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CARMARTHEN TOWN 3 RHYL FC 0
With Tomi warning in his programme notes that Town would have to be at their best to get a result against a Rhyl side that had only lost once in the last thirteen games the incessant opening pressure from the visitors seemed to be proving him right. However, a brilliant penalty save by Town's keeper Robert Fitzgerald from LoW top scorer Lee Trundle in the twelfth minute of the game set the tone for this fiercely contested match. In the end Town ran out convincing winners with a trio of quality goals.
The penalty incident came when Neil O'Brian was adjudged to have brought down Rhyl's striker Trundle just inside the penalty area. Not only did Fitzgerald save Trundle's penalty attempt he also saved the rebound from Wes Kinney at point blank range.
The penalty save seemed to serve as a wake up call for the home side and Town come more into the game and began to have an equal share of the play. With Dylan McPhee replacing the suspended Rossiter in mid-field and the ball skills of Trundle and Kinney causing problems it took Town some 20 minutes to settle down.
'Town's' first real chance came on 35 minutes when Richard Parker found himself clear on the edge of the penalty area. Keeper Lee Williams challenged Parker but he managed to elude the keeper only to shoot over with the goal at his mercy. A couple of minutes later after considerable Town pressure, Parker again shot over following a goal mouth scramble.
A fine break by Garry McCosh for Rhyl nearly broke the deadlock but his final cross went agonisingly across Fitzgerald's goal with no Rhyl player on hand to slot the ball home.
As half time approached Town were very much in the game with Shaun Chapple and Ryan Nicholls instigating attacks and Neil O'Brien becoming dominant in the air.
The second half continued in the same exciting mode. Both keepers in constant action as play flowing from one end of the field to the other. Town began to have the better of the game and the deadlock was finally broken in the 53rd. minute when wing back Wayne Jones made a great run down the left. His powerful cross into the box was met by Parker who headed beyond Williams to give 'Town' the lead.
With Wayne Jones becoming very prominent down the left it was fitting that he was well positioned to volley home Town's second goal following Parker's run and cross from the right three minutes later.
Despite 'Town' being in the driving seat Fitzgerald was again called into action when he made a superb save from Wes Kinney after some fine work by John Stanard down the right wing on 64 minutes.
The outcome was finally put beyond doubt in the 73rd. minute. Ryan Nicholls, who had been creative all afternoon, went down the left but Siôn Meredith missed his well hit cross into the box. Deryn Brace picked up the resulting loose ball wide out on the right and laid the ball back for Craig Evans to fire a rocket of a shot to score from 25 yards.
In the dying minutes of the game Town could well have increased the lead with several good opportunities.
On the day it was a case of Carmarthen's superior finishing. Having weathered the Rhyl storm in the first half Town dominated the second period and took their chances. Rhyl had several good opportunities, especially in the first half, but did not convert them. Having said that 'Town' were also indebted to keeper Fitzgerald who pulled off three or four top quality saves from one of the best strike forces in the League.
An excellent game.
Referee : Paul Thomas.
Carmarthen Town : Fitgerald, Brace, Jones, Thomas, O'Brien, Barnhouse, Evans, McPhee, Nicholls, Chapple, Parker. Subs: Meredith (Parker 67'), Walker, Davies (Nicholls 90').
Rhyl FC : Williams, Brewerton,Curtis, McCosh, Antrobus, Wilson, Stannard, R. Williams, Kinney, Trundle, Sharratt. Subs: M. Jones (Sharratt 61'), Owens, S. Jones (Kinney 71')
CARMARTHEN TOWN 2 FLEXSYS CEFN DRUIDS 0
Despite a brave defensive display by visitors Flexsys Cefn Druids, Carmarthen Town stuck to their task and with the greater share of possession ultimately produced two fine goals late in the game to gain a deserved win.
Carmarthen took up the initiative from the outset and for long periods retained possession with some fine football.
Druids were very fortunate to survive the early pressure when Town striker Richard Parker finding himself clear of the defence had his first shot blocked by keeper Daniel Holdcroft and then from the rebound unaccountable put the ball wide of the Druids post on 10 minutes.
