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Llandeilo youth stun All Blacks

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LLANDEILO’s youth team are through to the second round of the National Youth Cup after a stirring second half performance saw them come back to earn a thrilling 21-19 victory in Neyland on Saturday (Sept 30).

Neyland started the game well and deserved their 19-0 lead at half time but Llandeilo hit back in the second half and with time running out they scored a late try which levelled the scores. With the last kick of the game, Llandeilo kicker Oli Weed kept his composure to land the conversion and seal a narrow victory.

It was the hosts who started the better of the two teams despite only having thirteen players for the match.

Some good running put Neyland in a good position in the opening minutes but Llandeilo did well to keep them out.

However, with only six minutes gone, Neyland’s Ben James burst his way through to break Llandeilo’s resistance and score the opening try. The conversion attempt from George Evans was missed and Neyland held a 5-0 lead.

Llandeilo came close after they claimed the ball from a line out but they were held up just before the line as the All Blacks defended well.

Another break from Scott Buirds then saw him go over for Neyland’s second try and this time the conversion was successful for a 12-0 lead.

Llandeilo were then penalised for a high tackle and Neyland kicked to touch, five metres out from the line but they were unable to take advantage of their good position and they were penalised for not releasing the ball.

With half time approaching Neyland stepped up another gear and came close to their third try but the referee adjudged that the ball had been held up by a covering Llandeilo player.

They weren’t to be denied and as the half went in to overtime, Neyland’s Buirds scored their third try, and his second of the game and the conversion from Evans made it 19-0 at half time.

Neyland knew they would face a fight back in the second half and just minutes in Llandeilo reduced the deficit as Llyr Williams scored a try and Oli Weed scored the conversion to make it 19-7.

The visitors plugged away and Steff Barnes then scored a second try for Llandeilo with Weed again adding the extra two points.

With time running out it looked as if Neyland might hold on for victory but Llandeilo had other ideas.

A break from Griff Thomas saw him break Neyland’s resistance and he crashed over to level the scores at 19-19.

Weed kept his composure in difficult conditions and he landed the conversion much to the delight of the Llandeilo players and supporters.

The final whistle brought joyous scenes as Llandeilo celebrated an excellent win and they will now be looking forward to the next round of the cup.

Elsewhere, Felinfoel went through to the next round with a 25-3 win away to Gowerton while Tumble  had a walkover against Llanelli Wanderers.

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West Wales Cup first round preview

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THIS Saturday the West Wales Cup gets underway once more with teams hopeful of a successful run to the Liberty Stadium for the final.

Merlins Bridge are the holders after they beat Carew in the final earlier this year and both have been given byes into the second round this season.

Last year marked the first time that two Pembrokeshire sides reached the final but will that happen again or will another team look to bring the county’s recent dominance to an end.

Goodwick United, Hakin United, Kidwelly Town and Tumble United are some of the other sides to receive byes to the second round.

Holders: Pembrokeshire side Merlins Bridge

Pembrokeshire League Champions Monkton Swifts begin their campaign away to Carmarthenshire Premier Division side Loughor Rovers.

The Swifts have made an unbeaten start to their league campaign while the Rovers have four wins from their opening seven games.

Carmarthenshire Premier League champions Trallwm host Swansea Division 1 side Penclawdd.

Both sides have had mixed starts to their season and will be keen to get their cup run going.

Neath League Division 1 side Cilfrew Rovers are the visitors to Fishguard on Saturday with both sides enjoying a good start to their respective seasons.

Clarbeston Road host Swansea League Division 2 side Cwmfelin Press and Neath Division 1 side Resolven are the visitors to Haverfordwest Cricket Club.

Pembrokeshire Division 2 side Herbrandston host Carmarthenshire Premier side Pengelli United.

Herbie have just one league win to their name so far this season while Pengelli have four wins from their opening seven games.

Swansea Division 1 outfit Morriston Town will visit Division 2 Hundleton in what will be a good test for the Pembrokeshire side.

Neyland host Neath Division 2 side Clydach Sports having sealed their first win of the season last weekend.

In two Pembrokeshire versus Carmarthenshire league ties, Letterston are at home to Evans and Williams while Pennar Robins host Dafen.

