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.
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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