Veterans Victorious

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A thrilling contest, played out in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd, was finally decided a couple of minutes from the end, Dai Gwyther’s emphatic finish enough to claim victory.

The opening period featured Clydach’s current first team and the mixture of young legs and experience was enough to frustrate their illustrious opponents. However, the youngsters were struggling to come to terms with the skill and vision of a certain Alan Curtis in the middle of the park. One thrilling run by the current Swansea City coach was halted by a brutal challenge just outside the box – so much for it being a friendly!

As always though, Curtis rose to the challenge and he opened the scoring in the 20th minute. A cross from the right was brought down on his chest and then hammered into the net from eight yards.

It was fiercely competitive stuff and chances were being created at both ends. However, none of these chances were converted and the first half finished at 1-0.

The second half brought mass changes – Clydach past players replacing the present team whilst the Swans brought on fresh legs in the form of a couple of guest players.

And it was one of these guest players that opened the scoring in the second period. Borrowed midfielder Jason Jones took advantage of some slack Clydach defending to make the score 2-0, with 10minutes gone in the second half.

However, the hosts refused to lie down and the game was turned on its head just five minutes later, with Clydach scoring two goals in quick succession. The first, a diving header, was scored by Wynford Evans, a twist of fate given the fact that he is Chris’s father.

The equaliser came a few minutes later and it was undoubtedly the best goal of the game. The ball was crossed in from the left-hand side and Clydach’s Paul Phillips met it perfectly to score with a towering header.

Clydach’s joy was short-lived; almost straight from the kick-off the Swans were back in front. A controversial free kick award led to confusion in the Clydach area and somehow the ball ended up in the back of the net. It seemed to finally go in off the goalkeeper, however it was claimed by Swans striker Dai Gwyther.

And 3-2 almost became 4-2 shortly after when the Swans were awarded a penalty. However, Gwyther blasted the resultant spot-kick way over the bar. It almost proved to be a costly error for the veterans as Dai Davies hit a 20 yard equaliser for Clydach with just a few minutes left.

In a perfect world the score would have stayed at three apiece, however Gwyther was determined to make up for his penalty miss and, with just over a minute left, he popped up at the far post and applied a clinical finish to settle a hugely entertaining game.

The match was a huge success (I hope my first ever match report does it some justice!) and a fitting reward for all of those people that gave up their Sunday afternoon for a good cause. More importantly a massive £600 was raised, taking the Chris Rees Trust total to £1500.

Whilst this is a tremendous achievement, it is still not enough. We are still £500 short of our target and any donations would be welcomed. Whether it is £100 or £1 your contribution will be gladly received, and please be assured that it will go to a very worthy cause.

If you would like to make a donation you can contact me by or by phone (07773 723227).

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