Welsh Ground Number 40 With A Visit To The Muga (885)

Football and fishing isn’t a bad life and today it’s been all about the former. With a UEFA Europa League game on the horizon, we hosted a press conference at Park Hall.

Then, with Morecambe U21s playing TNS’ Performance Phase, I watched that game. I’m not into list-ticking for the sake of it but it was number 17 of the season.

Lots of other stuff as well, so I’m sharing the highlights, but it was great to round the day off with a visit to Cefn Mawr, and in particular the Muga.

Not too far from Park Hall, it was a chance to watch a game at a new ground. In fact, the 9th of the season and my 40th Welsh ground in total.

The Muga has been on my to-do-list for a while so it was nice to actually get there. The game between Cefn Albion Reserves and Plas Madoc FC was well attended. When I watched Cefn Albion first team last season at Brickfield Rangers, I was impressed with the support.

In with my 40 Welsh grounds are Cardiff City, Swansea City and Wrexham but there’s something very special about the village grounds. Partly it’s an identity with my own Welsh rural roots and also an appreciation of grassroots football.

There was some good football played at The Muga, although for the home side the result didn’t go their way. Even though they equalised and went into the break 1-1, three second-half goals saw Plas Madoc run out comfortable 4-1 winners come the final whistle.

I don’t think there will be any complaints though, as the near-neighbours were by far the better team on the night. Although both sides looked to play football, it was Plas Madoc who looked the better of the two as the scoreline didn’t tell any lies.

I sat on the bank in the sunshine and thoroughly enjoyed the game, even being mobbed, kissed and licked by Poppy. That’s a dog, by the way, and a very friendly and likeable one at that.

My next game is the Europa League tie between The New Saints and Lincoln Red Imps. I’m really looking forward to that, of course, but whatever the level it’s all football and it’s all good.

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