ON an extremely wet and windy Saturday afternoon (Aug 10) at Richmond Park, Cwmamman took on an experienced JD Cymru Premier Carmarthen team and eventually went down 4-1.
It was a harsh scoreline for the Blues who competed well throughout the game against their premier league opponents. Carmarthen Town now progress into Round Three of the Nathaniel MG Cup.
Despite the conditions it was a lively and positive encounter, both the teams having plenty of chances to attack and score.
A good crowd with a large travelling contingent from Cwmamman saw an exciting end to end match which was a great advertisement for the coming season for both teams with Blues Manager Ryan Stephens and Old Gold Manager Neil Smothers using all their substitutes.
It was Cwmamman with the initial early pressure having the first corner following a strong run by experienced forward Ashley Curtis but on the 13th minute Carmarthen then scored from a fluent counter attack with a smart strike from Chris Jones, 1-0.
Soon after Ryan Thomas and Nathan Davies came close for the Blues and then on 35 minutes Cwm’ got the deserved equalizer with a superb close finish by Chrissy Allen following a fine Luke Williams cross, 1-1 and game on.
The first half finished with some strong defending from Blues Captain Gareth Howarth and defenders Nathan Davies, Calem Rees, Rob Jones and goalkeeper James Kirkwood keeping Cwmin the game under some severe pressure.
The second half saw Carmarthen start strongly and on the 50th Minute Luke Bowen put Carmarthen Town 2-1 up with a simple tap in at the Blues far post from a well worked move.
Cwmamman battled back through midfielders Ross Morgan and Sam Harrison with Luke Williams forcing a good save from Golds keeper Lee Idzi while Ashley Curtis had some great runs up the right wing forcing a number of Blues corners.
On the 66th Minute Curtis picked up a nasty knee injury causing a delay and impacting the Blues rhythm. He was replaced by Ryan Hurlow.
Six minutes later Old Gold striker Luke Bowen effectively sealed the match with his second and Carmarthen’s third goal from close in.
Towards the end, both Ryan Thomas for the Blues and Greg Waters for the Golds came close to scoring but in the final moments of the match impressive substitute Josh Bull made the score 4-1 to Carmarthen.
At the end of the match it was great to see brothers and players Liam Thomas (Carmarthen Town) and Ryan Thomas (Cwmamman), shake hands and walk off together.
Overall an entertaining cup tie but a tough score-line for Cwmamman in a game that was full of pace with little respite and showing lots of skill and energy from both teams.
Following the match Blues Manager Ryan Stephens said: “It’s always a tough challenge coming to Richmond Park in the cup but I think we had some good moments. We were 1-1 at half time and I do feel this match will push us on for the start of the league next week. I wish Carmarthen Town well in the next round and a good season in the JD Cymru Premier league”.
The Blues now start their JD Cymru South league campaign on Saturday (Aug 17) away to STM Sports of Cardiff, kick off 2.30pm.
West Wales Cup first round preview
THIS Saturday the West Wales Cup gets underway once more with teams hopeful of a successful run to the Liberty Stadium for the final.
Merlins Bridge are the holders after they beat Carew in the final earlier this year and both have been given byes into the second round this season.
Last year marked the first time that two Pembrokeshire sides reached the final but will that happen again or will another team look to bring the county’s recent dominance to an end.
Goodwick United, Hakin United, Kidwelly Town and Tumble United are some of the other sides to receive byes to the second round.
Pembrokeshire League Champions Monkton Swifts begin their campaign away to Carmarthenshire Premier Division side Loughor Rovers.
The Swifts have made an unbeaten start to their league campaign while the Rovers have four wins from their opening seven games.
Carmarthenshire Premier League champions Trallwm host Swansea Division 1 side Penclawdd.
Both sides have had mixed starts to their season and will be keen to get their cup run going.
Neath League Division 1 side Cilfrew Rovers are the visitors to Fishguard on Saturday with both sides enjoying a good start to their respective seasons.
Clarbeston Road host Swansea League Division 2 side Cwmfelin Press and Neath Division 1 side Resolven are the visitors to Haverfordwest Cricket Club.
Pembrokeshire Division 2 side Herbrandston host Carmarthenshire Premier side Pengelli United.
Herbie have just one league win to their name so far this season while Pengelli have four wins from their opening seven games.
Swansea Division 1 outfit Morriston Town will visit Division 2 Hundleton in what will be a good test for the Pembrokeshire side.
