Aberaeron • 1
Llanelli Town • 6
ANY potential banana skin for the visitors in their JD Welsh Cup first round tie at Aberaeron on Saturday (Oct 7) was safely negotiated by half time as they were by then four goals to the good, courtesy of an early Ross Jones header and the almost inevitable hat-trick by Lee Trundle.
The only downside for the Reds was the second half dismissal of Luke Jones for a needless push on goalkeeper Barry Edwards which sent him to the ground, and he now faces a probable three match ban.
Manager Andy Hill made a number of changes to the starting line-up with the two Joneses, Luke and Ross and Luke Morgan included, while Anthony Finselbach, Lee Bevan, Chris Thomas and Chris Jones were on the bench, while absentees due to injury and unavailability were Jordan Follows, James Loveridge, Richard Lewis and Sam Wade.
After some initial sparring between the sides, the scoring was opened when Liam Samuel did well to win the ball wide on the left before delivering a cross into the middle for Ross Jones to head past Edwards in the 6th minute.
Robert Thomas was shown an early yellow card by referee Aled Jones, who would turn out to be selective throughout the contest with his cautions, allowing several meaty challenges on both sides to go unpunished.
A further chance of increasing the lead then fell to Jordan Davies when he worked his way into a promising position, but for some reason he elected to play in Luke Jones instead of shooting, and the danger was eventually cleared.
Morgan was the next Reds` player to go into the referee`s book, before the home side had a great chance of levelling matters when the ball was lost in midfield and played through for Matthew Davies in space, but he delayed his effort with only Craig Morris to beat, allowing Joe Clarke time to bring off a saving tackle and save the day.
Aberaeron were made to pay for this when the Reds struck again on 25 minutes with Davies involved in the move before finding Trundle on the right, and he cut inside before unleashing a ferocious finish which gave Edwards no chance of saving.
Samuel directed a shot on the turn just wide, before the lead was increased further in the 37th minute when some more Trundle trickery in the box bamboozled the home defence, leading to a lunge by Sion Clarke which resulted in the award of a penalty.
Trundle himself stepped up to put away the kick, and within a minute completed his treble by winning an aerial duel on the edge of the area before gaining possession and directing his finish past the goalkeeper into the vacant net.
He then sent another attempt inches off target just before the interval which arrived with the visitors well in control, and it was more of the same after the restart, with Samuel seeing his goalbound shot cleared off the line.
Following this, Luke Jones received his marching orders after 52 minutes, while Finselbach was introduced in place of Samuel at the same time.
A second penalty was then awarded to the Reds when Trundle was again floored in the box, this time by Elwyn Edwards, and he fired home to notch up his fourth and fifth for the team in the 58th minute.
Chris Jones came on as a replacement for namesake, Ross, and he was the benefactor when the visitors racked up goal number six eight minutes from time, combining with Trundle before firing past Edwards.
A final change by the Reds led to Lee Bevan replacing Davies, but the home side had the final say with the award of a third penalty of the contest after 88 minutes following some pushing in the area, and this time Davies did find the net, although Morris got his hands to the kick but just could not keep it out.
Comfortable though to the second round, the Reds will now be hoping for a favourable draw, preferably at home, in order to progress in the competition.
On Friday evening (Oct 13), the Reds return to league action with a short journey to meet Afan Lido at the Marston Stadium, kick off 7.30pm.
Trimsaran secure top spot
TRIMSARAN secured top spot in WRU Bowl Group G2 as they beat Furnace United 18-15 on Saturday (Oct 9).
A big crowd showed up at Caeffair for the top of the pool clash between the two sides and they were not disappointed.
Furnace kicked the game off and from the start it was the cherries who were in the ascendancy and were rewarded with an early shot at goal to make it 3-0 to the visitors.
Furnace were forcing Trim into mistakes and taking advantage of their ill-discipline. They were rewarded with another shot at goal which was missed. It was turning out to be a typical local derby game with both teams cancelling each other out for much of the first half.
The Trimsaran pack started to outmuscle the visiting pack at the set piece as the game approached the last 10 minutes of the first half and they were awarded a kickable penalty which outside half Corey Phillips converted to draw Trim level.
With half time approaching Trimsaran number 8 burst through the Furnace defence after some sustained pressure in Furnace territory and found second row Lee Thomas outside him who touched down with a superb long arm stretch to score the games’ first try. With the conversion missed it was 8-3 to the home team at half time.
