TWO goals from Ammanford’s Lee Trundle turned this game on its head against determined opponents Caerau Ely.
Trundle’s first goal came in the 80th minute and his second goal coming deep into stoppage time. His brace secured Ammanford’s fourth consecutive win.
Caerau Ely were held up in traffic on the M4 and the kick off was delayed for fifteen minutes to allow for the late arrival.
The first half hour of this game saw both sides having their attacking play thwarted by some good defensive play.
Caerau Ely maybe rooted at the bottom of the league table at present but were proving to be a handful for the Ammanford back four.
Joshua Spencer of Caerau Ely was finding space down the left flank whilst at the other end Caerau Ely’s Joseph Shepard was battling hard to stop Ammanford’s Gavin Jones from breaking through.
However In the 34th minute a trip in the opposition penalty area on Ammanford’s Lee Trundle resulted in Referee Jordan Harman pointing to the penalty spot.
Up stepped Mathew Fisher who placed his spot kick to right hand side of the goal but Caerau Ely’s Goalkeeper Elliott Matthews made a good parried save, the ball rebounded back to Fisher who stooped low to head the ball back towards the unguarded left side of the goal but saw his effort drift wide of the post.
As the half came to an end, tempers began to flair up as Ammanford’s Andy Robinson and Caerau Ely’s Captain Lloyd Toghill clashed. Lloyd Toghill had been cautioned earlier for a foul on midfielder Andy Robinson.
The Second Half saw Caerau Ely take the game more to Ammanford and got their reward in the 50th minute when striker James Dixon rifled his shot into the back of the Ammanford net. 0-1
The Away team could be forgiven for thinking that this was going to be the night that they turned their season around with an away win.
Three minutes later, the opponents aspirations were dealt a huge blow when their inspirational captain Lloyd Toghill was shown a second yellow card and subsequent red.
From this moment on it was all Ammanford as Caerau Ely’s ten men did their utmost to frustrate the home side and in fairness were holding up well. Caerau Ely’s Goalkeeper Elliott Matthews was having an eventful evening having saved an earlier penalty and frustrating the home support with some good saves, but taking his time over his placed goal kicks. It came to a head when the referee brandished a yellow card to him for his delay.
With ten minutes left in the game plus stoppage time the home crowd, some 400 strong and with a full stand were on edge of their seats just waiting and willing for a breakthrough to happen.
It finally came when after a scramble in the Caerau Ely six yards area the ball bounced into the path of Lee Trundle who got his knee onto it and steered it into the net to level 1-1.
The home crowd breathed a sigh of relief and all focus now switched to see if they could push on for a winner.
Further chances came and went with Trundle striking the foot of the goal post and Gavin Jones at full stretch almost steering the ball in but wide of the mark.
With the game deep into stoppage time , it seemed that Caerau Ely had survived to earn a valuable point but as the saying goes “hold the back page”, it was Lee Trundle again, who was almost in an identical position within the opponents six yards area to his first strike who controlled the ball, looked up (and for us spectators it seemed that for a few seconds that time stood still), as he contemplated and then coolly picked his spot to score the winning goal! 2-1.
Despair for the visitors as Trundle wheeled away in joyous celebration as did the whole Recreation Ground to celebrate a win! No time for a visitors comeback as the final whistle blew!
An evening of excellent football entertainment and a great advert for the JD Cymru South league.
Ammanford now travel to Aberdare midweek to take on Pontypridd in their next JD Cymru South league game.
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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