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Celtic went into this game hoping to make it three wins in a row after victories over Cambrian & Clydach and Ammanford in recent weeks.

However, it quickly became evident that Caerau (Ely) were going to prove tough opponents. They totally dominated the early stages and it was no surprise when they took the lead after 12 minutes when Jack Turner rose unchallenged to head home a corner from Liam Bishop. Caerau’s free- flowing football and movement continued to cause Celtic problems and the Managers changed the team formation to try to combat this. This improved things a little and Celtic equalised in the 22nd minute when a corner from Isaac Powell evaded Shaun Gardiner in the home goal and found its way into the net at the far post.

While Celtic had more of the game for the remainder of the half, it was Caerau who always looked the more dangerous, particularly down the left flank where George Sheppard was a constant threat and Celtic were lucky that none of his excellent crosses were converted.

Half time: Caerau (Ely) 1 Celtic 1

Caerau continued to dominate at the start of the second half and quickly went into a 3-1 lead with striker Brandon Griffiths scoring goals in the 50th & 55th minute both assisted by the impressive Tom McLean. Although Celtic pulled a goal back in the 58th minute with an excellent goal from Alex Bonthron, Caerau’s dominance continued and it was only a string of fine saves by Iwan Hooper that prevented them increasing their lead.

However, another goal did eventually arrive in the 81st minute when substitute Dan Bowen eventually beat Hooper with a well placed shot after the Celtic defence missed several opportunities to clear the danger.

This was a comprehensive win for Caerau. Their movement, technical ability and speed were too good for Celtic on this occasion. Caerau’s League position suggests that they don’t perform at this level on a consistent basis, but they are a young team and if they stay together and add this consistency to their game they will undoubtedly be challenging at the top end of the League in future seasons.

Full time Caerau (Ely) 4 Celtic 2

MoM: Iwan Hooper

A few images from the game


Date Time League Season Full Time
January 12, 2024 7:30 pm JD Cymru South 2023-24 90'


Caerau (Ely) FC
Cwrt-yr-Ala Road, Cardiff, CF5 5QS


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Caerau (Ely) FC134Win
Cwmbran Celtic112Loss

Cwmbran Celtic

1Iwan Hooper Goalkeeper
2Kian Bodenham 12 Defender
3Dominic Connor Midfielder
4Callum Hodges Defender
5Harrison Lewis Defender
6Josh Hinwood Defender
7Lewis Iles Forward 22'
8Charlie Taylor 17 Midfielder
9Alex Bonthron Forward 58'
10Tom Meechan Forward
11Isaac Powell 14 Midfielder 22'
12Sam Powell 2 Defender
13Lewis Watkins Goalkeeper
14Cole Doolan 11 Midfielder
15Josh Rippon Defender
16Adrian Maquire Forward
17Alex McDowell 8 Defender
20Andrew Larcombe Defender