Barry Town Vets Over 50s faced Cwmbran at Jenner Park and found themselves deservedly 3-0 down with only 25 minutes to play, but five goals in 15 minutes saw the team Barry surprisingly progress into the semi-final of the Wales Veterans over 50s Cup.
Barry started tentatively and the defence in front of keeper Harding – Stait, Averies, Simms and Staddon – were put under immediate pressure, and when the manager’s warning was not heeded, they disappointingly allowed Cwmbran to take the lead from a corner.
Worse was to come as Stait’s loose pass was pounced upon by Cwmbran’s Carpanini. He played in his centre forward who finished with aplomb to put his team 2-0 in front. Barry were ponderous throughout the team, but particularly at the back and with Cwmbran’s powerful striker Walker in a menacing mood, they were asking for trouble. That’s just what they got when tentative defending allowed the big man to put his side three up, with the home side looking like they may be on to a hiding as half time approached!
During the break, managers Huish and particularly Blackie berated the team accordingly and before the latter brought on himself, Marshall and Murray, he asked his players to ‘win the second half’. Although it took a further 20 minutes to make an impact, they duly did!
As the second half started, Barry were still under pressure and Walker forced a brilliant save from stopper Harding, but when Huish changed the formation to a back three, there was an immediate change in fortunes. Blackie was commanding his defence and his back four partner Simms started to get to grips with Walker. Murray and Dupuy were getting space, James and Marshall were dictating the midfield and Sullivan, who had looked a frustrated figure for most of the game, sprang to life, cutting inside two defenders before unleashing a screamer into the top corner.
This ignited the team and suddenly there was belief. Fredriksen rounded the keeper for the second and minutes later a Dupuy ‘looper’ perplexed the opposition keeper and the scores were level! The hosts were now playing like the side they can be. Fredriksen headed home his second from a Sullivan cross and Barry were ahead.
Dupuy made the game safe when he drilled home another cross from the resurgent Sullivan, and his team were through to the next round where they will face Swansea.
This week the over 50s travel to Penybont for a league game, whilst the over 60s travel to Ystrad Mynach to face Merthyr Tydfil.
2019/20 Barry Town Vets fixtures and results
Sept 8 Penybont 2 -3 BARRY 55s
Sept 15 BARRY 50s 1-0 Cardiff Accies
Sept 22 BARRY 55s 4-0 Merthyr
Oct 6 Newport 2-6 BARRY 55s
Oct 20 BARRY 50s 1-2 Continental
Oct 20 BARRY 60s 0-0 Swansea
Oct 27 BARRY 55s 8-1 Llantrisant
Nov 3 Merthyr 4-1 BARRY 50s
Nov 10 Swansea 3-1 BARRY 55s
Nov 24 BARRY 55s 3-0 Penybont
Dec 1 Swansea 3-7 BARRY 50s
Dec 8 Barry 55s 4-0 Merthyr (CUP)
Dec 15 BARRY 50s 0-1 Nelson
Dec 15 BARRY 60s 3-0 Newport
Jan 5 Merthyr 1-9 BARRY 55s
Jan 12 BARRY 50s 5-3 Cwmbran Celtic (CUP)
Jan 26 Penybont vs BARRY 50s / Bryntirion Park / 2pm
Feb 2 Swansea vs BARRY 55s / Llandarcy Sports / 2pm
Feb 9 BARRY 50s vs Llantrisant / TBC / TBC
Feb 16 BARRY 55s vs Newport / TBC / TBC
Feb 23 BARRY 50s vs Mathern / TBC / TBC
Feb 23 Penybont vs BARRY 60s / Ystrad Mynach Centre / 4.30pm
March 8 Llantrisant vs BARRY 60s / TBC / 4.30pm
Mar 15 Llantrisant vs BARRY 55s / Tonyrefail Welfare ground / 2pm
Mar 29 Newport vs BARRY 50s / LLanwern Sports / 2pm
Apr 5 BARRY 55s vs Swansea / TBC / TBC
Apr 19 Cwmbran vs BARRY 50s / Celtic Park, Cwmbran / TBC