Match Report - 25 Oct 2003, Ammanford AFC Firsts beat Garden Village
AMMANFORD 5 - 1 GARDEN VILLAGE
WELSH FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 2
SATURDAY OCTOBER 25th, 2003
The Village are still yet to record any points away from home after Saturday's 5-1 defeat at the hands of lowly Ammanford at their Rice Road ground.
A Kerry Poffley goal mid-way through the first-half looked to have brought his side back in the game at 2-1 down, but two late goals in the first-half and one right at the end of the game condemned the Village to their third straight league defeat on the road this season.
It took just 8 minutes for the Carmarthenshire outfit to put the ball into the net, but unfortunately it wasn't an Ammanford player who scored it! A low cross deep into the Village area was met by David Rimmer's diving header, the ball crashing beyond Stuart Lloyd and into the net for an own goal.
Garden Village did come close to equalising on 10 minutes after Phil John had been brought down right on the edge of Ammanford's penalty area. Robert Cunnah stepped up to take the free-kick and it was curled inches over the crossbar.
The home side's lead was stretched in the 23rd minute after possession was given away on the edge of the Village's area, that allowed an Ammanford forward to break into the area and shoot past Lloyd, with the help of a deflection off the post. Two minutes later, though, the Village got themselves back in it. The move started deep inside the Village half with Christian Zenati's pass to Phil John which allowed him to run into the Ammanford half, he then released Kerry Poffley just outside the Ammanford half and after a mix up between the defender and his 'keeper, Poffley neatly converted the ball into the net.
Two minutes after Poffley's goal, the Village came so close to levelling the scoreline. David Rimmer's high ball into the area was fumbled by the goalkeeper after some help from Kerry Poffley, the loose ball was then picked up by Steven Evans and he shot straight at the goalkeeper from close range. Robert Cunnah also came very close to scoring on 38 minutes, after cutting past a defender and into the area his goal bound effort from a very tight angle brought out a fantastic one-handed save from the Ammanford goalkeeper to force a corner.
How the Village will regret those misses because two goals in the remaining two minutes of the first-half put the match totally beyond them. It wasn't to be David Rimmer's day because on 43 minutes he scored his second own goal of the match! Ammanford gained possession on the half-way line and the ball was taken down the right-hand side and to the bye-line, the low cross was met by the foot of David Rimmer inside the 6-yard area. The game was all but over in the 45th minute when a fantastic free-kick from 25-yards was drilled into the top corner of Stuart Lloyd's net to make it 4-1.
HALF TIME: Ammanford 4 - 1 Village
Ten minutes into the second-half the Village came close to pulling a goal back. After Kerry Poffley's shot was saved by the legs of the Ammanford goalkeeper to force a corner, Rob Cunnah's cross in fell to Steven Evans 4-yards out from goal, but his shot was cleared off the line. Three minutes later Kerry Poffley beat the offside trap to go through on goal, he chipped the oncoming 'keeper from outside the area but the ball dipped just over the wrong side of the bar.
On 76 minutes the home side looked certain to score their fifth. An Ammanford player broke through the Village defence to go one-on-one with Stuart Lloyd who denied them the goal by palming the shot onto the crossbar. Their fifth goal did come in the 87th minute, possession was given away inside their half which allowed one of their players to take the ball all the way to the edge of the Village area and chip the oncoming Stuart Lloyd to make it 5-1.
Village: S.Lloyd, N.Lloyd (Ferro 49), Morgan (Quinn 61), Zenati, D.Evans, Rimmer, M.Evans (Alfie 78), John, Cunnah, Poffley, S.Evans.
Ammanford AFC Firsts 5 - 1 Garden Village ()