JD Cymru South round-up | Llanelli Town reclaim top spot after emphatic win

Llanelli Town returned to the top of the JD Cymru South table with a 5-0 victory over Pontardawe Town at Stebonheath Park on Good Friday. 

The Reds didn’t take long to open the scoring as Ethan Cann rounded Nathan Osborne and netted after just 11 minutes. Further first half goals from James Parry and Tom Hillman gave the Reds a comfortable lead at the interval. 

Just before the hour mark Hillman turned provider for captain Joe Hopkins who headed home his 11th goal of the season, before Curtis Hutson came off the bench to round off the scoring by tapping home from Cann’s low cross.

Llanelli are now two points clear of Briton Ferry at the top of the table, but their title rivals have a game in hand. 

Pontardawe dropped into the relegation zone following the defeat as they were leapfrogged by Llantwit Major, who earned a point in a goalless draw away at Baglan Dragons. 

Both goalkeepers were on top form at Evans Bevans Playing Fields, with Jack Lansdown doing particularly well in the second half to deny the Dragons. 

Abertillery Bluebirds were relegated from the JD Cymru South after losing 5-2 away at Cambrian & Clydach Vale. 

Cameron Keetch scored a brace in the opening 20 minutes to put the Cam Army ahead, before Iwan John pulled a goal back for the visitors. 

Dave Vincent restored Cambrian’s two-goal advantage only for John to score again for the Bluebirds soon after, but it was 4-2 to the hosts at the break as Tim Park netted in stoppage time. 

It was a much quieter affair in the second half, with Jay Woodford coming off the bench to add a fifth goal for Cambrian in the 90th minute. 

Afan Lido won for the first time in three home games as they eased to a dominant 6-0 win over already-relegated Abergavenny Town. 

Liam Griffiths’ delightful lob and Sacha Walters’ penalty saw Lido go into the break two goals to the good, before substitute Ioan Evans’ quickfire double in the first 10 minutes of the second half and Ben Keen’s first goal of the season put them firmly in control.

Teenager Ieuan Owen scored for Welsh Schools on Thursday night and less than 24 hours later he came off the bench to net his 13th Lido goal of the campaign and make it six for Paul Evans’ side. 

Cwmbran Celtic’s wait for an away win in 2024 went on as they were beaten 3-0 by Carmarthen Town at the LHP Stadium. 

Celtic goalkeeper Iwan Hooper saved Jaime Rickard’s penalty early on, but Carmarthen eventually found the breakthrough thanks to Gavin Jones’ strike five minutes before the break. 

Tobias Jones scored his first goal for the Old Gold nine minutes into the second half, before Brad Gibbings wrapped up the win just after the hour mark. 

Caerau Ely extended their unbeaten run to eight matches with a 1-1 draw away at third-place Ammanford. 

Euros Griffiths put the hosts ahead midway through the first half, but the Young Guns hit back as Lathan Garrett headed home an equaliser seven minutes after the break. 

Goytre United twice led against Trefelin but eventually had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Ynys Park. 

Kyran Steadman gave Goytre the lead in the 36th minute, but the hosts were level five minutes later as Dan Paul put the ball into his own net. 

Substitute Jack Thomas bagged his first ever Goytre goal with 15 minutes to go, but Trefelin again found an equaliser as their own substitute Jack Bevan netted in the 82nd minute. Goytre finished with 10 men after Connor Smith received a second yellow card late on. 

JD Cymru South results 

Baglan Dragons 0-0 Llantwit Major
Carmarthen Town 3-0 Cwmbran Celtic
Afan Lido 6-0 Abergavenny Town
Ammanford 1-1 Caerau Ely
Llanelli Town 5-0 Pontardawe Town
Trefelin 2-2 Goytre United
Cambrian & Clydach Vale 5-2 Abertillery Bluebirds

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