CARMARTHEN started this game strong on the whistle, passing accurately and moving up the pitch as a team.
The wingbacks, Meg Henry and Anna Knuckles drove the ball down the wings, communicating with the forwards, which quickly led to their first goal of the game. Meg Davies received the ball from Ffion Wyn Jones at the top of the D and passed it to Beck Cartland, who hit the ball to the back of the net making it 1-0 to Carmarthen.
They continued to play well, however a sudden breakdown in the defence and midfield led to Swansea to driving up the pitch and thus scoring a goal.
The whistle soon blew for half time with a score of 1-1, but Carmarthen ladies came back even stronger during the second half after a stern yet positive half time team talk.
The defence, Keira Griffiths, Eleanor Phillips and Ffion Dart continued to hold their line and denied any goal scoring opportunities from Swansea. Goalkeeper Jackie Marshall made some crucial saves, preventing Swansea from getting any short corners throughout the game.
The defence sent the ball up the pitch, where Lili Church, Anna Heath and Catrin Davies, in the centre, received the ball and worked around the defenders together to get the ball into the attacking D, which quickly resulted in a short corner for Carmarthen.
Dart received the ball from the short corner, injected by Maya Davies and passed it back to Maya, who deflected it into the goal, making the score 2-1.
Carmarthen continued to work as a team, using the midfielders to pass the Swansea players to forwards Scarlett McKenzie, Beck Cartland and Ffion Wyn Jones who linked well together to get another goal.
Their hard work paid off as Carmarthen managed to secure another short corner and make the score 3-1. The third goal was by Dart, who swept the ball from the top of the D, where the ball slipped through the goalies legs and into the back of the goal.
Swansea continued to fight but Carmarthen kept up a solid press and prevented Swansea from having any breaks, which lasted until the final whistle blew, meaning Carmarthen had won the game 3-1. Player of the match went to Anna Knuckles from both teams.
More signings as Cwm build squad
FOLLOWING on from announcing their three new signings last week Cwmamman United have announced a further six this week.
Nathan Davies, who has captained the Carmarthenshire League Select side, joins from Bwlch Rangers while Rob Morgans joins having played with Haverfordwest County and Goodwick United previously.
They also announced the signing of four tremendously talented young players in Oliver Diamond, Korey Palmer, Stevie Evans and Joe Lewis.
“We are really pleased to have these boys on board as we are not only strengthening our first team squad with some really talented players ” said Ryan Stephens, First Team Manager, “but we are also building for the future.”
Ammanford romp to friendly win
AMMANFORD romped away in a goal fest in this pre season friendly beating their plucky opponents Pontarddulais by ten goals to nil on Friday (Jul 12).
Ammanford Manager Gruffydd Harrison will be pleased with his teams workout and even more excited with his forward line finishing prowess.
There were hat tricks for Gavin Jones who showed excellent pace and new signing Tristan Jenkins along with goals from Lee Trundle, Bruno Forkouh, Mathew Fisher and Craig Frater.
Ammanford have another friendly this Friday (Jul 19) when they take on Ynysygerwn.
After that they travel to Pontardawe Town on Tuesday (Jul 23) before a trip to Welsh Premier League neighbours Carmarthen Town on Saturday (Jul 27).
Carmarthenshire cyclist heading to Mont Blanc
WITH THE TOUR DE FRANCE in full swing and the World’s best doing battle against each other, there is another big cycling event taking place within the French Alps.
The Tour du Mont Blanc claims to be the Worlds toughest road cycling event and Llangadog based cyclist, Matthew Page will be lining up and attempting to complete the arduous route.
The event is a non-stop, circumnavigation around the alpine peak of Mont Blanc, starting in France alpine resort of Les Saisies and heads through Switzerland and Italy before returning to finish back in Les Saisies.
Covering a total of 330km (205 miles) with 8300 vertical metres (27,300 feet) of climbing it is roughly the equivalent to tackling two of the toughest Tour de France stages, back to back without stopping and takes in well known alpine passes including the Grand Saint Bernard, Petit Saint Bernard, Cormet de Roseland and Col de la Forclaz.
Matthew is a former professional Mountain Biker, who competed internationally and specialised in 24hr solo competitions and also Carmarthenshire Sports Personality winner. Now a cycle event organiser and cycling media journalist he organises major off-road events within the county including Battle on the Beach, Gritfest and in November 2019 will be organising a round of the British Cycling cyclocross national series within Pembrey Country Park.
With less than 50% of starters likely to finish, Matthew is understandably apprehensive about the challenge: “This will undoubtedly be one of the hardest days I will ever encounter on the bike and despite having done 24hr events previously, the extra challenges the Tour du Mont Blanc brings, including lack of a support crew, route navigation, logistics and uncertain weather especially at higher altitudes. The event has been a major focus for me this year and I am looking forward to the challenge”.
The event takes place on Saturday July 20, with the fastest riders expected to finish in under 12 hours.
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