REPORT BY RICHARD ROWLANDS Aberdare made an early exit from the Welsh Cup after this scrappy performance and although enjoying the majority of possession were yet again found wanting in front of goal, failing to convert several clear cut chances which good build up play continues to provide but sadly with the same old outcome. The Town welcomed back Matt Flynn in the centre of defence and Ross Daniels in an unaccustomed midfield role and both were to provide excellent performances along with their fellow defensive and midfield colleagues, Lee Hartshorn and Lewis Holder with probably the latter sneaking the man of the match award. Town began promisingly with Josh Powell and Seb Haggett efforts and Ross Daniels setting up attacks with some excellent creative touches.  One of those instances, in tandem with Elliot Morris produced a glorious opportunity for Haggett to open the scoring but he drilled to the consternation of the home support, painfully wide. Daniels himself was almost on the score sheet when a Rhys Tandy drive was  bravely gathered by Ford keeper James Kirkwood under pressure from the onrushing Daniels. Clint Forbes, in the Aberdare goal was having a quiet match with the defensive rear guard snuffing out most of the visitors breaks but lone frontrunner Craig Frater was a continuous danger with good running off the ball and testing Forbes with a few sharp strikes. Half Time: Aberdare Town 0-0 Ammanford But basically there was little to enthuse the crowd with the second half producing the same pattern and even after an hour the betting was that the deadlock would only be broken by a defensive blunder or a set piece move. Full Time: Aberdare Town 0-0 Ammanford Both sides remained solid and even thirty minutes of extra time could not raise the game above the frankly turgid. It was eventually, with palpable relief that referee Kevin Russell blew for time giving the spectators the prospect of at least someone finding the net. After Extra Time: Aberdare Town 0-0 Ammanford But with Aberdare’s recent record in the goal scoring stakes, one felt the odds were favouring the visitors and this is how it turned out with only Richard Ingram and Elliot Morris converting for the home team. A dismal end to what quite frankly has been a deflating run of performances but alas to say, mindful it is only October, we are coming out with the cliché that Aberdare can now concentrate on the league. Ammanford win 3-2 on penalties Man of the Match: Lewis Holder
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Team Line-Up 1 Clint FORBES 2 Rhys JONES 3 Matthew FLYNN 4 Lee HARTSHORN 5 Richard INGRAM 6 Lewis HOLDER 7 Rhys TANDY 8 Josh POWELL 9 Ross DANIELS 10 Seb HAGGETT 11 Elliott MORRIS Substitutes 12 Gareth JONES 14 Andrew ELLIS 15 Rikki EVANS 16 Ben GIBBS 17 -
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