By Richard Early
Date: February 22nd, 2020
Venue: Jenner Park Stadium
Referee: Bryn Markham-Jones
BARRY Town United drew 1-1 at home to Caernarfon Town in the Welsh Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Following a goalless first-half Momodou Touray sent the home side ahead, before Darren Thomas equalised.
Gavin Chesterfield handed David Cotterill a first start, while Robert Breese, Ben Clark and Leo Smith entered the Canaries’ starting line-up.
Barry Town United got off to a strong start and came close to opening the scoring after three minutes. Kayne McLaggon charged along the right flank before unleashing a powerful strike that was tipped over by Alex Ramsay.
Two minutes later, Rhys Abbruzzese had a terrific chance to get the first goal of the game. Forward McLaggon played the left-back through on goal, but he was denied by onrushing Ramsay.
Caernarfon Town looked to take advantage and neared the opener with 22 minutes played. Sion Bradley’s strong attempt from the area’s edge was superbly saved by Mike Lewis.
The home side responded by striking the crossbar six minutes later. 21-year-old Abbruzzese cut inside off the left wing and from the edge of the box, saw his effort hammer off the woodwork.
After the interval, it took two minutes for the away side to get a shot on target. Gareth Evans’ volley from just outside the box was comfortably saved by goalkeeper Lewis.
Both sides were determined to take the lead and it went the way of Barry Town United after 63 minutes. Forward Touray rounded goalkeeper Ramsay and slotted into the net.
From the restart, Caernarfon Town hunted an equaliser and it came just two minutes later. No.10 Thomas finished past former Swansea City player Lewis.
Play tightened as the teams looked to go ahead, but no clear-cut chances arose for the remainder and the sides took a point apiece.
Final score: Barry Town United 1-1 Caernarfon Town
Player of the match: Momodou Touray
Barry Town United: Lewis, Hugh, Cooper, McLaggon, Cummings, Wharton, Abbruzzese (Compton 81’), Touray, Patten, Press (Patten 59’), D. Cotterill (J. Cotterill 79’). Subs not used: Watkins, Reffell, Regan.
Caernarfon Town: Ramsay, Evans, Crowther, Breese, Thomas, Edwards, John, Clark, R. Williams, Bradley, Smith. Subs: J. Williams, Jones, A. Williams, El-Arab, T. Williams.