Cynon Valley - - FOOTBALL -


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

Josh Wil­liams –100 th AFC ap­pear­ance. AVAFL Di­vi­sion One. AFC Ab er cynonB[6]v[3] Val­ley Blade sF C make it 3-3. ball past the ad­vanc­ing

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.

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