Costcutter League and Cup round up.
Newcastle Emlyn enjoyed one of their most comfortable wins over Cardigan Town in recent years but the 6-0 scoreline was a bit harsh on the young Magpies as they played some decent football at times and especially so in the opening half.
They had in Ben Davies the best player on the park for the first half hour but once the experienced campaigner ran out of steam under extreme pressure the Town challenge gradually faded away as well.
The reds who face a busy weekend as they play in the final of the J.Emrys Morgan Cup on Friday and the Ceredigion League Cup on Easter Monday were forced to play striker Dion Phillips in goal due to a couple of players being unavailable but this did little to weaken the Emlyn strike force as they took the lead early when Jake Kelly steered home a cross from Adrian Hazelby. This was followed by a goal from Ashley Summers who took full advantage of some poor defending to slip the ball past Cardigan custodian Neil Evans who had a fine game.
The Magpies though were playing well at this stage through the likes of Josh Mellor, Davies, Liam James and Barry Morgan and Davies was very unlucky when his thunderbolt drive crashed back off the crossbar. Two minutes later Davies had a goal disallowed for a foul on keeper Phillips. Had one of these been registered as a goal it could well have been a different game.However once the third goal arrived courtesy of the right foot of Ashley Summers it was game over and the hosts were over run after this. Hazelby opened his account when he took time to carefully thread the ball home midway through the second half and his second goal was an absolute corker, firing home from a free kick right on the edge of the box. Kelly completed the scoring late on to make it 6-0 to the reds and they could have had a few more as Town keeper Evans pulled off a number of very fine saves.
Llandysul continued with their good run of form with a convincing 4-0 win away at Llanddewi Brefi on a very tricky surface.
Playing down the slope the visitors started brightly and scored with their first shot of the match when a Scott Jones’ shot squirmed through the Stars keeper’s hands and into the net. The Swallows then went two up on 25 minutes when following a fine passing movement involving Jones, Lewis Jones, Sion Price and Josh Baker a pinpoint cross from the latter was tapped in by captain Dean Jones.
Dewi Stars kept battling away but without really threatening and with twenty minutes left Baker hit a superb shot which the keeper did well to tip on to the bar but Chris Harris was on hand to tap home the rebound.
The scoring was rounded off when Scott Mayes fired home from the spot after Ifan Sion Mason-Evans had been upended in the box to seal the three points.
Second placed St Dogmaels fired eight goals past Ffostrasol at the School Field after producing another excellent all round performance on a difficult bouncy pitch.
The Saints went three goals up after only half an hour with strikes from the impressive Billy Myers, Adam Williams and Pete Almond before the Wanderers pulled one back just before half time when skipper Jason Williams headed into his own net following a mix up between him and keeper Carl Woodhouse.
Front runner Louis Harding increased the lead before Ffostrasol hit straight back on the counter through Iwan Jones to make it 4-2. However any thoughts of a comeback were soon forgotten when two quickfire goals from Myers and Harding gave the Saints a commanding lead to kill the game off.
Harding went on to complete his hat trick but it was the visitors who had the final say with a late consolation goal from Steffan Lloyd Jones.
The honours were shared at Parc Y Dre where Cilgerran and Aberaeron Reserves fought out a 1-1 draw.
In division two Maesglas enjoyed a comfortable win over New Quay where Kyle Chillery bagged a well taken brace. Others to cash in were Aaron Eldridge and Myles Harrison.
There was also a win for Newcastle Emlyn Reserves who fired four past Aberporth with Gethin Harries, Ashley Stevens, David Smith and Danny Williams on target for the reds.
Cwpan Coffa Dai Dynamo Davies
The biggest upset of the day came in the second round of the Cwpan Coffa Dai Dynamo Davies when Felinfach knocked out runaway Costcutter League leaders Lampeter Town after extra time.
The Milkmen though came into this fixture with great optimism having given their local rivals two close games in the last couple months, only to be edged out late on.
The home side were missing a few key players in the form of Eilir Evans, Gwion Davies, Meirion Evans and Owain Evans and they were also without a recognised striker with Owain Dafydd and Nathan Spowart absent and Kieron Boyes cup tied and Lampeter old boy Sam Garside was pushed up front.
It was Lampeter though who opened the scoring when lively winger, Robert Slawkowski headed home at the near post and he and his side should have doubled their lead soon afterwards when they went close with an acrobatic effort which clipped the outside of the post. The hosts then levelled matters when Lee Forrester ran on to a pass from youngster Gareth Pierce and finished confidently with the outside of his boot.
The second half was highly competitive with neither side taking a real foothold in the game but it was Lampeter who regained the lead when substitute Marc Evans threaded the ball through to Slawkowski who then scored with delicate chip into the corner of the goal.
Felinfach came back fighting and in the dying minutes Joe Jenkins picked up the ball out wide and released Rhys James who struck a left-footed shot from the edge of the box which squeezed in at the near post to level matters and send the game into extra-time.
The eventual winner came midway through the first half of extra-time when following a mix up in defence 17 year old Gareth Pierce, who worked tirelessly all game was in the right place and at the right time to steer the ball home.
Lampeter pushed hard in the final minutes and enjoyed one final chance when the ball ran kindly to Scott Davies but his powerful shot was blocked by some heroic defending on the line by a combination of Jamie Davies, Lee Forrester and teenage goalkeeper Tomos James who all slid in to deny the Lampeter midfielder and the hosts hung on.
South Cards Cup.
There was also a win for Bargod Rangers in the South Cards Cup as they defeated Ffostrasol Reserves by 2-0 with goals from Dan Evans and Rhydian Davies.