South Wales Echo



SAM Johnson’s 17th goal of the season in JD Cymru South couldn’t have come at a better moment for Pontypridd Town as they continue their pursuit of league leaders Llantwit Major.

With time running out at Risca United, it looked as though Ponty were going to miss out on muchneeded points with the game goalless six minutes from time.

Then the 25-year-old striker pounced to snatch victory.

With league leaders Llantwit held to a 1-1 draw at home by Ammanford, it means the advantage at the top has closed to two points. There is going to be a thrilling climax to the season, although Llantwit have a game in hand.

It was another late goal that saved Llantwit.

The visitors picked up five yellow cards in a first half that also saw them take the lead through a Mathew Fisher goal in the fourth minute.

The Ammanford cause wasn’t helped when Shane Parry picked up his second yellow card. Seven minutes later Kyran Gardner stuck to level things up.

Briton Ferry Llansawel had to wait until the 88th minute for Jasper Payne to fire home the winner in a thrilling 3-2 home win over Cambrian & Clydach to stay third.

In the North, it was business as usual for league leaders Airbus UK Broughton as they won 2-0 at Prestatyn Town.

Second-placed Llandudno won 2-1 at Buckley Town to remain on the heels of the leaders in the race for promotion.

Colwyn Bay hit back from the disappoint­ment of losing to The New Saints in the Welsh Cup semifinals by beating Guilsfield 3-1 at home to move up into fifth.

James Kirby gave the home side the lead before Steve Blenkinsop levelled things up with a penalty just before the break.

In the second half, Kieran Evans and Sam Jones added goals to secure the win and make it a welcome return to winnings ways after four successive defeats in all competitio­ns.

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