STARS RALLY TO STUN CHAM­PI­ONS

Llanelli Star - - Soccer -

THERE was a su­perb start to the sea­son for Car­marthen Stars, who came from be­hind to beat de­fend­ing LTC Mo­bil­ity Car­marthen­shire League cham­pi­ons Bwlch Rangers 2-1 at home.

Trail­ing to a goal by Matthew Wil­liams at half-time, the Stars bat­tled back to clinch the points thanks to Rhys Lewis and Terry May­nard.

Also off to a fly­ing start are Evans & Wil­liams, who beat Loughor Rovers 5-1 in their away clash. All the goals were scored in the sec­ond half.

For the first half-hour there was noth­ing to choose be­tween the teams, but Loughor were dealt a blow be­fore the break when Luke Goddard was shown a red card.

A cou­ple of min­utes into the sec­ond half the visi­tors were ahead through a header by Ben Wil­liams, be­fore Rory Johns was left with a sim­ple tap-in fol­low­ing an er­ror by the keeper to make it 2-0 in the 49th minute.

Loughor did have a chance to get back into the game when they were awarded a penalty, only to see Robert Jones strike the post with his ef­fort

The rest of the game was dom­i­nated by Evans & Wil­liams, and Johnny Thomas net­ted to ex­tend the ad­van­tage in the 65th minute.

Thomas went on to com­plete his hat-trick.

Loughor were re­warded for their ef­forts with a con­so­la­tion goal when Jack Jones fired home a free-kick in the dy­ing min­utes.

Pen­gelli United were an­other team to col­lect max­i­mum points, their 2-0 win at home to Sea­side be­ing well de­served.

Sea­side fielded six play­ers from last sea­son’s un­der-16 side, and for the first 45 min­utes they more than held their own as the score was goal­less at the break.

The more ex­pe­ri­enced Pen­gelli side got on top in the sec­ond half, clinch­ing the points with two goals in quick suc­ces­sion in the 55th and 60th min­utes from Craig Jones and Matthew Bur­der.

After grab­bing a half-time lead through Dan Rees, pro­moted Gor­seinon Ath­letic even­tu­ally had to set­tle for a point in a 1-1 draw at Dafen.

Just when it looked as if the visi­tors were go­ing to hang on, Phil Coomey struck the equaliser for Dafen in the 83rd minute.

Trostre Sports had the bet­ter of the ex­changes against vis­it­ing Tumble United, win­ning a crack­ing game 5-3.

After be­ing ahead twice at 1-0 and 2-1 thanks to Ash­ley Lewis and Nick Jenk­ins, the home team let it slip to fall be­hind at 3-2 be­fore Karl Jones equalised be­fore the break.

Trostre tight­ened up at the back in the sec­ond half and re­gained the lead through striker Chris Wa­ters in the 65th minute. Jenk­ins scored a fifth, his sec­ond, in the 75th minute.

In divi­sion one, the big­gest win­ners of the day were Burry Port, who beat visi­tors Aberg­wili 7-1 with Adrian Lees (2), Josh Ades (2), Wayne Wil­liams, Lewis James and Ioan Wil­liams the scor­ers.

CK Swiss Val­ley pro­duced a solid per­for­mance in win­ning a tight con­test 2-1 at Caer­bryn. On target for the visi­tors were Rob Owens and Mar­cus Ed­wards.

Striker Chris Hyde, with two goals, was the man of the match for Llan­dovery Town in their 3-1 win at home to Peny­fan United. Tom Hyde scored their other goal.

Car­way were pleased with their start to the cam­paign in divi­sion two, the 4-3 win at home to league new­com­ers Car­marthen Town United be­ing thor­oughly de­served.

For the first 45 min­utes the visi­tors were forced on to the back foot, Car­way shoot­ing into a 3-1 in­ter­val lead cour­tesy of Robert May­nard, Zak Hart­ley and Do­minic Fore­man.

A sec­ond-half penalty by Jeremy Rees se­cured the points.

The Gwen­draeth Val­ley derby be­tween Drefach and vis­it­ing Bancf­fos­fe­len ended in a 2-2 draw.

Drefach en­joyed the bet­ter of the early ex­changes, shoot­ing into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Tom But­ler and Hedd But­ler. But their neigh­bours bat­tled back with two goals from Peter Rayner.

In re­serve divi­sion one, it was oneway traf­fic as Evans & Wil­liams de­feated a young Sea­side side 14-1. Craig Richards scored seven of the goals.

Four of the goals were shared be­tween Nick Sinfield and Ethan John, while Jared Peake, Jack Hussey and Ian Mered­ith were oth­ers to find the net.

Jamie Evans net­ted twice for Pen­gelli United Re­serves, who beat Pontl­liw Re­serves 4-2 on their own ground. Scott Barlow and Mark Sherbs also scored.

In the best of the ac­tion in re­serve divi­sion two, CK Swiss Val­ley were wor­thy 4-3 win­ners at home to neigh­bours Felin­foel in a thrilling clash. Mike Thomp­son and Rhys Alati scored two goals each for CK Swiss Val­ley.

Burry Port Re­serves went goal crazy against Aberg­wili Re­serves, the visi­tors win­ning 17-3.

Jamie Phillips led the way with five goals, the other goals go­ing to Paul Jenk­ins (2), Charlie Tay­lor (2), Agim Il­jazi, Jared Ed­wards, Mark Lewis, Joshua Jones, Ben John, Stephen McDer­mid, Ash­ley Pow­ell and an own goal.

And in re­serve divi­sion 3A, Richard Brookes scored both goals for Kid­welly Town in a 2-1 win against vis­it­ing Drefach.

Pic­ture: Phil Davies

Tumble’s Steve He­witt, who played rugby for Tumble for many years, gets away from Trostre Sports’ Tom Walsh in Satur­day’s Car­marthen­shire League premier divi­sion clash. Trostre won 5-3.

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