Grange grounded in Cup by Sweeney

Grange Albion 3-4 Cwm Welfare

Match coverage by Tom Sargent

Grange Albion lost an entertaining League Cup tie at home to a much-improved Cwm Welfare on Saturday afternoon.

Despite three good goals from the White brothers, Albions couldn't quite edge past their counterparts into the next round.

Following their heavy defeat in the league the week before, the cup provided a welcome distraction at the weekend.

After a quiet opening 10 minutes, captain Nathan White opened the scoring for Grange in emphatic fashion. He latched onto a through ball down the right, beat the defender in box and lashed one into the far corner.

From there it looked like Grange might walk it but, credit to the Welfare, they fought their way back in. Having had one cleared off the line on the quarter hour mark Cwm equalised on 39 minutes.

Josh Sweeney scored with his left foot into the centre of the goal when he met a through ball. Their good pressure paid off just before half-time.

In the second half the healthy crowd of 40 had to wait 10 minutes again for the match to spring into action. Some good Albion pressure saw Nathan Williams in between the Welfare sticks save well from White again. His rebound almost fell into Luke Mackie's feet but he couldn't quite get there to force the parry home.

On 60 minutes, we were treated to a fine bit of skill 30 yards out as White again beat his man to surge goalwards. However, the striker couldn't keep his shot down and he blazed over from 18 yards.

Albions would regret that miss as Cwm took the lead on 65 minutes. Chris Rolme in goal for Albions fumbled a direct free kick, which fell straight to Sweeney who poked home from close range.

It was harsh on Rolme who had made some good saves up that point. Despite this, a minute later the Welfare were 3-1 ahead when lax marking saw Gareth Lloyd head in from five yards. On 75 minutes White took full advantage of Nile White's excellent pressure, which caused a mix up between keeper and defender for Cwm. The ball fell to the captain and he slotted home from 18 yards. Game on.

On 87 minutes, Nile White added to his season's tally when he headed in another great delivery from Louis Rodrigues. Albions couldn't hold their lines though and Sweeney completed his hat-trick seconds later when he beat the offside trap to claim a 4-3 win for the Welfare.

Grange Albion: Chris Rolme, Craig Green, Ahmed Abdi, Luke Mackie, Nathan Alderman, Louis Rodrigues, Cameron Cummings, Neil Versani, Aladji Sané, Aaron Green, Nathan White (c), Substitutes: Simon Gardner, Ryan Roberts, Nile White, Ebony Dixon, Kyle Roberts.

Cwm Welfare: Nathan Williams, Kyle Jones, Gareth Lloyd, Lewis Randell, Josh Jenkins, Alex Davies, Thomas Powell, Owain Adams, Rhys Williams, Josh Sweeney, Daniel Collins Substitues: James Mannings, Ashley Williams, Craig Roberts, Kye Hollinsworth, Ioan Fletcher.

Referee: Gary Ismail. Attendance: 40.


Next home matches: Ely Rangers (Saturday October 12th, 2.30pm)

Garw SBGC (Saturday October 26th, 2.30pm)


Grange wilt in heat

Grange Albion 0-4 Pencoed Athletic BGC

Match coverage by Tom Sargent

On Saturday afternoon Grange Albion welcomed Pencoed Athletic BGC to Coronation Park in glorious Grangetown sunshine.

Glorious weather doesn't mean glorious football however and, despite several good interventions from club captain Nathan Alderman throughout the game, Albions fell to a 4-0 defeat to the division's third placed team.

A steady start from both sides set the tone for the first half. Neither side really threatened the goal much. Jack Delve spurned an early chance for Athletic after Luke Mackie sliced a clearance.

The opener came on 21 minutes after a mix-up between the Albion's goalkeeper Tom Karaisko and centre half Richard Jago. Both players went for the same ball and it fell straight to Darren Townsend who rolled into the empty net.

Early in the second half Jago and Karaisko made amends for their earlier mistake. On 48 minutes Townsend demonstrated great pace again as he burst down the left but when his cross found Delve Jago was on hand to make a fantastic block.

Minutes later Karaisko made a great full stretch save at the far post as Pencoed this time worked the ball down the right and then put in a deep cross from which the shot was parried away by the youngster.

On 56 minutes Grange missed their only chance to get back into the match. Louis Rodrigues surged forward from midfield on the counter and played in Nathan White. White laid on a great pass at the near post for Vitor Soares but he fired his shot into the bus depot behind the goal.

Ten minutes later it was game over. Two mad minutes saw Albions throw away the match. Pencoed pressure forced another mix up at the back and the ball was poked home with Townsend taking the accolades.

A minute later Townsend charged onto a long ball over the top and made it three far too easily. On 70 minutes the rout was complete as substitute Kyle Owen made it four with a header into the centre of the goal when he met a cross from the left.

