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Trundle late show sinks Ely

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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.

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds

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AMMANFORD seconds suffered a heavy 125 run defeat at the hands of Mumbles at Marespool.

Winning the toss, Ammanford invited Mumbles to bat first, and a terrific 188 run partnership for the second wicket, featuring Ben Jones (94) and Stuart Seaton (77), helped the home team to a healthy 221 for 4 in 45 overs.

Several Ammanford batsmen got into double figures but none were able to stay long enough to make any impression on the run chase. Eirian Morgan top-scored with 25, but the Ammanford innings finished disappointingly on 96 all out.

Gethin Morgan and Phil Roche each took three wickets for Mumbles.

Thirds beaten by Landore

Ammanford thirds travelled to Landore only to lose their match by 50 runs.

Ammanford skipper Carl Griffiths put Landore in to bat, and the home team scored 148 for 9. Landore
skipper Terry Summerfield top-scored with 33.

Ammanford’s Tom Davies was chief wicket-taker with 4 for 38.

Despite a solid 30 from opener and man-of-the-match Tom Davies, Ammanford failed to get anywhere near the required target and folded their innings on 98 inside 34 overs.

The defeat dropped them out of the top half of division six on the SWCA.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event

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CWMAMMAN United juniors held their end of season event at Clwb Godre’r Mynydd Ddu Glanamman.

As they celebrated throughout the day with their different age groups from Under 6 to Under 14 it looked as if almost every child in the Cwm had attended at some point.

The Juniors section at the club has grown to around 150 children over the last couple of years and with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of committee, coaches and volunteers behind them the club is excitedly anticipating further growth.

A fantastic time was had by all with all age groups proudly having their moment in the sun.

Robert Griffiths the Clubs Junior Chairman said: “I have to thank all our fantastic people at the club that get the kids out playing whether sorting games, coaching, fund raising or organising events such as our club parties and awards such as these.

“We continiue to grow and if your child would like to be part of a safe, healthy and fun environment they are most welcome here.”

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Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets

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A DEPLETED Ammanford lost by seven wickets to Bridgend Town in a rain affected match at windswept Newbridge Fields on Satuday (Jun 25).

With the start delayed by over an hour because of rain, the match was reduced to 39 overs before a ball was bowled, and the toss immediately became the crucial factor in deciding the game’s outcome.

Bridgend won it and, predictably enough, put Ammanford in to bat.

The writing was on the wall as the visitors lost two wickets for 9 runs on an unpredictable wicket which was one of the first bowler-friendly tracks encountered this season.

Only four batters reached double figures as wickets fell at regular intervals. Top scorer was 14 year old wicket-keeper Gruffudd Owen (19no) who took the game to the visitors and looked capable of scoring many more had he not run out of partners.

Ammanford were all out for 90 inside 30 overs.

Tea was taken early as more heavy rain swept across Newbridge Fields, but unfortunately for Ammanford the sun made a reappearance and play eventually resumed.

The Bridgend batters did not have it all their own way, quickly losing both openers to opening bowler Owen Davies.

Davies removed a further wicket in a good spell of 3 for 15, but Thomas Cogbill (43no) and Luke Humphries (18) saw Bridgend safely home without further trouble inside 24 overs.

Next week, Ammanford welcome second placed Swansea to the Park, the memory of their 700+ run clash at St Helen’s still fresh in their minds.

Thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run

Ammanford thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run in a rain adjusted match at the Rec.

Batting first, Ammanford reached 132 all out, thanks mainly to their captain Carl Griffiths (41) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (21).

Rain meant that Pontardawe’s reply was restricted to just 16 overs, during which they had to score 53 runs.

They came very close, but two wickets each from Oliver Pallot and Iwan Matthews interrupted their progress and they fell short by a single run, finishing on 51 for 5.

The victory moved Ammanford into the top half of SWCA’s Division 6.

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