THERE’s something about a Friday game under lights that brings out the best entertainment and Friday evening’s (Oct 7) game for a neutral supporter certainly fitted the bill.
Mumbles Rangers have had a great start to the season and wanted to capitalise on this by winning their first Welsh League home game at their temporary home in Sketty Swansea.
Cwmamman United the opponents had other ideas and wanted to come away with the maximum points.
The first half saw Cwmamman’s intent as they pushed forward at every opportunity and often turning the Rangers defence and creating half chances.
Rangers best chance of the first half came from James Loveridge who’s long range effort forces a sprawling save from Cwmamman’s goalkeeper Kai Rees. Half Time 0-0.
The second half got under way and it was Cwm on the front foot and pressing the home side. Rangers were finding it difficult to find their rhythm and struggling to break out of their own half.
In the 71st minute the visitors shook the home team when the ball came out to Cwm midfielder Ross Morgan who from just outside the penalty area picked his spot and drilled a low shot into the bottom corner of the Rangers net, 0-1.
Rangers rocked by this set back had probably their best spell of play and an individual effort from Rangers playmaker Ricky Kerr who took on the the Cwm defence and from a wide angle chipped a shot over the head of the Cwm goalkeeper and the ball sailed its way into the roof of the Cwm net,1-1.
Rangers had the momentum and two minutes later this game was turned on its head when a good move found Rangers James Loveridge out wide and squared the ball to fellow striker Elliot Smith who slotted the ball into the Cwm net, 2-1.
Cwmamman responded well and six minutes later were level when Sion Williams got the final touch to score from close range.
Rangers looked deflated and Cwmamman had the ascendancy as the game dragged into a fair chunk of added on time. Cwm’s Kyle Ashford could have made things worse for the home side as his pace was testing the home defence.
The final whistle blew and both Managers will have the views on the performance of their teams.
For Rangers it’s a valuable point and for Cwm they may look at it as two points dropped in what was an entertaining game of football and a credit to both teams.