Grange Albion: Tom Karaisko, Ryan Roberts, Nathan Alderman, Louis Rodrigues, Richard Jago, Luke Mackie, Neil Versani, Aaron Harris, Nathan White, Nile White, Simon Gardner Substitutes: Vitor Soares, Ehab Hassen, Shakil Agyemang, Lamin Conteh

Pencoed Athletic: Martin, Ashley Beckett, Declan Howe, Paul Martin, Evan Price, Shaun Williams, Richard Lewis, Marc Turner, Darren Townsend, Griff Williams, Jack Delve Substitutes: Jordan Hunt, M. Roach, Kyle Owen.

Referee: Kevin Morgan. Attendance: 30


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Penalty pain for Grange

Grange Albion 2-2 Trebanog, FA Wales Trophy
(Trebanog won 4-2 on penalties AET)

Match coverage by Tom Sargent

Grange Albion fell cruelly in a penalty shoot-out against their South Wales Alliance contemporaries Trebanog, in the second round of FA Wales Trophy at Coronation Park.

Under the glorious sunshine, the match went all the way after extra-time.

The Albions started brightly with Nile White having a goal dubiously ruled out for offside after only three minutes. White had another shot, when he turned on the edge of the area, parried for a corner after nine minutes.

First blood came after 19 minutes when Aaron Harris latched on to a lovely diagonal pass down the left channel. He raced onto the ball and carried it into the area where he slotted coolly under the Trebanog 'keeper. 1-0.

White then missed a golden opportunity to double the lead when a ball broke in the box and he couldn't squeeze it in from three yards.

Grange would live to regret that miss as Trebanog started to turn the screw themselves. A good cross from the right was met with a thundering header, which crashed off the bar.

An entertaining game ensued but Grange managed to hold their lead into the break.

In the second half Simon Gardner drilled a shot in from 12 yards on the left, which was saved well by the Trebanog goalie. In a hectic three minutes White then tried his luck from a free before Trebanog did the same at the other end, both testing the respective goalies.

Trebanog came back again, first being denied at the far post from a corner on 64 minutes and then, on 72 minutes, a long diagonal ball found a gap at the far post and was headed in. Just reward for the Rhondda side.

We headed to extra-time and Trebanog took the lead after 96 minutes slotting home from close range. Grange seemed to be flagging.

In the second half Shakil Osei Agyemang demonstrated blistering pace to beat the left back into the box but his cross was poor and the chance was gone.

Shortly afterwards Albions equalised through Ehab Hassen. Trebanog didn't clear a corner and Grange managed to turn the ball back into the box. Hassen pounced on it and spun lovely to finish under the 'keeper. 2-2.

In the final minute of extra time Trebanog were awarded a penalty but their captain crashed it off the underside of the bar.

The Trebanog goalie was the hero as he saved two Grange penalties sending the Rhondda side through to the third round winning 4-2 on penalties.

Grange Albion: Chris Rolme, Ryan Roberts, Aaron Harris, Aladji Sané, Richard Jago, Luke Mackie, Nathan Alderman (c), Ahmed Abdi, Nile White, Simon Gardner, Neil Versani Substitutes: Craig Green, Shakil Osei-Agyemang, Ehab Hassen, Lamin Touray Conteh. Attendance: 30


Bowen wins thriller late for Grange

Ely Rangers 2-3 Grange Albion

Match coverage by Tom Sargent

Grange Albion made the short trip up the link road to Wenvoe on Saturday where they faced Ely Rangers at Station Road in another great advert for South Wales Alliance League football.

Rangers have an immaculate pitch and a fantastic set up, and the Albions made the most of the fine conditions to bring home a fantastic three points to Grangetown.

Louis Rodrigues fired Grange into an eighth minute lead with a fine free kick over the wall and into the 'keepers bottom right corner from 30 yards. Despite the early goal, the Albion couldn't force a period of pressure on the opposition goal in the same way Rangers were able to.

The former Welsh League side got their reward 10 minutes later when their centre half rose at the far post to nod in a free header from a corner to equalise.

A good period of pressure from Grange, around the 35-minute mark, resulted in the first half's best bit of action. Simon Gardner gathered the ball on the left side from where he threaded Aaron Harris down the wing. Harris turned his man and cut into the box to unleash a curling shot goalwards. The Rangers goalie tipped over and kept the scores even as we went all square at the break.

As ever, Grange came flying out of the blocks in the second period. Only two minutes in Nile White was sent clear down the left flank. He raced onto the ball and showed great strength to hold off his man before bursting into the box. From there he closed in on goal and scored from a tight angle with his left to restore the Albions' lead.

Albions were winding up the pressure now and three successive corners saw Rodrigues have one palmed off the line. White had another chance to score when a defensive mix up left an open goal but his shot couldn't beat the recovering defender.

On 54 minutes Rangers equalised when Richard Jago's clearing header from a corner fell straight to the Rangers number 9. He sent a sumptuous volley straight back which thundered in off the underside of the bar.

An end-to-end game prevailed with Gardner forcing another finger-tip save from the Rangers 'keeper before substitute Lloyd Bowen sealed the points in the 88th minute for Albion.

