Ceredigion Costcutter League round up
Newcastle Emlyn travelled to Cae Dandre with a goalkeeper playing in the outfield and four players from the second team upgrading to the first division but they still managed to scrape a win. Manager Owain Thomas, who is struggling for players was also forced to dig out his boots and play the whole match and he and his side managed to carve out a victory against the odds after a tight affair that could so easily have gone the other way.
The visitors dominated large parts of the first half with Cory Davies and Jake Shakespeare linking up well and the visitors were two goals up at the break with Shakespeare finishing a one on one and Daniel Davies the first to react at the back post to steer the ball home.
The heavy rain made life difficult in the second half with the pitch cutting up and Llanboidy pulled a goal back when Chris Bowen netted and they pushed hard for a second with none better for them than man of the match Tomos Rogers. Emlyn spent most of the last half hour defending their lead but they managed to hang on for the three points.
Cardigan Town produced a polished performance to defeat Ffostrasol but it was a very tough battle at the King George field.
Josh Mellor capped a fine game when he steered home a superb cross from Steff Davies and a goal from Tomos Griffiths completed a well deserved win for Town over the Wanderers.
The match between Aberaeron Reserves and Llandysul was postponed.
In the second division, newly crowned champions Dewi Stars were sportingly given a guard of honour by St Dogmaels Reserves side before kick off, but that was the only good will shown to them as the visitors more than matched the Llanddewi outfit for the 90 minutes in what was a very competitive game well controlled by experienced official Dai Morris who earned praise from both teams.
Many of the Stars title winning team had decided to take the day off to go and see the oval ball game in Cardiff, but it was an opportunity to give those players who had patiently waited in the wings for most of the season a run out and they didn’t disappoint. Chris Biddulph in particular made an impressive full debut.
The Saints had the likes of the experienced Johnny James in their ranks and several talented youngsters ,but it was the Stars who took the lead on the stroke of half time when Rhodri Edwards turned on the edge of the box to strike a fine low drive in via the inside of the post.
The visitors bossed most of the second half and they deservedly pulled level when young Tom Rees fired home from close range to make it 1-1 with ten minutes remaining. Both teams finished the game content with the result, with the Stars preserving their unbeaten record.
A Grant Colmer goal helped steer Maesglas to a narrow victory over Ffostrasol Reserves at Parc Troedrhiw. However the Wanderers will look back at a costly penalty miss by former Blues man Chris Rees midway through the opening half. Visiting keeper Taylor Pickering pulled off a great save to deny Rees.
The match between Llandysul Reserves and Newcastle Emlyn Reserves was postponed.
Llanboidy Pics by Eirlys Williams.