AVAFL DIVISION ONE AFC ABERCYNON B ..... 6 VALLEY BLADES FC .... 3
THIS AVAFL Division One clash saw Mountain Ash side Valley Blades arrive at Y Parc looking for an opening day win.
And after 25 minutes of play they were well on course after establishing a well-deserved 0-3 lead with former AFC player Jarred Gibbs helping himself to an excellent brace. Indeed, only an outstanding reflex save from AFC keeper Rhys Davies prevented Blades centre forward Chris Edwards from expanding the scoreline even further. However, just before the break teenager Lewis Bowen, on his Abercynon debut, arrived on cue to finish from close range to throw his side an unlikely lifeline.
Following the break the home side finally found some rhythm with Graham Randell and youngster Bowen exploiting the space down the flanks and Josh Williams and Martin Bewick both looking to work the channels in the attacking third. And on 55 minutes Bowen again arrived in the box to fire home with aplomb. With the momentum now with the home side an equaliser looked on the cards and minutes later Josh Williams, on his 100th league and cup appearance in a red and black shirt, drove home the loose ball to
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At this stage AFC man- keeper to put his side in ager Stephen Tucker rang the box seat for the first the changes in an effort time. And two minutes to keep the visitors on later the tireless Graham the back foot with Craig Randell took full advantage Sylvester and Trevor of a slip by keeper Harris replacing Rhys Ryan Kinsey to make it Jones and Josh Williams 5-3. Substitute Sylvester respectively. then added further gloss
And these changes to the scoreline when he bore fruit almost immedi- headed home from close ately when Sylvester cut a range on 80 minutes to swathe through the Blades cap an outstanding comeback defence before sliding the by the home side.