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Firsts held, Seconds march on

Barry Saints 3-3 St Athan

St Athan fought back from two goals down but were denied by a last gasp equaliser in the battle of the Saints.

Phil Morgan, Coree Roberts and Leigh Lewis notched the St Athan goals.

Barry Saints took advantage of a lackadaisical St Athan to race into an early two goal lead. The home side should have furthered their lead before St Athan got their act together.

Jamie Butcher had one chalked off for offside before Phil Morgan pulled a goal back right on half time.

Second half St Athan started well and youngster Coree Roberts looked bright and won a penalty when his cross was adjudged to have been handled. Morgan stepped up but saw his spot kick saved but Roberts was quickest to react to put the ball in for the leveller.

Barry Saints soon found themselves down to ten men but that seemed to galvanise them and the game ebbed and flowed back and fore.

Butcher cleared one off the line after a good home attack before Roberts saw an effort well saved by the Barry Saints keeper.

Then a free kick awarded on the edge of the area, Leigh Lewis stepped up to whip the ball around the wall and past the keeper to put St Athan in front.

With Barry Saints pushing hard to bring the game level, St Athan had chances to further extend their lead on the counter attack but just couldn’t find that pivotal final ball.

But just when St Athan thought the three points were in the bag, Barry Saints popped up to equalise as the ball was played to their player on the edge of the area and fired low into the bottom corner.

St Athan denied at the death in the most cruel way making it three games without a win.

The second team, however, produced a fine result, although two goals down against top of the league Rhoose B,who heralded a 100% record coming into the game. St Athan B fought back with goals from grizzled veteran Colin George and a double from Sean Lucas. A tremendous result that puts the seconds into second, level on points with Rhoose at the top.

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