Rodrigues knocked a hopeful ball over the top, which Aladje Sané chased down. A mix up between defence and goalie ensued as a result of good pressure from Bowen. From the resultant mêlée the ball broke loose and Bowen rolled into an empty net and the Grange faithful celebrated a famous win.

Grange Albion: Tom Karaisko, Kyle Campbell, Richard Jago, Luke Mackie, Ryan Roberts, Craig Green, Aaron Harris, Louis Rodrigues, Cameron Cummings, Nile White, Simon Gardner Substitutes: Shakil Osei Agyemang, Aladje Sané, Lamin Touray Conteh, Lloyd Bowen, Ahmed Abdi. Referee: Matthew John. Attendance: 60.


Wind and penalty blow apart Albion's good start

Porthcawl 5-1 Grange Albion

Match coverage by Tom Sargent

Grange Albion suffered a heavy defeat in Porthcawl in a game they could have got more out of had they taken their chances in the first half.

Blustery conditions in the first half saw Albions kicking with the wind and Aaron Harris started to cause Porthcawl's back three problems straight away.

Two balls down the left channel caused all sorts of havoc at the back as Harris got through and somehow contrived to squander his first opportunity from two yards out. Minutes later Harris was through again and when the Porthcawl 'keeper Andrew Fisher fumbled Simon Gardner was on hand but he too couldn't force the ball over from close range.

Grange took the lead on 24 minutes when Nathan Alderman's long throw-in to the box was flicked on by Gardner. Craig Green showed the strikers how it's done and smashed in on the volley from six yards out at the far post.

The goal rattled the Seasiders who did well to get themselves back in it against a strong wind. They troubled the Grange goal line several times before making the breakthrough from a corner.

A corner from the right saw Jason James's shot blocked but when Grange didn't clear their lines properly it fell to defender Even Jones on the edge of the area who sent the ball flying back goalwards and it rattled in off the underside of the bar.

Right on half time Harris had a glorious opportunity to make it 2-1 to the visitors. Gardner sent in a pinpoint cross from the right but Harris' header sailed well past the post from point blank range.

At 1-1 the Albion were well in the game but a controversial penalty awarded by the referee on 58 minutes turned it for the home side. Morgan Thomas was allegedly felled in the box and Joe Macarthy made no mistake from 12 yards. 2-1.

The well organised Seasiders didn't look back from there and as the wind got up conditions got even more difficult for the Albion. On 67 minutes Tom Karaisko, who had had a good game, misjudged a cross in the wind leaving Sam Comley to tap in from two yards.

Brad Clarke made it four on 76 minutes when Karaisko fumbled a shot before Clarke again scored a fifth with ten to go as he rolled in a cross from the right far too easily.

Porthcawl Town Athletic: Andrew Fisher, Cam Best, Carter Munro, Evan Jones, Adam Jones, Hayden Law, Jason James, Morgan Thomas, Ben Keen, Joe Macarthy, Oliver Davies Substitutes: Tom Davies, Sam Comley, Brad Clarke, Kris Shore, Josh Price.

Grange Albion: Tom Karaisko, Ryan Roberts, Craig Green, Louis Rodrigues, Luke Mackie, Kyle Campbell, Neil Versani, Nathan Alderman, Nile White, Simon Gardner, Aaron Harris Substitutes: Mason Bennett, Shakil Osei Agyemang, Abdi Ahmed

Referee: Ian Hollyoake. Attendance: 25

Albion fightback to no avail

Grange Albion 2-4 Cardiff Draconians

Match coverage by Tom Sargent

The old football cliché says "it's a game of two halves" - Grange Albion hosted hot title favourites Cardiff Draconians in a classic of that genre at Coronation Park on Wednesday night.

A bumper crowd of 60 witnessed the Albions fall well behind and then played their way back into an enthralling encounter in Grangetown.

Dracs went ahead on three minutes when Kieran Cotterill received the ball on the right side of the six-yard box. He spun his man and fired an acute effort into the far corner.

An action packed opening quarter hour saw Cotterill waste another chance when he met former Alboin player's Jack Kane's cross in between Nathan White's attempts to get on to through balls laid on by his teammates. With 19 minutes on the clock Dracs doubled their lead when the marauding right back Joeseph Morelli won the ball on the edge of Grange's box, he drove into the area and crossed to Nicholas Davison who flicked Morelli's centre into the goal. 2-0.

Following their back to back wins in Caerphilly and Sully last week the Albion looked out of sorts and in danger of a drubbing. On 33 minutes Thomas McClean picked up the ball in midfield and waltzed straight through the Grange defence to make it three from 20 yards.

Two minutes later, ex-Albion player Kane nicked the ball on the right, 40 yards, out, and ran through to score easily into the far corner. Grange reduced the deficit on 41 minutes when Nathan White broke through and bundled the ball home as the 'keeper came rushing out.

As per usual the Albion came out all guns blazing after half time and nearly got their reward on 48 minutes. Nile White sent a lovely cross in to Nathan White whose volley went agonisingly past the post.

White doubled his tally for the evening on 62 minutes when he poked in substitute Simon Gardner's cross from the right.

