Final League Game of the Season
Well it all comes down to this. Bala could help Prestatyn or TNS to lift the title if they beat Neath. Bala are just playing for pride now but they are the most inform team of the past few games. The whole season, came down to this game, and what a final game it was!
Well we kept our end of the bargain, we got the 3 points today, we could do no more. We lost the title with a poor run in the last 4 games do was down to me and not seeing that other teams had caught on to our tactics. We still over-achieved by several places and qualified for Europe. The season is a success even if the other game goes against us.
So close for me, with Bala scoring early in the 1st minute things were really looking up. Neath grabbed a couple of goals to take the lead and Bala, on top for most of the game got one back to make the final 10 minutes interesting. They hit the woodwork but could not score a 3rd.
As Aberystwyth won the Welsh League Cup, there was a play-off to see who else got into Europe. Bala played well and beat Bangor Town in the Semi-Final before facing TNS in the final. It was not meant to be Andres Messi's day, going down 2-1 in the end.. Just missing out on Europe but definately a big stride to challenging the top few teams next year.
We made quite a run in the end and I'm pleased how the players reacted to the new tactics installed. If we ha played them earlier, who knows where we could have ended up. Predicited 12th to end up 5th, Team of the season? Must be up there!
Final League Table
I was overall very pleased with the quality of players brought into the club. My Player of the year would have to be Centre Back Ryan Carolan. He popped up and scored 7 goals which was second best in the team and kept the back 4 in check! He did everything I want from my CB and with little fuss. Most frustrated with the Strikers, Meade answered the rally cry in the end with 12 goals but I released the likes of Darryl Clare who couldn't hit a barn door from 5 foot away. That is where I need to improve the squad the most the next season.
The team really came together and gives me hope that I wont need many players to come in. My player of the year would be Steven Foley, who overcame injury at the start of the year and really impressed, pulling the strings in the middle of the park for the whole season.
Loosemores Cup Final
There was also the matter of the Loosemores Cup Final, where theBlackPrince could get the first trophy of the network game. They came up against at Carmarthen who were on a terrible run of 5 games without a win. Changing from the 4-4-2 that beat Carmarthen just 3 days earlier, a more attacking 4-3-3 was installed and it proved to be the difference maker. Prestatyn recoreded an Easy 3-0 Victory to their first trophy under theBlackPrince.
Season 1 had being a success for both managers. No league title but 1 trophy for theBlackPrince and Andres Messi had improved his team and were looking the in-form team as the season ended. They could be really dangerous in the new season and must be odds on to be in the top 3 next season!