Three first half goals for the “Reds” of Llanelli Town left Ammanford with it all to do in the second half in this JD Cymru South league fixture.
The game could not have started any worse for the home team as the Reds won an early corner kick with two minutes played.
The ball was swung high into the Ammanford six yards area and Ammanford’s goalkeeper Craig Morris leaped to grab the ball out of the air, unfortunately for the keeper , the ball was dropped from his grasp and Llanelli’s Kyle Copp was first to react and punished the error with an easy tap in from two yards out.
Worse was to follow for the home team when a Llanelli counter attack saw Kyle Copp play the pass of the evening (a
rabona ), which split the home defence wide open and played in team mate Zac Brown who was clean through on goal and he calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net to double the visitors lead. 0-2
Ammanford’s first half misery was compounded when they conceded a penalty kick.
The resultant spot kick was dispatched into the back of the Ammanford net by Zac Brown.
Ammanford tried to get back in the game and came close when an Andy Robinson free kick was well saved by Llanelli’s keeper Kai Rees.
The second half saw Llanelli increase their lead when Reds playmaker Jordan Davies squeezed the ball into the back of the Ammanford net from close range at the far post.
Ammanford did win a penalty of their own when Ammanford’s Brett Enoch was upended in the Llanelli penalty area.
Ammanford’s Luke Borelli stepped up and thumped the ball into the corner of net sending the keeper the wrong way.
Any glimmer of hope of a comeback was extinguished when Reds got their fifth goal through Kyle Copp.
Ammanford managed another goal when winger Tristan Jenkins took on his marker and beat him by cutting inside and ran into the penalty area and placed his shot wide of Reds keeper Kai Rees into the net.
Ammanford tried to rally a late comeback and striker Gavin Jones brought a fine save out of the Reds keeper Kai Rees.
The game ended with a resounding away win for Llanelli Town 2-5.
Ammanford AFC will travel to Haverfordwest County for their next game.
Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds
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.
Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event
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.”
Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets
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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