AFC Porth got off to a flyer on Saturday when they stunned Welsh League champions West End 4-0 on the opening weekend of the new season. Tom McCarthy’s strike gave Porth a one-goal lead at the break and the hosts rallied in the second period as McCarthy grabbed another with Shane Davies and Jarrad Wright also on target for the Dinas Park side.
In the first game of the season, on Thursday evening, Taffs Wells also hit four against Tata Steel. Tyronne Topper netted twice, scoring his second directly from a corner, as the Wellmen cruised to three points. It could be another long season for the Scow, who only registered five wins in their last campaign.
The game of the weekend however was at Aberaman Park where Aberdare Town pegged Cwmbran Celtic back to a 3-3 draw, in an enthralling second-half. Goalless at the interval, Celtic forged a 2-0 lead thanks to Dominic Connor’s free-kick and a Lee Challenger penalty. Jamie Bradford bridged the gap for Aberdare and substitute Shaun Chappell make it two apiece, moments after having a similar effort chalked off for offside. Cwmbran Celtic regained the lead, to go 3-2 ahead on 87 minutes, and seemed set for the win, when Adrian Maguire cut in and drove the ball home with a well-taken effort from the left. But a late surge of pressure from Aberdare paid off as Chappell found himself unmarked to head home.
Newly-promoted duo Aberbargoed Buds and Caerau (Ely) were handed a familiar opening fixture as they began their Division One campaigns against each other. Wayne Antoniazzi rescued a point for the Buds, cancelling out Adrian Carpenter’s first-half opener for the Cardiff side with just five minutes to go.
Another new name in Division One this season is Penybont – the newly-formed club were created over the summer following the merger of Bryntirion and Bridgend Town. But they were unable to get off to a winning start in the first ever competitive match, as Ton Pentre proved too strong for the newcomers with Jaymie Wearn’s second-minute effort getting the Bulldogs off to a winning start.
Runaway Division Two champions Goytre carried their good form into the new season with a 2-0 win against Pontardawe Town.