. this time against a tough Pill side who picked up a point on the road against Wattsville on Saturday.
The visitors started the brighter of the 2 sides, playing some excellent football and using their target man, Niall Simmons, to good affect. Simmons was causing the Welfare defenders some problems early on and his link up play with Ben Lawrence was causing The Welfare problems. With 10 minutes on the clock the visitors had a chance to take a deserved lead. A poor defensive clearance from The Welfare was seized on by Pill and Lawrence went racing through, he got his shot away but in a last ditch attempt to block the shot Welfare skipper Lloyd Stone caught Lawrence late and the referee awarded the penalty. Simmons stepped up to take the penalty but Tony Davies in The Welfare goal guessed correctly and saved the spot kick, only for the referee to award a retake as Davies had stepped off his line. Simmons smashed the 2nd attempt home. 0-1
The goal woke The Welfare up a bit but they couldnt create much of note. Jaye Bowen was starting to get a grip of the game but its just wasnt dropping for the home side. Then with 25 minutes on the clock the visitors should have doubled their lead. The referee awarded a free kick on the half way line and Pill took it quickly to catch The Welfare sleeping. They charged forward and got a shot off on goal which was well saved by Davies only for the rebound to fall to a Pill player on the edge of the box, he struck his effort well but it was superbly blocked by a Welfare defender.
The visitors were left to rue that missed chance as moments later The Welfare were level. Kane Jones drove at the heart of the Pill defence until he was brought down around 25 yards out from goal. Jaye Bowen stepped up and bent a stunning free kick into the top corner giving the Pill keeper no chance for his first Welfare goal. 1-1
The goal lifted The Welfare massively and they were now playing with more purpose, using the width of the pitch to stretch the opposition and 5 minutes later they took the lead. Some good interplay down the right hand side found Bowen in some space 20 yards from goal and he hit another sweet strike into the bottom corner. 2-1
Before the half was out The Welfare were made to defend a series of corners but stood up well to them and went into the half time break with a slender lead.
Half time - Ynysddu 2 Pill 1
The Welfare started the second half in the same fashion. Full of energy and playing some nice football. The visitors were also still pushing The Welfare hard but The Welfare were making it far more difficult for them than the first 20 minutes.
The Pill keeper made a couple of good stops from Ashley Price but it wasnt long before the Welfare got the 2 goal advantage they needed. Another save from the keeper off price saw the ball go to safety but The Welfare recycled the ball well and worked it across the field to full back Ethan Shide who hit a brilliant half volley back across goal into the far corner. The Welfare deserved the 2 goal lead and needed it.
Pill were getting frustrated with some of the refs decisions and after an off the ball incident on the far side of the pitch the referee sent a Pill player off making their task a lot harder.
With the visitors down to 10 men The Welfare eased off the tempo a little, allowing Pill to get more possession of the Pill and the played some good football, making the Welfare stand big defensively. Canaan Beasley was having an excellent game at the heart of the Welfare defence, heading and tackling anything that came near him.
The Welfare had a few opportunities on the counter but their final ball let them down which kept Pill in the game. The almost made a game of it when a good cross from the left was met with a good header by Lawrence but his header cannoned off the crossbar keeping the score at 3-1 and allowing The Welfare to see the game out.
Full time - Ynysddu 3 Pill 1
A very tough game for The Welfare against a good Pill side who made us work very hard for the 3 points.
Man of the Match - Jaye Bowen, Controlled the game and scored 2 excellent goals to turn the game on its head.