Match sponsors Cosh! Records, Crefftau Bendith y Mamau, SOS Kit Aid, Cefn Golau Food Hub and Cms Teamwear, Yes Cymru.
Man of the match Ash Richards with ‘Super’ Mario Kamna coming a close second.
A massive thanks to Fc Tredegar for the welcome and their help along with BlaenAvon Blues in completing an excellent kit collection for third world countries along with SOS Kit Aid and also a good collection for Cefn Golau Food Hub.
In a match that has been been a long time coming, Fc Tredegar provided a warm welcome for their opponents. In what was a thrilling encounter with plenty of quality throughout both teams, the Indy boys came away with their first ever win, and their first goals. New recruit Ash Richards scored a first half hat trick which was full of class, two great finishes and a well taken penalty that gave the Indy boys a slim 2-3 lead going into the interval.
The gusty conditions were proving a handful for the players as the ball was held up for long periods, Tredegar who were missing their inspirational captain Chris ‘Speedy’ Williams, as he had been poached by their opponents, gave a great account of themselves and scored two good goals passed the impressive Damian Turner from Seven Sisters/Onllwyn who was making his debut. Turner also produced a highlight reel penalty save much to the delight of the away side.
Turner was supported by debutants Ben Gould and Jack White at full backs who impressed throughout. As was Moussa Doumbia who is originally from Sudan, but is now settled in Cardif, Wales. What a talent this man is, as he marshalled the defence effortlessly.
The second half saw the flamboyant Jonny Thomas start to dictate the play, along with his partner ‘Super’ Mario Kamna looked like they had played together for years, although they had just met before kick off.
Lewis Blofield from Llandovery was performing well above his young age out wide, and gave a great display in his debut also.
Ash Richards scored another penalty in the second half and Craig Elsdon got on the score sheet too, to cap off a fine display. Richards was a danger throughout and took his chances extremely well.
Ashtaf Koko from Sudan/Wales and Malik Mbappe from Nigeria/Wales settled effectively into the side and their quality was obvious from the get go.
Gareth McCann and Jack Baines came off the bench to steady the ship and on another day McCann could have got on the score sheet.
Manager Eifion Rogers said
“We firmly believe that the key areas in the fight for independence are, music and sport and we are committed to win this battle for our country and the future generations, we will be looking to announce our future matches and musical projects very soon. We are always on the lookout for volunteers, players and clubs to link up with, and much needed sponsorship, if you can help please get in touch. It was also a great pleasure to welcome Coach Khan to the set up.
Diolch/Thanks Cymru Rydd”
We were very fortunate to have Welsh poet Andrew Challis, our latest recruit, construct this masterpiece for our comeback game.