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Ammanford taste Senior Cup success

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AMMANFORD AFC Reserves won the Picton Sports Senior Cup Final by beating Pontlliw 5-1 at Stebonheath Park last Friday (Apr 12).

The emphatic scoreline at the end of the game would suggest that this was a stroll in the park for the team from the Amman Valley, but you would be very wrong as Pontlliw played their full part in this highly entertaining Cup Final game.

Ammanford AFC Reserves Manager Christian Lloyd had drummed into his team prior to kick off that everyone had to be on top of their game if they were to lift the Picton Sports Senior Cup.

There was almost an explosive start to the game when Ammanford striker Craig Frater took everyone by surprise, even the match officials by taking a direct shot straight from the kick off and then seeing his resulting shot thud against the goal post with the Pontlliw keeper well and truly beaten.

Man of the match: Craig Frater

However, the start of the game was ordered to be re-taken again by the referee who deemed that the Ammanford kick off was taken prematurely.

Having started the game it was Pontlliw that had the better of exchanges in the first ten minutes and it was the Ammanford defence being tested.

The Ammanford goalkeeper Ioan Treharne did well to clear his lines and slowly the Ammanford midfield started to create with Nathan Jones finding his right back Shaun Williams who was starting to probe the Pontlliw defence.

With twenty five minutes gone it was a pin point cross from Ammanford’s right back Shaun Williams that found the head of his team mate Rhodri Davies who headed the ball narrowly wide of the Pontlliw goal.

Ammanford were gaining the upper hand and their strikers Bruno Forkouh and Craig Frater were starting to twist and turn their markers.

Just after the half hour mark a through ball from Ammanford’s Butler found Craig Frater who took a shot at goal which took a deflection off a Pontlliw defender and wrong-footed the Pontlliw keeper Joe Hutin to open the scoring for Ammanford Reserves, 1-0.

Three minutes later things got worse for Pontlliw when keeper Hutin was adjudged to have fouled Frater in the penalty area.

Frater stepped up and duly scored from his spot kick and doubled the lead, 2-0.

Things went from bad to worse for Pontlliw as a handball was given by the Referee in the Pontlliw penalty area and again it was left to Frater to convert the penalty kick and make it 3-0 and complete his hat trick.

With a couple of minutes to half time Pontlliw were thrown a life line when a failed Ammanford clearance kick found its way to Pontlliw’s Josh Scott who made no mistake in finding the back of the net to reduce the deficit and give his side a timely boost.

The second half saw Pontlliw immediately on the front foot and were unfortunate not to score when a scrambling defence somehow managed to clear the danger.

Again Ammanford regained their composure and after 55 minutes played it was Bruno Forkouh who sped away from his markers and stroked the ball home to restore the three goal cushion, 4-1.

It was Ammanford who could relax more now and a minute later it was that man again Craig Frater who notched his fourth goal of the game and make it 5-1.

With almost half an hour left in the game Ammanford controlled the play and as the clock counted down towards the ninety made their allocated substitutions.

Pontlliw tried hard but just couldn’t find a way back into the game and despite their plucky efforts it was Ammanford Reserves who were celebrating at the sound of the final whistle.

The Players, Management, Directors and Supporters of Ammanford AFC were overjoyed with their Cup Success and it was Craig Frater who earned the man of the match award for his four goals.

The management and team had an early opportunity to parade their trophy in front of their home crowd on Saturday (Apr 13) when the Ammanford firsts made it a double winning Weekend for the Club.

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

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Static Bike Challenge

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Firefighters from Llandelio Fire Station took part in a 22-hour static bike challenge to raise money for Llandilo Rural Fire Brigade who have been tirelessly battling the devastating bush fires in Australia. LLandilo town in Australia was named after Llandelio in Carmarthenshire and the Fire Stations have maintained their connection over the years.

Seeing the efforts and the devastation of the bush fires in Australia and the work and dedication from the Firefighters to ensure their communities are safe, crews from Llandelio decided to raise funds by undertaking a 22 hour cycle on static bikes to represent the time it takes to fly to Australia.

On the 15th February 2020 at 3pm the challenge started! The firefighters were split into two teams of five, with each team taking it in turn to cycle for 30 minutes each throughout the 22 hours. This ensured that they were continually cycling and whilst still being able to provide operational cover. All this took place during Storm Dennis and during the challenge crews were called out to a total of eight incidents, one of which was a property flooding, during which crews rescued 6 adults and 2 dogs from a potentially critical situation.

Watch Manager, John Herman from Llandeilio Fire Station said:

“This entire experience has brought the two fire stations closer together, and after keeping in contact throughout this last few months, we look forward to continuing that connection for years to come!”

Over the two days, crews welcomed many visitors who came to show their support and donate money to the charity. To date the figure stands at £2,500 which is equivalent to almost $4900 AUD, and this figure is still rising with donations coming in from schools, town councils and public donations! Crews would like to give a special thanks to Llandelio CP School and Ysgol Gynradd Ffaifach who raised collectively over £800 for the challenge.

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