AMMANFORD AFC Reserves won the Picton Sports Senior Cup Final by beating Pontlliw 5-1 at Stebonheath Park last Friday (Apr 12).
The emphatic scoreline at the end of the game would suggest that this was a stroll in the park for the team from the Amman Valley, but you would be very wrong as Pontlliw played their full part in this highly entertaining Cup Final game.
Ammanford AFC Reserves Manager Christian Lloyd had drummed into his team prior to kick off that everyone had to be on top of their game if they were to lift the Picton Sports Senior Cup.
There was almost an explosive start to the game when Ammanford striker Craig Frater took everyone by surprise, even the match officials by taking a direct shot straight from the kick off and then seeing his resulting shot thud against the goal post with the Pontlliw keeper well and truly beaten.
However, the start of the game was ordered to be re-taken again by the referee who deemed that the Ammanford kick off was taken prematurely.
Having started the game it was Pontlliw that had the better of exchanges in the first ten minutes and it was the Ammanford defence being tested.
The Ammanford goalkeeper Ioan Treharne did well to clear his lines and slowly the Ammanford midfield started to create with Nathan Jones finding his right back Shaun Williams who was starting to probe the Pontlliw defence.
With twenty five minutes gone it was a pin point cross from Ammanford’s right back Shaun Williams that found the head of his team mate Rhodri Davies who headed the ball narrowly wide of the Pontlliw goal.
Ammanford were gaining the upper hand and their strikers Bruno Forkouh and Craig Frater were starting to twist and turn their markers.
Just after the half hour mark a through ball from Ammanford’s Butler found Craig Frater who took a shot at goal which took a deflection off a Pontlliw defender and wrong-footed the Pontlliw keeper Joe Hutin to open the scoring for Ammanford Reserves, 1-0.
Three minutes later things got worse for Pontlliw when keeper Hutin was adjudged to have fouled Frater in the penalty area.
Frater stepped up and duly scored from his spot kick and doubled the lead, 2-0.
Things went from bad to worse for Pontlliw as a handball was given by the Referee in the Pontlliw penalty area and again it was left to Frater to convert the penalty kick and make it 3-0 and complete his hat trick.
With a couple of minutes to half time Pontlliw were thrown a life line when a failed Ammanford clearance kick found its way to Pontlliw’s Josh Scott who made no mistake in finding the back of the net to reduce the deficit and give his side a timely boost.
The second half saw Pontlliw immediately on the front foot and were unfortunate not to score when a scrambling defence somehow managed to clear the danger.
Again Ammanford regained their composure and after 55 minutes played it was Bruno Forkouh who sped away from his markers and stroked the ball home to restore the three goal cushion, 4-1.
It was Ammanford who could relax more now and a minute later it was that man again Craig Frater who notched his fourth goal of the game and make it 5-1.
With almost half an hour left in the game Ammanford controlled the play and as the clock counted down towards the ninety made their allocated substitutions.
Pontlliw tried hard but just couldn’t find a way back into the game and despite their plucky efforts it was Ammanford Reserves who were celebrating at the sound of the final whistle.
The Players, Management, Directors and Supporters of Ammanford AFC were overjoyed with their Cup Success and it was Craig Frater who earned the man of the match award for his four goals.
The management and team had an early opportunity to parade their trophy in front of their home crowd on Saturday (Apr 13) when the Ammanford firsts made it a double winning Weekend for the Club.
Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre and Brynamman Lido to be transferred to a community groups
A MULTI- SPORTS facility, at the heart of the Gwendraeth Valley, has been taken over by a local sports group, the Baton Twirlers.
The management of Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre, which is owned by Carmarthenshire County, has been transferred to the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) via a lease agreement and will allow the public to continue to use the facilities at the centre.
Whilst Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre is now the official home of BTAC its facilities are available for the local community and sports groups to be used.
An official reopening of the Centre, which bears the name of one of the Gwendraeth Valley’s most famous sons, under the new management of the BTAC was held on Sunday, October 2.
Speaking at the event, Jessica Shore Director of the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) said:
“We are thrilled to have worked with Carmarthenshire County Council to secure this sports centre on behalf of the local community and it’s a pleasure to welcome the public here today. We are looking forward to working with and hosting various community and sports groups at the Carwyn James Sports Centre.
