Neath premier division
Giants Grave 1-1 FC Clydach
FC Clydach travelled to Giants Grave knowing anything less than a point would see them relegated to division 1 and a victory for Giants grave could put them top and in with a chance of winning the league.
There was a great atmosphere at kick off and both sides started the game well and it ebbed too and fro, with both sides creating chances however it remained an uneasy stalemate going into half time with both teams not wanting to concede.
Giants Grave 0-0 FC Clydach
Second half Giants Grave started the better and put FC Clydach under some pressure.
Giants grave created some great chances, however it was FC Clydach who came closest with Richard Gregory curling a left footed shot towards the top corner with the keeper beaten, only for the centre half to clear with a fantastic header.
This was the wake up call for Giants Grave who went straight up the other end of the pitch and scored after a lucky ricochet from the keeper against the striker.
FC came out searching for an equaliser and played some great football and the game again ebbed and flowed, with time running down.
Then a moment of magic in the 86 min from Ethan croyden saw him jink into the penalty area and drill a ball along the corridor of uncertainty and there lurking at the back post was FC legend Damo Daley who uses all his experience to calmly guide the ball into the giants grave net.
Cue the mass celebration from the FC line and players, you would swear they had won the league and showed how much this game meant to the club.
As the clock run down Giants Grave threw the kitchen sink at FC however they remained strong and held on for a well deserved draw.
This draw saw FC stay up and Glynneath relegated to division 1 on goal difference.
The result rounded off a run of games which saw FC Clydach, 5 points adrift with 5 games to play (1 home, 4 away) and all the remaining games against the current top 5 teams.
FC Clydach warriors produced 1 win, 2 draws and 2 loses and the achievement can only be described as the ‘The FC Great Escape’.
The result cemented FC Clydach’s statues in the league for another season and they still remain Clydach’s only representative in the Neath premier league, which is fantastic, for a proud footballing area.