Grange had a chance to make it a grandstand finish when Ahmed Abdi turned a cross goalwards for White on 70 minutes.

The Dracs domineering captain Liam Williams, almost put the game to bed on 74 minutes when he struck the inside of Tom Karaisko's post but the Albion fought on to no avail.

Grange Albion: Tom Karaisko, Ryan Roberts, Craig Green, Louis Rodrigues, Richard Jago, Luke Mackie, Ahmed Abdi, Cameron Cummings, Nathan White (c), Nile White, Nathan Alderman Subs: Shakil Osei Agyemang, Aaron Harris, Simon Gardner, Kyle Campbell, Mason Bennett. Cardiff Draconians: Callum Meyer, Joseph Morelli, Shaun McCarthy, Liam Williams (c), Richard Noyes, Jake Gammond, Jack Kane, Thomas McClean, Nicholas Davison, Kieran Cotterill, Rhys McCarthy Subs: Leighton James, Lee Denner, Joshua Payne, Tre Taylor, Ieuan Llewellyn.

Referee: Mr Graham Evans. Attendance: 60.

Cummings earns Albion first win

Caerphilly Athletic 1-2 Grange Albion

Match coverage by Tom Sargent

Two Cameron Cummings goals either side of Connor Stokes’ strike secured an excellent victory over Caerphilly Athletic at Morgan Jones Park on Wednesday evening.

A stellar performance, lead by talisman Cummings, brought a vital three points back to Grangetown as the Albion registered their first win of the season in a thoroughly entertaining game.

Albion got off to a flyer when Cummings opened the scoring with less than two minutes on the clock. Luke Mackie made a fine interception of a long ball over the top, releasing the tireless Simon Gardner down the left. Gardner passed inside to Cummings who cut inside his man 20 yards out and unleashed a sumptuous strike into the top right corner.

Athletic were clearly rattled and Grange continued in the same manner for the first quarter hour piling on the pressure. Credit to Caerphilly though, they worked their way back into an end-to-end fixture.

A good move down the Grange Albion right saw Gareth Tedstone crash one off the underside of the bar for Athletic before they equalised in the 19th minute. Grange had a corner, which Nathan Alderman nearly turned in, deep at the far post. Athletic broke quickly and when Grange failed to clear they threaded in Stokes who struck in the centre of the goal.

In the second half Albion’s good play and hard work continued. Ryan Roberts, Cummings and Shakil Ojei-Agyemang combined well on the right to force a save from Lee Lewis.

A Louis Rodrigues corner was cleared off the line after 52 minutes as the Albion ramped up the pressure on their hosts early in the second half.

The winning goal came with less than 10 minutes to go. Cummings picked up the ball 30 yards out and ran towards the goal area. He slipped his man on the left edge of the box with a lovely feint to leave him one on one with the goalkeeper. As Lewis came out he calmly slotted home underneath the ‘keeper to send the travelling Albion support into raptures.

Caerphilly Athletic: Lee Lewis, Zac Bowfin, Ross Powell, Connor Davies, Jordan Rupnell, Connor Stokes, Sam Watkins, Zanty Rayman, Gareth Tedstone, Nathan Cook Substitutes: Aden Fulin, Tyler O’Brien, Jay Edwards, Alex Edwards, Rhys Newton.

Grange Albion: Thomas Karaisko, Ryan Roberts, Nathan Alderman (c), Louis Rodrigues, Kyle Campbell, Luke Mackie, Neil Valsani, Cameron Cummings, Lloyd Bowen, Shakil Ojei-Agyemang, Simon Gardner Substitutes: Tremaine Puttick. Referee: Mr Peter Small. Attendance: 30.

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Liberals' late show kills off Albion

Grange Albion 2-4 Canton Liberals

Match coverage by Tom Sargent

Grange Albion kicked off their home campaign in the 2019/20 South Wales Alliance Premier Division against Canton Liberals on Wednesday 14th August.

They lost their first game of the season at Pencoed Athletic BGC 4-1 and faced another tough fixture. The opening 10 minutes were very tight with neither side producing any real quality to create a chance on goal.

Richard Jago was called to action in the 12th minute for the Albion when he intercepted well as Ope Gbadegesin was running through on goal. Shortly afterwards captain Nathan White was through at the other end but his shot was deflected wide.

Nathan Alderman then made a great clearance off the line after Stephen Ward and Gbadegesin combined well on the right to create a headed chance at the far post. The Libs had a free kick deflected wide after it had beaten Grange's wall just before the half hour. From the ensuing corner, Alderman cleared off the line again after 'keeper Thomas Karaisko fumbled.

White then had the best chance of the game so far just before half-time. He beat his man in the box to cut inside and get a shot off with his right foot, only for Aaron Fettah to turn it round the post.

After 55 minutes the game finally came to life. A tough penalty call was awarded against the Albion and Andre Phillips rolled home easily to make it 0-1.

At the other end, Louis Rodrigues had a free kick and was advised to "go for the angle" by a spectator. He duly did his best and struck the upright.

