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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 14:33

Seventy Years of Hurt

SATURDAY 5th MAY : Ty Isaf Park, warm and sunny.
ABERTILLERY EXCELSIORS 0 YNYSDDU WELFARE 2 (Gwent FA Amateur Cup final)

The beginning of a bank holiday heatwave banish all worries about postponements. Normal football apparel of thermal layers and woolly hats are discarded, instead I dig out sunblock and shades ahead of a short trip to Risca United's old ground, now used for the Gwent FA's finals. Of the two main finals (Senior and Amateur, open to clubs from different levels of the county's leagues) it's the Amateur one which appeals, involving two clubs I've had particularly friendly contact with over the years.

The finalists are both Gwent County Division 2 clubs, but Ynysddu come here as favourites after winning the division recently. The other big advantage they have is former WPL man Lee Kendall in goal. However, the club's cup pedigree isn't great: six losing cup finals in recent times, and seventy years since they last lifted the county's Amateur Cup. Seventh time lucky?

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Sunday, 07 December 2014 09:00

David 1 Goliath 9

SATURDAY 6th DECEMBER: Rogiet Sports Fields, sunny.
SEVERN TUNNEL NON-POLITICAL CLUB 1 ALBION ROVERS 9 (Gwent FA Amateur Cup)
It's one of those 'late decision' days; not because of the weather, which is fine here, but because no fixture within easy reach has yet convinced me of its unmissability - though there are plenty such further afield in the West Wales and North East Wales cups. By 11a.m. I am drifting towards an easy option of one of the Welsh League games in the capital, but a last glance at the pages of The Football Traveller makes me re-consider the Gwent Amateur Cup. A few minutes research and I've established that "STNPC" would be remarkably easy to get to, even for a 1.30 kick-off.

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