Dafen made to work for win
ALL eyes on the weekend were on the 64 ties in the first round of the Tony Nakonecznyj Insurance Broker-sponsored West Wales Intermediate Cup.
And safely through to the second round are Dafen, though the holders were given one or two anxious moments before accounting for visiting Abergwili 2-0.
Abergwili, who play in division two of the Carmarthenshire League, were given no chance of causing an upset, but they held out for 43 minutes before Dafen broke the deadlock through Chad Tinnuche, who sidefooted home after a defence-splitting pass by Andrew Gardner.
Dafen then had to wait until the 83rd minute for substitute Peter Challis's 20-yard blockbuster to guarantee a place in the next round.
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Also through to the next stage are Evans & Williams, who beat Swansea Senior League division one side Blaenymaes 2-1 at home.
It helped the cause when the visiting keeper was red-carded after just 10 minutes, but this was still a top-drawer display from Evans & Williams.
They drew first blood in the 55th minute when Gareth Hickman tapped in from a through ball by Johnny Perrott.
Although the visitors equalised, Evans & Williams were in no mood to be denied and grabbed a winner in the 87th minute when a flick-on by Carl Chant found Robert Jones, who left the keeper helpless with a blistering left-foot shot.
Loughor Rovers made it into the last 32 and deserved their 4-0 win at home to Pwll Athletic.
They took until the 42nd minute to break the deadlock, Ashley Lewis striking the ball on the run to beat the keeper.
In the second half Loughor seemed a more relaxed team, and Mike Grimwade helped himself to a hat-trick.
It was one-way traffic for most of the 90 minutes as Bwlch Rangers steamrollered Neath League side Cilfrew Rovers 8-1 in their own back yard. It was 4-1 at half-time.
After being gifted an own goal, which came from a cross by Matthew Williams soon after the kick-off, Bwlch surrendered the advantage when Kyle Nicholas conceded a penalty in the 10th minute.
But from then on there was only one team in it, with Clayton Jenkins netting a first-half hat-trick for Bwlch.
Jenkins scored his fourth in the second half, and also on target were Matthew Hughes, Ethan Sgoogle and Matthew Williams, with his second.
Ponthenri were awarded a walkover at the expense of Swansea side Talycopa, but there wasn't any cheer for fellow Gwendraeth sides Tumble United, Bancffosfelen, Cross Hands and Drefach, who failed to score a goal between them.
Tumble lost 4-0 defeat away to Sunnybank WMC in Clydach.
Chris Amos was appointed the temporary manager at Drefach in midweek, and he was pleased with what he saw despite the 2-0 defeat at Briton Ferry.
Briton Ferry are second in division one of the Neath League but were made to fight every inch of the way.
Both goals had a slice of luck about them, an own goal by Aled Rees followed by the award of a disputed penalty.
Bancffosfelen gave it all they had at home to Swansea Senior League division one opponents St Joseph's but eventually lost 3-0 after being 2-0 behind at the break.
None worked harder for Banc than Frankie Vaughan and Carl Gabrielson in midfield.
Cross Hands lost 6-0 at home to Gorseinon Athletic, for whom Sam Trollope gave his team the lead on the way to a hat-trick. Also on target were Robert Cunnah, Lewis Evans and Ian Peter Davies.
But the biggest cheer of the afternoon was reserved for Ronnie Jones, who at the age of 64 took the field as a substitute for Gorseinon in the 80th minute.
He went on to create two late goals with his crosses but missed from the penalty spot.
Penyfan United enjoyed a walkover at the expense of Dillwyn Arms, but out of the competition bowed Felinfoel and Greenfield Rovers.
Greenfield lost 7-0 at home to Pembrokeshire League giants Tenby, while Foel crashed 8-0 to Swansea side Cwmfelin Press on their own ground.
Camford Sports were in action against Swansea Valley side Godre'rgraig of the Neath League and made ground advantage count in a 5-0 win.
After taking the lead through Vince Curry, who latched on to a through ball by James Dawe in the 10th minute, the same player doubled the advantage when beating the offside trap early in the second half.
Nicky Davies lobbed the keeper for 3-0, before 16-year-old substitute Joel Andrews showed his potential when rounding the full-back for No. 4. Centre-half Andrew Thomas scored the fifth with a 20-yard thunderbolt.
Also through to the second round are Burry Port, who came from behind to beat visiting Lamphey 5-2.
Trailing early on, Port drew level with a header from Phil Maddox and were ahead by half-time thanks to a shot from the edge of the box by Jamie Dunleavey.
Although Lamphey hit back for 2-2, Port finished the stronger with goals by Wayne Phillips, who beat the offside trap, Darren Pulman, with a penalty, and Ben Coles.
Postponed were Pontarddulais Town v Seaside, Bryncoch v Pembrey and Kidwelly Town v West End United.
There was also a record score with Pontlliw winning 31-0 in the away tie against KRUF.
It took 120 minutes to settle the outcome between Milford United and visiting Trallwm, who were eventually beaten 3-1. Simon Griffiths got their goal.
Lee Evans and Tom Davies scored for Llangennech in their deserved 2-1 win at Letterston, and also through to the second round are CK Swiss Valley, who beat visiting Union Rangers 4-1.
After taking an early lead through Jamie Evans, an own goal saw Swiss Valley double their advantage. The pressure was applied by a cross from Matthew Hatley.
Daniel Thomas made it 3-0 by half-time, and Mark Sarjeant later netted a fourth.
In reserve division three of the LTC Mobility Carmarthenshire League, Matthew Davies netted twice in helping Dafen A retain their unbeaten record with a 3-0 win at home to Wellfield Athletic.
It was 1-0 at half-time, and also on target was Wesley Smith.