JD Cymru South round-up | Llanelli Town deal blow to title rivals Ammanford

Ammanford boss Gruff Harrison admitted that his side’s JD Cymru South title hopes are over after their 3-1 home defeat to league leaders Llanelli Town on Friday. 

It was Ammanford who took the lead after 24 minutes on the night, when Tristan Jenkins latched onto Ellis Williams’ long ball and curled a composed effort beyond Scott Coughlan. 

However, their advantage only lasted six minutes as Llanelli defender Sean Cronin headed home from a corner on the half hour mark. 

Reds captain Joe Hopkins finished from close range a minute before half-time to complete the turnaround and he then scored again just two minutes after the break, crashing home a stunning strike from distance to seal a precious three points for his side. 

Lee John’s men still sit just two points clear at the top of the table after second-place Briton Ferry Llansawel left it late to triumph 4-2 away at Cwmbran Celtic on Saturday. 

Alex Bonthron’s 21st league goal of the season put Celtic into the lead on the stroke of half-time, but Kris Evans drew Ferry level after 63 minutes.  

Luke Bowen put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot in the 74th minute, but it appeared as though it would be points dropped for Ferry when Alex Gammond turned the ball into his own net in the first minute of stoppage time. 

However, there was to be even later drama as Tom Walters and then Caleb Demery both struck to earn a vital victory for Andy Dyer’s team. 

Teenage sensation Roan Piper scored four second half goals as Trefelin won 5-2 at Abertillery Bluebirds, whose survival hopes are hanging by a thread.  

The Bluebirds led 1-0 at half-time thanks to Ben Ward’s early goal, but Declan Evans equalised five minutes into the second period before Piper struck twice in the space of five minutes. 

Kyle Williams restored hope for the hosts by scoring on the rebound after his penalty had been saved by Lewis Gibb, but Piper completed his hat-trick sooner after. The teenager then grabbed his fourth of the afternoon with four minutes left on the clock. 

Defeat for the Bluebirds means that they will be relegated next week if they fail to defeat Cambrian & Clydach Vale. 

Caerau Ely extended their unbeaten streak in the JD Cymru South to seven games with a 2-1 away win at Taffs Well on Friday night. 

A tremendous piece of build-up play from Ollie Redhead saw the youngster set up in-form striker Brandon Griffiths for Caerau’s opener in the 12th minute. 

Griffiths’ goal remained the difference up until the 71st minute when Taffs Well skipper Vaughn Fowler headed home the equaliser, but the visitors quickly edged back in front through Tom McLean’s penalty. 

Tough weather conditions proved to play a huge factor as Llantwit Major and Pontardawe Town played out a goalless draw in a key clash in the fight for survival. 

Major could have leapfrogged Ponty and out of the relegation zone with victory, but both sides were forced to settle for a point each and they both now sit on 27 points – with Pontardawe having a better goal difference and a game in hand.  

JD Cymru South results 

Ammanford 1-3 Llanelli Town
Taffs Well 1-2 Caerau Ely
Abertillery Bluebirds 2-5 Trefelin
Cwmbran Celtic 2-4 Briton Ferry Llansawel
Llantwit Major 0-0 Pontardawe Town

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