Ten-man Cwm stand firm against tin-men storm.
11:53am Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
Llanelli Town 0 Cwmamman United 0
An under-strength United earned an unlikely point after being reduced to ten men following a harsh red card to substitute Glyn McQueen in the second half.
With Matthew Tregembo absent and Liam Hughes injured before kick-off to add to Cwm’s woes following the loss of influential goalkeeper Mark Snell who broke an arm against Abertillery last week, Liam Soroka and Andrew Bonomi started despite the latter having been on crutches up until Thursday due to a foot infection.
Cwm started brightly, but were grateful to stand-in keeper Rob Jones, whose string of fine saves kept Llanelli at bay.
Bonomi fashioned himself an opening after some good work, but the Llanelli U16 product poked his effort just wide with the keeper beaten.
Jones again was Cwm’s saviour after the break, keeping Llanelli out with a series of smart saves while a seemingly good Cwmamman goal was chalked off when the unmarked Neil Phillips, appearing to be onside, headed home at the far post from Soroka’s free kick. The officials however disagreed and ruled Phillips offside.
Cwm introduced Glyn McQueen for the injured Soroka with 30 minutes left, but the sub did not last long.
The sub reacted angrily to a heavy challenge on halfway. The referee was no time in brandishing a red card.
Former Cwm players Jamie Evans and Lee Smolka helped Llanelli cause the hosts problems late on, but United weathered the storm.
The hosts brought on David Kelly to replace young Rhydian Jones, who had worked tirelessly for 75 minutes and the replacement almost became an instant hero, but his ricocheted shot off a defender found its way into the keeper’s grateful arms.
Cwm’s back four of Nathan McNeill, Josh Medwin, Neil Phillips and Kieran O’Brien were solid throughout despite being forced onto the back foot as the visitors looked to exploit their extra man.
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