On 63 minutes Grange were rewarded for their endeavours and scrambled the ball over line when Liberals were unable to clear. Sadly, their lead didn't last as Canton Liberals went straight down the other end with Morgan Evans getting the goal to make it 1-2.

The match rumbled on and Canton sealed their victory with a third from Phillips who slotted in from close range on 84 minutes after Gbadegesin slipped and missed his shot.

Rodrigues then bettered his earlier strike in stoppage time with an identikick from a free into the top right corner. Christopher Quick then made it 2-4 with the last kick.

Grange Albion: Thomas Karaisko, Ahmed Abdi, Nathan Alderman, Richard Jago, Luke Mackie, Cameron Cummings, Mason Ahmun, Nathan White (c), Simon Gardner, Aaron Harris Subs: Aladji Sani, James Coyle, Shakil Ojei-Agyemang, Mason Bennett, Tremaine Puttick.

Canton Liberals: Aaron Fettah, Stephen Ward, Luke Tajul, David Trace, Ben Jenkins, Christopher Dye (c), Liam Jeremy, Anthony Rake, Andre Phillips, Christopher Quick, Ope Gbsdegesin Subs: Rio Brown, Mazin Ali, Morgan Evans, Jabir Kahn, Cohen Riella. Referee: Mr Ian Hollyoake. Attendance: 35 approximately.


FOOTBALL 2018/19: Late drama as season ends with stalemate

Grange Albion 1-1 Garw SBGC

Match coverage by Tom Sargent

Grange Albion welcomed Garw of Pontycymmer to Coronation Park on Saturday afternoon for their final home game of the 2018/19 season

With both teams assured a place in next season's South Wales Alliance Premier Division there was nothing much to play for.

The glorious sunshine did not look down on a gloriously entertaining game. Both teams were full of endeavour but lacking quality in the final third.

Simon Gardner had Grange's first chance on 20 minutes as he was threaded through on the left by the busy Aaron Harris. Gardner managed to get a shot off but it was deflected into Tom Lewis' hands in the Garw goal.

Immediately afterwards Ryan Roberts and Luke Mackie combined well to force a good block from Garw's midfielder Rhys Jordan inside the box.

The only other shot in anger during the first half came from captain Christian Churcher whose long range drive went wide of the 'keepers left hand post.

In the second half it was more of the same but Gareth Nott was called into action on 63 minutes when Garw broke into the box and he saved well from 8 yards.

Garw finally broke the deadlock on 85 minutes when Nott came to the edge of his box to clear a long ball over the top. Unable to handle he cleared the ball and was knocked to the ground by the Garw defender.

The referee waved play on as the Albion defence stood still yet again waiting for a decision that never came. The ball fell to Damian Barnard who lobbed Nott as he scrambled back to the line. It was harsh on the Albion.

Two minutes later Grange were back on level terms. The referee awarded a penalty for a trip just inside the box and Churcher fired home from the spot kick to make it 1-1.

Finally the game had come to life as Garw charged straight down the other end feeding Harry Davies on the penalty spot. He turned his defender superbly but couldn't keep his shot down.

Churcher then had space to shoot for a winner in stoppage time but his long range effort went wide of the right upright.

Grange Albion: Gareth Nott, Ryan Roberts, Craig Green, Louis Rodrigues, Ahmed Abdi, Luke Malkie, Christian Churcher (c), Cameron Cummings, Simon Gardner, Kieran Francombe, Aaron Harris Subs: Aladje Sani (Simon Gardner 75'), Lloyd Bowen (Craig Green 85'), Tremaine Puttick (Kieran Francombe 49'), David Avery

Garw SBGC: Tom Lewis, Will Jones, Will Rowlands, Daffyd Owen, Nathan Rose, Corey Jenkins, Zack Edwards, Damian Barnard, Harry Davies, Adam Brimble Subs: Elliott Meritt (Adam Brimsble), Oliver Davies, Lewis Davies, Lewis James, Geraint Gillet )

Man of the Match: Aaron Harris

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Eight goal thriller but Albion unlucky

Grange Albion 3-5 Pontlottyn

Grange Albion played out their penultimate match of the season at Coronation Park with an entertaining game on a balmy evening.

The Albion took the lead on six minutes after Abdel Boulachie's looping free kick wasn't cleared. Nile White followed up and hit the post before Ahmed Abdi, who has been in fine form lately, put in the rebound with his left from three yards.

Pontlottyn had their first shot in anger after eight minutes but it came to nothing. Shortly afterwards Kieran Francombe and Nile White linked up well on the left but when Francombe broke into the box he was muscled off the ball.

Just after the quarter hour mark Pontlottyn were level. They hit the bar after the centre forward headed a cross from the wing goalwards. Grange failed to clear and the visitors were level. Two minutes later Pontlottyn had completed the turnaround. A short corner went unchallenged allowing the visitors to put in a pin point cross which was rifled home from 10 yards.

