Caerau Ely 1 Ammanford 2

For the third time in a week, Ammanford came from behind in the dying embers of a game to earn victory, maintaining their perfect start to the campaign in the process at the expense of Caerau Ely at Cwrt yr Ala Road.

After a goalless first half, Liam Bishop notched his first goal of the campaign to give the hosts the lead after 53 minutes before the visitors equalised through Mathew Fisher’s freekick and took the lead with just four minutes to go thanks to Lewis Reed’s strike.

Ammanford made a bright start to the game and nearly found themselves up a goal up with a minute gone.

Tristan Jenkins drove at the Young Guns defence. His 20 yard run found Reed on the edge of the box. From a tight angle, he forced a smart stop from Harry Johnson in the home goal.

Ammanford continued to attack as Jenkins put a one-on-one wide of the target and Adam Orme’s flick on from a Jay Harris freekick was dealt with well by the opposition keeper.

Although Town started the brighter, the league newcomers grew into the game and the rest of the half was a rather tense and cagey affair although they were indebted to Euros Griffiths’ block on the goal line to keep the scores deadlocked at the interval.

The hosts found themselves ahead in the 53rd minute. Bishop found the back of the net from close range for his first goal of the 23/24 campaign. Just seconds earlier, Ammanford were screaming for a possible handball outside the area.

Despite Harris hitting the post for Gruff Harrison’s side, the goal galvanised Caerau Ely who spent large parts of the second half on top. Ellis Williams had to recover superbly to put in a last ditch tackle to prevent a second goal finding the back of the net.

Just like Tuesday night, Harrison looked to the bench to change the game making a triple substitution on 65 minutes with Fisher, Morgan Clarke and Craig Davies coming onto the field.

Ten minutes later, one of those changes paid dividends as Fisher’s rocket of a freekick kissed the post and found a home in the back of the net.

Ammanford sensed a winner and came within a whisker when Reed’s opportunistic lob cannoned off the bar. But they weren’t to be denied a second time.

A beautiful cross from Fisher from the right wing found Reed unmarked in the area who made no mistake to maintain Ammanford’s perfect start to the season.

JD Cymru South Results: 11/12 August:

Abertillery Bluebirds 0 Cambrian & Clydach 2;

Caerau Ely 1 Ammanford 2;

Cwmbran Celtic 0 Carmarthen Town 1;

Llantwit Major 1 Baglan Dragons 4;

Pontardawe Town 1 Llanelli Town 3;

Abergavenny Town 1 Afan Lido 2;

Goytre United 0 Trefelin BGC 3;

Taffs Well 0 Briton Ferry Llansawel 3.