Match Report - 17 Mar 2007, Ammanford AFC Firsts beat Caerau Ely
AMMANFORD blew away the doubts after their midweek thrashing by promotion hopefuls Cambrian and Clydach.
There were players missing for both teams and this gave the youngsters at the club the chance to prove themselves - and young star Matthew Jones was one who seized the opportunity with open arms.
The home side put the ball into the visitors' net as early as the fifth minute but Ammanford had fouled off the ball.
For the first 45 minutes Ammanford should have been at least two goals up with their domination, but Caerau Ely nearly scored in the 30th minute when some slack marking left the visitors' No 9 through on goal but his shot hit the side netting.
Minutes earlier keeper Robert Thomas had pulled off a superb save.
Although totally dominating for the first half Ammanford conceded a goal in the 60th minute - again some poor marking contributing to the goal.
In the second half Nathan McNeil had a great chance for goal but his shot went just wide. A new star for Ammanford, Matthew Jones, a youngster from the reserves making his home and his Welsh League debut, scored to level, and Ammanford surged forward looking for the win.
Richard Lewis was beginning to find space in the visitors' defence with his great vision and pace and in the 82nd minute created space for himself after turning the visitors' defence inside out and shot for a great goal.
Ammanford were now back dominating play and saw the young Ammanford No 9 Matthew Jones score his second at the second attempt from close range.
l The win bodes well for the two matches next Saturday and Sunday as on Saturday they are away to Cardiff and home on Sunday to high-fliers Caldicot, kick off 2.30pm. The reserves had no fixture last Saturday but are home to Briton Ferry on Saturday, kick off 2.30pm, hoping to continue with their present form of just one loss in their previous nine matches and two draws.
Ammanford AFC Firsts 3 - 1 Caerau Ely ()