Ammanford are too strong
CUP football came to the Recreation Ground in Ammanford on a very warm Saturday afternoon when the home team welcomed Penrhyncoch AFC, nicknamed the Roosters, and their travelling support in the first round of the Nathaniel MG Cup.
In an earlier interview for a cup preview podcast, Roosters manager Gari Lewis rated his team as underdogs for the tie but most supporters knew it was likely to be anything but predictable.
Ammanford were captained by full-back Mathew Jones in the absence of regular skipper Rhys Fisher, who had picked up an injury during the week.
The Black and White army were out in force and the drum beat out as match referee Teifion Cook got the game under way.
Ammanford striker Craig Frater fired wide from the first corner of the game before home defender Richard Lewis was the first to test the fingertips of Roosters goalkeeper Leigh Lewis.
The deadlock was broken after 10 minutes when Ammanford’s Brett Enoch linked up with Frater to set up fellow striker Gavin Jones, who latched on to the ball on the left and sublimely volleyed his shot over the goalkeeper to make it 1-0
Ammanford were bossing the midfield, with Ben Soal catching the eye, and Penrhyncoch were finding it difficult to break the Ammanford lines, with Euros Griffiths marshalling at the heart of the defence.
Ten minutes before the break Ammanford captain Mathew Jones put in a low cross for striker Gavin Jones to power a low, hard shot into the corner of the net to make it 2-0.
After the break Ammanford picked up where they had left off, with Enoch going close.
Penrhyncoch thought they had pulled a goal back via striker Ian Burrell but a fine save from Craig Morris thwarted the effort.
The dangerous Craig Frater almost got in at the other end, but with a quarter of an hour left another close-range header from Penrhyncoch’s Jonathan Foligno sailed over the bar.
Gavin Jones almost got his hat trick but was denied by goalkeeper Leigh Jenkins.
With six minutes remaining Penrhyncoch finally got the goal they wanted when substitute Carwyn Morgan headed in from close range from a Lance Jones cross.
Ammanford hung on and will now look forward to a mouthwatering away trip this Saturday to Welsh Premier League outfit Newtown in round two.
Ammanford captain Rhys Fisher said: “The boys are thrilled and can’t wait to go up to Newtown with nothing to lose and show Premier League opponents what we can do.”
Gavin Jones scored both Ammanford goals in their 2-1 win against Penrhyncoch.