Football Round-Up

By Tivy-Side sports reporter

Speculation is rife in local football over the possibility of Costcutter League leaders Llandysul going through the season unbeaten and lifting the title for only the second time – the first success was in season 1948-49.

After Saturday's superb showing by the Swallows in springing a 5-2 win over reigning champions Cardigan Town on the Magpies' own King George stamping ground it could prove imprudent to rule out the chances of them completing the double.

The champions-elect went through a bit of a sticky patch recently but after a gruelling midweek training session the league pacesetters turned on the style in brushing aside a resolute home outfit.

Afterwards delighted manager Chris 'Coco' Davies said: "We were awesome today and I told my players that if they continue producing that kind of performance they will not be beaten in the league and also win the Emrys Morgan Cup."

Cardigan started at a frenetic pace and took an early lead through Ewan Jones but after the Swallows settled there was a feeling of inevitability about it all.

The visitors squared matters with a rather fortuitous goal when a Lewis Jones effort was deflected over goalkeeper Carl Woodhouse and went ahead with a quality strike, the build-up involving Scott Thomas and Dean Jones and culminating in classy midfielder Adrian Hazzelby toe-poking home.

Town got back on level terms early in the second half when influential midfielder and skipper Iestyn Evans blasted a free kick past Jonathan Durbridge.

Lewis Jones headed home a long pass to regain the visitors' advantage, Dean Jones slotted a penalty awarded after Scott Thomas was brought down and Llandysul made it a nap hand with a well-worked goal by Ben Thomas.

Aberaeron Reserves took a major step towards avoiding relegation with a 5-0 win over third in the table Lampeter Town at Square Field.

If Town go under at Newcastle Emlyn this weekend it could spell curtains for their hopes of finishing runners-up behind champions-elect Llandysul.

For the cock-a-hoop Black and Ambers, who led 3-0 at the break, there were two goals apiece for Gareth Severs and Ollie Edwards with Dan Jones also on target.

The local programme was again decimated by wet weather but the Urdd Centre strip at Llangrannog was in good condition as Crannog came from behind to spring a 2-1 win over Cambrian Tyres Aberystwyth League side Llanilar to reach the semi-final of Cwpan Coffa Dai Dynamo Davies.

The visitors were a more than useful team and could feel rather aggrieved in being knocked out but two Owen Thomas strikes put the coastal villagers through.