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Nomads players and staff celebrate at the full time whistle - © NCM Media
The Nomads2-1Cefn Druids AFC


The Nomads


Cefn Druids AFC


JD Welsh Premier League
10.03.18 | 2:30pm

Attendance: 188
Michael Bakare scores the dramatic late winner - © NCM Media
The Nomads2-1Cefn Druids AFC


The Nomads


Cefn Druids AFC


JD Welsh Premier League
10.03.18 | 2:30pm

Attendance: 188
Callum Morris celebrates his equaliser from the penalty spot - © NCM Media
The Nomads2-1Cefn Druids AFC


The Nomads


Cefn Druids AFC


JD Welsh Premier League
10.03.18 | 2:30pm

Attendance: 188
George Horan sees his first half effort apparently cleared before being sent off in the second half - © NCM Media
The Nomads2-1Cefn Druids AFC


The Nomads


Cefn Druids AFC


JD Welsh Premier League
10.03.18 | 2:30pm

Attendance: 188
Jonny Spittle heads agonisingly wide for The Nomads just moments before Alec Mudimu gave Druids the lead - © NCM Media
The Nomads2-1Cefn Druids AFC


The Nomads


Cefn Druids AFC


JD Welsh Premier League
10.03.18 | 2:30pm

Attendance: 188

NINE MAN NOMADS BACK FROM THE DEAD

Report by Will Catterall

Connah’s Quay Nomads defeated Cefn Druids by two goals to one in a dramatic afternoon of JD Welsh Premier action at Deeside on Saturday afternoon.

An Alec Mudimu goal sent Cefn Druids ahead in the first half, but after being reduced to nine men, The Nomads came back to win the game with goals from Callum Morris and Michael Bakare.

The Nomads went into the game in high spirits, having knocked The New Saints out of the JD Welsh Cup in a quarter final clash at Deeside on Tuesday.  Andy Morrison made one change from that game, starting Mike Pearson in place of Sean Smith.  Druids started their usually strong line up which included ex-Nomads Ashley Ruane and Matty Owen.

The game began with both sides sticking to their respective game plans, which led to a controlled opening ten minutes.  Jonny Spittle went close for The Nomads on 14 minutes, when he headed a Michael Bakare free kick just over the Druids goal.

Two minutes later, Druids scored with their first real attempt of the game, as Mudimu picked up the ball on the edge of the Nomads’ area before driving it low into the bottom left corner of John Danby’s net.

Despite trailing, The Nomads were having the majority of possession as they looked for an equaliser before the interval.  Michael Bakare used his pace to go on darting runs down the wing, but these were dealt with by a Druids defence set on keeping a clean sheet.  In the 26th minute, Jake Phillips sent a throw in into the Druids area, which was headed wide by Wilde, although Andy Owens was then found offside.

The Nomads’ persistence in Druids’ final third continued, with Spittle once again unlucky as he headed just over from a floating cross.  Despite attempts on goal from Morris and Bakare with half an hour played, Druids’ keeper Michael Jones remained well protected by his defence.

There was controversy in the 43rd minute, when George Horan thought he had equalised with a low shot from six yards after a corner.  His shot was cleared in a packed area, with protests from the Nomads’ skipper, claiming that that the ball had crossed the line, waved away.

At half time Nomads went in frustrated to be 1-0 down after a largely positive performance, and rang a change with the pacy Ryan Wignall being introduced in place of Jake Phillips.

But the second half got off to a nightmare start for The Nomads, as after Michael Wilde received a yellow card, Jay Owen was shown a straight red for a challenge on a Druids player.  Reduced to ten men Nomads had a mountain climb, but they continued to battle away against a determined Druids outfit.

After replacing Michael Wilde for Declan Poole, The Nomads were served yet more bad luck on 65 minutes when George Horan was shown a straight red card by referee Rob Jenkins.  After challenging for a ball in the Druids box, Horan was sent off to join Jay Owen in the stands, reducing The Nomads to just nine men with nearly 30 minutes still to play.

Sensing their strength against nine man Nomads, Druids attacked via Piskorski who shot wide from seven yards out on 69 minutes.

In the 73rd minute Nomads were handed a lifeline, as Jonny Spittle was brought down in the Druids area with the referee pointing to the spot for a penalty.

Callum Morris stepped up and converted it low into the left side of the net, raising hopes that the nine-man side could get a result from the game, despite all looking lost prior to Morris’ goal.

The closing stage of the game was played at a furious pace as both sides looked for a winner. Druids heavily populated The Nomads’ area, but Ryan Wignall took advantage of this on 85 minutes.

He hit Druids on the break, carried the ball into the final third and passed to Bakare, who took a moment to compose himself before curling a stunning effort into the top left corner of the net to give The Nomads a dramatic late lead.

With just minutes on the clock, Kai Edwards was brought on in place of Andy Owens who had been shown a yellow card.  Edwards helped the Nomads defence stand up to a last minute onslaught from Druids, who forced a series of corners during the five additional minutes of time played at the end of the game.

The injury time attacks from Druids were all dealt with, culminating in John Danby punching away a last-gasp in swinging cross from the visitors.

Danby did enough, as seconds later full time was confirmed amidst joyous scenes between manager Andy Morrison, his players and the Deeside faithful.

The win keeps The Nomads well in the race for Europe, as they go third via goal difference, one point below second placed Bala who they face in their next game on Friday 23 March for a 19:45 kick off at Maes Tegid.

Following the game, a number of Nomads players and staff took to social media to comment on the comeback;









MATCH STATISTICS

Starting XI
John Danby John Danby was booked
Jake Phillips Jake Phillips was subbed off
George Horan George Horan was sent off
Jonny Spittle
Mike Pearson
Danny Harrison
Callum Morris Callum Morris scored 1 goals
Jay Owen Jay Owen was sent off
Michael Bakare Michael Bakare scored 1 goals
Andy Owens Andy Owens was booked
Michael Wilde Michael Wilde was booked Michael Wilde was subbed off

Subs
Kai Edwards Kai Edwards was subbed on
Ryan Wignall Ryan Wignall was subbed on
Declan Poole Declan Poole was subbed on
Sean Smith
Rob Hughes
Craig Chisholm


The Nomads' Goalscorers

Callum Morris
Michael Bakare


Cefn Druids AFC's Scorers

Alec Mudimu

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Match Highlights from The Nomads 2-1 Cefn Druids AFC
The Nomads 2-1 Cefn Druids AFC

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