Match Reports 1976-77

Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser – 10th September 1976



An under-strength Llandysul team were somewhat flattered by the scoreline in this Cardiganshire League game played at Llandysul on Saturday, for they were over-shadowed for much of the game by an industrious and resourceful Cilcennin side.
The homesters took an early lead when Andrew Jones curled in his corner kick. An injury to captain Wynford Johns after 10 minutes forced a reshuffle in the Llandysul team who consequently failed to get their rhythm, and Cilcennin emerged as the more positive and inventive side putting the home defence under some heavy pressure.
Llandysul were unable to establish themselves in midfield and their forwards were denied adequate and effective possession. However, they forced a corner and the clearance fell to Ian Jones who calmly lobbed it in.
This resurgence was short-lived as the commitment of the Cilcennin forwards led to a defensive error that left time and space for a scoring lob from 20 yards out to the right by M. Ainger. The half ended with the visitors dictating play once more.
Play continued in the second half with Llandysul displaying sporadic bursts of inventiveness in the face of Cilcennin’s constructive approach and they were fortunate to get their third when the ‘keeper fumbled a high lob and Jeff Davies was on hand to scramble it in.
This was the signal for the homesters to settle, and they produced some cohesive moves, one of which let Andrew Jones in for his second.
Cilcennin quickly replied when hesitancy in the defence allowed M. Jones to squeeze in his shot. This encouraged they probed the home defence but saw shots get scrambled off the line or go marginally wide.
Llandysul weathered the storm and reinstated themselves with some creative play that produced goals from Jeff Davies and newcomer Stephen Davies. Despite some late rallies by Cilcennin, Llandysul came increasingly into the game before the final whistle.

Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser – 17th September 1976


Wet and blustery conditions made play difficult in this Cardiganshire League game played on Saturday, but nevertheless Cardigan managed to overcome the elements and Cilcennin to win convincingly.
Cilcennin went into the lead early on in the game with a goal by Malcolm Ainger. Cardigan pulled one back shortly after when a free kick taken by Richie Jones hit the crossbar and Phil Davies was on hand to nod in the rebound.
The homesters had a chance to regain the lead just before half time when they were awarded a penalty. The kick was taken by Ian Williams, but Cardigan ‘keeper J. Llewelyn made a magnificent save.
Cardigan took the lead in the second half when Sid Jones scored from a corner kick taken by Richie Jones. Another corner kick enabled Cardigan to seal the result, for Peter Hazzelby rose well to meet the ball and nodded it home.

Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser – 22nd October 1976



Maesglas won this Cardiganshire league match, which was played at the R.A.F. Ground, Aberporth, by a comfortable margin, but it was not until the later stages of the game that they really began to dominate, and for the greater part Cilcennin were in with a good chance.
Playing with the wind in their favour Maesglas scored within five minutes when Tony Rickards collected a long through ball which the Cilcennin defence failed to clear, and he ran wide of the ‘keeper to score.
Maesglas were playing with more determination and effort and again Tony Rickards slipped past his man to put his team two goals up.
Skipper G. Carroll was put under some pressure, and he was forced to pass back to ‘keeper M. Evans in a hurry, only to see the ball roll past the ‘keeper, who slipped on the greasy surface, and go into the empty net.
This goal spurred the visitors on to greater efforts, and a through ball from midfield caught the home defence stranded as the Cilcennin forwards ran on to the ball. Goalkeeper M. Evans ran to the edge of the 18 yard area to deflect the first shot, but the ball landed at the feet of Alan Roberts who found he had an empty net to shoot at.
Shortly before half time right winger S. Davies ran through to strike the ball into the net after a clever movement involving three Maesglas players.
Cilcennin were reduced to 10 men in the second half, and their play suffered as a result.
Maesglas successfully changed their tactics and sealed the result with goals by Tony Rickards, Steven Davies (2) and Colin Cliffe.

Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser – 12th November 1976



After their 13 goal score in their away match against Cilgerran the previous week, Lampeter were back on the goal trail again on Saturday in a first round Cards. league cup match against lowly placed Cilcennin.
However, they did not display the cohesion they are capable of in the first half, and they were thwarted by some good goalkeeping by Eirian Morgan. Nevertheless, Kevin Evans beat him twice before the interval.
In the second half Lampeter gave a much better performance and played good attacking football with Kevin Evans causing considerable anxiety for his opponents through his quickness off the mark. Kevin got goals number three, four, six and seven, with Dave Humphreys notching the fifth.
For Lampeter 15-year-old Stephen Reynolds had a fine game, while Dai Davies and Alfor Jones were tireless workers in an over-worked Cilcennin defence.

Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser – 3rd December 1976



Ffostrasol added two more points to their tally at the expense of Cilcennin in this league match on Saturday, but it was by no means as easy a win as the scoreline suggests.
The home side were made to fight hard for the ball in midfield where, for Cilcennin, “Dynamo” Davies excelled. Ffostrasol’s defence had very little work to do and the home ‘keeper, Paul Jones, seldom saw the ball.
At the other end, however, a tight Cilcennin defence proved hard to penetrate.
After 20 minutes and several near misses a free kick was headed down by Peter Davies for Fred Davies to score from six yards. Five minutes from half time Fred Davies latched on to a through ball by Emyr Thomas to score with a fierce shot.
In the second half the home forwards were given a bit more space but still could not take further advantage of the chances created. Emyr Thomas made it 3-0 when he out-jumped the defence to head home a Goronwy Jones cross.
A hard low cross by Goronwy Jones again resulted in a goal for Ffostrasol when a Cilcennin defender deflected the ball into the net.
Derek Wade collected Ffostrasol’s fifth when the Cilcennin ‘keeper failed to hold a shot from James Davies, and he raced in to slide the ball into an empty net.
Ffostrasol’s best goal came from full back Ken Davies when, following a throw in on the left he volleyed the ball home from the edge of the area.
Goronwy Jones completed Ffostrasol’s scoring one minute from time with a good individual effort.

Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser – 24th December 1976



Maesglas completed their Cardiganshire League double over Cilcennin when playing in wintry conditions on Saturday.
Maesglas soon learnt that they were playing a greatly improved team as compared with previous encounters between them, and the match proved to be a fairly close affair.
Dai Davies put the home side into the lead with a well taken goal, taking advantage of the slope.
Cilcennin forced the pace and went further into the lead when a Maesglas defender handled in the penalty area. The spot kick had to be taken twice following an infringement on the first attempt, and J. Jones put the ball just out of the reach of ‘keeper M. Evans.
Maesglas reduced the deficit when A. Williams put through a good ball for G. Davies to catch the home side off balance to make the score 2-1 at the interval.
Playing down the slope in the second half Maesglas evened the score through S. Davies.
With the score all square again both teams searched for the winner and they managed to produce some stylish and exciting football in spite of the conditions.
In the last quarter of the game C. Jones took a well taken pass to score for Maesglas.

Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser – 14th January 1977



Both teams appeared pretty evenly matched during the first half-hour of this Cardiganshire League match on Saturday but during the second-half Cardigan took control and dominated until the final whistle, getting four of their five goals after the interval.
Visitors Cilcennin opened the scoring after about 15 minutes, getting their only goal of the match direct from a corner taken by left-winger Elfyn Williams.
It took Cardigan another 20 minutes before they were able to equalise.
After a melee, mid-field man Phil Davies latched on to a loose ball and his opportunist shot at goal had ‘keeper J. Morgan completely beaten, leaving the scores even at half time.
Ten minutes into the second-half Cilcennin had a goal disallowed for off-side and this seemed to be the spur which Cardigan needed for five minutes later mid-field man Peter Wilson got a through ball from skipper Peter Hazzelby to beat the ‘keeper from close in.
The home side’s third goal came from substitute Dennis Jones on the left wing. His corner kick was punched out by the Cilcennin ‘keeper but his shot at the rebounding ball found the net from 18 yards.
Phil Davies got his second goal of the match – and the fourth for his side – when the visiting ‘keeper parried a shot and he was at hand to strike it home.

Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser – 28th January 1977



In what was a one sided affair, it took the Rangers a little over a quarter of an hour to find the back of the homesters net. Indeed with only five minutes of the match gone, Rangers might well have scored twice.
John Evans opened the score sheet in the 16th minute with a well taken goal, from a Huw Davies cross. Rangers constantly pressurised the Cilcennin goal area, but were thwarted, mainly due to some good goalkeeping by home team ‘keeper, Morgan.
It was not until the 40th minute that Bargod increased their lead through Colin Evans and added a further goal before the interval through Elgan Thomas.
The Rangers had now found their striking power and in the second-half goals came at regular intervals. Lyn Evans in the visitors’ goal had little call on his services.
Before the hour three more had been added to the tally through John Evans. Huw ‘Parce’ Davies and Elgan Thomas who scored with a 20 yard drive.
Cilcennin did come close to pulling a goal back when Martin Jones’ kick just shot over the bar.
In the 70th minute, a corner kick for Rangers, found Richard Gealey’s head and then the back of the net.
In the 82nd minute Rangers John Evans was given enough time to pick his spot to float home a 25 yard volley and thus completing his hat-trick.
Cilcennin were now demoralised and appeared to be wishing for the end of the match but before this came they were to be on the receiving end of a further two goals which came from Huw ‘Parce’ Davies and substitute Gareth Jones.

Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser – 4th March 1977



Cilgerran travelled to Cilcennin on Saturday for a Cardiganshire league game and emerged as eventual winners through good teamwork.
They played good attacking football in the first half and were rewarded with two good goals in the opening 20 minutes.
The first came from a well-taken shot by A. George from inside the box which had the ‘keeper well beaten. The other was scored by D. Thomas from 10 yards out.
Cilgerran continued to dominate for the remainder of this half and increased their lead still further when R. Powell scored from the edge of the box.
After the interval Cilcennin improved and began to put pressure on the Cilgerran defence. They scored their first goal mid-way through the half and scored their second fifteen minutes before the end, scorers being Des Wood and Elfyn Williams.
The Cilgerran defence held out during the remainder of the game and gained a well deserved win.

Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser – 25th March 1977



After four weeks without a match, St. Dogmaels were glad to get back onto the pitch on Saturday but the lay-off showed up in this Cardiganshire league game as they failed to produce the flowing football they are usually capable of.
St. Dogmaels took the lead after 10 minutes when P. Moore scored after some good work on the right by Phil Boer. They consolidated their position when Tony Jones latched on to the ball in the penalty area.
The best goal of the match came when Tony Jones again got possession on the left wing, took the whole defence on with a fine dribble, during which he beat five defenders and beat the goalkeeper with a good shot.
Just before half time, Cilcennin pulled one back through Martin Jones although there was a suspicion of offside.
At the resumption, there was quite a bit of end to end football but both defences dealt capably with everything until the Saints lifted their game and in the ensuing pressure Cilcennin conceded a penalty. Tony Jones was given the kick and he made no mistake and thus completed a fine hat-trick.
Soon afterwards the Saints went 5-1 in the lead when Dai Wallace made an overlap on the right before crossing into the penalty area. This was cleared by the defence only as far as Wallace who promptly blasted it in from out-side the penalty area.
With this big lead the Saints seemed to relax and during the 10 minutes of injury time played, Cilcennin scored two goals through Emyr Lewis. One was a real peach from 18 yards which left the Saints’ custodian standing.
Cilcennin had a further chance to reduce the defecit when they were awarded a penalty in the dying minutes. The kick was taken by Martin Ainge who beat the goalie and scored, but the referee told him to take it again as he had not blown his whistle. This time the shot went wide.

Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser – 1st April 1977



This Cardiganshire league game was a very one-sided affair with Ffostrasol dominating in every department and if it hadn’t been for some good saves by the Cilcennin ‘keeper Eiros Morgan the score would have been far greater.
Play was one way for most of the first half and after 15 minutes of consistent pressure, Emyr Thomas broke through the defence and his through ball was latched on to by Goronwy Jones who had the easy task of knocking the ball into the goal.
The second was scored by Emyr Thomas who again found a gap in the defence, went through to round the ‘keeper and knocked the ball in.
The pattern of play was very much the same in the second half and from a short corner kick Fred Davies crossed and caught the ‘keeper out of position for the ball to straight into the goal.
Ffostrasol’s fourth goal came as the result of a good solo effort by James Davies. A good cross from the right by Goronwy Jones enabled Jeff Davies to head the ball home. The scoring was completed when Peter Davies slotted the ball home.