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Saturday 9th March 2013 ko 13.30

Ceredigion League Division One

MAESGLAS 2 (Harman 3 Evans 52)

LLANBOIDY 1 (D Thomas 45)

Att 155

Entry & Programme by Hop Ticket

Badge £3

It didn’t seem a long drive from Llangrannog to Cardigan, but the town by the River Teifi is difficult to find your way around due to many roads not having signs and a fairly impenetrable one-way system! Despite a couple of “Deja Vu” moments we reached Maes Radley on the edge of town in plenty of time.

Cardigan is one of those places where the name in English is derived completely differently from the Welsh version of the name. In English Cardigan is an anglicised version of Ceredigion, meaning “Ceredig’s land.” The town’s Welsh name Aberteifi means “mouth of the Teifi,”

Ceredig incidentally or to use his full name Ceredig ap Cunedda, or King Of Ceredigion was in fact Scottish, being born near the Firth of Forth around 420BC. One of the sons of Cunedda, grandfather of Saint David according to tradition, he arrived in what is now modern Wales with his father’s family when they were invited to help ward off Irish invaders. As a reward for his bravery, his father gave him the southernmost part of the territories in north-west Wales they reconquered. The realm came to be called Ceredigion after him.

As often the case in Wales the football ground is adjacent to the rugby pitch. That has floodlights but nothing else, the football at least has a fenced off pitch, and changing rooms constructed from shipping containers. The pitch is at a substantially lower level from the entrance which gave the club a handy means of taking a gate. The club laid on a bar and a hog roast,and the latter proved to be extremely popular perhaps due to the pretty girls manning it! As at Crannog though the view was memorable, this time of the Teifi, with Pembrokeshire on the far bank, and our next destination St Dogmaels clearly visible. It’s a shame we couldn’t install a zip-line, it would have been easily the quickest route from one ground to the other!

The line-ups had a quirk too. Two of the home substitutes were named as Chris “Hope” Jones and Dai “Hope” Jones. I wondered why the “Hope” bit had been included and it transpired that they are brothers, and since there are no lack of Jones in this part of the world, the “Hope” is added as their father ran the Hope and Anchor pub in the town!

On pitch Maesglas were clearly the better side but worked hard to beat a spirited Llanboidy team. Kieran Harman tapped in from Llifon Howell’s excellent cross to open the scoring, but of the stroke of half time Llanboidy drew level in bizarre circumstances. Dai Thomas’s shot looked a set bet for keeper Graham Keen to catch but the ball spun viciously on the turf, and the footballing googly was enough to wrong-foot Keen completely.

Justice was served when a dozing Llanboidy defence failed to react to a swiftly taken throw-in and Steffan Evans was able to run through and slot home. The visitors tried, but didn’t look capable of stealing a point. I was pleased for Maesglas who’d proved to be both friendly and effective hosts, at a ground where there was no power within 100 metres of the pitch, had still managed to provide everything their visitors could possibly have wanted. As organiser, you want to be able to do little else than do the crowd count and watch the game knowing that you’ve already done your bit. I walked back to Clive and the coach thinking “That’s 2 games where I haven’t had to do too much.” For that I am always grateful.