JD Cymru South round-up | Bowen bags another hat-trick as Briton Ferry conclude league campaign

Luke Bowen stole the show once again for JD Cymru South champions Briton Ferry Llansawel as his hat-trick helped them conclude their league campaign with a 5-2 win away at second-placed Llanelli Town on Saturday. 

Bowen scored four goals to clinch the title for Ferry against Ammanford in midweek and he netted twice in the opening 21 minutes at Stebonheath. 

Danny Williams pulled a goal back for Llanelli in the 24th minute, but the away side restored their two-goal cushion through Corey Hurford just before the break. 

Bowen completed his hat-trick midway through the second half as he calmly converted from the penalty spot before Hurford bagged his second goal of the evening. 

Llanelli defender Sean Cronin pulled a goal back for his side in the closing stages, but it was only a consolation as Ferry rounded off a memorable league campaign in style. 

Llantwit Major were denied a crucial victory in their fight for survival as Ben Cripps’ stoppage-time equaliser salvaged a 2-2 draw for Goytre United at Glenhafod Park. 

Keane Watts, who netted a late winner for Goyt in last weekend’s reverse fixture between these sides, haunted Major again as he opened the scoring seven minutes before the interval. 

However, the visitors produced an improved second half performance and they turned the game around in their favour courtesy of strikes from Tom Tweedy and Rhys Llewelyn. 

But just when it seemed Ben Stait’s side would earn a priceless three points in the relegation battle, former Major forward Cripps rescued a point for Goyt in the seventh minute of stoppage time. Visiting defender Sean Kelly received a second yellow card moments later to increase their woes. 

Nonetheless, a draw did see Major move three points above the relegation zone as Pontardawe Town were beaten 3-1 away at Caerau Ely. 

Olly Redhead got the Young Guns off to a dream start as he opened the scoring inside six minutes, but Pontardawe drew level just before half-time as Josh Dorward netted his fourth league goal of the season. 

Ponty tried to complete the comeback in the second half, but the hosts were simply too strong as Brandon Griffiths and George Sheppard grabbed the decisive goals to give Dean Wheeler’s side another impressive home win. 

Tristan Jenkins’ quick-fire hat-trick inspired Ammanford to an emphatic 7-0 win away at already-relegated Abertillery Bluebirds. 

Ben Ward hit the post early on for the Bluebirds, who produced a bright start, but suddenly trailed as Adam John fired the opener into the top corner. 

Ammanford doubled their lead just before the break when Adam Orme bagged his first goal for the club with a superb strike from distance. 

The visitors took a firm hold on the game early in the second half as Jenkins bagged a nine-minute hat-trick with three lethal strikes. 

He then turned provider for Lewis Reed to make it six, before the Ammanford top scorer added a seventh with a close-range finish late on. 

Alex Bonthron’s magnificent season continued as the striker scored four goals in a ruthless 6-0 win for Cwmbran Celtic over already-relegated Abergavenny Town at Celtic Park. 

Bonthron is still in the race for the golden boot and he wasted no time getting on the scoresheet as his clinical hat-trick in the space of 13 minutes sent Celtic on their way to their biggest victory of the season. 

Lewis McCauley’s header and Lewis Iles’ deft lob gave James Kinsella’s side comfort at the break, and things were rounded off by Bonthron, who scored the only goal of the second half by converting from the penalty spot. 

JD Cymru South results 

Abertillery Bluebirds 0-7 Ammanford
Caerau Ely 3-1 Pontardawe Town
Goytre United 2-2 Llantwit Major
Cwmbran Celtic 6-0 Abergavenny Town
Llanelli Town 2-5 Briton Ferry Llansawel

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