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.
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.
Cottage Inn 5K returns
FOR the second time, runners of all ages and abilities headed to The Cottage Inn Pub, Carmarthen Road on the outskirts of Llandeilo on Friday Evening (Sept 6) for an event which was first introduced 12 months ago in 2018.
Thanks to the great feedback from those in attendance at the debut event in September last year, here it was making a welcome return in the road running calendar once again!
The Cottage Inn Junior Mile & 5K distances was a road running race held to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support with a donation also made to the Llandeilo Mayor Fund.
After starting across the field from the Cottage Inn pub itself, the course took runners on an out-and-back loop around the quiet country lanes of the area.
Once the morning rain had cleared away, the evening sunshine in West Wales saw a total of 101 finish the 5K whilst 41 children got involved in the Junior Mile with a number of parents and guardians running alongside little ones.
All finishers who completed the course collected their finishers’ medal, welcomed home with a round of applause by parents, friends and club mates. In addition, the first three boys and girls in the junior mile and the first three men and women in the 5K were presented with a trophy.
This all happened before runners and spectators socialised afterwards, enjoying some burgers, hot dogs and drinks in each other’s company.
Club vests were out on show from the local clubs of Llanelli AC, Amman Valley Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Trots and Sarn Helen. Junior mile children were representing Ysgol Llangadog, Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Ysgol Llangynnwr, Llandeilo CP, Ysgol Llandybie, Ysgol Brynaman, Ysgol Teilo Sant, Ysgol Ffairfach, Ysgol Gymraeg Rhydaman, Ysgol Nantgaredig and Ysgol Parcyrhun. Several Unattached athletes also got involved at their first appearance at a running event on Friday evening.
Two course records were broken in 2019 and both in the male categories. Macsen Toogood took nine seconds off his own time recorded in 2018 of 5 minutes 7 seconds, whilst David Keenan’s winning time of 16:59 in the 5K was sixteen seconds faster than 12 months ago.
Junior Mile – Boys: 1 Macsen Toogood (Ysgol Bro Dinefwr/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:05:07; 2 William Coles (Ysgol Llangadog/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:05:25; 3 Charlie Price (Ysgol Bro Dinefwr/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:05:47
Junior Mile – Girls: 1 Esme Lynock (Ysgol Llangadog/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:06:17; 2 Grace Toogood (Ysgol Teilo Sant/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:06:43; 3 Fflur Jones (Ysgol Llangadog) 00:07:18
5K – Men: 1 David Keenan (Llanelli AC) 00:16:59; 2 Matt Yelland (Amman Valley Harriers) 00:18:59; 3 Andy Mccall (Amman Valley Harriers) 00:19:00
5K – Women: 1 Wendy Price (Carmarthen Harriers) 00:20:09; 2 Elizabeth Tremlett (Carmarthen Harriers) 00:20:30; 3 Noami Williams (Amman Valley Harriers) 00:22:48
The event by now is annual and it is expected to attract big numbers when 2020 comes around.
Organised superbly and efficiently by Amman Valley Harriers’ Clara Davies, she thanked all the volunteers, runners and supporters alike who turned out to support the event and help raise money for a great cause.
Borderers hold on to beat Pembroke
Pembroke 24-25 Whitland
A LATE missed conversion saw Whitland take the spoils from an entertaining Pembrokeshire-derby with Pembroke on Saturday (Sept 14).
Pembroke drew 25-25 in Aberystwyth in their first game in League 1 West the previous week and they knew they would face another tough test against a strong Whitland pack.
The home side started the better of the two as they pulled their opponents around the park before scoring their first try of the game.
19-year-old Tom Harding-Jones picked up the ball from the backs and beat a couple of defenders to touch down. Toby Smith added the extras for a 7-0 lead.
They scored again soon after as Harding-Jones took a long pass from Smith before diving over in the corner. Smith missed the conversion.
Whitland were then given a penalty try as Pembroke were adjudged to have collapsed a driving maul, bringing the score back to 12-7.
Pembroke lost Lloyd Davies to a yellow card as a result of that and shortly before the break Whitland scored again through Jac Howells to bring the scores level.
It remained level at half time but Whitland went ahead early in the second half when Nico Setaro scored a penalty.
Pembroke then hit back as Sean Dalling went over on the right hand side and Smith then converted to make it 19-15 to the home side.
The Borderers then went ahead with an unconverted try that was scored by Marc Jones.
The home side then began to dominate as they looked to retake the lead but a loose pass saw Whitland kick ahead and it was Gino Setaro who won the race to the ball to touch down and increase their lead. The conversion was missed and the score remained 19-25.
With time running out Jordan Evans, on as a second half sub, picked up the ball from the scrum and ran 15 metres to score.
Smith faced a difficult conversion from out wide and was just unable to get the ball through.
It meant the score stayed at 24-25 and try as they might they were unable to find a late score which would have won the game.
Whitland held on for a thrilling win but Pembroke were left ‘gutted’ that they didn’t quite pick up the win.
Despite the result, Pembroke Head Coach Geraint Lewis was pleased with his squad which featured a number of young players adding that they had competed well with two good sides in their opening games of the season.
Kia’ kit out Calsonic U16s
GRAVELLS KIA KIDWELLY has gifted branded kit to a local football team, Calsonic Kansei U16s, as part of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd’s nationwide ‘Gift of Kit’ initiative which aims to support local grassroots football teams across the UK.
The new kit aims to help local players stand out on the pitch and since the initiative started, Kia has seen fantastic results for the local teams with 121 dealerships providing over 3,470 sets of kit to 129 football clubs and 127 cricket clubs across the nation.
Wyn Edwards, one of the coaches of Calsonic U16s commented; “We can’t thank Gravells Kia Kidwelly enough for helping this newly formed team feel professional in their new kit. We are hoping it will inspire them to perform well this season.”
Jonathan Gravell, General Manager of the Gravells Group said: “We are thrilled to be supporting Calsonic U16s. Playing in their new kit will be a great boost to them and their supporters. As a local business, we are passionate about giving back to our community and we look forward to seeing how the team performs.”
For more information about Kia’s ‘Gift of Kit’ initiative and to find out how you can get involved with future projects, please visit www.kiagiftofkit.co.uk/club.
You can also stop by Gravells Kidwelly SA17 4TF or call the team on 01554 890436 to find out what’s coming up in your area.
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