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Blues pegged back by Celtic

HONOURS were even at Grenig Park after Cwmbran snatched a deserved equalizer in the 91st minute on Saturday (Dec 29) to earn a 2-2 draw with Cwmamman United.

The game was played at a frantic pace in difficult conditions. The home sides’ first chance came after 15 minutes when Ryan Hurlow rounded the keeper out wide but his goal bound shot was cleared off the line from a Cwmbran defender.

Cwmamman took the lead on 20 minutes when a free kick was sent into the box and the visitors were unable to clear and Nathan McNeil slotted the ball home.

On 25 minutes Cwmamman were unlucky to have Colin Harris sent off for a lunging tackle which seemed very harsh.

Cwmbran then minutes later were down to 10 themselves when Rhys Williams stamped on McNeil and was shown a straight red for violent conduct.

With the first half drawing to a close Cwmbran equalized (46 minutes) through their prolific scorer Chris Ham.

The second half started bright for the home side and Brieg Matthews chipped the keeper from 20 yards but his effort was ruled off side by the assistant.

Cwmbran were starting to stamp their authority on the game but it was Cwmamman who regained the lead on 62 minutes through another free kick which was powerfully headed in by Chris Allen.

Cwmbran were now looking for the leveller and were pushing men forward but some great defending from Gareth Howarth and McNeil kept them at bay.

Robert Jones in goal making his first start of the season pulled off two remarkable saves.

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Cwmamman had a great opportunity to finish off the game but Calem Rees seemed to take the wrong option and tamely kicked the ball straight to the keeper.

With Cwmamman hanging on the sucker punch came on 91 minutes when Louis Feeley toe-poked the ball into the net after Cwmamman failed to clear their lines.

This was a fair result in the end and now Cwmamman look forward to their derby clash with Ammanford on Saturday (Jan 5).