In a rare breakaway the visitors could have snatched the lead when after good work by Rene Bruce Pinard, Kevin Scott should have done better with only the keeper to beat but shot tamely to give keeper Fitzgerald an easy save.
With Carmarthen Town applying pressure the visitors' defence found themselves at full stretch. On 24 minutes Parker, always in the thick of things, had two shots in succession saved off the line by the overworked, but well organised, defence.
The second half saw Carmarthen continue to retain the lion's share of possession but with Rowlands, Allen and Griffiths prominent in defence for Druids, Town were having little impact in the penalty area. On 50 minutes Shaun Chapple, who was influential throughout, split the defence with an excellent ball to Ryan Nicholls. Nicholls in turn put Parker clear and he should have scored, when from a yard out he hooked over the Druids crossbar.
On the hour Town again failed to convert their chances when Craig Evans' powerful volley went straight at Holdcroft. The keeper did well again a lfew minutes later to turn Ryan Nicholls' shot round the post from close range.
Having introduced Siôn Meredith on 65 minutes to replace Deryn Brace Tomi Morgan clearly showed his intention to win all three points. With Wayne Jones beginning to cause problems with his crosses from the left flank it was only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken. To the relief of the home crowd Shaun Chapple gave Town a deserved lead on 82' minutes when he drove a powerful shot into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area.
The visitors went looking for the equaliser but were foiled when the home side scored the second goal on the break. A powerful run by Craig Evans down the left beat the defence and his final ball into the box was struck well by substitute Siôn Meredith to give Holdcroft little chance in the Druids goal.
Following Town's recent goal drought Manager Tomi Morgan will be extremely pleased for the win that keeps his team in contention with the League leaders. Today's win will also boost Town's confidence ahead of a difficult Premier Cup tie at Bangor on Tuesday evening.
Carmarthen Town : Fitzgerald, Wayne Jones, D. Brace, W. Thomas, N. O'Brien, D. Barnhouse (c), C. Evans, D. Rossiter, R. Nicholls, S. Chapple, R. Parker. Subs : Siôn Meredith (Brace), P. Walker (Parker).D. McPhee (Rossiter).
Flexsys Cefn Druids : D. Holdcroft, a Davies, T. Allen, A. Rowlands, M. Allen, H. Griffiths, S. Richards, R. Bruce Pinard, R. Bean, K. Scott, J. Davies. Subs : M. Davies (Bruce Pinard), C. Salisbury (A. Davies), P. Morris.
Referee : K. L. Morris.
OSWESTRY TOWN 0 CARMARTHEN TOWN 0
Due to the very heavy conditions that made any passing football impossible this game had a 0-0 scoreline written all over it.
There was nearly a sensational opening when Dean Rossiter's 35 yard shot was tipped on to the crossbar by Oswestry keeper Blower for a corner. However, following the early action play became bogged down in mid field and with both sides having strong defences that snuffed out any attacks there was little goalmouth action to enthuse the crowd.
Late in the first half Shaun Chapple had an excellent chance to put Town ahead when he weaved his way into the penalty area. Rather than shoot himself when well placed he decided to lay off to Ryan Nicholls who's shoot was easily saved.
The second half produced much the same style of play though Carmarthen Town seemed to come to terms with the condition better than the home side and played the better football.
As the game progressed and players began to tire on the heavy surface gaps began to appear giving both sides good chances to score.
Justin Bridges for Oswestry blazed over when clear in front of goal. At the other end, in the dying minutes of the game, Ryan Nicholls finding himself unmarked also put the ball over the bar rather than in the net.
A rather disappointing game with 0-0 a fair result.
Carmarthen Town : Fitzgerald, Gavin Rees, D. Brace, W. Thomas, N. O'Brien, D. Barnhouse (c), C. Evans, D. Rossiter, R. Nicholls, S. Chapple, R. Parker. Subs : Matthew Delicäte, D. McPhee, W. Jones