ABER­DARE/MERTHYR

Cynon Valley - - SPORT -

LEAGUE CUP ROUND ONE AFC ABER­CYNON ........ 2 GURNOS FC ................... 3

Y PARC pro­vided the back­drop as AFC Aber­cynon hosted Gurnos FC in this Aber­dare/Merthyr League Cup first round clash.

It was the visi­tors who came out of the blocks at full speed in an ef­fort to es­tab­lish an early lead.

In­deed, they bossed the game dur­ing the open­ing ex­changes and al­most found them­selves in front with only four min­utes on the clock.

But match of­fi­cial Car­wyn Speck chalked the goal off for off­side. Stung, AFC promptly found the net them­selves a minute later. But again the ref­eree was well po­si­tioned to dis­al­low the goal for an­other off­side.

How­ever, the open­ing goal soon ar­rived when in­form striker Kevin Hughes latched on to skip­per Trevor Har­ris’ per­fectly weighted through ball.

Hughes then took his shot early and beat the Gurnos keeper with an out­stand­ing 20-yard drive.

AFC then moved up through the gears and be­gan to as­sert them­selves on the game fol­low­ing the open­ing strike.

The visi­tors then caught the men in red and black cold when they fash­ioned an equaliser on 25 min­utes when they cap­i­talised on an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic er­ror from keeper Matthew Grif­fiths.

Un­de­terred, the home side con­tin­ued to press and just af­ter the half hour they won a free kick 30-yards from the Gurnos goal.

Left back Gavin En­gel­hardt stepped up and un­leashed a fe­ro­cious drive and took a wicked de­flec­tion be­fore crash­ing into the net to make it 2 – 1.

As the half drew to a close the visi­tors once again gained the up­per hand and their de­ter­mi­na­tion was richly re­warded just be­fore the break when the fash­ioned an out­stand­ing goal to re­store par­ity.

Af­ter the turn around both sides came out full of en­ergy but it was AFC who plun­dered the next goal on 55 min­utes when Kevin Hughes pounced to fire home his 20th goal of the sea­son.

Goal­mouth ac­tion at Y Parc

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