Dinas Powys v Ammanford (Welsh League Div 2)
7:11am Thursday 8th May 2014 in Sport
Dinas Powys 1, Ammanford 0
DINAS started this game well, an early free kick by Nicky Bruce found Carlos Indjai, he beat the full back to get a good cross in to striker Joe Briscombe who forced an unproductive corner.
Ammanford could not clear their lines resulting in Dinas forcing four corners in the first five minutes without getting anything from them. They kept up the pressure, a cross from left back Nicky Bruce reaching Zac Cleary who shot just over the bar under pressure. This was followed by another chance, Marc Bonet breaking through the middle but he scuffed his shot and Ammanford keeper Jamie Rano gathered it comfortably.
At this stage Dinas were quicker to the ball and keeping possession well with the visitors only managing to get into the Dinas half occasionally, Ashley Richards did manage a long effort at goal from 30 yards which was well over the Dinas bar.
Cleary had another half chance for Dinas with a snap-shot which was on target, Rano diving to his left to make the save. Soon after this Dinas should have taken the lead when another excellent cross from Indjai was met by Luke Swaffield who got a powerful header in but it was just wide of Rano's left upright.
The visitors did manage a spell of pressure then forcing a couple of free kicks, the first of which from Matthew Fisher was well over the bar and the second, taken by Ben Seal was saved easily by James Curtin.
Ammanford started to try and run through the middle at pace which on one occasion Nanthan Jones managed to wriggle past the Dinas defence but his shot was straight at Curtin.
Dinas finally got the breakthrough their play had deserved just two minutes from half-time, a Nicky Bruce corner reached centre-half James Bloxham who headed home from six yards.
Ammanford came out with more purpose in the second half which flowed from end to end and was quite feisty at times but it was Dinas who looked the more likely to add to their tally with Indjai proving a real handful down the right wing, putting in a number of crosses and from one of these, Cleary beat two defenders to get a shot away which was just wide of the post and it was Dinas beginning to get on top again with Marc Bonet and Luke Swaffield linking up well and the back four of Ronan Scott, James Marr, James Bloxham and Nicky Bruce snuffing out any threat the visitors produced.
Further chances came Dinas's way from Briscombe, Ryan Garland and Indjai, but they couldn't make the game safe and Ammanford began to up their game for the final 15 minutes.
Dinas then rang the changes, bringing on Connor Parsons for Indjai, who had been suffering from cramp, and Jack Preston replaced Briscombe.
What had been an excellent entertaining battle was then marred by an ugly incident in the Dinas six yard box, surfice to say the referee brandished two red cards, I will say no more on the matter.
Dinas then made their final substitution, Dan Gwynne-Hughes replacing Garland for the last couple of minutes, to see out the game, the win leap-frogging Dinas above Ammanford in the table.
The final game of this season's campaign for Dinas in on Saturday, May 10 when they travel to play Caerau with a 2.30pm kick off.
Dinas squad: 1 James Curtin, 2 Ronan Scott, 3 Nicky Bruce, 4 James Marr, 5 James Bloxham (c) (1), 6 Marc Bonet, 7 Ryan Garland, 8 Luke Swaffield, 9 Joe Briscombe, 10 Zac Cleary, 11 Carlos Indjai, 12 Victor Arnau, 14 Dan Gwynne-Hughes, 15 Jack Preston, 16 Connor Parsons.