After 23 minutes Grange had a great chance to equalise through Simon Gardner. Good work on the left from Boulachie provided a good chance from a tight angle but it was blazed over.

With 30 minutes on the clock Pontlottyn were in control. Another corner, another goal. Whether it was over the line or not is questionable but it would have resulted in a red card for Albion anyway for handball had it not been.

Just before half-time Grange hit the bar. White held the ball up really well on the 'D' before turning a shooting. His shot rebounded off the bar to safety.

Albion came steaming out of the blocks after half-time and were back in it on 53 minutes. Francombe won the ball deep in the Pontlottyn half and darted into the box. He side stepped his man in a one vs one situation and fired hime majestically; 2-3.

Eight minutes later and Grange were level. A free kick was whipped in from the left which Abdi guided back acros goal from the far post. Cameron Cummings was on hand to turn it in.

Albion were now in the ascendency in a cracking game of football. They produced the moved of the night when Ryan Roberts fed White in the box from the right. He followed his pass, collected the ball and curled sumptuous effort goalwards only to be denied by a wonderful save.

Pontlottyn then scored two quickfire goals on 74 and 80 minutes to sink Albion. It was a harsh scoreline on the Albion who deserved more out of the game.

Grange Albion: Tom Kariasko, Ryan Roberts, Craig Green (c) (David Avery 45'), Cameron Cummings, Ahmed Abdi, Luke Macrie, Louis Rodrigues, Abdel Boulachie, Nile White (Lloyd Bowen 45'), Kierna Francombe, Simon Gardner Subs: Lloyd Bowen, Nathan White, David Avery, Mason Bennett, Anthony Kennedy (Simon Kennedy 79')

Man of the Match: Kieran Francombe


Jeremy stars in vital win at Welfare

Cwm Welfare 1-8 Grange Albion

Match coverage by Tom Sargent

Liam Jeremy was the star man with a hat-trick as Grange Albion romped to a much-needed win in their fight for survival in the South Wales Alliance Premier.

Despite the scoreline, Grange had to wait until the 21st minute to break the deadlock against a young but dogged Cwm Welfare side at Mount Pleasant Park in Beddau.

Aaron Harris stole the ball midway inside the opposition half, stormed past two defenders and forced a corner. Nathan Alderman the volleyed in the corner at the far post for the opening goal.

With a move straight from kick-off, Cwm nearly scored with the first real shot of the game. They then equalised after 25 minutes when a mix-up at the back allowed Jordan Watson in on the edge of the area. He made no mistake and slammed in a sumptuous strike to the far right corner.

Like Grange last week, Welfare let their opponents back in waiting for an offside that never came. Nile White beat the offside trap, rounded Dan Thomas in goal and restored Albion's lead as they went in to the break leading 2-1.

Grange came firing out of the blocks in the second half, as usual, and only had to wait two minutes to get their reward. Liam Jeremy scored his first, direct from a free kick, on the edge of the box. Thomas could only get a hand to it as it curled it round the wall into the bottom left corner.

Five goals in 25 minutes sank Welfare's hopes of a resurgence. The first came from in-form Christian Churcher on 65 minutes. Good work from Hani Radman on the left opened up a scoring opportunity on the left side of the box and he fired home.

On 71 minutes, Jeremy got his second when he collected the ball 18 yards out, beat two defenders and fired into the bottom right with his left. 5-1.

After 83 minutes it was six when Cammeron Cummings's long ball was flicked on by Alderman, and Mason Bennett got onto the knock down to slot home.

With two minutes remaining Radman, who had a great impact after coming on as a substitute, was involved in the thick of the action again in winning a penalty. Jeremy stepped up for his hat trick and made no mistake - seventh heaven for Grange.

Churcher then got his second and Albion's eighth, latching onto a long ball before the 'keeper and slotting home to finish off a resounding win for Albion.

Grange Albion: Gareth Nott, Kieran Francombe, Craig Green, Cammeron Cummings, Ahmed Abdi, Nathan Alderman, Christian Churcher, Liam Jeremy, Nile White, Simon Gardner, Aaron Harris Subs: Anthony Kennedy (Nile White 71'), Mason Bennett (Kieran Francombe 60'), Hani Radman (Simon Gardner 65')

Man of the Match: Liam Jeremy


Rowley rolls over Grange

Grange Albion 0-3 Baglan Dragons

Albion suffered another blow on Thursday evening as they went down to another defeat at Coronation Park.

Matthew Rowley sandwiched two goals either side of Ollie Bowen's lob midway through the second half.

A tight first half ended 0-1 after Rowley had scored the best goal of the game. He picked up the ball from a quick throw in and dribbled to the right edge of the Grange box from left field.

Rowley went unchallenged and zipped a great effort into Gareth Nott's bottom left corner.

Albion over hit passes at crucial times and it cost them dearly. Christian Churcher put too much on his pass to Aladje Sani in a good position, just after the quarter hour mark.

Just before the break some great team play from Grange resulted in them winning a free kick 20 yards from goal. Churcher fired his direct shot just left of the upright as Albion searched for an equaliser.

