Match Report - 19 Apr 2008, Ammanford AFC Firsts beat Pontyclun
Leaders Bettws fell to a shock 3-0 defeat at Caerau Ely, while Ammanford stretched an unbeaten run to six games with a 2-0 success at Pontyclun.
Dean Jenkins nudged the Rice Roaders in front in the 65th minute, with a 17th goal of the season from Luke Fayers sealing victory.
Bottom-placed Briton Ferry battled hard during a goalless stalemate with Llanwern at Old Road
Ammanford showed no mercy at Ivor Park, seeing off the intense challenge supplied by relegation-threatened Pontyclun in division two of the MacWhirter Welsh League.
Ammanford had a selection setback before the start when Rhodri Jones was diagnosed with a serious broken nose which required immediate surgery, which has ended his season.
However, youngster Steffan Cook took his place and commandingly won the man of the match accolade.
It proved a very physical encounter, with two Ponty players red-carded and Ammanford defender Cerith Williams also being given his marching orders late on.
Although it took longer for the visitors to ease into their usual pattern of play, with Luke Fayres going close early on, they soon found their feet.
The pace of Dean Jenkins proved be a real thorn in Ponty's side and he was unlucky not to win a penalty in the 20th minute. Although the first half was mainly fought out in the centre circle, Ammanford's attacking flair came to the fore in the second half, with Liam Preece and Fayres both going close.
In the 65th minute a through ball to Dean Jenkins culminated in a quality finish to go 1-0 ahead.
Ponty's youthful keeper pulled off a superb reflex save when a Preece cross was deflected, and on the hour Ponty were down to 10 after a sending off.
Ammanford attacked with gusto, and Jenkins lobbed the advancing keeper but the strong breeze took his shot wide.
However, a follow-up precision lob by Fayres made it 2-0. A superb bit of composed magic from Sean Fender set up Fayres, who made no mistake when lifting the ball over the last defender.
This score was followed up by a second Ponty red carding, and Ammanford's Cerith Williams was sent to the showers early too after he tried to make a last man tackle, which ended in a penalty and his dismissal. Shot-stopper Richard Walton pulled off a superb save.
In Ammanford's last six outings they have won five and drawn one, scoring 11 goals and conceding only two.
Ammanford are away to Caerau Ely on Saturday, while Ammanford Reserves, who won 3-1 at home against Briton Ferry at the weekend, are home to Neath tonight (Wednesday) and at local rivals Cwmamman on Saturday.
Pontyclun 0 - 2 Ammanford AFC Firsts ()