AMMANFORD bowed out of the Nathaniel MG Cup on Saturday (Aug 10) as they were beaten 2-0 by JD Premier side Newtown.
The Club were well supported at Latham Park as the travelling Black and White army certainly made themselves heard throughout the entire game orchestrated by the drumming of Richie Phillips.
Newtown, were wary of their opponents and knew their passage into the next round of the Cup wasn’t going to be an easy ride.
The weather was blustery, showers mixed with a glimpse of blue sky, not the best conditions for both teams. Despite that, the game was never in doubt due to the home team’s 3G pitch.
As the game commenced it was Newtown, nicknamed The Robins, who started the game on the front foot.
As early as the third minute Newtown’s Nicholas Rushton saw his rasping shot shake the Ammanford crossbar and eventually cleared to safety.
A lot of Newtown’s best moves were being created by the midfield play of Sean McAllister who was threading his passes to his front men.
The Ammanford defence was resolute and the entire back four were working in tandem to clear their lines.
However, the deadlock was broken after twenty one minutes when Ammanford Goalkeeper Craig Morris palmed a cross onto his crossbar, but the ball rebounded and fell kindly to Newtown paceman Lifumpa Mwandwe who poked the ball into the net from close range 1-0.
Newtown almost doubled their lead five minutes later but wasted the opportunity when the ball was flashed over the crossbar from two yards out when it seemed easier to convert the chance.
Ammanford responded and probably had their best chance of the first half when the hard working Gavin Jones raced away down the line and rifled a shot which seemed destined to burst the Newtown net but was tipped away by Newtown Goalkeeper David Jones.
The game ebbed and flowed but at the interval it was the home team who held the slender 1-0 lead.
The Second Half saw both sides continue to move the ball around and Newtown saw efforts saved by Morris.
On the hour mark, a Newtown header rattled the Ammanford goal frame from close range and three minutes later the home Supporters were cheering as a fine passing move was tucked away into the Ammanford net only for it to be chalked off for offside.
As the game moved into the last quarter of an hour it was Ammanford who were pushing the home side onto the back foot.
Ammanford ‘s Lee Trundle won himself a free kick on the edge of the Newtown penalty area. Trundle took the free kick but his effort sailed well over the crossbar.
Gavin Jones broke away and fired in a cross come shot that was met by Ammanford substitute Bruno Forkouh who could only manage at full stretch to poke the ball over the Newtown crossbar.
Ammanford’s Ricky Martin must have thought he had got Ammanford back in the game with a powerfully driven low shot that flashed narrowly wide of the Newtown goal.
Then in the 90th minute Ammanford Goalkeeper Craig Morris came out of his area trying to make a clearance but the ball fell nicely to Newtown’s Sean McCallister who cleverly chipped the ball from 30 yards out into the unguarded Ammanford goal to effectively seal the victory.
Ammanford did have time for one last attempt at the Newtown goal when Craig Frater struck a powerful free kick from outside the box that hit the post and deflected onto the opposite post without crossing the Newtown goal line.
The final whistle went and it was the home team that celebrated the Cup Win.
After the game, Ammanford captain Rhys Fisher said: “All the boys were brilliant!! They were a good outfit and not one of our players looked out of their depth. We had a chance at the death which would have made it 1-1 and into penalties and on another day who knows.
“There’s competition for places at the moment which is great for the team and next weeks league fixture can’t come quick enough. The buzz in the dressing room is like no other I have experienced since being with the club.”
Ammanford can take heart and pride from this performance against their Premier League opposition. So it’s Newtown into Round 3 of the Nathaniel MG Cup and for Ammanford it’s JD Cymru South League action away to Taffs Well on Saturday (Aug 17).
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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