FOLLOWING the disappointment of the Carmarthenshire Primary Schools Cross Country Championships being called off three weeks ago due to bad weather, there was some better news a few days later as the Brianne Secondary Schools got their cross country league campaign underway at Ysgol Dyffryn Taf in Whitland.
Open to those in years 7, 8, 9 and 10, the seven schools represented in this league feature Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Ammanford, Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth, Cefneithin, Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Llandeilo, Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Carmarthen, Queen Elizabeth School, Carmarthen, Ysgol Dyffryn Taf, Whitland and Llandovery College.
303 youngsters took part across six races beginning with the year 7 athletes competing at secondary level for the first time through to the year 8 and the combined year 9 and 10 boys and girls events.
Frances Mackie (QE High) was the first clear winner of the new season taking the year 7 girls win. She was followed in second by Erin Morgan (Bro Myrddin) before a closer finish between Ffion Evans (Dyffryn Taf), Nel Davies (Maes Y Gwendraeth) and Mali Garland (Maes Y Gwendraeth).
It was more of the same in the year 7 boys where Bro Myrddin’s Ifan Bowen stretched away to take victory ahead of Harry Billingham (Dyffryn Taf). QE High, Bro Myrddin and Bro Dinefwr filled third, fourth and fifth thanks to Rory Gravelle, Tomos Lewis and Jake Lynock.
After coming first and second last year, Amy Greatrick (QE High) and Keira Carmody (Dyffryn Taf) stepped up to Year 8 distances but the result turned out to be the same as they got off to a good start. Club Sprinters Sophia-Reid Thomas (Bro Myrddin) and Jessica Lee (Dyffryn Taf) were the next two in with Gwenllian Llwyd (Bro Myrddin) completing the top five.
It was a Queen Elizabeth double in race three and four as Jack Thomas was another to continue his fine form from 2017. His training partners and Bro Myrddint trio Rogan Cox, Steffan Davies and Zach Elvy were second, third and fifth. Sion Davies (Dyffryn Aman) occupied fourth spot.
The Year 9 and 10 Girls’ opening race was won by Llandovery College’ Kasia Cook. Maes Y Gwendraeth’s Tanwen Moon and Clara James crossed second and third, whilst fourth position went to Sara Price (Bro Dinefwr) and Amber McIsaac (QE High) fifth.
Carmarthen Harriers’ distance runners Dafydd Jones, Liam Edwards, Frank Morgan ran side by side throughout as they picked up full points for Bro Myrddin to secure joint first. Joining them in the Y9/10 leading pack were Scott Price (Bro Dinefwr) and Ioan Cressey-Rodgers (Bro Myrddin).
Looking ahead to the second league fixture, it will be held at Ysgol Bro Myrddin’s sports field on Tuesday, October 23, starting at 1pm.
Llandeilo and Ammanford will be the other venues in November and January, where the 2018/19 school champions will be confirmed.
West Wales Cup first round preview
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.
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.
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.
Raining goals in Ammanford
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
Cwm win a thriller
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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