Cwm stung by late goals
CWMAMMAN United suffered a huge blow to their hopes of a top-three finish in division one of the Welsh League when a late collapse saw them beaten 4-3 at home by Ton Pentre.
The hosts had been 3-1 up and seemingly coasting to victory, only to concede three goals in the last six minutes.
It had all started so well with the Blues on the attack from the start. A great through ball from Colin Harris saw Chris Allen glide through the defence to put his side ahead.
The second half saw Cwm stay on the attack and a fine pass from Harris found Ryan Thomas, who calmly slotted home to make it two.
Ton Pentre kept battling and pulled one back with a smart lob over the keeper from outside the box. But again a Harris pass found Thomas, who made it 3-1, and within minutes Thomas almost bagged his hat-trick when an overhead kick hit the bar.
But then came the dramatic late twist. On 84 minutes a good move by the away side saw them make it 3-2, and they were soon level after being awarded a penalty following a collision at a corner.
Cwm went straight up the other end and only a superb save denied a powerful header by Nathan McNeill. The ball was distributed quickly and Ton Pentre broke away to score and win the game to joyous scenes among their players.
In midweek, Cwmamman had been involved in another thriller as they battled to a 2-2 draw at Briton Ferry Llansawel.
The visitors enjoyed the early pressure, but in the 10th minute Ferry took the lead through a smart finish by experienced frontman Gareth Jones.
Cwm tried taking the game to the Reds, with Ryan Thomas, Kyle Ashford and Ben Thomas leading the way, while Chris Allen had a shot saved by keeper Conah McFenton.
However, in the 28th minute Ferry forward Tyler Brock scored with a clinical finish and for the rest of the half the Cwmamman defence had to soak up a lot of pressure, with the strong goalkeeping of Chris Curtis keeping the visitors in the game.
Cwmamman started the second period strongly, with wingbacks Calem Rees and Luke Allen driving down the flanks effectively, and on the hour mark Colin Harris confidently scored in the top right corner of McFenton’s goal. And just a minute later Cwm midfielder Ryan Thomas netted with a fantastic header to bring the scores level.
In the final minutes both sides had chances to score but each keeper made fine saves, with Colin Harris going close with two free-kicks.
Cwmamman face champions Penybont at Grenig Park on Saturday.