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The Reds Cann do it!

Briton Ferry Llansawel: 1st Team

Opposition: Pontardawe

Result: Won 1-0 Scorer-Cann Att-123

Date: Tuesday 4th April 2017 19:30

Venue: Home

Competition: Welsh League Div 1

Team: ???, ???, Keiran Williams, Ian Hillier, ???, Rory Healey, Thomas Da Silva, ???, ??? ●1, ???, Stephen Davey

Subs: ???, Sam Baker, Luke Probert, ???, Gareth Jones

The Reds Cann do it! - Briton Ferry Llansawel AFC

An 88th minute Rob Cann(pic) winner sealed an important three points for the Reds at the Old Road against Pontardawe on Tuesday evening.

Both teams were keen to gain maximum points for different reasons with the Reds looking to claim promotion back to Division One and their opponents fighting for their Division Two status.

Manager Carl Shaw rotated his strong squad with Ryan Griffiths and Gareth Jones being replaced by Tom Da Silva and Rob Cann, the rest of the team remained unchanged with Luke Probert returning to the bench in place of Kerry Nicholas.

Ponty saw them line up with recent signing from the Old Road Sam Brown with other recent signing Garry Taylor settling for a place on the bench.

Both teams were captained by two of the best keepers in the Welsh League in Steve Cann and Steve Reeve.

Referee Leigh Jones got the game under way on a beautiful crisp evening in front of a decent Old Road crowd of 123 people.

It was evident from the start that the hosts were going to dominate a good share of possession but were wasteful in front of goal with chances from Steve Davey and Da Silva unable to test Reeve.

Ponty looked dangerous on the break with Rob Shannon the pivot and Kieran Howells looking busy in midfield.

Rob Cann was a good outlet for the reds and he nearly broke the deadline with an instinctive turn and volley on 32 minutes that just went over.

Reeve showed his quality shortly before the break with a superb acrobatic save from a Da Silva effort to ensure the teams went into the interval level.

HT 0-0

The second half saw the hosts start to turn the screw desperate to find the important first goal, Ryan Kostromin who has been excellent since coming in at right back saw his cross met by Ian Hillier who saw his header just go inches wide of the far post.

A big penalty appeal shortly after was turned down by Jones after it seemed Steve Hughes had been felled when about to pull the trigger.

Ryan Griffiths and Gareth Jones were thrown into the action in place of Davey and Hughes and there was time for more late Old Road drama for not the first time this season.

Sub Gareth Jones was found inside the penalty area and he turned his marker and fed the overlapping run of Kostromin, in turn the full back drove his cross that in turn found predator Rob Cann who bundled a winner home from 3 yards, the third time this season the striker had scored a winner in the last five minutes of a game.

The win takes the Reds to the top of the division with four games left to play.

FT 1-0

M.O.M- DAVID BROWN- Commanding display in his new position as centre back and was also a huge aerial threat from set pieces.