The Boyo's opened their first ever season with a good performance against their friendly opponents. The scoreline reflects a brilliant performance from a team that had only just met each other and a starting line up picked just 6 minutes before kick off against a very experienced and top quality team. The match started off at an even pace with the Blues having most of the possesion with a couple of decent attacks that was thwarted by the Boyo's defence, until around 10-15 minutes in, a good piece of play between right back Connor Bickford and Right wing Jake Nippers opened up a error in the Blues defence which left frontman Liam Bickford in a 2 v 1 infront of goal, after the Blues keeper fumbled the ball from a cross from Nippers, which was then cleared off the line by the Blues captain after a weak first shot from Boyo's striker, Bickford. The Boyo's then had a couple of dangerous attacks, with Frenchie coming close with a powerful effort. It wasn't long before the Blues quality paid off, with a good piece of play and a man or two overlap, they scored their first goal, which was then added by a second a few minutes later.
The Boyo's responded with another attack from Nippers, who had a lovely one-two with fellow midfielder Rickie, before a nice dummy and drag back which set up Frenchie for another powerful shot, which the keeper saved, then quickly through the ball to his left wideman who was tackled by G, which started off another attack for the Boyo's with G beating two men to get a quality cross into the box aimed for Bickford, which was punched away by the keeper straight to their midfielder who started a quick counter attack which resulted in the Blues scoring their second goal off a corner just before the half time whistle.
Half Time.. Whitchurch Blues 3 - 0 Cardiff Boyo's
The Boyo's started the second half with a few changes, Calym came on for Nippers on the right wing and Rickie moved up to striker swapping with Gaz with Sion then coming on for Gaz into centre midfield, Frenchie dropped back to centre back and Ollie came on for G on the left wing. The first 15 minutes of the second half was a strong half for the Boyo's, although 3 goals down, they stayed strong and had a number of good attacks, one in particular with substitute right wing Calym, who beat 2 men with a few tricks and finished the move off with a lovely nut meg on the Blues defender, who then delivered a good ball into the box which was put out for a corner, the corner was defended by the Blues straight to Rickie who had a run beating his man and layed off to Sion for a long range shot that was just off target.
Around 15 minutes in, The Boyo's took advantage of their rolling subs and brought a few players back on, with G coming on at right back to make a couple of crucial interceptions and tackles on the Blues tricky left winger. But again the Blues quality was too much fot the Boyo's to withstand any longer and eventually they slotted home their fourth goal, with a fifth added to the list around 5 minutes later.
Around the 75 minute mark, The Boyo's was on the attack again, with a good run by Ollie, then linking up with a one two with Rickie which ended in a great ball into the box by Ollie towards the 2 Bickford's in Sion and Liam, the ball fell to Liam and then Sion was taken out, off the ball by a Blues defender with the referee having no option to but to award the penalty. The penalty to be taken by the victim, Sion stroke a brilliant penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way and slotting the ball into the bottom left corner. After etching his name in the Boyo's history book by scoring the first ever goal for the club, and securing a goal on his debut, the match was near enough over, with the Boyo's then pushing for a second goal with a few attacks and shots, which was unsecsessful.
Full Time.. Whitchurch Blues 5-1 Cardiff Boyo's
'0verall a good game to get started with and a great indication of things to come from this young new team, with a bit of bonding and practice playing with each other.. well we shall see what happens. Hopefully the lads who played today on trial will be secured onto long term deal.''