Match Report - 13 Nov 2004, Ammanford AFC Firsts beat Seven Sisters
YOUTHFUL Ammanford progressed to the last 16 of the cup thanks to the goal-scoring exploits of 16-year-old sensation Matthew Fisher.
In a first half dominated by midfield battles, chances were few and far between. The only clear-cut opportunity that came Ammanford's way fell to Tristan Lewis, who just failed to get the final touch on a Paul Hughes through-ball.
Such was the evenness of this closely fought contest, it always seemed likely that a single goal would settle it.
Amman-ford, who had drawn their previous encounter at Rice Road, included three 16-year-olds in their squad.
However, they continued to be hustled out of their stride by the ultra-competitive visitors.
But then, after an hour's play, Fisher latched on to an inch-perfect Mark James pass before rounding ex-Ammanford keeper Adrian Barnsley.
It looked as if the young rookie had taken the ball too wide and just when it seemed the chance had gone, he cut inside, drew in two defenders and produced a clinical finish that belied his tender years.
Remarkably, Fisher's goal came off the back of a midweek hat-trick for the seconds in a 4-1 win over Goytre.
Five minutes later Tristan Lewis unleashed a superb long-range shot that just fizzled over the bar and within moments, Paul Hughes let rip with an almost identical effort that again went narrowly over.
The best move of the match unfolded with just ten minutes left as James Hughes and Fisher combined only to see the opportunity being scrambled clear.
Ammanford's seconds picked up a fine 4-1 midweek win away to Goytre thanks to Fisher's hat-trick.
Another local 16-year-old, Nathan Jones, also played no small part in the cup win as yet another 16-year-old, Lee John, watched on from the bench.
lOn Saturday, Ammanford are away to Morriston while the seconds are at home to Maesteg Park.
Ammanford 1 Seven Sisters 0
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