Immediately after half time, Abdel Boulachie raced through from halfway and Grange had a 3 v 2 situation. Boulachie again misplaced his pass and the chance went begging.

The defence were static when Bowen latched onto a thrown in after 54 minutes. Grange's defence seemed to be waiting for a refereeing decision which didn't come and Bowen lobbed the stranded Nott to make it 2-0.

In stoppage time Rowley showed great speed and skill to beat Ryan Roberts with the ball and he slotted home past the 'keeper.

Grange Albion: Gareth Nott, Ryan Roberts, Craig Green, Louis Rodrigues, Nathan Alderman, Ahmed Abdi, Abdel Boulachie, Aladje Sani, Simon Gardner, Christian Churcher (c), Kieran Francombe. Subs: Cameron Cummings (Christian Churcher 70'), Lewis Bevan, Gurlakhan Singh (Kierna Francombe 76'), Tremaine Puttick, Hani Radman (Aladje Sani 76')

Man of the Match: Ahmed Abdi


Well-drilled Pencoed give Grange tough work-out

Pencoed Athletic 6-2 Grange Albion

Albion went down to high-flying Pencoed Athletic in another tough match in their hectic April schedule.

The well-organised hosts dominated proceedings from the first whistle and soon found their range after eight minutes when their right winger tried his luck from distance.

Grange Albion replied with a shot over the bar from Liam Beattie before Pencoed's Richie Lewis had another go straight at Albion's 'keeper, Gareth Nott.

Just after the quarter hour mark David Avery made a fantastic block in front of goal after a high ball into the box was knocked down to the left of the goal.

Moments later Pencoed took the lead when Abdel Belem struck from six yards out. Declan Howe's pinpoint cross found Belem inside the box and he slotted in with his right foot.

Belem again was in the thick of the action in the middle of the Grange half when he took the ball inside his defender to turn him with a lovely touch. His long range effort wasn't quite up to the standard of his build up play though.

On the half hour mark Grange had their first real attack of the match with some good counter-attacking play. Abdel Boulachie finished a promising move with a shot over the bar.

Shortly afterwards, Athletic made it two as Tom Powell was left unmarked in the box. He finished with a shot in off the left upright. Pencoed then had a goal chalked off for offside as Belem turned his man on the left to put in a cross which was nudged in.

Grange came out strongly after half-time. In the first minute of the second period Boulachie threaded in Beattie but his shot was blocked for a corner. From the resulting corner Nathan Alderman was felled in the box and the referee awarded a penalty.

Christian Churcher placed the ball home with his right foot from the spot and the Albion were back in it. No sooner had they got back in the game though, they were out of it again.

Jack Delve, who caused problems all night for the Grange backline, smashed in from the edge of the box into the left corner following a quick counter attack.

Tom Powell then got his second of the night on 48 minutes after some great interchange play with Delve. After 60 minutes a mix up between Nott and centre-half Ahmed Abdi gifted Shaun Williams Pencoed's fifth goal of the night.

With 67 minutes on the clock Williams hit the inside of the post from a deep cross into the Albion box. Grange then counter attacked and Boulachie curled a great effort over the bar having beat his man after cutting in from the right.

After 70 minutes Pencoed got their final goal of the night from Delve when he rounded Nott and slotted into the empty net. Simon Gardner got a consolation from the left side of the goal area following Churcher's good hold up play on the edge of the penalty area.

Grange Albion: Gareth Nott, Liam Beattie, David Avery, Cameron Cummings, Nathan Alderman, Ahmed Abdi, Christian Churcher (c), Kieran Francombe, Simon Gardner, Abdel Boulachie, Louis Rodrigues Subs: Mason Bennett, Hani Radman (David Avery 60')

Man of the match: Christian Churcher


Buns turn the heat up to crush Grange

Ynyshir Albions 8-1 Grange Albion

Grange Albion got sucked into a real relegation battle as they went down 8-1 at league leaders Ynyshir Albions on Tuesday night.

Grange started well, causing Albions problems at the back. A long ball over the top was latched onto by Aaron Harris, who was taken out by the goalkeeper, Daniel Hurton, after only 10 minutes. The resulting free kick was blazed over by Nathan Alderman. Shortly afterwards Ynyshir went close after Gareth Nott fumbled the ball. Albions spread the ball out wide from the mistake and struck just wide of the far post.

Anthony Kennedy then made a great block from point blank range as the league leaders started to turn the screw. Indeed, after 20 minutes The Buns broke the deadlock as Sam McCarthy beat the offside trap and slotted home from the left side of the box.

Three minutes later it was 2-0 as a free kick from the right wasn't dealt with and Daniel Lever scored from close range. Just before halftime Ynyshir made it three from a quick counter attack. McCarthy headed in at the far post as Albions went from back to front in a matter of seconds.

As the clocked ticked down to the break Grange finally showed some promise. Good interplay around the box resulted in Simon Gardner firing in a good effort stopped by the 'keeper. Christian Churcher scored from the resulting corner after Liam Beattie's header rebounded off the bar.

