Purcell in Cwm record books after bagging himself double hat-trick
PENLAN Club continued their winning start to the new season with a hard-fought win over near neighbours Kilvey Fords in the Prescott Jones Swansea Senior Football League first division.
In a match that could have gone either way, Penlan just about edged the first half for possession and duly went 1-0 up on 35 minutes.
Adam Carroll crossed for Kieran Meredith who headed the ball into the path of Jamie Hopkins who scored with a close volley.
Andrew Lorey had a chance in a one-on-one situation to make it 2-0, but spurned the opportunity, while Dale Hulland needed to be at his best to deny Kilvey's Kevin James with an excellent one-handed save.
Kilvey keeper Ben Hopkins, who was outstanding in the recent Charity Shield match, needed to replicate that form to keep out Jamie Hopkins from close range in a second half where Kilvey were the more dominant side. However, they were unable to press home their advantage and net equaliser.
Paul Thomas and Chris Smith got the goals as Blaenymaes continued their excellent start to the season with a convincing 2-0 win over newly-promoted Ynystawe Athletic, while Brunswick United declared their intentions for the season with a convincing 8-2 win over championship-chasing Swansea Dockers, who drew with Kilvey Fords 2-2 in midweek.
Elsewhere in the top flight Cwmfelin Press drew 1-1 with last season's division two champions St Josephs. Saints went 1-0, but were pegged back by Andrew Kift's equaliser. Kift then had a chance to take all three points but missed the opportunity from the penalty spot.
In the second division Bonymaen Colts top the table after the first round of fixtures after beating South Gower.
Bonymaen delivered an excellent display against a South Gower side that offered little threat.
They took the lead through an Andrew Allen penalty that was given for handball and doubled their advantage when Lee Johnson netted from close range.
After leading 2-0 at the break, they had to wait until late on to celebrate their third with substitute Steve Gardener racing onto a through ball from Andrew Allen to finish from an acute angle.
Malsters Sports and Murton Rovers played out a 2-2 draw which neither side felt they did enough to win. Malsters went 1-0 up through Dean Wallace, but fell 2-1 down. Aaron Pegler grabbed an equaliser late on to earn Malsters their first point of the season.
Plough Colts earned a 3-1 away win at Brynawel thanks to goals from James Hole (two) and an excellent headed goal from James Williams. CRC Rangers started in a fine form with an excellent 4-1 win over Penclawdd.
In the third division Rockspur sent out a warning to their promotion rivals with a 6-0 win over Port Tennant Colts. Kingsbridge Colts beat Union Rangers 4-1, while Gors lost their first match back in division three, going down 5-1 to Wern. Team Swansea started their season in fine form beating Landore 2-1. Ben Rees and Will Sparkes netted for last season's Gwalia Cup Winners.
Cwm Albion, who have struggled for many a season, got their campaign up and running with an emphatic 9-0 win over new boys CCS.
Ryan Purcell wrote his name into Cwm Albion record books by scoring six goals, CCS netted an own goal, while Chris Blundell and Johnny Fox completed a memorable day for Cwm Albion who sit proudly at the top of division four.
Wales Tartan beat Cwm Social to record their first away win of the season. Stuart Williams and Gareth Vaughan netted for Wales Tartan. Goalkeeper Simon Lake saved a Cwm Social penalty late on as Tartan secured their first win of the season.
Mountain Dew and West End drew 1-1 at Paradise Park. Dean Simpson equalised for West End after Daniel Jenkins had put Dew 1-0 up.
Swansea Panthers lost their opening match of season, going down 2-1 to Cwmdu Colts.
Treboeth United's first match in division four for many a season saw them beat Waunarlwydd 3-0.