LAMPETER Town were blown away with a 5-1 defeat to Cardigan Town at the King George Field, to seriously dent their title aspirations in the Costcutter Ceredigion League division one last weekend.
After a strong performance against leaders Llandysul, they were looking to keep up their pressure at the top, but they were stunned by a flying start by the Magpies.
The visitors were left chasing the game after going three goals down after just 15 minutes, with Ewan Jones, Iestyn Evans and John Lumb all scoring from free kicks.
Jason Jones replied for Lampeter with a well-taken effort from an acute angle, but Cardigan killed the game off when defender Joost Burki netted from a break-away on the hour, and Lumb, a late addition to the Cardigan line-up, completed the scoring late on to seal a superb win.
Dewi Stars edged the battle of last season’s promoted sides with a 3-2 win over Cilgerran, to gain revenge for their home defeat just before the Christmas break.
Cilgerran struck first when Tom George netted with a low drive, but straight from the restart 16-year-old Liam Jones chased seemingly a lost cause, and found Marc Jones in the box to score from close range.
After a couple of penalty appeals were turned down for the home team, a goalbound Andrew Jones shot struck a Cilgerran defender’s arm, and Steffan Owens duly put the visitors 2-1 up on the hour.
Cilgerran, however, levelled when Dan Phillips found space and time in the box from a corner to beat 17-year old stand-in keeper Rhodri Edwards, who deflected the ball onto the crossbar before it went in.
Gethin and William Williams missed chances for the Stars, while Louis Harding and Dan Phillips went close at the other end - but on 75 minutes Stars’ captain Deian Williams rose above everyone to head in Steffan Owen’s pin-point corner.
The Stars, with 16 year old Ryan Mackie Jones making his debut alongside his father Andrew Jones, then held firm to win.
Leaders Llandysul meanwhile showed just why they are favourites for the title after they came from two goals down to defeat Crannog 5-2 at Parc Tir Y Dref.
Goals from George Colven and Rhydian Roberts had put the visitors two-up and had it not been for goalkeeper Jon Durbridge it could well have been game over.
The hosts got a goal back through Adrian Hazelby to make it to 2-1, and Lewis Jones headed an equaliser after the break.
Hazelby linked up well with Ben Thomas to put Llandysul ahead, and Thomas added the fourth when his shot from a Scott Thomas cross went in off a defender.
Hazelby completed his hat-trick late on as the Swallows moved 12 points clear.
Basement side Bargod Rangers were totally overwhelmed in the second half as St Dogmaels powered to a 9-2 win at Parc Puw. Marcus Dean, Adam Williams and Rhys Jones all netted twice for Saints, with Craig Williams, Chris Morgan and John Midgely the other marksmen, while Luke Grant and Steff Evans replied for Rangers.
The match between Aberaeron Reserves and Newcastle Emlyn was abandoned following a leg injury to Emlyn midfielder John Curran, who was taken to hospital.
Division Two leaders Maesglas started off the new year in style with a 15-0 win over SDUC, with front runner Billy Myers leading the way by netting four goals.
Kieran Harman and Dan Jones also netted hat-tricks, whilst Nathan Jones and Aaron Eldridge both scored twice, and Graham Keen also got onto the scoresheet.
Pencader notched up a comfortable 5-0 victory over Aberporth, who could only muster a bare 11 players for this fixture, with Liam Gordon scoring twice for the home side, along with further goals from Daniel Jones, Craig Gordon, Rhodri Rees.
Llanboidy meanwhile lost 2-0 at home to Ffostrasol, who took the spoils with goals by Dion Phillips and Carwyn Morgan.
In the Reserves Cup, goals from Danny Williams, Danny Jones and Chris Harries earned Llandysul Reserves a 3-2 win at Crannog Reserves, who stayed in touch with a brace from Josh Taylorson.