“It also was very important to us to provide a home for baton twirling in Wales, and we will make great use of the excellent facilities here.”
Cllr. Gareth John, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism said “This is a great success story for the BTAC, the Gwendraeth Valley and the council as we have secured the future of the Carwyn James Sports Centre for the local community.
I would like to thank Baton Twirlers Association Cymru for their work and enthusiasm during the process of transferring management of the Sports Centre to them, as a community group, and I wish them the very best for the future.”
Plans approved to transfer management of Brynamman Lido
On Monday, October 3, the council’s Cabinet approved plans to lease the Brynamman Lido, which is held in trust by the Carmarthenshire County Council, to Brynamman Lido Limited under its asset transfer programme.
Under the proposed lease, Brynamman Lido Limited will take over the management of the lido with the intention to reopen the swimming pool for sporting, recreational and leisure activities.
Following the approval of the plans by the Cabinet, Cllr. Gareth John commented:
“We are pleased to be working with the local group in Brynamman to transfer the management and maintenance of the lido to the community.
“The transfer of this asset will allow Brynamman Lido Ltd to apply for funding via grants that would not be available to the County Council, and we will continue to work with them and provide support along the journey to reopening the lido to the community.”
Latest recruit to Llandeilo’s Ashmole & Co team ‘converts’ his spare time into being a rugby referee
Ashmole & Co have scored a try with their newest Trainee Accountant. The firm is delighted to announce that Aled Jones has recently started working for the successful accountancy team in the Llandeilo office.
Aled, who lives in Pontyberem, is a community rugby referee in his spare time. He referees senior rugby games on Saturdays and Junior rugby games on Sundays including cup matches. He is also involved in the Scarlets Cup Final at Parc y Scarlets and the Carmarthenshire cup finals.
Before joining Ashmole & Co Aled was a Personal Banker with Barclays Bank for five years. He studied AAT Level three at Coleg Sir Gar. Aled went to primary school in Pontyberem and secondary school in Ysgol y Gwendraeth.
Day to day with Ashmole & Co, Aled prepares and inputs clients’ sales and purchase invoices onto the accounting software; completes clients’ VAT returns and assists senior members of the team with the preparation of accounts. The most rewarding part of the job for Aled is hearing that the clients are happy.
Welcoming Aled to the team, Ceri Llwyd, Partner in the Llandeilo Ashmole & Co office, said, “We are delighted that Aled has joined our team in Carmarthenshire. He has fitted in well and is a pleasure to work with. I’ve told my rugby mad sons that they have to behave now when they play rugby on a Sunday in case Aled is their referee! It is great that he gives up his spare time to help local rugby clubs in this way.”
Aled said, “I am grateful to Ashmole and Co, who are one of the most established and largest teams of chartered, certified accountants and auditors in south and west Wales, to give me this opportunity.”
Ashmole & Co offer financial support to a significant number of junior and professional sports teams across south Wales. The Llandeilo office has recently shown its support to Llandeilo RFC by contributing towards new tops for the juniors.
Ceri added, “As a rural firm that works with businesses in the area it is a pleasure for us to be able to lend our support to local sports teams.”
Llangennech prove too strong for Penclawdd
LLANGENNECH earned their fourth win in as many matches on Saturday (Oct 22) as they beat Penclawdd 38-10.
Jordan Saunders got the scoring underway with the first try of the game and Thomas Davies added the extras.
Penclawdd then levelled the scoring with a try from Daniel John Guarneri and Marcus Brown added the extras.
It remained 7-7 until half time with conditions proving tricky for both sides.
In the second half, Aaron Howles got the try to put Llangennech ahead but the conversion was missed.
Joseph Hutchings then extended the visitors’ lead with their third try and Davies added the extras to take the score to 7-19.
Penclawdd then responded with a penalty from Brown as the home side looked to get back into the game.
However, Llangennech soon had their fourth try and a bonus point as Howles touched down for his second try of the game and Davies added the extras.
Louis Rees then scored an unconverted try before replacement Hefin Jones went over for Llangennech’s sixth try, converted by Davies.
On Saturday, October 29, Penclawdd travel to Aberystwyth for their second game in the Division 1 Cup.
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