Match Report - 26 Feb 2005, Ammanford AFC Firsts lost to Pontypridd Town
AMMANFORD suffered cruel fate yet again as they were sunk by a 95th minute winner.
With the scores tied at the end of normal time, an amazing six minutes of injury time ensued and Pontypridd striker John Keavney pounced to break Ammanford hearts.
The visitors fielded a strong side and made an excellent start.
They settled down to play with a good tempo but Pontypridd soon showed why they are fancied for promotion when they hooked Ammanford back on their heels after six minutes with a snap goal from Keri Harding.
Ammanford then had to defend desperately with keeper Craig Morris pulling off two consecutive goal line saves - the second while still on the floor - and at least another two last-gasp blocks before the danger was eventually cleared.
Ponty had another great chance when ex-Swansea City striker Keavney raced clear. With only keeper Morris to beat he his shot from ten yards from straight in front of goal hit the post and was cleared.
Ammanford soon regained their composure and deservedly equalised just a minute before half-time.
After putting the home defence under pressure through Nathan Jones and Paul Hughes, the latter scored after the final pass from Jones gave the striker the service he needed.
Ammanford took the lead two minutes into the second half when Paul Hughes was brought down inside the penalty box and he made no mistake from the spot to score his 16th goal of the season.
Ammanford began putting the home side under a lot of pressure with Tristan Lewis and Gavin Morris both having shots cleared.
Pontypridd pulled a goal back on 65 minutes through Dean Morris and then missed a glorious chance to go back in front when they blasted a penalty wide.
The match looked certain to end in a draw but for some reason six minutes of injury time was played and Ponty scored the winner.
There had been no serious injuries and both trainers were only called onto the pitch five times in total.
While perhaps Ammanford didn't do quite enough to win, both teams would have been happy with the draw.
On Saturday, Ammanford are home to Cardiff Corries.
The seconds had a resounding 4-1 win against mid-table Newcastle Emlyn and are away on Saturday to Seven Sisters.
Pontypridd 3 Ammanford 2
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Pontypridd Town 3 - 2 Ammanford AFC Firsts ()