AMMANFORD AFC got back to winning ways after a thumping away win against a struggling Port Talbot Town team on Friday, September 17.
The first twenty minutes of the first half was probably the best spell the home team had in the entire game.
Port Talbot were playing some neat football, causing Ammanford a few problems down their flanks with Jenson Cory and Manny Maloney trying to play in fellow striker Lewis Reed.
For the visitors, a nasty collision early in the game led to Ammanford’s Richard Lewis having to leave the field and be substituted by central defender Euros Griffiths.
Ammanford were slowly establishing a firm grip on the game with their midfielders Leon Britton, Kai Whitmore and Dale Jones moving the ball around the park and dominating that area of play.
Ammanford’s paceman Tristan Jenkins gave Port Talbot a warning of what to expect as he came close to opening the scoring in the game, but his shot sailed over the crossbar.
Ammanford’s fullbacks Rhys Fisher and Matthew Jones were finding more and more space coming forward and with just over half an hour played it was Ammanford’s full back Matthew Jones who won his side a corner.
The resultant cross was met by Euros Griffiths who headed the ball powerfully into the Port Talbot net to open the scoring. 0-1
Three minutes later Ammanford’s Lee Trundle doubled his sides lead with a close range headed goal. 0-2
Port Talbot were rocking and with four minutes to the interval it was Ammanford’s Tristan Jenkins who broke free and ran into the Port Talbot penalty area and scored from close range. 0-3.
As the first half ended Ammanford were clearly in the ascendancy and they could sense that there were going to be more opportunities in the game to extend their lead even further whilst the home side were left to ponder how to get themselves a foothold in the game.
The second half started where first half had ended and within a couple of minutes Ammanford’s Tristan Jenkins beat the Port Talbot defence and scored his second goal of the game. 0-4
Ammanford were totally dominating the play with Leon Britton becoming even more influential in his switching of play and finding his team mates with an array of short and long passes.
Tristan Jenkins was mesmerising his markers and with an hour played in the game he completed his hat trick of goals and was proving unstoppable with his weaving runs and clinical finishing. 0-5
Tristan had only just finished celebrating his hat trick and as the game restarted Ammanford were quickly on the attack again and it was Tristan Jenkins on hand again to slot the ball into the back of the Port Talbot net to take his individual tally to four goals. 0-6
Ammanford’s seventh goal of the evening seemed inevitable and it was a real thing of beauty from ex Swans legend Lee Trundle as he twisted and turned and from outside the right hand side of the penalty area he unleashed a powerful shot from all of twenty yards out from goal.
He watched on as the ball simply flew passed the desperate outstretched dive of the Port Talbot goalkeeper James Donnelly to thump against the roof of the Port Talbot goal net. 0-7.
The game was done but credit to Port Talbot they kept going to the end and got a consolation goal in the 84th minute when Daryl Hughes broke the Ammanford defensive lines and placed his shot past Ammanford’s goalkeeper Craig Morris into the net 1-7.
The final whistle blew and Ammanford celebrated their away win. It was a good all round team performance with an outstanding individual performance from Ammanford’s Tristan Jenkins.
FC Carmarthen earn a point against Felinfoel
TWO late goals for FC Carmarthen earned them a point against Felinfoel on Saturday (Dec 4) as their game finished 2-2.
Felinfoel are yet to lose a game this season and it looked like they were on course for another win but goals in the 74th and 85th minutes of the game earned a point for the visitors.
Chris James had put the Division 1 leaders ahead in the first half as he scored from the penalty spot.
He then doubled Felinfoel’s lead on 58 minutes and they looked set to go on and earn their thirteenth win of the season.
FC Carmarthen had other ideas though and they pulled a goal back through Osian Thomas.
Thomas then completed the comeback five minutes from the end.
Both sides looked for a winner but were forced to settle for a point apiece.
On Saturday, December 11, Felinfoel are at home to Camford Sports while FC Carmarthen travel to Kidwelly Town.
PHOTO by Darren Harries
Amman United earn first win
AMMAN United claimed their first Division 3 West victory of the season with a hard-fought success on a bitingly cold afternoon at Penygroes.
Very little of note happened during the opening quarter as errors and knock-ons spoiled the flow.
Then, the visitors drew first blood on 20 minutes when, out of the blue, a well-worked move from a midfield break saw centre Steff Davies cut in to score under the posts, outside half Tom Caddell converting.
Amman had a strong wind at their backs in the first half, and with lock Jason Knell making some good yardage, they shaded the territory.
Penygroes were winning in the lineouts, but were squandering some good possession.
Try-scorer Davies limped off, to be replaced by Liam Poole, and, a wind-assisted Caddell long range penalty before halftime gave the Reds a 10-0 interval lead.
The boot of Tom Caddell stretched the lead after the restart to 13-0, but the home side were starting to get more joy in attack, prop Ben Jackson impressing with his workrate, and, after he was tackled short of the line, lock Dan Rees gathered and went over for the try, full back Nicholas Morris adding the conversion.
Caddell kept Amman’s score ticking along with another penalty, and, in the final quarter, the visitors brought on their very own “bomb squad” as Rhys Phillips, Harley Davies and Rhydian Jones entered the fray, with great effect.
With much more cohesion in attack, Jones impressed around the pitch particularly, and with some ten minutes left, full-back Joel Foster’s excellent work put the try on a plate for backrow man Jac Isaac to cross the line for a converted score.
George Clarke also featured with some telling Amman runs as they continued to press, Penygroes only threatening sporadically, full back Nicholas Morris the pick of their backs; but they lacked a real cutting edge to finish off their good work.
United’s win was rubber-stamped when scrum half Alex Williams gleefully divebombed over for a third Amman try with minutes left.
To their credit, the home side battled manfully to the end, and were rewarded with a try with the final move of the game as Rhys Gealey scored as the final whistle was blown.
Amman will be at Cwmamman Park on Saturday, December 11, when they entertain New Dock Stars.
Risca earn win over Ammanford
AMMANFORD travelled to Ystrad Mynach on Friday night (Dec 3) to face Risca United on their artificial pitch.
The Valley mist was slowly rolling across the sky and hovering just above the pitch. A healthy crowd sat in the large stand waited for the teams’ arrival.
Ammanford were in their green kit whilst Risca were in their usual black and white striped shirts.
The visitors got off to the perfect start with only ten minutes played when Ammanford captain Lee Trundle skilfully turned on the edge of the Risca penalty area and slotted the ball into the corner of the Risca net.
Both sides pressed each other but Ammanford’s lead lasted until minutes before half time when the home side were awarded a penalty.
Risca’s Leon Thomas duly despatched the spot kick into the Ammanford net to level it up at 1-1.
The second half saw both sides pressing for that second goal with no quarter given by either side which kept the referee busy in the production of several yellow cards.
It was Risca that made the breakthrough in the 68th minute of the game when their substitute Harvey Selway assisted team mate Leon Thomas to get his second goal of the game as he broke through the middle of the Ammanford defence and placed his shot past Ammanford keeper Craig Morris to give his side the lead.
Ammanford did their best to respond and Brett Enoch came the closest with a couple of attempts in the last ten minutes of the game.
It wasn’t enough for Ammanford as final whistle blew and it was Risca who celebrated the victory.
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