LLANELLI TOWN 1 TREFELIN BGC 2
The Reds` hopes of making it a “double double” were reduced to ashes as they went down to defeat at the hands of their third division opponents, who fully deserved the win as they dictated events for much of the time.
Trefelin, with their “in-your-face” tactics unsettled the Reds from the outset, and did not allow them to demonstrate to any great extent their capabilities of one-touch football, and which has been the downfall of many teams throughout the season.
A major factor also in the win was the way in which arch destroyer of sides, Lee Trundle, was shackled with two or three defenders on his case every time he was in possession, and so effective was Trefelin`s approach, that goalkeeper Matthew Stanton was hardly tested throughout.
The game was also not without incident, with the award of two penalties – on for each side, and both missed.
Trefelin took a firm grip on the game from the outset, although the first real chance fell to Kurtis March whose header from a Chris Jones corner sailed just over the Trefelin goal.
Finselbach was then issued with his first caution after just 12 minutes when he and Damon Thomas challenged for a loose ball, before the Reds` goal survived a couple of close calls with an attempt from distance marginally wide, and Jordan Edwards directing his header at the far post inches over the bar from a Travis Monks delivery.
As the half progressed, the Reds were struggling to put together any worthwhile passing moves, with their opponents quick to close down any potential threat, although Lee Bevan did see his finish strike the post when a Jones free kick fell into his path.
With six minutes of the half remaining, Trefelin were then given a great chance of taking the lead with the award of a penalty when Craig Morris and Edwards both challenged for a high cross into the area and the inevitable collision, with the Trefelin player on the ground with the Reds` keeper being seen as the culprit, and also earning a caution.
Edwards was sufficiently recovered to take the kick himself, but his attempted sidefoot was kept out by a dive to his left by Morris.
Just before the close of the half, Jones saw Stanton safely hold on to his well struck free kick, while the Trefelin keeper was also forced to turn over a goalbound Bevan header from Jones`s corner.
A goalless first period was to change rapidly after the restart, with Trefelin racing into a two goal lead within five minutes, with the opener arriving on 47 following a sortie up the left when the ball was threaded through into the box which Morris attempted to reach, but it was played beyond him to the far post where Jamie Latham was on hand to turn it into the vacant net.
Three minutes later, events took an even better turn for Trefelin when they scored again, following a free kick into the area which was met by Edwards who executed a great overhead finish into the bottom corner.
Now really up against it, the Reds suffered a further blow with the dismissal of Finselbach when he and Thomas again went into a challenge, and at this stage they looked a dispirited outfit.
A period of stalemate then took place, with Trefelin preserving their two goal cushion, and the Reds desperately trying, without too much success, to claw back the deficit.
With time running out, it was then their turn to be thrown a lifeline after Trundle was able, for once, to break free of his markers and make inroads into the box before being brought down and the award of a penalty.
Joe Clarke was given the responsibility for the spot kick, but again the goalkeeper was able to deny the taker, with Stanton keeping it out and probably killing off any hopes of a Reds` revival.
With the contest almost over, Ross Jones did pull one back on the stroke of full time, heading home from a corner, but it was too little, too late, and Trefelin deservedly celebrated a famous win which their overall play merited.
One sad aspect from the Reds` viewpoint was an injury to Trundle two minutes from time in what was probably his final game for the club, and his contribution since he joined cannot be overestimated, and is a major factor in its elevation to the Welsh Premier League. He will be sorely missed.
LLANELLI TOWN; Morris; Graves; Facciuto (Follows, 59); Finselbach; C. Thomas; Bevan; C. Jones;
March; Clarke ©; Trundle (Samuel, 88); Loveridge (R. Jones, 76); Subs. not used;
R. Thomas; Rees (GK).
TREFELIN BGC; Stanton; Monks; Morgan (M. Davies, 77); Jones (Waters, 73); Beynon; A. Davies;
Latham; Damon Thomas; Best; Williams © (Dylan Thomas, 80); Edwards;
Subs. not used; Ryan; Bowen.
SCORERS; Llanelli Town – R. Jones, 90.
Trefelin BGC – Latham, 47; Edwards, 50.
YELLOW CARDS; Llanelli Town – Finselbach (2); Morris; March; Graves; Follows.
Trefelin BGC - Morgan; Damon Thomas.
RED CARD; Llanelli Town – Finselbach.
REFEREE; Gavin Townsend (Ebbw Vale).