Am­man­ford in early exit

Llanelli Star - - SOCCER -

AM­MAN­FORD cap­tain Rhys Fisher re­mained up­beat af­ter his side’s in­volve­ment in the Nathaniel MG Cup ended at the sec­ond-round stage.

Welsh Premier League side New­town proved just too strong as they claimed a 2-0 win.

Fisher said: “All the boys were bril­liant. They were a good out­fit and not one of our play­ers looked out of their depth.

“We had a chance at the death which would have made it 1-1 and into penal­ties and on an­other day who knows.

“There’s com­pe­ti­tion for places at the mo­ment which is great for the team and this week’s league fix­ture can’t come quick enough.

“The buzz in the dress­ing room is like no other I have ex­pe­ri­enced since be­ing with the club.”

New­town started on the front foot and as early as the third minute Ni­cholas Rush­ton saw his shot shake the Am­man­ford cross­bar and cleared to safety.

A lot of New­town’s best moves were created by Sean McAl­lis­ter, who was thread­ing passes to his front men, but Am­man­ford’s de­fence stayed res­o­lute.

How­ever, the dead­lock was bro­ken af­ter 21 min­utes when Am­man­ford keeper Craig Mor­ris palmed a cross onto his cross­bar, but the ball fell kindly to New­town pace­man Li­fumpa Mwandwe, who poked the ball into the net from close range.

New­town al­most dou­bled their lead five min­utes later but wasted the op­por­tu­nity when the ball was flashed over the cross­bar from two yards out.

Am­man­ford had their best chance of the first half when the hard-work­ing Gavin Jones ri­fled in a shot which was tipped away by New­town keeper David Jones.

On the hour mark, a New­town header rat­tled the Am­man­ford goal frame from close range and three min­utes later the home sup­port­ers were cheer­ing as a fine pass­ing move was tucked into the Am­man­ford net, only for it to be chalked off for off­side.

Lee Trun­dle won a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, but his ef­fort sailed over the bar. Jones then fired in a cross-shot that was met by Bruno Fork­ouh, but at full stretch he could only poke the ball over the bar.

Ricky Martin then saw his pow­er­ful low shot flash nar­rowly wide of the New­town goal.

In the 90th minute Am­man­ford keeper Mor­ris came out of his area to make a clear­ance, but the ball fell nicely to McCal­lis­ter who clev­erly chipped the ball into the un­guarded net from 30 yards out.

Am­man­ford had time for one last at­tempt when Craig Frater struck a pow­er­ful free-kick from out­side the box that hit the post and de­flected onto the op­po­site post with­out cross­ing the line.

Am­man­ford travel to Taffs Well on Satur­day for their first game in JD Cymru South.

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