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Cwmamman through after shootout drama

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CWMAMMAN stunned Undy in the first round of the Nathaniel MG League Cup with a last minute equaliser before coming out on top 5-4 in a tense penalty shootout on Saturday (Aug 3).

It was a tight match with Undy overall getting the edge on possession and the creation of chances.

Undy started brightly but the Blues then enjoyed an excellent 20 min spell with Luke Williams, Ryan Hurlow and Sam Harrison all having half chances.

With Ross Morgan and Sean Howells probing well it looked promising. Undy then stepped up a gear and a poor clearance saw a tricky shot across goal get prodded in for 1-0.

The second half started with Undy having the better of the exchanges and Rob Jones and Nathan Davies at the centre of the defence were working overtime while the trickly wingers were causing Calem Rees and Olly Diamond problems.

The second goal seemed inevitable and another weak clearance saw a ball put to the centre forward’s feet where he turned and rifled home.

A great save by James Kirkwood on a one on one prevented the third and to their credit Cwm picked up their game and made a number of substitutions.

The hard working Chrissy Allen, Ryan Hurlow and Sean Howells were replaced by Ashley Curtis, Stevie Evans and Rob Morgans and on the 70th minute a driving run by Harrison saw his inside pass to Curtis deflected into the net.

Cwm were back and continued to press. It seemed it was not going to happen until Nathan Davies unmarked at a corner headed home to great scenes.

This year the new rules see it go straight to penalties and in a nerve jangling finale Williams, Evans, Morgans and Diamond slotted home. A superb save from Kirkwood meant Harrison needed to score for victory. Calmly he put it away to joyous scenes.

The prize is a trip on Saturday (Aug 10) to Richmond park to play Premier League Carmarthen Town.

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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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