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Old Gold bow out of Tier 2 Cup

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CARMARTHEN went out of the newly established Cymru South League Cup at the first round against Goytre United – a team which they had beaten, away from home, in the League only two weeks ago.

And, encouragingly, the Old Gold began quite positively as they tested the Goytre defence with a series of penetrating raids. That pressure gradually built up until the 6th minute when Town managed their first notable scoring effort when Bradley Gibbings sent a fine cross from the right flank into the penalty area where Kaid Mohammed struck a fierce angled drive that goal-keeper Conah McFenton, with a smart save, turned aside.

Town maintained that early pressure and this to led to them taking a deserved lead on 14 minutes. Tom Dyson sent a huge clearance upfield from his own penalty area which Mohammed keenly pursued – after outpacing a defender the experienced striker, from 15 yards, drove the ball past McFenton and into the back of the net.

Carmarthen continued to enjoy the greater share of possession and in the 20th minute they went close to extending their lead. Trystan Jones raced along the left flank before sending a fine cross over to Dyson who from 20 yards struck a fierce shot that defeated McFenton only for the ball to crash against the bar and land behind the goal.

Then on several more occasions the Old Gold, with their impressive pace and movement, breached the visitors’ defence only for poor finishing to ensure that further goals did not arise during this period of play – and that would turn out be the turning point of the match.

On 30 minutes the visitors at last became a goal threat when Ethan Taylor burst through Town’s defensive back line only to be stopped by ‘keeper Nick Jones racing far out of his goal and bravely dropping to the ground at the striker’s feet to claim the ball.

Straightaway Goytre became far more competitive and Carmarthen’s defensive unit much busier – and this soon led to the visitors drawing level. On 35 minutes Taylor chased a long pass to the by-line and then sent a fine cross towards the far corner of the goal where Jordan Edwards drove the ball past Jones and into the net.

Soon afterwards Steffan Roberts was allowed a clear run from the centre-circle in pursuit of a long pass but once again Jones was quickly well out of his goal to claim possession of the ball and clear it to safety.

Then just before half-time the circumstances for the Old Gold became even worse. On the half-way line, directly in front of the dug-outs an unseemly confrontation broke out between several players from both sides – once, after some time, matters had eventually calmed down the referee sent-off Adam John for his involvement in this incident.

After the half-time interval Manager Mark Aizlewood sent on substitutes Lee Surman and Greg Walters (and soon afterwards Scott Tancock) which added strength and experience to the core of the team.

And on 52 minutes Town went close to scoring when a smart passing move led to Mohammed

firing a crisp angled shot across the face of the goal and Gibbings just failing to connect with a close-range tap-in opportunity.

However, with Carmarthen eagerly seeking to restore their lead Goytre were aware .of potential scoring opportunities on the counter-attack and in the 57th minute they exploited such a chance. With Town players upfield a clearance from a United defender fell nicely for Steffan Roberts in the centre-circle – he was able to race upfield unhindered and then, as Jones came to challenge him at the edge of the penalty area, the striker drove the ball past the stranded ‘keeper and into the empty goal.

Stung by that set-back the Old Gold went back on the attack. On 61 minutes Mohammed saw his fierce 20 yard angled strike turned over the bar by McFenton. Moments later the experienced striker’s close-range shot suffered the same fate.

By this stage Carmarthen were more or less camped in the visitors’ half of the pitch. After 75 minutes Tom Dyson sent fine pass into the penalty area where Gibbings saw his 15 yard drive fly narrowly wide. Then shortly afterwards he saw another close-range shot turned aside by the increasingly busy McFenton.

As the match stretched into added time Gibbings once again burst into the penalty area and released another fierce volley which McFenton resisted impressively. And the Old Gold’s final opportunity to level the scores arose when Mohammed, from 15 yards, dispatched a stunning strike only for Goytre’s overworked ‘keeper to block the ball and clear it to safety.

Town return to Cymru South League action for their next away against Abergavenny Town on Friday, September 9, ko 7.30pm.

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Amman earn first win of the season

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AMMAN United claimed their first win of the season after an opening-day draw, and a cup defeat at Haverfordwest last weekend.

However, you would have been hard pushed to imagine a 50-point final-score when, just before half time, the score remained 0-0.

But two injury time scores had then given Amman an unlikely 12-0 interval lead against the Bulldogs.

A bright opening from United saw centre Gavin Lewis, on yet another comeback, show his trickery with a nice run and offload early on. Hooker George Clark had a fine game and was in the thick of everything, as were fellow forwards Iwan Davies, Dan Jones, Rhydian Jones and captain Alun Lewis.

