Match Report - 17 Jan 2007, Ammanford AFC Firsts drew with Dafen Welfare
Wednesday 17th January 2007 - 1st Team
Kick off: 6.30pm
Venue: Recreation Ground (away)
Half time score: 0-0
Full time score: 2-2
Referee: Derek Williams
Written by Paul Clement
A combination of first, reserve and under 16's team players played out a 2-2 draw with Welsh League Division 2 opponents Ammanford.
In difficult conditions at the Recreation Ground Dafen came from two goals down to grab two late goals and come away with a creditable draw. The first half was largely uninspiring as both keepers were rarely troubled. Old Bluebird Scott Davies fired over with a long range effort midway through the half, while Callum Letheren fired wide when he probably should have squared to Stuart Evans. Letheren and Coomey combined well on the right flank in the first period, the defence looked quite solid and Gavin Thomas performed well in the centre of midfield. Richard Broad worked hard up front but Dafen's chances were very limited.
The second period saw the introduction of Under 16's players Robert Kirkhouse and Craig Frater, along with the slightly older Andrew Gardener and Marc Garrity. Dafen posed a far greater attacking threat in the second half with Frater and Garrity continually sniping at the Ammanford defence and Kirkhouse always making himself available in the unaccustomed role of left back. Ammanford took the lead though with 25 minutes remaining as keeper Darren Green kicked weakly and Ammanford scored an easy goal. Two minutes later and the home side scored again as Dafen's offside trap failed. Ammanford were guilty of some sloppy defending themselves with nine minutes left and Marc Garrity took advantage to intercept a tame back pass to round the keeper and score. Dafen should have had a penalty soon after as Craig Frater was clearly held. Justice was done in the last minute as the referee blew for a hand ball in the area and Marc Garrity netted his second to level matters.
A useful exercise in testing conditions. Good to see Frater and Kirkhouse involved at Senior level, let's hope more and more of their collegues start to come through.
Final Score : Ammanford Town 2 Dafen Welfare 2
81: Marc Garrity.
Details: Inside box. Right foot.
90: Marc Garrity.
Details: Penalty. Inside box. Left foot.
Ammanford AFC Firsts 2 - 2 Dafen Welfare ()