Round Three of the JD Welsh Cup got off to a spectacular start on Friday night as two Cymru Premier clubs crashed out of the competition to Tier 2 clubs.
There were shocks as Ammanford and Colwyn Bay advanced past Carmarthen Town and Airbus UK with the rest of third round being played today.
At Richmond Park, Ammanford claimed a stunning 4-0 win over the Cymru Premier’s basement side in front of the live television cameras.
A man of the match performance from Gavin Jones saw the 20-year-old livewire put Carmarthen to the sword with two well-taken finishes before an evergreen Lee Trundle rolled back the years with two composed strikes of his own.
Ammanford grew in confidence as the first-half wore on and they were good value for their lead when Jones was played through shortly before half-time.
Jones then pounced on some naive Carmarthen defence and finished with aplomb as Ammanford extended their lead.
Trundle then added a clinical brace late on to compound Carmarthen’s misery as Ammanford eased their way into the fourth round in front of their ecstatic fans.
Carmarthen offered little in terms of a fightback and recently appointed manager Kristian O’Leary cut a hapless on the touchline as the realities of the task facing him were spelt out in clarity. He must now find a way to rally his troops, who’ve only won once in the league this season, as the Old Gold find themselves in a deepening relegation battle.
Defensively fragile, Carmarthen looked lost and short of confidence while the Cymru South side’s dominance grew as the game progressed. It may well be that O’Leary resorts to utilising his Swansea City connections to salvage the Old Gold’s season in the forthcoming transfer window with loan deals for development players.
The manner of the victory will live long in the memory of the Ammanford staff and supporters however as they enjoy arguably the biggest win in their history.
The club have been growing on and off the field in recent seasons and their big cup win in front of the live TV cameras feels like a just reward.
Airbus’ struggles also continued at the hands of Colwyn Bay as they returned to action for the first time since their humiliating 12-0 defeat to The New Saints.
Tom McReady dealt the Wingmakers their latest setback as his extra-time winner dumped them out of the Cup after the remained scoreless after 90 minutes.
Looking ahead to the pick of this afternoon’s ties, Barry Town and Newtown face each other in the only all-Cymru League tie of the round. Welsh League Division Two side Abertillery Bluebirds are the lowest ranked side still remaining in the competition, they face last year’s losing finalists Connah’s Quay. Holders The New Saints host Tier 3 side Mold Alexandra.