AMMANFORD AFC were back home and under the lights for their latest Friday evening (Nov 19) JD Cymru South league game against Risca United.
Ammanford were determined to take the game to their opponents from the off and they didn’t have to wait long for the opening goal of the game.
In the seventh minute Ammanford’s Lee Trundle was fouled some twenty five yards out from the visitors goal in a fairly central position, ideal for a direct strike on goal.
Trundle placed the ball as Risca formed their defensive wall. The referee’s whistle blew and Trundle took his aim at the Risca goal and he unleashed a shot that rocketed into the roof of the Risca net giving goalkeeper Joseph Massaro no chance of keeping the ball out of his goal.
Risca were initially rocked by the home side’s start to the game but the visitors galvanised and started to push Ammanford back and were edging themselves closer and closer to their hosts’ goal.
It took a good save from Ammanford’s goalkeeper Craig Morris using his feet to deny Risca an equaliser.
However Risca were not to be denied and it was Risca’s Ryan Wheeler who finished off a good passing move from his team mates to level the game up at a goal apiece.
As the first half was drawing to a close a sublime individual run from Ammanford’s Tristan Jenkins, which had started just inside Risca’s half, saw him slalom his way past several defenders into the left edge of the Risca penalty area. He looked up and angled his cross shot which was delivered with slide rule precision into the far corner of the Risca net to restore his team’s lead.
Manager Gruff Harrison’s half time team talk was made a lot easier with the Tristan Jenkins wonder strike.
The second half saw Risca continue to try and find their way back into the game whilst their defenders kept a high line and stifled the Ammanford attack.
Ammanford were coping with their opponents but in the 70th minute a cross into the Ammanford box saw Risca’s centre back Callum Hodges rise higher than anyone and head the ball into the unguarded Ammanford net to level the score again at 2-2.
The last twenty minutes saw Ammanford try to fight back but the defensive lines of Risca stood firm.
Risca also had their moments but in the end neither side could find the cutting edge to break the deadlock and at the final whistle both teams had to settle for the draw and a point apiece.
Ammanford will be no doubt disappointed with the draw but credit to Risca for coming from behind twice.
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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