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Whitchurch AFC 4-2 Clwb Cymric

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If ever was there a game of two halves - this was it.

Fresh from promising displays against Pencoed and Cefn Cribwr, Cymric were confident heading into the game against promotion challengers Whitchurch. Unfortunately the pitch was not in the best of condition with all players struggling throughout to maintain their footing.

As a result, the first half did not provide the best of spectacles for the reasonable crowd attending the game. Both teams were energetic and sought to maintain pressure but failed to create any clear chances in the first half and therefore it remained 0-0 at the break.

The second half turned out to be a completely different game with both teams guilty of mistakes which led to numerous chances throughout the half.

Whitchurch broke the deadlock as a cross from their right was headed goalwards and James Hendy in the Cymric goal could only parry to the Whitchurch midfielder who reacted quickest to tap in. 

Cymric immediately went up the other end and Huw Owen turned sharply in the box and as he went to cross the ball, he was brought down by the Whitchurch player who got nowhere near the ball. However, the referee was unmoved and to make matters worse, awarded a goal kick.

Whitchurch soon doubled their lead as another cross found the Whitchurch fullback unmarked in the box who looped a fantastic header over Hendy and into the far top corner. However, within seconds of the restart, Cymric were back in it with a goal from substitute Ryan David who found some space in the box and smashed home from 12 yards. 

However, Whitchurch looked to have sealed the game shortly after as Hendy and Llyr Davies managed to take each other out when trying to deal with a Whitchurch cross and saw the ball conveniently fall to two unmarked Whitchurch players at the far post. They tried their best to waste the chance as both went for it and went into each other, but somehow the ball trickled into the empty net. 

Cymric refused to be beaten and again pulled it back with a Ryan David penalty as Osian Pritchard was dragged down in the box following a long ball into the box. However, it wasn’t to be and the Whitchurch coach sealed the three points as he managed to leave two Cymric players on the deck and slot home into the top corner from 20 yards. 

MOTM: Ryan David

Earlier Event: March 20
Cefn Cribwr 1-1 Clwb Cymric
Later Event: March 27
Clwb Cymric 2-1 Cadoxton Barry