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Reds win seven goal thriller

Briton Ferry Llansawel: 1st Team

Opposition: Caerau (Ely)

Result: Won 4-3 Scorers- Steve Davey, Rory Healey, Dai Brown, Keiran Williams Att-86

Date: Saturday 16th September 2017 14:30

Venue: Home

Competition: Welsh League Div 1

Team: Luke Probert , Ross Davies, Daniel Kingdom, Ian Hillier, Luke Harris, Rory Healey ●1, Stephen Davey ●1, Keiran Williams ●1, ???, ??? ●1, Thomas Da Silva

Subs: ???, ???, Sam Baker, Joe Dyer, Carl Shaw

Reds win seven goal thriller - Briton Ferry Llansawel AFC

Keiran Williams(pic) scorer of the injury time winner for the Reds

In a match that had everything Briton Ferry Llansawel gained their first win of the season at the Old Road against Caerau Ely on Saturday afternoon winning 4-3.

It had been a difficult start back in Division One for the Reds with a draw and three losses before this game between two of the bottom three and what was already a must win game at home.

After an extremely disappointing 4-0 loss at home to Taffs Well in their last match manager Carl Shaw rung the changes, with captain and goalkeeper Steve Cann on holidays Luke Probert made his first start between the sticks this season, young full back Ross Dacies was also recalled along with the return after summer breaks of wingers Steve Davey and Tom Da Silva. Keiran Williams was preferred in central midfield alongside Rory Healey with Dai Brown playing lone striker in front of Matty Harris with both Gareth Jones and Rob Cann absent.

The visitors are going through a transitional period under Nana Baah with a very youthful squad with a number of last seasons Cambrian & Clydach Development players now wearing the Young Guns jersey.

Referee Teifion Cook started proceedings and the Reds were quick off the mark and got a deserved lead on 14 minutes when Steve Davey's low drive beat captain Scott James in the visitors goal.

The lead only stood for two minutes though after a long rasping drive from talented midfielder Connor Ray was parried by Probert and striker Ayomo Ajijedioun reacted quickest to tap in the equaliser.

The Reds again reacted well though with Dai Brown relishing his new role up top his link up play and aerial threat was causing problems and he was heavily involved in the excellent move that brought the second goal, Da Silva and Healey played a one two before Brown slipped in stand in captain Healey to smash the back of the net from 10 yards giving James no chance.

Brown hit the post after another good move moments later and the hosts were now pushing for a two gap lead before half time, however as we know football is full of unpredictability and the game was turned on it's head moments before half time.

A clearance from the back saw striker Ajijedioun use his pace to beat the advancing Probert just outside the box and when he nicked the ball away Probert was deemed to have caught the striker and also punished for being last man with Cook sending the keeper off, although amongst the confusion he first showed a yellow.

With no substitute keeper on the bench manager Shaw donned the keeper jersey and his first touch was picking the resulting free kick out of the net before Cook blew the whistle for half time.

HT 2-2

With the man to the worse the Reds were now looking determined to gain at least a point and started better than their opponents and again took a deserved lead on the hour, good work from Da Silva tested James before Keiran Williams followed up but his effort was blocked by a defender on the line, the rebound saw Brown react to nod home from two yards for a goal that his performance deserved.

The visitors still looked threatening on the break though and again they equalised with ten minutes remaining after a Sam Cawley effort beat the despairing dive of Shaw.

With the ground now getting saturated in a torrent of second half rain Ryan Kostromin and 16 year old Joe Dyer entered the fray and there was time for late drama and a superb winner for the determined Reds.

With 92 minutes on the clock the ball fell outside the box to Keiran Williams, he showed perfect composure and technique to send his low long range drive into the bottom corner past James, cue the celebrations all round and the first precious three points for Shaw's men!

FT 4-3

Man of the Match- DAI BROWN- Superb all game in his new role, winning everything in the air and composed on the floor to link up with his midfield, also scored.