Photo by Darren Harries

Dafen are second in Division 1 while the Robins are without a win so far this season.

Elsewhere, Kilgetty travel to Celtic Neath while Lawrenny travel to Bryn.

Division 2 Carmarthenshire side Abergwili host Division 1 FC Carmarthen while Carmarthen Town United host Wern.

Bancffosfelen were heavily beaten at the weekend and they will look to put that result behind them when they travel to Bonymaen Colts.

Premier Division Burry Port host Swansea League Division 3 side Cwm Albion Colts.

Bwlch have only had one win in the league this season and they host Neath Premier Division side FC Clydach who themselves only have two wins to their name so far.

Carmarthen Stars host Pontardawe while Pembrey host Cambrian.

Felinfoel earned a win in their last game in Division 1 and they go up against Carmarthen Premier side Pontarddulais.

Trostre are also at home as they take on Jersey Marine while Seaside travel to Sandfields.

St Ishmaels are away as they take on Gorseinon Athletic, Milford United travel to Murton Rovers and Narberth host Ynystawe.

Good luck to all sides involved.

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Raining goals in Ammanford

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IT’s raining goals in Ammanford and their reserve team were determined to show that they are a force to be reckoned with and ready in the wings should they be needed to support their first team.

Saturday’s (Oct 5) opponents could be forgiven in thinking that storm Lorenzo had passed but they were blown away literally by a heavy defeat which ended with a full time score of 9-1.

Bancffosfelen found themselves a goal down after just five minutes played when Ammanford’s Ryan Foschi scored with a tap in.

Ammanford took a 4-0 lead into the half time break.

The second half started the same as the first when in the 50th minute Ammanford scored again to make it 5-0.

Ammanford added two more goals in quick succession to make it 7-0. Bancffosfelen did pull a consolation goal back to make it 7-1.

However, Ammanford added a further two goals to wrap up the game with a thumping win. Man of the Match for Ammanford was Alex Arnold.

Ammanford Manager Christian Lloyd was full of praise for his team’s all round performance.

For the record the Ammanford scorers were Ryan Foschi, Ben Edwards, Alex Arnold with a brace, Shaun Williams also with a brace, Rhodri Davies, Aaron Butler and Chris Gregory Evans

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Cwm win a thriller

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Cwmamman Utd 4-2 Caerau Ely

A VERY damp Grenig Park saw a thrilling clash on Saturday (Oct 5) between two sides who have been struggling to find some form but subsequently played out an exciting end to end match.

Cwmamman started really well and could have been one up in the first minute when an Oly Dymond header was blocked on the line by the Careau keeper.

With both sides competing for every ball there was a melee on 11 minutes but it was mainly a case of handbags and the referee took control.

Then on 21 mins Luke Williams cut inside from wide out and fired an unstoppable shot to make it 1-0 to the Cwm.

Caerau then had a period of pressure and strong defending by Nathan Mcneill and Gareth Howarth ensured danger was averted.

With both sides counter attacking it was on 37mins when a quick Caerau corner caught the Cwm defenders and a strong header made it 1-1 at half time.

Cwm came out firing in the second half and a darting run from Luke Williams and short pass created havoc in the goalmouth and Ryan Thomas poked it home for 2-1 to the Blues.

Ten minutes later another cross from Williams saw the keeper parry a Chrissy Allen attempt but only to Oli Dymond who headed home.

Caerau kept going and a close range shot on 60 mins escaped James Kirkwood as he grabbed the slippery ball and the Caerau striker tapped it in to make it 3-2 and all to play for.

Both sides were creating and Chrissy Allen was injured as he fired an excellent chance over the bar from closed range.

The Blues kept attacking and the killer blow came on 74 mins as a through ball from Williams saw Ryan Thomas get his second with a calm finish.

Both sides saw half chances created and Cwm with Calem Rees, Liam Berner and Ben Thomas supporting attacks were looking for a fifth.

Cwm then suffered a blow as Ross Morgan who had worked so hard in midfield received a red card after a second yellow which had a lot to do with the slippery conditions.

The Blues managed to see it through for a 4-2 win and a very welcome three points. On Friday night (Oct 11) at 7.30pm they welcome Pontypridd Town to Grenig Park for another critical match.

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