Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 19 Aug 2006
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Dean John
A late double blast from substitute Sasha Walters steered Carmarthen to a convincing Principality Welsh Premier triumph to launch the season in style at Richmond Park. Despite fielding a much-changed side, home manager Mark Jones was delighted with the application of his new-look line-up as they clipped the wings of the Canaries, who had skipper Kenny Irons sent off in the second half.
Carmarthen made the ideal start, former Cardiff City striker, Danny Thomas converting a cross from Colin Loss in the sixth minute before the visitors launched a strong response. It led to a busy period for former Port Talbot stopper Neil Thomas on his debut in the home goal, but he produced a succession of fine saves, including a couple of outstanding efforts to deny Craig Roberts, to keep the Canaries in check.
Carmarthen then doubled their lead within minutes of the restart after skipper Nathan Cotterell provided a cross for Mark Dodds to poke the ball into the visitors' net. Then, in the 55th minute, Irons was shown a straight red card by Referee Dean John, after a tangle with Loss, but Carmarthen failed to capitalise on having the extra man. Instead, Caernarfon finally beat Thomas when ex-Carmarthen midfielder, Leyton Maxwell scored from a well-placed free kick near the edge of the box.
The introduction of Walters by manager Jones turned the game decisively the home side's way as he struck twice in the last 10 minutes to finally dash the Canaries' hopes of a rare away victory. The busy Cotterell was once more the provider as his shot was parried by Paul Pritchard in the visiting goal for Walters to fire home the rebound. Walters scored his second when fellow substitute Mattie Davies broke free and squared the ball for him to net in the 90th minute and seal a satisfactory afternoon for the Richmond Park men.