Bynea suffered a very early blow, losing Corey Butler to an untimely injury, and they were later to also see Jamie Thomas limp off before half time.

These injuries meant a large period of added-time, and the Bulldogs’ valiant defence cracked during the injury-time as Joel Foster and Alun Lewis combined to put in flanker Rhydian Jones for the opening try, which Tom Caddell converted.

A frustrating couple of minutes for the visitors was compounded when a quick tap and go penalty from scrum half Foster saw him smuggle over the try line for a second try on the stroke of half time.

The Reds continued in good heart after the restart, and after some good play,Foster and and Dan Jones were involved before Rhydian Jones slipped a fine offload to skipper Alun Lewis who went under the posts for another converted try.

Another “vet” came on, Adrian Thomas off the bench as the home side largely dominated with their pack in the ascendency, Cian Lewis, Jason Knell and Rhys Phillips having put in a good shift throughout.

The Bulldogs then had a purple patch for a while,centre Jack Mal almost finishing off a fine move, before more calamity struck for them as Jake Sam was sadly stretchered off.

Amman capitalised and grabbed a bonus point try when the excellent George Clarke went over for another score to make it 24-0.

But the dogged visitors were always a threat, and carved out an excellent try for their efforts as wing Nathan Baker finished off a well-worked team move, which outside half Finlay Cook converted.

Amman hit back when the back row combined well before Dan Jones went over the whitewash for a try.

A very young Bynea side battled to the end,and some more excellent play was rewarded with a try for Tom Badger, converted by Cook.

However, the home side had the last word and grabbed a very late injury time try as the industrious Rhydian Jones crossed for the final score of the game.

Amman face a tough trip to Tumble on Saturday, October 1, while Bynea are home against New Dock Stars.

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Ammanford upset Penybont to reach MG Cup quarter finals

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Report by Ian Parfitt

AMMANFORD produced arguably the shock of the third round in the MG Nathaniel Cup with a 2-1 victory at Penybont, who currently sit third in the Cymru Premier League, on Tuesday night (Sept 20).

Penybont started the game well and looked dangerous with ex Ammanford player Kai Whitmore calling the shots.

Ammanford however were also playing some neat football themselves and this was quickly becoming a competitive contest.

Ammanford took the lead in the 28th minute when Brett Enoch took advantage of a moment of calamity in the Penybont defence to fire home.

As expected Penybont increased the pressure on the Ammanford goal in search of an equaliser but Ammanford held firm to go into the interval ahead.

Kyle Marsh in particular having a fine game in the Ammanford goal. Ammanford fans would have been expecting a long 45 minutes after the break but it only took a minute for Penybont to find the equaliser, Mael Davies scoring with a firm header.

Penybont were hungry for more goals and looked especially dangerous from the flanks. The Ammanford defence, who were superb throughout held firm under a barrage of high balls into the box.

Ammanford were also keen to get a second and looked dangerous on the counter attack, both Jordan Langley and Callum Silcox going agonisingly close to restoring the visitors’ lead.

The Ammanford defence continued to form a formidable wall at the back which Penybont were unable to breach.

This fantastic rearguard action was rewarded in the 81st minute when Callum Thomas scored what turned out to be the winner for Ammanford, running through on goal and producing a composed finish to slot the ball past Penybont keeper Alex Pennock.

Ammanford players continued to put their bodies on the line to preserve the lead, epitomised by Tom Pratt who took one on the head in the six yard box.

Lee Trundle spurned a glorious chance to make the game safe for Ammanford with a couple of minutes remaining but it mattered not as the final whistle produced jubilant scenes in the away camp.

Ammanford progress to the Fourth round on what was a glorious night for the club.

Photos by Lawrence Molloy
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Strong Ammanford performance seals Cup win over Whitland

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AMMANFORD got their Division 1 Cup campaign off to an excellent start on Saturday (Sept 17) as they beat Whitland 42-13.

Ammanford built up a 17-3 lead and increased that further to 8-29 before pulling away in the closing stages.

Geraint Jones scored a penalty for Whitland and unconverted tries from Gino Setaro and Lewis Gibby followed.

Captain Alex Davies was named as Ammanford’s man of the match as he lead his side to a bonus point win.

The scrum half was among the try scorers as were Morgan Plimmer, Rhodri Jones, Liam Smith, Carwyn Richards, Mathew Lemon and Tiaan Evans.

Ryan Williams added four conversions and one penalty for the visitors.

The next round of Cup fixtures is scheduled for October 15. Ammanford host Newcastle Emlyn while Whitland travel to Tondu.

Ammanford return to action in League 1 West Central on Saturday, September 24 as they host Birchgrove.

Whitland are also back in league action in League 1 West as they visit Pembroke.

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