Su­perb Am­man­ford show class against Europe’s finest

Llanelli Star - - SPORT -

AFTER a fan­tas­tic sea­son, Am­man­ford Un­der-15s ended their cam­paign with a four-day tour to Hol­land in an un­der-17s com­pe­ti­tion.

A tour party of 45 trav­elled to Valken­burg in what was a deserved re­ward for such a bril­liant sea­son.

With teams from Ger­many, Bel­gium and Hol­land in the com­pe­ti­tion and with some play­ers be­ing two years older, this was al­ways go­ing to be a tough test for Am­man­ford.

Am­man­ford ended the first day hav­ing played some ex­cel­lent foot­ball and con­ceded only two goals.

This put them into Pool 3 and the first bat­tle was against a team from Hol­land, where the Welsh boys played su­perbly well to win 3-1.

Am­man­ford moved on to their next op­po­nents, again from Hol­land, and they man­aged to bat­tle back from a goal down to claim a 2-1 win.

Then came a fi­nal game against a Ger­man side who were very con­fi­dent after win­ning their pre­vi­ous games 5-0 and 9-1. But from the start Am­man­ford were dom­i­nant and passed the ball around the field su­perbly.

Kellen Ed­wards went close when his shot was tipped on to the cross­bar by the keeper. And the mid­field trio of Cal­lum Thomas, Jac Chap­man and Harri Jones helped re­lease Osian Davies and Cian Wil­liams, who went came close to scor­ing.

Strike pair Harry Thomas and Scott Pugh were a huge threat as Am­man­ford were again denied by the wood­work, and in the dy­ing sec­onds they were denied a penalty when Ed­wards was brought down.

This was the fi­nal play of the game, with the match end­ing 0-0. The Ger­mans went through to the next stage on goal dif­fer­ence.

Am­man­ford coach Carl Morgan said: “It was very re­ward­ing to see the squad put in such a per­for­mance against older boys and end the sea­son at a very high tempo.”

Am­man­ford Un­der-15s on their trip to Hol­land.

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