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Reds retain Memorial Trophy

Briton Ferry Llansawel: 1st Team

Opposition: Ynysygerwyn

Result: Won 4-0 Malcolm Judd Memorial Trophy @Llandarcy Academy

Date: Friday 14th July 2017 19:00

Venue: Neutral

Competition: Friendly

Reds retain Memorial Trophy - Briton Ferry Llansawel AFCBriton Ferry Llansawel got their first pre-season outing on Friday in the Malcolm Judd Memorial Trophy at Llandarcy, a 4-0 win seeing the Reds retaining the trophy against their opponents Ynysygerwn.
Manager Carl Shaw and his assistant Ray Pennock have been putting the squad through an intensive preseason training regime so far and the players were keen to get back on the pitch.
Nicky Maggs' Ynys team had a successful first season in the Welsh League retaining their status while also enjoying a good run in the Welsh Cup.
The Reds have maintained the majority of last seasons promotion squad and started with new signing Luke Harris at centre back making his debut in a red jersey.
Midfielder Scott Kenyon(pic) also made his return in the reds midfield after a stop start season last year, and last seasons youth player of the year Ross Davies took his place on the bench.
Ynys boasted a number of ex-Sawel players in their squad and it is was set up to be a competitive game and this proved to be the case in a very tight first half, both teams were keen to play football and the best chance saw Ferry keeper Steve Cann pull off a great low curling effort from powerhouse forward Josh Roberts.
After working off their rustiness though the Reds turned up the tempo in an excellent second half display with firstly Daniel Kingdom turning in a close range effort at the start of the second half.
A well dispatched Ryan Griffiths penalty doubled the lead on the hour mark before Kingdom grabbed his brace before being substituted with 20 remaining.
In what was now a second half of one way traffic it was full back Kieran Williams who put the cherry on the cake with a lovely move seeing him finish well past Ynys keeper Richard Powell for 4-0.
Although it turned out to be a comfortable win in the end for Shaw's men Ynys have made great strides since their rise from the Neath League and are in a good position to keep improving in the Welsh League.
The game was a great advert for what needs to always be remembered for the tireless work Malcolm Judd done for local and Welsh League football in the area.

This was the case in the first half with both teams keen to move the ball on the ground, the best chance seeing Steve Cann