There’s an old adage , that all good things come in threes. Lee Trundle went one goal better than last week’s brace at Llantwit Major and claimed the Match ball today, with a well taken hat trick of goals against a very good Cwmbran Celtic team.
This game was a great advert for the JD Cymru South League. Both sides played entertaining football and contributed to a keenly contested game which was enjoyed by another good gate at the Recreation Ground.
It was Ammanford who started this game on the front foot and as early as the 3rd minute , midfielder Andy Robinson saw his fierce shot tipped over the bar by the Cwmbran Celtic goalkeeper. A minute later Mathew Fisher also forced the keeper into a good save.
So it was no surprise , when in the 5th minute Ammanford’s wide man Gavin Jones broke free from his markers and squared the ball across the Cwmbran Celtic six yards area to the waiting Lee Trundle who side footed the ball into the Cwmbran Celtic net . 1-0.
The game settled down from this frantic start from the home team and the visitors slowly got to grips with their passing game.
Cwmbran Celtic’s best chance of the first half came on the half hour mark when Leo Ross cut inside and lobbed a shot which hit the post and rebounded into the grateful arms of Ammanford’s Goalkeeper Craig Morris.
This spurred Ammanford back into attacking mode and they won a free kick some 40 yards out from goal.
Andy Robinson eyed up the opportunity and stood some five yards back from the ball as Cwmbran Celtic built their defensive wall. Andy took his run up and unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot which rocketed its way into the top corner of the net giving the goalkeeper no chance of saving it. 2-0.
Ammanford were finishing the first half as they had started it by attacking their opponents. Another free kick was awarded just outside the penalty area and to the right of the goal.
A defensive wall was set up , but this was no obstacle for Lee Trundle who placed his swerving shot over the defensive wall and despite the slightest of deflection flighted the ball passed the despairing dive of the Goalkeeper into the roof of the net. 3-0.
The goal signalled an end to the first half entertainment with the spectators buzzing about the quality of strikes they had witnessed.
With 51 minutes gone they hit the Ammanford post for the second time in the game. Two minutes later it was a different story when Cwmbran Celtic’s Zac Osbourne easily beat the home defence and scored. 3-1.
Two minutes later Ammanford lost possession in the middle of the park and Cwmbran Celtic’s Leo Ross split the Ammanford defence wide open and slotted his shot into the Ammanford goal net. 3-2.
The mood changed amongst the home supporters as the pendulum of this game was moving in favour of the visitors who could sense a chink of light to get themselves back on level terms.
Ammanford made a tactical change to their defence after 69 minutes when central defender Euros Griffiths was replaced by Ryan Foschi.
Four minutes later Ammanford were forced into another substitution when the injured Andy Robinson was replaced by Brett Enoch.
Ammanford finally got their grip back on the game when with less than ten minutes to play, Ryan Foschi broke out of defence and set up a move which gave Lee Trundle an opportunity to turn his markers and chip the ball passed the advancing Cwmbran Celtic Goalkeeper into an unguarded net 4-2.
Ammanford were now back in the ascendancy and right on full time it was the hard working Gavin Jones who got on the end of a ball that was flashed across the Cwmbran Celtic goalmouth and steered the ball passed the reach of the Goalkeeper into the net. 5-2.
A resounding win in the end for the home team and a man of the match performance from Ammanford’s Lee Trundle.
But Andy Robinson’s free kick, an unstoppable strike from distance must be a contender for ‘goal of the season’ .
Ammanford AFC travel to Undy next Saturday in the JD Cymru South League.