Undy Athletic v Carmarthen Town

1.30pm  30 November 2014

Welsh Cup, Third Round
Undy Athletic 2 Carmarthen Town 4 (att 331)

The Welsh Cup may not have the high profile of its equivalents in England or Scotland, but a home draw against Welsh Premier League Carmarthen Town meant this was a big day for Undy Athletic.

The village club, based not far from the Severn  Bridge in Monmouthsire, were well organised off the pitch to cope with the much larger than usual crowd. They had plenty of food and drink available and, most crucially of all, plenty of programmes for a game that also attracted a lot of groundhoppers.

They were well-organised on the pitch as well, and gave Carmarthen a real battle before the Premier League side eventually eased through to round four.

Undy started the tie well, taking an early lead. Some sides would have been deflated by Caramrthen's equaliser, about 10 minutes before half time, but Undy simply carried on taking the game to their visitors, and were rewarded by going back in front, with a very well-worked goal, just before half time.

I've not seen much Welsh Premier League football recently, but Carmarthen looked poor for a team playing at that level. They were better in the second half, but it took a 61st minute penalty to draw level, after Undy had come close to scoring a third.

The final half-hour belonged to Carmarthen though, and it was no surprise when they went ahead for the first time. A fourth goal, in stoppage time, was harsh on Undy, who had more than matched their opponents for much of the game.

Undy Athletic's ground is a fairly typical for the Welsh League. The pitch is railed off, with dugouts, and there's a small section of covered standing on one side, The clubhouse is behind the goal, and refreshments were served from marquees that were, presumably, a one-off for this game.

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