Llanelli Star - - LOCAL SOCCER -

FC CAR­MARTHEN are the cham­pi­ons of di­vi­sion two of the LTC Mo­bil­ity Car­marthen­shire League.

Need­ing three points from the last league game of the sea­son to clinch the crown, FC Car­marthen did the busi­ness in style with a crack­ing 8-3 win at Pen­l­ler­gaer.

Dan Thomas bagged a hat-trick to help his side to glory. Also on tar­get were Tony Swift, Tom McCar­ley, Jake El­som, Ash­lee Jones and Joe McCann.

In the Pre­mier di­vi­sion, Trallwm climbed to the top of the ta­ble and emerged as hot favourites to cap­ture the ti­tle fol­low­ing a clin­i­cal 6-0 win at Dafen.

Jack James scored two of the goals, and there was one each for Kris Brown, Chris Fer­rier, Chad Tin­nuche and Luke Ni­cholas.

Al­though it sets up a po­ten­tial ti­tle de­cider on the last day of the sea­son against de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Bwlch Rangers, for that to hap­pen Trallwm would have to drop points in one of their next two games at Pwll Ath­letic or at home to Loughor Rovers. If Trallwm get max­i­mum points from those two matches, there will be noth­ing Bwlch can do about it.

A hat-trick from Matthew Bur­ford helped third-placed Gor­seinon Ath­letic to a com­fort­able 11-3 win in the away clash against Pwll Ath­letic.

Four of the goals were shared be­tween striker Nathan Lo­gan and Stephen Lo­gan, while Gary Phillips, Robert John, John Dixon and Louis Jack­son were the other play­ers to find the net.

Striker Adam Scott was again in the thick of the ac­tion with a cou­ple of goals for Pontl­liw, who strength­ened their claim for the ti­tle in di­vi­sion one with a 4-2 win in the away match against Llan­deilo Town. There were goals for Danny Smale and Jack Med­win.

There was also ac­tion in mid­week, with Trallwm de­feat­ing Gor­seinon Ath­letic 2-1 at home.

It was a de­served but hard-earned three points, and af­ter start­ing the stronger it came as no sur­prise to see Trallwm break the dead­lock through Chad Tin­nuche.

Al­though Gor­seinon got back on terms to make it 1-1 at half-time, Trallwm were in no mood to be de­nied with Kris Brown net­ting the win­ner.

And in di­vi­sion one, Pontl­liw ac­counted for vis­it­ing Llan­deilo Town 3-1. De­spite play­ing their fourth game in eight days, the Pontl­liw play­ers had enough left in the tank to claim vic­tory thanks to goals from Liam McCann, Adam Scott and Danny Smale.

Go­ing into the last home league game of the sea­son, Evans & Wil­liams had al­ready done enough to se­cure the reserve di­vi­sion one ti­tle.

But if they had vi­sions of cel­e­brat­ing in style against op­po­nents Bwlch Rangers, then it all went hor­ri­bly wrong in a 5-1 de­feat.

With the job done, maybe the Evans & Wil­liams play­ers found it hard to mo­ti­vate them­selves, but the fact is no-one ex­pected the cham­pi­ons to be rolled over so eas­ily. Bwlch were the bet­ter team on the night, and fully de­served the win.

Rory Johns capped an out­stand­ing dis­play with two of the goals for Bwlch, and there was one each for Liam Cooke, Dan Mor­gan and Shane Price.

It was one-way traf­fic for most of the 90 min­utes as Burry Port claimed a com­fort­able 3-0 win in the away clash against Tum­ble United in reserve di­vi­sion two.

Af­ter failing to take ad­van­tage of their dom­i­na­tion in the early stages, Port fi­nally broke the dead­lock with Char­lie Tay­lor edg­ing his team ahead mid­way through the open­ing half. The same player scored his se­cond to make it 2-0 at the break.

Al­though the se­cond half con­tin­ued in the same vein, Port were found want­ing in front of goal and were prob­a­bly guilty of tak­ing their foot off the gas which handed Tum­ble a cou­ple of chances at the other end, and they were only de­nied by the bril­liance of keeper Nathan Brown.

Even­tu­ally Port re­gained con­trol, putting the match to bed when Tay­lor com­pleted his hat-trick di­rect from a 25-yard free-kick.

There is plenty of ac­tion in the next four days, start­ing this evening with the TG Davies Cup fi­nal be­tween Trallwm and Pontl­liw at Ste­bon­heath Park. The kick off is at 7pm.

For Pontl­liw, it will be a se­cond visit to the ground this sea­son, and to have any chance they will need to step up on their per­for­mance in the 5-1 de­feat against Am­man­ford Town Re­serves in the Se­nior Cup fi­nal.

To fur­ther high­light the task fac­ing Pontl­liw, op­po­nents Trallwm not only play in a higher di­vi­sion but they are in a rich vein of form.

In reach­ing the fi­nal, Pontl­liw knocked out three Pre­mier di­vi­sion clubs – Bwlch Rangers, Car­marthen Stars and Pwll Ath­letic in the semi­fi­nal at Co­leg Sir Gar.

Sand­wiched in be­tween was a 6-0 win at home to John­stown in the third round.

Trallwm have strug­gled to get across the line against first di­vi­sion op­po­nents in the last two rounds. They scram­bled a 1-0 win away to Peny­fan United in the quar­ter-fi­nal, be­fore de­feat­ing Felin­foel by a sim­i­lar score­line in the semi-fi­nal.

On Fri­day evening it is the turn of the un­der-14s, with Dafen and Pon­tard­du­lais meet­ing in the fi­nal of the RWS-spon­sored cup com­pe­ti­tion. The kick off is at 7pm.

There are three cup fi­nals at Ste­bon­heath next Satur­day, and it will be an early 10am kick-off for Am­man­ford and Sea­side in the fi­nal of the MJ Bush Cup com­pe­ti­tion. It will be fol­lowed at 12.30pm by Evans & Wil­liams against Kid­welly Black Cats in the fi­nal of the un­der-13s Pres­i­dent’s Cup.

And it is a 3.30pm kick-off for the TAD Builders Darch Cup fi­nal be­tween Gor­seinon Ath­letic Re­serves and Car­marthen Stars Re­serves.

Pic­ture: Phil Davies.

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