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.
Cefneithin hold off Cwmgors for second win
Cwmgors 22-31 Cefneithin
LOOKING for their first WRU Bowl victory since the restart, Cwmgors welcomed Cefneithin to Parc y Werin, the hosts kicking off playing towards Ysgol y Waun.
The visitors notched the opening score with an early converted try, before Andrew Mason sent a penalty over after 12 minutes for the home side.
The Cherries scored an excellent try on 20 minutes, a fine break from the impressive “Owz” resulting in a well-worked try; the resulting conversion unluckily came off the post, but ‘Gors led 8-7.
Some great work by the forwards brought due reward as Cwm grabbed a second touch down which Mason converted; but before the interval, Cefneithin hit back with a try of their own, to leave them trailing by just a point at the break.
Cefn then took the lead early in the second half with a penalty, and missed another minutes later, before breaching the Cwmgors defence to record a third try of the afternoon on 50 minutes.
Minutes later, the ever-industrious “Owz” popped up again, another clinical break and good support which saw Ioan Jones crash over the whitewash for the try; Andrew Mason’s conversion meant Cwm were just two points adrift.
But, ten minutes from the end, home hopes soon evaporated by a late try from the visitors which gave the Cherries too much to do and they ultimately went down to a valiant defeat.
Cwmgors travel to Tumble this Saturday (Sept 25) while Cefneithin host Amman United.
Amman United too good for Betws
AMMAN United earned their fourth win of the campaign on Saturday as they beat Betws 43-13.
After a short delay following the late arrival of the referee, it was Betws who opened the scoring when outside half Aled Rees Jones slotted an early penalty.
But the home side were soon on the attack; backrow man Alun Lewis’ jinking run opened the defence and his perfect pass put in supporting scrum- half Alex Williams to grab the try.
Following Dan Jones’ excellent run, Betws were penalised, and outside half Tom Caddell made no mistake with the resulting kick. A well struck penalty from the boot of Betws placekicker Jones made it 8-6 after 17 minutes.
Newly-married Iwan Davies showed no sign of flagging and was in the thick of things as his superb run typified his all-round effort, along with impressive centre Hacuna Bezzara.
Craig Ratliffe’s break then created space, and Rhodri Lewis’ pass put in Dan Jones for try number two, Caddell’s conversion making it 15-6.
Amman’s purple-patch continued as wing Eurig Morgan crossed for a fine corner try, but Betws showed their sheer grit, despite being down a man by now, peppering the Amman try-line before Rory McGhee forced his way over for a deserved try which Aled Rees Jones converted on the stroke of half time.
A gallant Betws defence was breached early in the second half as Iwan Davies’ pass put in centre Bezzara for a Caddell-converted try.
A superb individual try from Alex Williams which saw him sidestep in for another Amman try began taking the match out of the visitors’ grasp on the hour mark.
Eurig Morgan’s ‘try’ was then ruled out for a forward-pass, just before Alex Williams incurred the referee’s wrath, yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle.
Betws almost took advantage of the 14 men as scrum half Ryan Tancock, who had a solid game, made a searing midfield break which sadly earned no end reward.
Betws’ tiring defensive legs conceded a further score as Alun Lewis provided a try on a plate for replacement Liam Poole to gallop over with minutes remaining.
Caddell’s conversion completed the scoring on an entertaining encounter.
Amman make the trip to Cefneithin on Saturday (Sept 25), while Betws are next in action on October 2.
Ynys prove one hill too far
Cwmamman Utd Reserves 2-4 Ynysygerwn
AFTER two 5-1 wins Cwmamman Reserves, playing their second game in 3 days, put up a brave fight against an Ynysygerwn team with lots of first team experience while also having to play 70 mins of the match with ten men.
The last thing they needed on tired legs was the dismissal of Brieg Matthews after 18 mins for an off the ball incident and it had been a tight match to that point.
But then on 23mins a through ball to Rhys Brewer saw him open the scoring for Ynys.
The 10 men of Cwm fought hard and Ashley Twigg was causing problems on the flank while Olly Dymond was brought down for a strong penalty shout but the referee waved play on.
Grant Rees and Stuart Dunn were strong at the centre of defence. Then just on half time a failure to clear at a corner saw Josh Davies slot it home for the equaliser for CWM.
The second half saw Ynysygerwn increase their possession as Cwm tired and in the 50th minute Tom Phillips flicked in a corner which was quickly followed by a goal in the 53rd minute when a ball over the top saw Charlie Farrell make it 3-1 for Ynys.
Again Cwm came back with Rhys Williams and Rhydian Jones making strong runs and Cam Isaac who had been a safe pair of hands for Cwm in goals but playing out for the last 15 mins score a great individual goal for 3-2.
Cwm pressed and had another strong penalty appeal before themselves conceding a penalty in the last minute which was converted by Nathan Davies to seal a hard fought 4-2 win for Ynysygerwn.
Cwm will enjoy the week’s rest before entertaining Briton Ferry next Saturday (Sept 25).
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