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Whites hit back to beat Quins

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THE Sun beat down on the Velodrome at the Park in Carmarthen as both the Carmarthen Quins and All Whites of Swansea took to the field.

With both teams in mid table, the form book suggested a close encounter and indeed this game didn’t disappoint.

But before kick off both teams paid their respects to the sad loss of Paul Rees last Weekend.

Quins’ Ellis Lloyd

The Quins were led out today by Elis Lloyd on his 204th appearance for his club.

The first half of this game was an aperitite for what was to happen after the interval.

After 27 minutes the Quins finally decided to take the three points on offer to open the scoring.

They had turned down two previous kickable penalties and opted for scrummages instead but spurned their opportunities.

So at the third attempt and with a Whites player yellow carded it was left to Quin’s Aled Thomas to slot the kick over the posts 3-0.

Six minutes later the Quins added to their lead when Jevan Sabastian scored a try which was converted by Aled Thomas, 10-0.

With half time approaching the Whites were more combative and earned a penalty kick to reduce the deficit. Up stepped Phil Jones to open the Whites account and make it 10-3 at the break.

The second half saw both teams going for the result. Within ten minutes of the restart Phil Jones slotted another penalty kick to make it 10-6.

Within minutes the Quins had a penalty of their own and Aled Thomas took full advantage, 13-6.

With 55 minutes gone and the game to and fro, another penalty to the Whites and Phil Jones scored his third penalty kick of the game to take the score to 13-9.

Just when the Whites thought they were getting close another Aled Thomas penalty soon followed, 16-9.

With the clock counting down it seemed that Aled Thomas had taken this game by the scruff of the neck an landed his fourth penalty of the game, 19-9.

However, the Whites stepped into overdrive and forced the home team to concede a number of penalties and from the resulting play the Whites crossed the line to reduce the score to 19-14.

A quick glance at the bench and a decision was taken to drop goal the conversion which was nonchalantly taken and sailed over between the posts 19-16

With the home crowd looking at their watches, the Whites regained possession and drove their way back to the home team’s 22 and from a resulting play up stepped Whites’ hero Alex Jeffries who bombed over the line from a few yards out near the touch line to ground the ball.

For a split second Supporters held their breath until the referee signalled what was the winning score. An incredible Whites comeback was complete as they earned a 19-21 win.

The try went unconverted and the final whistle blew leaving the Whites misery of losing in the Cup last Saturday well and truly behind them.

For the Quins, it was a case of what might have been.

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Cambrian edge Ammanford in seven-goal thriller

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CAMBRIAN and Clydach manager Scott Young was delighted to see his side come away from Ammanford with a thrilling 4-3 on Friday night (Oct 22).

In contrast the home side and their support will be very disappointed at least not to have come away with something from this game.

Ammanford got off to the perfect start after nine minutes when Ammanford’s midfielder Kai Whitmore broke free of his markers and slotted the ball wide of Cambrian & Clydach’s goalkeeper Jack Jenkins to give his team an early 1-0 lead.

The visitors responded well and started to pass the ball around the park and were causing problems for the home defence.

With twenty-nine minutes played, the visitors’ pressure on the Ammanford defence paid dividends and it was Cambrian & Clydach’s tall centre forward Ryan Prosser who rifled his powerful low shot into the Ammanford net despite a desperate diving attempt from Ammanford’s goalkeeper Craig Morris.

Cambrian & Clydach continued to press high but there were no further goals in the first half.

The second half saw Gruffydd Harrison Ammanford’s Manager make an early substitution by bringing on Brett Enoch in place of midfielder Dale Jones.

With an hour gone Cambrian & Clydach’s impressive wide-man Liam Reed beat the Ammanford defence and gave his team the lead by scoring a well-taken goal.

Ammanford’s response was almost immediate, in fact just four minutes later, as sub Enoch got himself free wide on the left hand side close to the visitors byline and took the ball into the eighteen-yard box and unleashed a low drive which sped into the bottom corner at the far post of the visitors net to restore parity at 2-2.

The home side were now looking to press on but the visitors were also not settling for a point and continued to press Ammanford as both their full backs Joe Thomas and Jay Woodford kept a high line and attacked at every opportunity.

After seventy-six minutes played a scramble in the Ammanford area saw Cambrian & Clydach’s centre back Connor Young score from close range as the ball seem to take a couple of deflections on its way into the Ammanford net.

Ammanford were left chasing the game and with three added minutes after the ninety, Ammanford were awarded a free kick some twenty four yards out from goal.

Lee Trundle stood over the ball as the visitors’ wall lined up to stop his attempt at goal. Trundle took aim and his low powerful shot went directly under the defensive wall and sped past keeper Jack Jenkins hitting the back of the net.

Trundle whirling himself around and made his way to the Ammanford dugout to celebrate with his manager as it seemed he had rescued a point from the game.

The drama, however, was not over as two minutes later Cambrian & Clydach’s Finn Jones found himself in front of the Ammanford goal with not a defender in sight and he calmly stroked the ball past Morris to restore his team’s lead at 3-4.

The atmosphere of the home team and support turned from joy to more solemn as the referee blew his final whistle.

A fine performance from the visiting team but a very disappointing ending for the home side.

Ammanford are at home again on Friday, October 29, against Trefelin.

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Cwm Reserves share the points

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CWMAMMAN came away with a point from a hard fought draw with visiting Goytre Utd on Saturday (Oct 16) continuing the pattern of extremely close matches for them in the FAW Reserve League.

Both sides looked to attack from the outset and Goytre took the lead in the 28th min through Lewis Taylor.

Cwm kept probing and Rhydian Jones equalised in the 40th minute.

The game became a little stop start with a number of injuries and substitutions and Brandon Sackey gave Goytre the lead in the 65th min.

Cwm kept battling and Kian Evans converted a ball from Jones for the equaliser in the 76th minute.

Both sides looked for the winner but it ended all square. William Jones, Paul Doorbar and Josh Jones stood out for Cwm while Ashley Twigg and Rhydian Jones caused regular problems for the opposition.

Cwmamman now sit 7th just above Goytre with Carmarthen Town next due to visit Grenig Park.

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Last minute defeat sinks Cwmamman

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CWMAMMAN United’s players trudged off the field at the final whistle in disbelief having conceded two goals in the last 3 mins against Ynyshir Albion on Saturday (Oct 16).

The game-winning goal came in the last move of the game as Cwm came away from Ynyshir Albion with nothing when it had looked that their organised and pacy performance had secured the 3 points.

It had been an entertaining match with two differing styles where Ynyshir played to a more structured physical approach Cwm relied on quick movement of possession and releasing their pacy wingers Kyle Ashford and Ryan Hurlow.

It was Ashford who opened the scoring in the 8th minute and shortly afterwards had a golden opportunity to double the lead but his shot flew over the bar.

This encouraged the Buns and they equalised in the 20th min through Carn Thomas. Cwm then suffered a major blow losing player manager Ryan Thomas to a nasty injury.

Ynyshir subsequently increased the pressure and just before half time Liam Eason gave them the lead.

Cwm continued with their attacking mind-set with Ross Morgan influential and Calem Rees continued his good goal scoring form making it 2-2 in the 71st min.

Shortly afterwards Ashford gave Cwm the lead to make it 3-2 and then just failed to convert a great chance for his hat trick.

Cwm seemed reasonably comfortable but disaster struck in the final minutes when Alex Rees headed home in the 88th min followed by Liam Eason converting another header with the last touch of the game to seal an astonishing win for Ynyshir.

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