The second half started badly as Ynyshir got three ahead again just after Albion had got themselves back in it. A sloppy back pass was intercepted by Ynyshir captain Scott Jones, leaving him with only the keeper to beat, 4-1. With 68 minutes gone McCarthy beat the offside trap again to slot home from six yards. Substitute Ceirion Mason made it 6-1 on 74 minutes as Ynyshir turned the evening into a rout.

McCarthy completed his hat trick on 80 minutes from Mason's deep cross from the right. Mason himself then made it 8-1 after McCarthy's smart cut back from the byline allowed him to find the bottom right corner.

Team: Gareth Nott, Ryan Roberts, Kieran Francombe, Anthony Kennedy, Nathan Alderman, Christian Churcher (c), Louis Rodrigues, Cameron Cummings, Simon Gardner, Aaron Harris, Liam Beattie. Subs: Hani Radman (Liam Beattie 75'), Lloyd Bowen (Anthony Kennedy 60'), Mason Bennett

Man of the match: Sam McCarthy (Ynyshir Albions)


Corries too strong for Albion

Grange Albion 0-4 Brecon Corries

Coronation Park hosted a match in glorious Grangetown sunshine on Saturday but sadly that was as glorious as it got for Albion against a well-drilled Corries side.

It might have been different had the sun been shining more kindly on Grange's early attacking play. An end-to-end game saw the locals create the first opportunity of the match after five minutes.

Some excellent interplay on the edge of the Corries box saw captain Matthew "Bingo" Phillips put through on the edge of the goal area for a one on one. Bingo duly slotted home a cool finish but the referee ruled it out for a questionable offside.

First blood came shortly afterwards from a quick thrown in. A ball over the top fell nicely on the right hand side of the box for Jack Bain who scored first time with a sumptuous chip over Grange's stranded 'keeper.

Corries then went on to have a sustained period of dominance. Barely five minutes after their opener they had a goal chalked off for offside and then after 20 minutes came their second. A deep cross from the right was headed in for an own goal at the far post. Grange weren't out of the game and finished the half strongly. A pop shot from Simon Gardner on the edge of the area tested the Brecon goalie before Bingo put in two excellent crosses from the right, which went unpunished.

Enforced substitutions disrupted Albion's flow in the second period and Brecon Corries capitalised. Early on, Matthew Rodgrick forced a good save from Gareth Nott at his near post before Dale Evans shot from point blank range forcing another.

Nott saved again on 68 minutes before Brecon hit the post on 81 minutes. He made another superb stop on 82 minutes and then Brecon scored their third after 83 as Joel Evans swept in from close range. On 86 minutes, the rout was completed as substitute Damien Daniels finished smartly in the bottom left corner.

Team: Gareth Nott, Kieran Francombe, Ryan Roberts, Louis Rodrigues, Lewis Bevan, Nathan Alderman, Matthew 'Bingo' Phillips (c), Liam Jeremy, Simon Gardner, Christian Churcher, Abdelrahman Boulachie Subs: Ahmed Abdi, Omar Abillahi (Liam Jeremy 47'), Stephen Jones (Stephen Jones 58'), Junior Scott (Abdelrahman Boulachie 46')

Man of the match: Gareth Nott

Thanks to Thomas Sargent.


Albion dominate with double acts

Grange Albion 4-0 Caerphilly Athletic

Grange Albion got back to winning ways in emphatic style on Saturday afternoon at Coronation Park, thanks to two goals a piece from Liam Jeremy and Aladje Sani.

Grange started slowly conceding the early chances to Caerphilly before losing Kyle Campbell to injury after less than quarter of an hour gone.

Shortly afterwards some great interplay between Matthew Phillips and Aladje around the box gave Albion their first chance resulting in a missed header from Abdelrahman Boulachie.

Incisive play from the energetic Jeremy resulted in another good chance, blazed over by Simon Gardner. Grange's dominance soon told and Jeremy pounced on a loose ball after Athletic failed to clear their lines from a corner to give Albion a 1-0 lead from close range.

Two goals in two minutes put the game to bed just before half-time. Aladje took a long ball down nicely on the edge of the box before rasping a drive past the helpless Caerphilly goalie.

Almost from the restarted Aladje doubled his tally for the day after the Caerphilly centre-half dallied on the ball. Aladje nicked the ball back before toe poking home to send Grange in 3-0 at the break.

The Albion never looked back after half-time and their dominance continued in the second half. A corner kick lead to their final goal after 53 minutes. The ball was whipped in the Boulachie turned the ball towards goal with his chest before Jeremy helped it over line to complete the rout.

Team: Nathan Alderman, Craig Green, Ryan Roberts, Louis Rodrigues, Lewis Bevan, Kyle Campbell, Matthew Phillips, Liam Jeremy, Simon Gardner, Kieron Francombe, Abdelrahman Boulachie. Subs: Stephen Jones (Aladje Sani), Aladje Sani (Kyle Campbell), Liam Beattie.

Man of the match: Liam Jeremy