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Clwb Cymric 2-1 Penrhiwceiber

Heavy traffic meant that a number of the Penrhiwceiber players were late arriving the ground, but this did not seem to faze the players as they started the stronger.

The first 15 minutes saw Penrhiwceiber enjoy the majority of possession and possession. However, the dry weather had resulted in quite a difficult surface which limited the football that could be played. 

The first chance fell to the Penrhiwceiber striker. A pinpoint cross floated into the area and the striker found space and seemed to direct a header towards the far corner. However, James Hendy was more than equal to it and dived full stretch to palm it away. However, there were question marks whether he used his hand to direct the ball rather than his head, but the referee failed to spot it and it therefore would have stood. 

Despite the flow of play, Cymric opened the scoring after 20 minutes as Good play down the right saw the ball played into the area and the ball was set into Neil Thomas’ path who hammered home past the helpless keeper. This resulted in a period of pressure from Cymric but they failed to capitalise further as Penrhiwceiber stood firm.

As half time approached, Penrhiwceiber broke against the run of play and a scramble in the box saw the ball fall to a Penrhiwceiber player and he finished effectively.

1-1 HT.

The second half was an extremely tight affair as both sides sought a winner. It became a fair, but tough battle as both sides probed for an opening. Unfortunately, the tension affected the standard of football and it looked as if both sides may struggle to carve an opening. However, Cymric scored the winner midway through the second half with Tom Davies finishing after a scramble in the box. The game remained 2-1 with the Cymric back four and Hendy impressive in their defence. 

A vital three points for Cymric as they seek enough points to avoid relegation.

Goalscorers: Neil Thomas, Tom Davies

Man of the Match: James Hendy

Earlier Event: April 16
Clwb Cymric 0-3 Porthcawl Town
Later Event: April 21
Clwb Cymric 2-6 Cefn Cribwr