Substitution proves vital as player-boss fires home
CWMFELIN Press made it to the third round of the FAW Trophy with a superb 1-0 extra-time win over Bridgend Street.
Press were the dominant of the two sides and could have had the match wrapped up in normal time but for some indecision in front of goal.
Cardiff-based Bridgend Street were well marshalled in the centre of defence and were difficult to break down and probably had the best chance to win the tie when one of their strikers pulled free at a free-kick on the edge of the area and found enough space to send a volley wide when well placed.
Press keeper Lee Aaron had very little to do in a match where both sets of midfielders used lots of energy but could not penetrate each other's defences often enough.
Extra time was needed and Press will wonder how they did not score from a series of shots on goal in the six-yard box that were scrambled away.
In the second period of extra time, Press player-manager Richard Gay brought himself and Greig Harris on.
Gay was on hand five minutes from time to capitalise on a mistake by the Street goalkeeper and central defender to roll the ball into an empty net.
Although Street pushed hard for a late equaliser, they fell just short in an excellent tie.
Cwmfelin Press : L. Aaron, R. Morgan, R. Morgan, R. Jones, N. McLean, K. Morgan, J. Morris, P. Lewis, R. Evans, A. Kift, R. Kerr. Subs: G. Harris, R. Gay.
Bonymaen were well in contention in their match at Stebonheath against Llanelli when Steven Gardener got them back in the contest after racing onto an Andrew Allen through ball.
Nick Lewis put in an inspired performance in the Bonymaen goal but they were undone in the last 20 minutes as they went down 6-1.
Maltsters Sports went down 4-0 to Cardiff Metropolitan, while last season's finalists Kilvey Fords went down 8-1 to Trefelin.
Penlan Club beat Dafen Welfare on penalties after they had drawn 2-2.
Penlan were 2-0 down with 20 minutes to go but must have feared the worse when Dan Roberts missed a penalty, only for Nat Hughes to stroke home the rebound.
Karl Mucha forced extra time when he headed home from close range with just five minutes remaining.
Matt Hughes saw a superb drive from 20 yards brilliantly saved in extra time and Dafen missed two great chances from close range.
The tie went to penalties and Penlan will host Abercarn in the next round.
Penlan Club : D. Hulland, D. Roberts, A. Carroll, R. Coffee, R. Jenkins, K. Meredith, J. James, R. Connachie, A. Lorey, G. Morrell, M. Hughes. Subs: K. Mucha, D. Roberts, J. Lloyd Evans, L. Morgan, J. Davies.
In division one of the Prescott-Jones Swansea Senior League, Morriston Olympic beat Swansea Dockers 7-4.
Dockers have made a poor start to the season and Olympic were the latest team to dent their hopes of regaining the title.
They went 2-0 up early on as Sam Harrison got both goals.
Dockers got back on an even keel through Luke Dalling and Ray Alli before Olympic regained the lead through hat-trick hero Harrison.
Ashleigh Dennis got the fourth and fifth before Cameron Robb made it 5-3.
Robbie Graham got two more goals before a late consolation from Kevin Miller rounded off the scoring.
Morriston Olympic : J. Jones, R. Graham, B. Taylor, L. Cox, K. Matthews, R. Page Walker, S. Harrison, K. Griffiths, J. Harper, J. Hopkins, A. Dennis. Subs: A. Palmer, C. Fisher.
Swansea Dockers : B. Sparkes, C. Robb, G. Challacombe, D. Majes, M. Morgan, L. Dalling, R. Alli, AJ Thomas, K. Miller, L. Stiens, A. Alli. Subs: S. O'Connor.
Ynystawe Athletic picked up a useful point at home to Ragged School in a 0-0 draw, a result that cost Ragged the chance to go top.
Brynawel went back to the top of division two with a 2-1 defeat of Morriston Town.
Town went 1-0 up and looked set to add to their lead but were pegged back when Tom McTernan, who had earlier seen his penalty saved, swung in a corner that was deflected into the net.
Late on Brynawel hit Town on the counter and were rewarded when Richard Searle grabbed the winner from close range.
Brynawel : D. Begley, J. Hamhill, J. Hammacott, S. Hurford, T. McTernan, M. Begley, N. Todd, C. Thomas, B. Shaker, Billy, R. Searle. Subs: S. Joseph, C. Morgan, S. Jones.
Mumbles Rangers overcame CRC Rangers 4-2, while Penclawdd and South Gower drew 2-2.
Mountain Dew beat Swansea Panthers 3-2 in division four.
Paul Simpson, Lee Harriman — who signed from Cwmfelin Social — and William Mainwaring got the goals.
Cwm Albion went down 3-1 to league leaders Waunarlwydd despite taking the lead from the penalty spot via Ryan Purcell.
Treboeth United had the better of Cwm Social in a 3-1 success.
Wales Tartan produced one of their better performances of the season to beat Cwmdu Colts 5-3.