Subs: Reuben Harris, Isaac Hopkins, Mustafa Islam, Tyler Lucas, Callum Williamson
Mike Rutherfords Under 18's got off to a great start against a very strong Sandfields Utd team, winning 2-1 at the Old Road with goals from Joe Dyer and Luke Mildenhall.
After the teams league opener at Dafen was postponed on Sunday the young reds were chomping at the bit to get their West Wales League campaign underway.
Manager Mike Rutherford had undergone a long summer of trials, recruiting and training aided by assistant Simon Dyer and the pair would have been delighted to get all three points against one of the strongest teams in the league.
As expected though it was far from plain sailing and a more physical visiting team took the lead on half hour after the Reds lost possession in the middle of the park a Sandfields midfielder tried his luck from near the half way line, his superb effort sailed over keeper Cameron Boe for a 1-0 half time lead.
Rutherford introduced live wire Reuben Harris in place of Jamie Burns who had put in a great first half effort alongside strike partner Cam Williams.
With the visitors tiring midfielder Joe Dyer was now beginning to influence the game from midfield alongside Luke Mildenhall and Daniel Llewelyn and it was Dyer who brought matters level on 65 minutes. After some excellent work from sub Isaac Hopkins on the right the ball fell to Dyer and he rasped a driven effort past the keeper from 12 yards for 1-1.
With the game much more open the Ferry were now moving the ball with confidence and higher tempo while also creating chances.
A competent performance from the three central defenders of captain Tom Morgan, Dafydd Millard and Dan Roberts were dealing well with the sporadic counter attacks of the visitors and with less than ten minutes remaining a worthy winner came in the shape of Luke Mildenhall.
Prolific at junior level the young midfielder finished a quick break with a delightful lob over the advancing Sandfields keeper from 20 yards much to the delight of the vocal home support.
A huge relief at the final whistle was evident from all corners of the ground in what was a stern test in the teams baptism at youth level.
MOM- TOM MORGAN- The skipper led by example at the back putting in an impressive display.