THE adage is that all good things come in threes.
Lee Trundle went one goal better than last week’s brace at Llantwit Major and claimed the Match ball on Saturday (Sept 7), with a well-taken hat trick of goals against a very good Cwmbran Celtic team.
This game was a great advert for the JD Cymru South League. Both sides played entertaining football and contributed to a keenly contested game which was enjoyed by another good gate at the Recreation Ground.
It was Ammanford who started this game on the front foot and as early as the 3rd minute, midfielder Andy Robinson saw his fierce shot tipped over the bar by the Cwmbran Celtic Goalkeeper.
A minute later Mathew Fisher also forced the keeper into a good save.
So it was no surprise when in the 5th minute Ammanford’s wide man Gavin Jones broke free from his markers and squared the ball across the Cwmbran Celtic six yards area to the waiting Lee Trundle who side-footed the ball into the Cwmbran Celtic net. 1-0
The game settled down after this frantic start from the home team and the visitors slowly got to grips with their passing game.
Cwmbran Celtic’s best chance of the first half came on the half-hour mark when Leo Ross cut inside and lobbed a shot which hit the post and rebounded into the grateful arms of Ammanford’s Goalkeeper Craig Morris.
This spurred Ammanford back into attacking mode and they won a free-kick some 40 yards out from goal.
Andy Robinson eyed up the opportunity and stood some five yards back from the ball as Cwmbran Celtic built their defensive wall. Andy took his run-up and unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot which rocketed its way into the top corner of the net giving the goalkeeper no chance of saving it! 2-0.
Ammanford finished the first half as they had started it; by attacking their opponents. Another free-kick was awarded just outside the penalty area and to the right of the goal.
A defensive wall was set up, but this was no obstacle for Lee Trundle who placed his swerving shot over the defensive wall and – despite the slightest of deflections – floated the ball passed the despairing dive of the goalkeeper into the roof of the net. 3-0.
The goal signalled an end to the first half entertainment with the spectators buzzing about the quality of strikes they had witnessed.
The Second Half saw a more determined Cwmbran Celtic Team who were playing for their pride at 3-0 down.
With 51 minutes gone they hit the Ammanford post for the second time in the game. Two minutes later it was a different story when Cwmbran Celtic’s Zac Osbourne easily beat the home defence and scored.
Two minutes later Ammanford lost possession in the middle of the park and Cwmbran Celtic’s Leo Ross split the Ammanford defence wide open and slotted his shot into the Ammanford goal net.
The mood changed amongst the home supporters as the pendulum of this game was moving in favour of the visitors who could sense a chink of light to get themselves back on level terms.
Ammanford made a tactical change to their defence after 69 minutes when central defender Euros Griffiths was replaced by Ryan Foschi.
Four minutes later Ammanford were forced into another substitution when the injured Andy Robinson was replaced by Brett Enoch.
Ammanford finally got their grip back on the game when with less than ten minutes to play, Ryan Foschi broke out of defence and set up a move which allowed Lee Trundle to turn his markers and chip the ball passed the advancing Cwmbran Celtic Goalkeeper into an unguarded net 4-2.
Ammanford were now back in the ascendancy and right on full time, it was the hard-working Gavin Jones who got on the end of a ball that was flashed across the Cwmbran Celtic goalmouth and steered the ball passed the reach of the goalkeeper into the net. 5-2.
A resounding win in the end for the home team and a man of the match performance from Ammanford’s Lee Trundle.
But Andy Robinson’s free-kick, an unstoppable strike from distance must be a contender for ‘goal of the season’.
Ammanford travel to Undy on Saturday (Sept 14) in the JD Cymru South League.
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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