Match Report - 22 Nov 2008, Ammanford AFC Firsts lost to Cwmbran Celtic
Macwhirter Welsh League Division 2 - TWO CONTROVERSIAL decisions played a huge part in Ammanford’s defeat on Saturday in just their fourth home match of the season.
The hosts dictated the opening 20 minutes and looked as if they had taken the lead when a deflected free-kick was lashed in, but a linesman signalled offside.
Minutes later, Ammanford striker Luke Fayres thought he had finally broken the deadlock when he capitalised on some lax defending to lob the ’keeper, but once again the flag went up, this time for a high foot, and the score remained 0-0.
Despite more Ammanford pressure, they couldn’t break through and it remained deadlocked at half time.
Immediately after the interval Ammanford were made to pay for not turning their pressure into points.
Their visitors started the second half much brighter and just five minutes in they went ahead from close range.
Ammanford tried to get back into the game but could not force their way through.
The killer blow came in the dying minutes when the visiting centre forward scored with a superb header at the near post.
Ammanford currently lie fourth from bottom having won three and drawn two of their opening eleven matches.
They face a massive game on Saturday when they travel to play second from bottom Caerau Ely.
That trip is followed by journeys to Garw, who are only above them on goal difference, and Maesteg Park, who are just a point ahead.
The reserves, who did not play on Saturday, are home to Newcastle Emlyn this Saturday, kick-off 2pm.
Lady luck smiled only on the fortunate visitors during this division two MacWhirter Welsh Football League fixture at Ammanford Recreation Ground.
"We were really unlucky," said AmmanfordAFC coach Phil Fisher after the home defeat.
"We scored twice in the first half, but both our goals were disallowed. I was very disappointed by that.
"The first rebounded off their keeper and we scored from it. It looked ok to me. But the referee disallowed it for some reason. I still don't know why. I'm assuming it was for offside.
"And when Luke Fayres lobbed into the net shortly after, the ref was only about 10 yards away from him. That goal was also disallowed.
"But he didn't give a foot-up free kick against Luke, instead it was the linesman who looked to be 40 yards away, who flagged up the foul and the ref agreed.
"During the second half we were under no threat really and were comfortably coping well with whatever Cwmbran threw at us.
"But our luck just isn't in at the moment. Cwmbran's first goal struck their player full in the face and ricochet into the net. He was down for a while after that, recovering from the blow. Unfortunately, those are the type of goals we have been conceding this season.
"And their second came as we chased the game." Ammanford bossed both possession and territory during the first half, with winger Rob Thomas going on effective attacking runs down the right and central defender Neil O'Brien rallying his defence whenever required.
However, pressure was frustratingly denied goals, as twice within the space of five minutes Ammanford had a duo of goals disallowed, both flagged up by the same linesman.
So, half-time arrived and instead of going in with a two-goal cushion Ammanford had to settle for a 0-0 scoreline.
To make matters even worse, five minutes into the second half Cwmbran went 1-0 ahead with the luckiest of goals.
Ammanford attempted to erase this deficit, attacking with venom. However, the home side were further perturbed when Cwmbran headed in a superbly-taken goal at the near post.
AmmanfordAFC are away to Caerau Ely on Saturday, and will also be travelling on the following two weekends when they visit Garw and Maesteg.
Ammanford Reserves are at home to Newcastle Emlyn Reserves this Saturday (2pm).
Ammanford AFC Firsts 0 - 2 Cwmbran Celtic ()