MARTYRS FAIL TO TAKE CHANCES
MUCH to Merthyr Manager Gavin Williams’ annoyance this game turned into attack and defence with chances galore at both ends during the 90 minutes.
Both teams looked lively going forward but both defences looked ectremely vulnerable and it could have been 4- 3 by half time.
As it was it was 2-0 to Merthyr with Ashley Evans heading home Kerry Morgan’s cross on 13 minutes and Ian Traylor scoring from a similar spot and from a similar cross sixminutes later.
From there Merthyr should have gone on to win the game and with Morgan having also seen another effort cleared off the goal-line by defender Nesta Guinness-Walker and Tom Meechan striking the back post with a header they could have been out of sight at the interval.
However, it was not all one way and Met Police’s Jack Mazzoni could have had a first half hat-trick, seeing two efforts saved by home goalkeeper Steve Cann and being denied by the woodwork at the third attempt.
However, on the stroke of half time the visitors did reduce the arrears, Charlie Wassmer heading on a long goal-kick to John Gilbert who slid the ball under the advancing Cann.
The chances continued at the restart and Thomas Williams kept Met Police in the game with fine saves from Morgan and Owain Williams who was clean through on goal.
And, with five minutes remaining Merthyr paid the price for wasting thise chances when the Police got their equaliser.
A cross from the right was headed on by Wassmer and Mazzoni was on hand to get the goal he had probably deserved.
At the death Mazzoni could have won it, Cann keeping his shot out and scrambling the ball away but Williams will rue all those missed opportunities.
Ian Traylor was on target for the Martyrs