Late penalty undoes James brace

South Wales Guardian: DEFEAT: Two goals from Owen James were not enough to beat 10-man Llwydcoed DEFEAT: Two goals from Owen James were not enough to beat 10-man Llwydcoed

Welsh League Division Two

Ammanford 3 AFC Llwydcoed 4

Ammanford AFC were left disappointed after losing 4-3 to 10-man AFC Llwydcoed on a wet and windy day at the Recreational Ground, writes Nick Davies.

AFC Llwydcoed took an early lead but found themselves reduced to ten men soon after and despite Ammanford recovering, recorded a narrow win thanks to some great saves by the makeshift visiting goalkeeper.

The home side started well enough as Matthew Fisher broke through the Llwydcoed defence only for his touch to desert him when the shot was on.

The miss proved costly, as a minute later the away side went up the other end and a precise cross was headed in with just three minutes on the clock.

Fisher tried to make up for spurning the early opportunity as he attempted to level the scores with a curling effort which sailed wide.

However, 15 minutes into the match he was through on goal only to be brought down by the keeper. Some justice was restored as the Ammanford frontman levelled from the spot after the keeper had been dismissed.

On 25 minutes however, the away side broke through after Ben Soal’s mistake and netted past Jamie Rano.

Owen James brought the scoreline level when his 25-yard shot rolled into the night, but his efforts proved in vain as the hosts’ defensive frailties were exposed again when a corner was headed home to make it 3-2 before the interval.

After the break Ammanford were left fuming when a great move was touched into the net only to be dubiously ruled offside.

James levelled when he received the ball on the left and cut inside before shooting. His shot could only be parried into the net by the stand-in keeper.

Again though, the hosts failed to hold on to the lead as their poor discipline cost them.

They conceded a penalty which was coolly despatched to restore the visitors’ advantage.

Despite a 15-minute onslaught, the home side failed to find a way past the visitors defence and Llwydcoed claimed all three points.

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