CUP football came to the Recreation Ground in Ammanford on a very warm Saturday afternoon (Aug 3) as the home team welcomed their opponents Penrhyncoch, nicknamed The Roosters, and their travelling support.
In an earlier interview for a Cup preview podcast Roosters Manager Gari Lewis rated his team as underdogs for this tie but most supporters knew that this was indeed Cup football and certainly not at all predictable.
Ammanford were captained by full back Mathew Jones in the absence of regular skipper Rhys Fisher who picked up an injury during the week.
The Black and White army were out in force and the drum beat out as the match referee Teifion Cook got this cup match under way.
It was Ammanford striker Craig Frater who fired wide from the first corner of the game.
Home defender Richard Lewis was first to test the finger tips of Roosters goalkeeper Leigh Lewis.
The deadlock was broken after ten minutes play when Ammanford’s Brett Enoch linked up with Frater to set up fellow striker Gavin Jones who latched onto the ball on the left and sublimely volleyed his shot over the goalkeeper to nestle the ball into the right side of the Penrhyncoch net to make it 1-0.
A great start for the home team. Ammanford were bossing the midfield with Ammanford’s Ben Soal catching the eye.
Penrhyncoch were finding it difficult to break the Ammanford lines with Euros Griffiths marshalling at the heart of the defence.
With ten minutes to the break it was Ammanford’s Captain Mathew Jones who put in a low cross for striker Gavin Jones to power his low hard shot into the corner of the net. A brace for Gavin and a 2-0 lead.
Roosters’ Lance Jones tried to lift the visitors spirits but his shot went wide of the mark.
Ammanford picked up where they had left off in the first half with Brett Enoch coming close.
Roosters Jonathan Evans responded soon after but likewise his shot was over the crossbar.
Penrhyncoch thought they had pulled a goal back from striker Ian Burrell but a fine save from Ammanford’s Number one Craig Morris thwarted the effort.
The dangerous Craig Frater then almost got in at the other end but he was denied.
Then with a quarter of an hour left on the clock Penrhyncoch were trying desperately to get a foothold in the game.
Another close range header from Jonathan Foligno sailed over the cross bar.
Ammanford’s Gavin Jones almost got his hat trick but was denied by goalkeeper Leigh Jenkins.
With six minutes remaining Penrhyncoch finally got the goal they wanted when their substitute Carwyn Morgan headed in from close range from a Lance Jones cross.
Time was against the visitors and maybe it was a question of too little too late.
Ammanford were celebrating at the final whistle and after commiserations with their opponents will now look forward to a mouthwatering away trip on Saturday (Aug 10) to Welsh Premier League outfit Newtown in Round two.
Ammanford Club captain Rhys Fisher echoed the sentiments of his team by saying: “The boys are thrilled and can’t wait to go up to Newtown with nothing to lose and show premier league opponents what we can do.”
Wales v Scotland postponed
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.”
Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended
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.
Static Bike Challenge
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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