Underdogs Abergwili deliver a fright before making cup exit
SECOND division Abergwili were given no chance against mighty Dafen on their own ground in the first round of the Tony Nakonecznyj Insurance Brokers West Wales Intermediate Cup.
But the underdog rose to the occasion, and gave the holders a fright before eventually being beaten 2-0.
The Abergwili defence stood firm until the 43rd minute, when Chad Tinnuche side-footed the ball into the net from a Andrew Gardner through ball to give Dafen the lead.
The visitors continued to frustrate Dafen in the second half, and it was not until the 83rd minute that all hope disappeared.
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Substitute Peter Challis made it 2-0 with a 20-yard shot.
Ponthenri were given a bye into the next round at the expense of Talycopa, but out of the competition went Gwendraeth Valley neighbours Bancffosfelen, Drefach and Tumble United.
Tumble United lacked a cutting edge when going down 4-0 in the away tie against Sunnybank WMC, while Drefach lost 2-0 at Briton Ferry.
But the Drefach performance would have pleased Chris Amos, recently appointed as the temporary manager, in a game Briton Ferry were expected to win comfortably.
Both goals had a slice of luck about them, with Briton Ferry taking the lead on 20 minutes courtesy of an own goal which saw Aled Rees stick a foot out, only to see the ball fly past his own keeper.
Five minutes later, Drefach conceded a disputed penalty.
Third division Bancffosfelen hosted Swansea Senior League division two title favourites St Joseph's, who are boasting a 100 per cent record in the league.
Although St Joseph's eventually won 3-0, Bancffosfelen made their opponents battle for the whole 90 minutes.
No-one worked harder for the home team than Frankie Vaughan and Carl Gabrielson in midfield.
Cross Hands were beaten 6-0 at home by 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.
But through to the second round are Burry Port, who came from behind to beat visiting Lamphey 5-2.
Trailing to an early goal, Port were soon back on terms through a header by Phil Maddox. A shot from the edge of the box by Jamie Dunleavey edged Port ahead 2-1 by half-time.
Back came Lamphey to make it 2-2 early in the second half, but it was Port who finished the stronger with three fine strikes from Wayne Phillips — who beat the offside trap — Darren Pulman with a penalty and Ben Coles.
In an important game in division two of the Carmarthenshire League, leaders Carmarthen Town Reserves stormed seven points clear at the top following a 4-3 win at home to Garden Village Reserves.
Richard Walley netted in each half for the leaders, while sandwiched in between were goals scored by Dan Ramsey and Nicky Thomas.
It was 3-2 in favour of Town at half-time.