Trimsaran kicked off a dramatic second half. Seven minutes into the second half Furnace were applying some pressure in the Trimsaran 22 when suddenly the referee in charge blew his whistle and halted play.
To the surprise of everyone in attendance he red carded Trimsaran second row and tryscorer Lee Thomas. This handed Furnace a numerical advantage early in the second half but some brilliant defence from Trim kept the cherries at bay.
10 minutes later Furnace finally had their first try of the game to even up the scoreboard at 8-8.
It only took a further 5 minutes for Furnace to retake the lead after a great finish from their Full back Myles Harries after a break down the right wing by Furnace before spreading the ball in the field of Play for Myles to touchdown.
With a man advantage it seemed Furnace were going to make it count. 5 minutes later Furnace were shown a yellow card after a dump tackle. This evened the game up and with the penalty Trim kicked to the touchline and drove their way over from a maul with prop Iwan Green emerging the try scorer. The conversion was successful and once again we were all level at 15-15.
With 12 minutes to go both teams would have fancied their chances at getting within range and securing a win.
Trim kept their tails up and with some good play and a great break they got themselves up to kicking range. Furnace give the penalty away for offside and outside half Corey Phillips kept his nerve to give Trim the lead 18-15 with 5 minutes to go.
Trim were looking to control the final stages of the game and see it out but got penalised just inside their half and Furnace attempted a penalty which fell just short to equalise the game.
With 3 minutes left there was a scuffle near the halfway line and the referee again brought his red card out and give it to Trimsaran number 8 Steff Roberts in which seemed to be a case of mistaken identity as he was accused of striking an opponent but it didn’t appear to be him.
This gave Furnace one last chance to steal the victory from Trim. Some brave defence from the lineout from the home team looked to have turned the ball over but another pen was awarded to Furnace who kicked their way into the 22 and with a 2 man advantage fancied their chances to snatch victory. Trim competed well in the lineout though and forced a knock on from the cherries and with it a loud roar of delight from the vocal home support.
A fantastic Derby game played out by both teams which sees Trim secure top spot in group G2 with one game to spare.
That game takes place this weekend when Trimsaran welcome New Dock Stars to Caeffair on Saturday (Oct 16).
Burry Port Reserves hold off Seaside
BURRY PORT Reserves closed the gap to second placed Seaside Reserves on Saturday (Oct 9) as they beat them 2-1.
The home side took the lead early on when Dean Thomas scored a penalty after 12 minutes.
Seaside hit back though and were level on 39 minutes when Nathan Lewis found the back of the net.
It remained 1-1 at half time but 13 minutes into the second half, Burry Port regained the lead.
Ioan Williams, who had only come on to the pitch a minute earlier, scored the goal which would ultimately prove to be the winner.
It earned Burry Port a third straight win in Carmarthenshire AFL Reserve Division 1 and they now sit three points behind Seaside.
Other results in the Division on Saturday saw leaders Loughor Reserves thrash Drefach reserves 7-1 while Gorseinon Athletic Reserves beat Trallwm Reserves 4-1.
Pontlliw Reserves were also 4-0 winners away at Killay Reserves.
On Saturday, October 16, Burry Port will look for another win as they take on Gorseinon while second plays first as Seaside host Loughor.
PHOTO BY DARREN HARRIES
Kidwelly edge past Burry Port
KIDWELLY beat Burry Port by just two points on Saturday (Oct 9) as they took ownership of the Lewi Jones Cup.
The Cup is played for in memory of Lewi Jones and is up for grabs when the holder meets another competing club.
A big crowd gathered for the game in Burry Port and they witnessed two good sides give their all for the win.
It was Kidwelly though who eventually came out on top winning by 11 points to 9.
Captain James Owens scored two penalties for Kidwelly while the crucial try was scored in the corner by Luke Thomas.
The Blacks scored three penalties but will take a losing bonus point for their efforts.
As well as winning the Lewi Jones cup for the first time, Kidwelly also move to within two points of the Blacks in WRU Plate Group G1.
On Saturday, October 16, Kidwelly are in action again as they host Llanelli Wanderers.
Burry Port are next in action the following weekend (Oct 23) when they travel to Felinfoel.
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