Neyland host Neath Division 2 side Clydach Sports having sealed their first win of the season last weekend.
In two Pembrokeshire versus Carmarthenshire league ties, Letterston are at home to Evans and Williams while Pennar Robins host Dafen.
Dafen are second in Division 1 while the Robins are without a win so far this season.
Elsewhere, Kilgetty travel to Celtic Neath while Lawrenny travel to Bryn.
Division 2 Carmarthenshire side Abergwili host Division 1 FC Carmarthen while Carmarthen Town United host Wern.
Bancffosfelen were heavily beaten at the weekend and they will look to put that result behind them when they travel to Bonymaen Colts.
Premier Division Burry Port host Swansea League Division 3 side Cwm Albion Colts.
Bwlch have only had one win in the league this season and they host Neath Premier Division side FC Clydach who themselves only have two wins to their name so far.
Carmarthen Stars host Pontardawe while Pembrey host Cambrian.
Felinfoel earned a win in their last game in Division 1 and they go up against Carmarthen Premier side Pontarddulais.
Trostre are also at home as they take on Jersey Marine while Seaside travel to Sandfields.
St Ishmaels are away as they take on Gorseinon Athletic, Milford United travel to Murton Rovers and Narberth host Ynystawe.
Good luck to all sides involved.
Raining goals in Ammanford
IT’s raining goals in Ammanford and their reserve team were determined to show that they are a force to be reckoned with and ready in the wings should they be needed to support their first team.
Saturday’s (Oct 5) opponents could be forgiven in thinking that storm Lorenzo had passed but they were blown away literally by a heavy defeat which ended with a full time score of 9-1.
Bancffosfelen found themselves a goal down after just five minutes played when Ammanford’s Ryan Foschi scored with a tap in.
Ammanford took a 4-0 lead into the half time break.
The second half started the same as the first when in the 50th minute Ammanford scored again to make it 5-0.
Ammanford added two more goals in quick succession to make it 7-0. Bancffosfelen did pull a consolation goal back to make it 7-1.
However, Ammanford added a further two goals to wrap up the game with a thumping win. Man of the Match for Ammanford was Alex Arnold.
Ammanford Manager Christian Lloyd was full of praise for his team’s all round performance.
For the record the Ammanford scorers were Ryan Foschi, Ben Edwards, Alex Arnold with a brace, Shaun Williams also with a brace, Rhodri Davies, Aaron Butler and Chris Gregory Evans
Cwm win a thriller
Cwmamman Utd 4-2 Caerau Ely
A VERY damp Grenig Park saw a thrilling clash on Saturday (Oct 5) between two sides who have been struggling to find some form but subsequently played out an exciting end to end match.
Cwmamman started really well and could have been one up in the first minute when an Oly Dymond header was blocked on the line by the Careau keeper.
With both sides competing for every ball there was a melee on 11 minutes but it was mainly a case of handbags and the referee took control.
Then on 21 mins Luke Williams cut inside from wide out and fired an unstoppable shot to make it 1-0 to the Cwm.
Caerau then had a period of pressure and strong defending by Nathan Mcneill and Gareth Howarth ensured danger was averted.
With both sides counter attacking it was on 37mins when a quick Caerau corner caught the Cwm defenders and a strong header made it 1-1 at half time.
Cwm came out firing in the second half and a darting run from Luke Williams and short pass created havoc in the goalmouth and Ryan Thomas poked it home for 2-1 to the Blues.
Ten minutes later another cross from Williams saw the keeper parry a Chrissy Allen attempt but only to Oli Dymond who headed home.
Caerau kept going and a close range shot on 60 mins escaped James Kirkwood as he grabbed the slippery ball and the Caerau striker tapped it in to make it 3-2 and all to play for.
Both sides were creating and Chrissy Allen was injured as he fired an excellent chance over the bar from closed range.
The Blues kept attacking and the killer blow came on 74 mins as a through ball from Williams saw Ryan Thomas get his second with a calm finish.
Both sides saw half chances created and Cwm with Calem Rees, Liam Berner and Ben Thomas supporting attacks were looking for a fifth.
Cwm then suffered a blow as Ross Morgan who had worked so hard in midfield received a red card after a second yellow which had a lot to do with the slippery conditions.
The Blues managed to see it through for a 4-2 win and a very welcome three points. On Friday night (Oct 11) at 7.30pm they welcome Pontypridd Town to Grenig Park for another critical match.
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