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Uni too good for Ammanford



A HEALTHY attendance of 414 at the Recreation Ground Ammanford were treated to a very entertaining game on Tuesday evening (Aug 27).

Swansea University got the perfect start to the game when after 6 minutes into the game, striker Marley Bishop-Wisdom was adjudged to have been pulled back in the Ammanford penalty area. Referee Gavin Townsend had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. Despite the home team’s protests, the decision stood.

Up stepped Uni’s Nicholas Hyden who fired home the spot kick, 0-1.

A minute later it got even better for Swansea University as the pacy Bishop-Wisdom pounced on a ponderous defensive error and drove his shot into the corner of the Ammanford net, 0-2.

The home team were very sluggish out of the blocks and were finding it tough going against a well drilled Swansea University team who were growing in confidence by the minute and moving the ball around the park with some ease.

With 10 minutes gone in the game Swansea University increased their lead when Marley Bishop-Wisdom broke away and fired in his second goal of the game to stun the home team, 0-3.

It seemed that Swansea University were going to run away with the game and Ammanford were just about hanging onto their coattails.

It got worse for the home team when their influential midfielder Mathew Fisher limped out of the game to be replaced by striker Craig Frater.

Photo by Gareth Hughes

Further chances fell to the visitors but Ammanford battled to keep the score at 0-3 until the interval. The home support could only admire the football of Swansea University and were left wondering how their team were going to get back in the game.

The Second Half was only a couple of minutes old when another defensive error by the home team led to striker Bishop-Wisdom scoring again.

A hat trick of goals for Marley and looking like a match winning performance with over 40 minutes left to play in the game.

At last Ammanford seemed to step up the gears and there was more of an urgency to their play. Craig Frater lifted the spirits of the home support when in the 52nd minute he ran down the line in front of the main stand and cut inside then unleashed a shot that was deflected away from the Swansea University keeper into the back of the net 1-4.

All of a sudden the mood changed around the ground and there was some good signs of a possible fight back.

Four minutes later Ammanford won a penalty when Andy Robinson was tripped in the penalty area.

Lee Trundle stepped up to take it but much to the dismay of the home support his spot kick was saved by Uni’s keeper Luke Martin.

Ammanford continued to press and were winning more of the 50-50 challenges.

With 20 minutes left in the game, Ammanford got their second goal of the game when centre back Euros Griffiths rose majestically to head the ball into the net to make it 2-4.

As hard as they tried, Ammanford could not find another way through the Swansea University defence marshalled by the experienced Wyn Thomas.

As the clock ran down it was a question of what might have been if Ammanford had played at the same intensity in the first half without the defensive errors.

As the final whistle blew it was Swansea University who were celebrating a very good away win.

Make no mistake, this was a very good Swansea University team that took the field this evening and in the end worthy winners.

For the home team it may have been a case of too little too late.

Ammanford must regroup as they face another difficult fixture away to Llantwit Major on Saturday (Aug 31).

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Ammanford upset Penybont to reach MG Cup quarter finals



Report by Ian Parfitt

AMMANFORD produced arguably the shock of the third round in the MG Nathaniel Cup with a 2-1 victory at Penybont, who currently sit third in the Cymru Premier League, on Tuesday night (Sept 20).

Penybont started the game well and looked dangerous with ex Ammanford player Kai Whitmore calling the shots.

Ammanford however were also playing some neat football themselves and this was quickly becoming a competitive contest.

Ammanford took the lead in the 28th minute when Brett Enoch took advantage of a moment of calamity in the Penybont defence to fire home.

As expected Penybont increased the pressure on the Ammanford goal in search of an equaliser but Ammanford held firm to go into the interval ahead.

Kyle Marsh in particular having a fine game in the Ammanford goal. Ammanford fans would have been expecting a long 45 minutes after the break but it only took a minute for Penybont to find the equaliser, Mael Davies scoring with a firm header.

Penybont were hungry for more goals and looked especially dangerous from the flanks. The Ammanford defence, who were superb throughout held firm under a barrage of high balls into the box.

Ammanford were also keen to get a second and looked dangerous on the counter attack, both Jordan Langley and Callum Silcox going agonisingly close to restoring the visitors’ lead.

The Ammanford defence continued to form a formidable wall at the back which Penybont were unable to breach.

This fantastic rearguard action was rewarded in the 81st minute when Callum Thomas scored what turned out to be the winner for Ammanford, running through on goal and producing a composed finish to slot the ball past Penybont keeper Alex Pennock.

Ammanford players continued to put their bodies on the line to preserve the lead, epitomised by Tom Pratt who took one on the head in the six yard box.

Lee Trundle spurned a glorious chance to make the game safe for Ammanford with a couple of minutes remaining but it mattered not as the final whistle produced jubilant scenes in the away camp.

Ammanford progress to the Fourth round on what was a glorious night for the club.

Photos by Lawrence Molloy
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Strong Ammanford performance seals Cup win over Whitland



AMMANFORD got their Division 1 Cup campaign off to an excellent start on Saturday (Sept 17) as they beat Whitland 42-13.

Ammanford built up a 17-3 lead and increased that further to 8-29 before pulling away in the closing stages.

Geraint Jones scored a penalty for Whitland and unconverted tries from Gino Setaro and Lewis Gibby followed.

Captain Alex Davies was named as Ammanford’s man of the match as he lead his side to a bonus point win.

The scrum half was among the try scorers as were Morgan Plimmer, Rhodri Jones, Liam Smith, Carwyn Richards, Mathew Lemon and Tiaan Evans.

Ryan Williams added four conversions and one penalty for the visitors.

The next round of Cup fixtures is scheduled for October 15. Ammanford host Newcastle Emlyn while Whitland travel to Tondu.

Ammanford return to action in League 1 West Central on Saturday, September 24 as they host Birchgrove.

Whitland are also back in league action in League 1 West as they visit Pembroke.

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Howell’s strike takes the points for Cwm



CWMAMMAN United earned their first three points of the season with an impressive all round performance as they overcame Cardiff Darconians through a sublime Gwion Howell finish at Grenig park on Saturday (Sept 17).

Cwm started on the front foot and their passing and movement was excellent and they twice came close early with Gwion Howell clipping the outside of the post while Sion Dafydd Williams pounced on a back pass but could just not quite get enough leverage on his attempt.

They then saw a 25th min goal by Williams ruled out for a tight offside. With Charlie Davies and Scott Jewell having strong games in the middle of the park Cwm looked the likeliest to score but there was a real scare when a defensive slip required a superb save from Kai Rees in the Cwm goal to keep it goalless.

Kyle Ashford and Keiran Richards continued to run hard at the Dracs defence causing problems but the first half remained goalless.

The strong second half push back that Cwm expected from the Cardiff side didn’t materialise and Cwm continued to have the better of the play. Grant Rees and Callum Dougal were strong at the heart of the defence while Leon Coucher and the ever threatening Cory Saunders were launching attacks from out wide.

Eventually the goal came when some neat interplay saw Howell with his back to goal and the ball at his feet. A superb turn moved the ball to one side and he then fired it across the keeper to the opposite corner..

Great celebrations before Cwm immediately settled determined to see this one through. With Davies continuing to push his team forward and subs Alex Giardelli and Harrison Thomas stretching the Dracs side Cwm saw it through without too much worry.

An excellent performance of which manager Paul Lewis said: “Great to get that first win with the boys who applied our team plan superbly today and they really deserved that result.”

Cwm now look forward to another challenge as they travel to play near neighbours Garden village on Friday evening (Sept 23).

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