Adroddiadau Mawrth 02 / March 02 Reports..............
CARMARTHEN TOWN 5 CAERNARFON TOWN 1
Carmarthen striker John Keaveny, in just his third game for Town, set the Richmond Park crowd alight with a scintillating performance as the home side completely outplayed visitors Caernarfon Town. This emphatic win moves Town up two places to ninth position and keeps alive hopes of gaining a FAW Premier Cup place for next season.
Town started brightly and as early as the second minute Steve Skupski in the Caernarfon goal was fortunate to see Neil O’Brien’s first time shot hit the bar, but the keeper did well to save the follow up header from O’Brien. However, the away side could have taken the lead soon after when Scott Millington was put clear on goal but pushed his shot wide of the post. New signing Keaveny then became the focal point of the game and perhaps should have done better when, having beaten the offside trap, he failed to take advantage of a one to one situation with the Skupski in the Caernarfon goal.
The breakthrough came from an unexpected source in the 11th minute when a comparatively weak header by Wayne Jones eluded Skupski to find the back of the net to give Town an early lead. A speculative shot from 25 yards by Lee Jones threatened to increase the lead but scraped over the bar and with Carmarthen dominating proceedings Caernarfon were fortunate to see their goal survive further efforts by Jones and Chris Miller.
Keaveny opened his account with Town’s second goal. Having been put clear by Ryan Nicholls he expertly placed the ball in the back of the net. His second, and Carmarthen’s third, came two minutes later when he once again beat the keeper from inside the penalty box to give Town a 3-0 lead at the break.
The second half at last saw the visitors make an impact on the game as keeper Alex Davies was forced to make a fine one handed save from Tommy Mutton. But there was little respite for the beleaguered Caernarfon side as Keaveny rounded the keeper once again to slot the ball home to complete his hat trick on 66’. Two minutes later Town’s new signing capped a fine display with his best goal of the afternoon, a superlative shot from the edge of the box that gave Skupski no chance. In the 89th. minute Danny Barton secured a late consolation goal for the visitors.
Today was John Keaveny’s day and his four goals have quickly established him as the new goal-scoring hero of the Richmond Park faithful. Commenting in today’s programme on Town’s recent lean spell of results manager Tomi Morgan said, ‘Town have been playing positively and creating plenty of chances but need to capitalise on some gilt edged opportunities………the players want to right this situation starting from this afternoon’. And right it they did, in the best way possible. Today’s win will hopefully give Town the impetus needed for a successful run to secure a FAW Premier Cup placing.
A.Davies, Miller, W.Jones, W.Thomas, O'Brien, Barnhouse, L.Jones, Johnstone, Keaveney (R.Thomas 84'), Nicholls (Fayers 70'), Hicks (Lloyd 79').
Red Cards: None. Yellow Cards: Barnhouse 46'
Skupski, E.Williams, Peters, Jellicoe, Antrobus, Kilgannon (Smith 55'), Roberts, Baker, Barton, Mutton (Sadler 72'), Millington (McGoona 64').
Red Cards: None. Yellow Cards: Barton 48' Skupski 76'
Attendance: 307 Referee: S C Hames.
CARMARTHEN TOWN 0 PORT TALBOT TOWN 1
An 84’ minute goal by Port Talbot substitute Vince Lewis secured three valuable points for the visitors and punished Town for not converting their numerous chances.
With referee Nigel Richards passing the ground fit after heavy rain throughout the afternoon his decision was vindicated by an exciting, open game played at a fast pace to the background of the drums and bells of the Port Talbot fans.
Town dominated the initial period and there were early chances for Luke Fayers, Lee Jones and John Keaveny who looked promising on his home debut.
For Port Talbot Mark Dodds was prominent with some strong positive runs. The visitors came into the game strongly after 20 minutes with some sharp, confident inter-passing to test a rearranged home defence. Town gave possession away through the use of the long ball but as the half time approached they got their act together again but were unable to break the deadlock.
Following the break Town dominated the game with several flowing movements and good interpassing that put pressure on the Port Talbot defence. On the hour Port Talbot survived three successive well targeted shots on goal with some desperate defending.
