The opening encounter of the league season saw Cwmamman travel to Cardiff where they came across an organised and skilful side who showed why they have climbed through the leagues in recent seasons. A match played at a furious pace saw STM Sports came out 3 -1 winners.

Making use of the 3G pitch on a breezy day STM made sure Cwm full backs Nathan Davies and Calem Rees were being tested from the off with their direct passing and after a Cwm foray had seen Stevie Evans fail to score, a quick counter saw STM forward Ben Amun slip the ball past Cwm keeper Dylan Thomas on 9 minutes.

STM continued to control possession and create good chances but so did the Blues were also asking questions and Luke Williams forced a good save while a great run from Ross Morgan saw him brought down on the edge of the box but the resulting free kick was blocked.

Then with Dylan Thomas keeping Cwm in the game with some good saves, Stevie Evans was brought down and Ryan Thomas put the penalty away for 1-1 at half time.

Cwm’s hopes of stepping up quickly in the second half were foiled when a slight challenge from Gareth Howarth which appeared to be outside the box was given as a penalty, which Marcus Jones converted.

However, Cwm were now increasing their momentum and a couple of good runs by Sam Harrison were foiled at the last second.

Then a failure by Cwm to clear a ball saw Marcus Jones get his second for STM and put them in control on 58 minutes.

The last 30 minutes were Cwm’s best period of the match with Luke Williams and sub Rob Morgans hitting the woodwork but their good efforts could not prevent STM seeing the game out.

Cwm now move on to Cwmbran Celtic on Friday at Grenig Park on a historic night for the club.