Pride. Passion. Belief. Those were the feelings that fans felt emanated from the young Ammanford side, after they overcame local rivals Cwmamman United 2-1 after extra time, in a thrilling Welsh Cup tie.
When the draw was made there was a sense of excitement in the Amman Valley ahead of a local derby, the first in the history of the two sides, and the tie certainly did live up to its pre-match billing; with a last gasp equaliser from Ammanford sending the game into an extra period before Brett Enoch secured bragging rights for Ammanford with a tremendous free kick.
Ammanford took an early strangle hold on the game at Grenig Park, with Rhys Owen latching onto a corner, sending the ball over the bar. A clear signal intent from Ammanford; they weren’t going to be pushovers in this game.
With 15 minutes gone, spark a five minute frenzy as firstly Mikey Morris broke through the home side’s defence before failing to get the ball out of his feet when one on one. But, the talking point of the first half came on 17 minutes, when a Cwmamman player picked up the legs of Alec Squires and drove him backwards before dropping him on his back, a tackle any rugby player would be proud of, but it was a tackle not fit to grace the beautiful game. However, the referee let the player off with nothing more than a warning.
The deadlock was broken on 23 minutes though as from their first real attack, the home side flicked the ball over the wall from a free kick and slotted the ball home. Against the run of play, Cwmamman found themselves ahead, nonetheless a lead is a lead.
After the break, Ammanford pressed forward in search of an equaliser and on 48 minutes, Matthew Fisher had an opportunity to level matters, but he sent his shot straight at Mark Snell.
The visitors piled forward, but found chances hard to come by as every attack seemingly came to a halt with bruising challenge coming in from Cwmamman. But, from one resulting free kick, Fisher sent a delivery curling into the top corner, but the goalkeeper superbly tipped it over.
Time was running out, and so came the introduction of forward Luke Fayres and in the 90th minute, Fisher sent in a throw which Fayres headed down to Owen, whose shot rebounded back to Ben Soal who drove the ball into the corner to send the away fans into raptures.
In extra time, the travelling side carried their momentum forward as they carved open a Cwmamman side that had been on the back foot for 70 minutes. Luke Squires hit the post and chances went begging. But, when Fisher was brought down on the edge of the area, up stepped Enoch to curl home the free kick to send the Ammanford staff, fans and players into jubilation.
Late on in extra time, Fisher again came close as his shot trickled just wide of the post. But, it didn’t matter as Ammanford held on for a crucial win in the first ever Amman Valley derby.