Dodds, who was influential all night, and Murry combined well on a breakaway for Port Talbot whilst at the other end Gary Wager who was a tower of strength pulled off two point blank saves from Keaveny and second half substitute Ryan Nicholls. Keaveny also blasted over for the miss of the match when totally unmarked following a corner on 72'.
Town were stunned in the 84’ when, against the run of play, Port Talbot took the lead. A long ball from the defence found second half substitute Vince Lewis who ran strongly down the right to place his shot just inside the near post to give Port Talbot an important win and a league double over Town.
A good following of Port Talbot fans, complete with drum and bell, added to the atmosphere on a dull, wet evening that saw several other fixtures called off. However, despite the entertaining game Town supporters will be bitterly disappointed to have seen their side concede a result when having played well and dominated the second period they once again failed to convert their chances and claim the three points they deserved.
A.Davies, Miller, L.Jones, W.Thomas, W.Jones, Barnhouse, Fayers, Johnston, Keaveney, Chapple (Nicholls 51'), Hicks (Morgan 80'). Sub not used: R.Thomas
Red Cards: None. Yellow Cards:None
Port Talbot Town
Wager, Evans, Bird, Philpott, Davies, Cockings, Wigley, Twyneham, Dodds (Regan 87'), Murray (Pockett 90'), Bartley (Lewis 82')
Red Cards:None. Yellow Cards:Bird 20' Bartley 64' Lewis 90'
Attendance: 361 Referee:N A Richards
CARMARTHEN TOWN 0 CWMBRAN TOWN 0 (League Cup 1st. Semi Final )
A thoroughly entertaining game between two sides that seemed determined to play positive football following their disappointing results at the weekend. Both teams showed a few changes from their usual line up, Cwmbran had a couple of youngsters, Mark Dunn and Jason Welsh, up front whilst Town had several changes and a debutant goalkeeper in Alex Davies.
Town enjoying the early possession but chances were few and far between but as the sides settled they became committed to fast open football that was allowed to flow by some sensible refereeing.
The first couple clear-cut chances came after 20 minutes when Ryan Nicholls and Wyn Thomas successively found themselves in good positions only to be thwarted on both occasions by Pat O’Hagan in the Cwmbran goal.
At the other end Chris Watkins saw his shot glance the top of the Town crossbar whilst debutant keeper Davies saved well with his feet to deny Phillip James. Davies again made an excellent save some ten minutes later to prevent the lively Chris Watkins from getting on the score sheet.
The best chance of the half fell to Ryan Nicholls, just after the half hour, when he found himself clear on the Cwmbran goal but somehow put his shot wide with only the keeper to beat. For Cwmbran John Wile’s speculative shot from 40 yards caught Davies napping. The shot appeared to be going over but dipped suddenly to bounce off the top of the Town bar much to the relief of the ‘spectating’ Davies.
The second half continued in the same entertaining fashion with both sides playing open attacking football. Cwmbran began to force the pace and take the game to Town. As the game progressed it became very open, end-to-end play with plenty of entertainment value.
Late in the game Cwmbran had the best chances when Davies saved well from the advancing Dunn who also in the dying moments of the game fired a thundering shot from the edge of the box that hit the underneath of the bar and bounced out for an ‘edgy' Town defence to clear to safety.
There was plenty to hearten the Town faithful and clearly Tomi intends to make a few changes following some disappointing results.
A.Davies, W.Jones, L.Jones (James 65'), Thomas, O'Brien, Barnhouse, Fayers, Rossiter, Nicholls, Chapple (Gornall 75'), Hicks. Sub not used: R.Thomas
Red Cards: None. Yellow Cards: O'Brien 51'
O'Hagan, Carter, Wile, Pattimore, Wharton, Moore (Smothers 64'), Watkins, James, Dunn, Welsh, Mainwaring. Subs not used: Cotterrell, Wigg.
Red Cards: None. Yellow Cards: None
Attendance: 212 Referee: P R Southall