Spir­ited Cwm bat­tle back to move into fifth spot

Llanelli Star - - SPORT -

CWMAMMAN United moved up to fifth in di­vi­sion one of the Welsh League by de­feat­ing Afan Lido 3-2 at Grenig Park.

Cwm put on an ex­cel­lent dis­play of at­tack­ing foot­ball and would have en­joyed a more com­fort­able vic­tory but for a su­perb dis­play by Lido keeper Rory McCreesh, who saved two penal­ties.

Chris Allen, Colin Har­ris and Ryan Thomas saw a lot of the ball early on and full-back Declan John was the source of many at­tacks. Cwm soon won a penalty for hand­ball, and al­though Ryan Thomas struck it well McCreesh got down to push it wide.

Against the run of play a high ball into the Cwm box saw a strong chal­lenge on keeper Chris Curtis in goal. The ball fell loose and Cai Owens pounced to put Lido ahead.

Cwm came back strongly and Ash­ley Curtis turned quickly on the edge of the box and fired a spec­tac­u­lar shot into the roof of the net.

A fine last-ditch tackle from Gareth Howarth then snuffed out a Lido at­tack.

Cwm started the sec­ond half with a bang and a sub­lime piece of in­ter­play be­tween Thomas, Ryan Hur­low and Curtis saw the lat­ter steer the ball into the net.

Just min­utes later it was 3-1 after Colin Har­ris crossed for Hur­low to beat the keeper.

Cwm were awarded an­other penalty, but again Thomas was de­nied by an­other fine stop.

Lido kept plug­ging away and got their re­ward on 83 min­utes with a sim­ple tap-in from Noah Da­ley. An ex­cel­lent save from Curtis pre­served Cwm’s lead.

Cwm now wel­come Bri­ton Ferry Llan­sawel to Grenig Park on Satur­day (2.30pm).

Mean­while, an ex­tra­or­di­nary game saw Rhos beat Cwmamman Re­serves 6-5 with two late goals to claim the Neath League di­vi­sion one ti­tle.

Cwmamman, who led 4-0 after 20 min­utes, scored through Rhy­dian Jones (2), Kian Evans (2) and Cameron Isaac.

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