AVAFL PREMIER DIVISION AFC ABERCYNON ........ 5 GADLYS ROVERS FC ... 1
THIS AVAFL Premier Division encounter saw AFC Abercynon entertain Gadlys Rovers in a league clash at Y Parc for the first time since September 2008.
From the word go the home side looked in the zone with Kevin Hughes and Leon Grant both sharp in attack and James Davies and Tom Fournier dominating the central third. However, it was the visitors who established the lead on 20 minutes after match official Marco Griffiths awarded them a penalty after Steve Hart brought down his opponent inside the Cynon 18-yard area. And with the subsequent spot kick beating debutant Lee Thomas in the AFC goal, it was 0-1 to the visitors.
Rovers then went looking to expand the scoreline and put the AFC defence under some extreme pressure and only some cool defending from teenager Jordan Baker and left back Gary Willis prevented a second goal on 25 minutes. AFC then rallied and gradually forced the visitors onto the back foot with Jordan Beasley and Gareth Norris making great headway down their respective flanks. Indeed, on 35 minutes Kevin Hughes found himself with time and space inside the Gadlys penalty area and produced a deft finish to restore parity.
With the interval fast approaching, both sides exchanged decent goalscoring chances. But when the half-time whistle blew, honours remained even.
Following the turnaround the home side came out with renewed resolve and really took the game to the visitors. And their endeavour was richly rewarded on 55 minutes when James Davies rose to neatly head home from Gareth Norris’ driven corner. Cynon’s Kevin Hughes then made way for teenager Adam Davies as the home side looked to kill the game. And minutes later youngster Leon Grant saw his cross-shot deflect in off a Rovers defender to make it 3-1. At this point Geraint Brown and Gareth Norris made way for Ryan Ashton and David Lloyd respectively.
Just after the hour mark the home side were themselves awarded a penalty for handball and Leon Grant made no mistake with the resulting spotkick to make it 4-1. But Rovers dug deep and proceeded to throw themselves an unlikely lifeline on 75 minutes courtesy of a well-taken goal in the wake of an excellent, sweeping move.
However, the last word went to Abercynon when substitute Adam Davies burst into the Rovers’ penalty area to culminate his run with an outstanding strike.
Leon Grant makes no mistake from the penalty spot