Youth win final game

The Youth won the final game of the season and in doing so completed a double over Goytre. Goals from Jake Simeone and Noah Daley secured a 2-1 win and they ended the season as runners up.

Season ends with another draw

A second successive 4-4 draw this time away at Cwmbran Celtic. After weathering early Celtic pressure Mark Jones should have given us the lead on 8 minutes but he headed a corner over the bar. We then grew into the game and the Celtic keeper made a good save off Noah Daley. We took the lead on 11 minutes when Neil Thomas was on the end of a right wing cross. The keeper saved his first effort but Neil forced home the rebound. We were two up on twenty minutes when Noah Daley converted a right wing cross. Celtic hit a post with a free kick and Mark Jones netted a penalty on 326 minutes to put us firmly in the driving seat. There was still time for Celtic to miss a 1 on 1 with Rory McCreesh but we went in with a healthy three goal advantage.

That advantage was blown away within 9 minutes of the restart, The first goal was scored on 50 minutes and then Rory McCreesh needlessly conceded a penalty on 54 minutes and in Celtic’s next attack it was 3-3. The way this game went either side could have scored almost at will, Mark Jones hit the post and it was a surprise that the next goal didn’t come until the 79th minute. Now we were looking to respond and we equalised on 84 minutes with another Mark Jones penalty after Toby Link-Jones was fouled in the area. Both sides had further chances to win the game but we had to settle for a share of the points.

 

Rory McCreesh  2 Kieran Parsons  3 James Parry  4 Alex Gammond  5 Toby Link-Jones

6 Neil Thomas  7 Patrick Finneral  8 Kieran Howells  9 Mark Jones 10 Noah Daley

11 Sacha Walters

Subs  12 Jack Fleming  – 14 Paul Evans

Derby ends all square

Not a good night for either defence, the neutrals loved it but once again we failed to win at home. Leading scorer Mark Jones was unavailable due to work commitments, so Neil Thomas returned.

We again conceded an early goal failing to deal with a corner on 8 minutes. The lead only lasted 5 minutes as Chris Hartland picked up a ball after the Port Talbot keeper dropped a Sacha Walters free kick and slotted it into the empty net. On 22 minutes a Port Talbot free kick into the box saw a penalty awarded against James Parry, despite his penalty saving record Rory McCreesh unfortunately wasn’t able to save this one. Again, the lead only lasted a couple of minutes, Noah Daley wide left cut in and hit a screamer into the far corner on 24 minutes. Somehow, we got to half time with no further goals. We were still in the dressing room in the early minutes of the second half, a long ball into the box wasn’t dealt with and we found ourselves 3-2 down. Worse was to follow on 51 minutes when we were 4-3 down. Jack Hurley replaced Neil Thomas on 62 minutes and from 35 yards he brought us back into the game with a shot into the top corner with 15 minutes to go.  Spurred on by this we forced a corner and now the Port Talbot defence was all at sea, Pat Finneral set up Chris Hartland and from a couple of yards he brought us level on 77 minutes. The game had changed now with Port Talbot hanging on settling for a point but we weren’t quite able to get a fifth which our performance late on deserved. On to Cwmbran Celtic for a season finale on Saturday, hopefully the defence will be aware of its shortcomings in this game and we will see the season out on a high.

Rory McCreesh  2 Kieran Parsons  3 Jack Fleming  4 James Parry  5 Alex Gammond

6 Neil Thomas  7 Chris Hartland  8 Patrick Finneral  9 Jack Underwood 10 Noah Daley

11 Sacha Walters

Subs  12 Jack Hurley for Neil Thomas 62  – 14 Toby Link-Jones – 15 Jamie Karnsang –

16 Lewis Clement – 17 Jake Simeone

Ammanford 1 Afan Lido 4

After a goalless first half Mark Jones set up Chris Hartland to open the scoring. Mark then doubled the lead and Pat Finneral scored his first senior goal for the club. Ammanford pulled 1 back a couple of minutes from time before Mark Jones completed the scoring. 16 year old Toby Link-Jones made his first team debut and by the end of the game we had 6 youth players on the field.