GEOFF'S WORLDIE MAKES THE GOL Y MIS SHORTLIST

Tue Mar 03 2015, 01:36PM

Geoff Kellaway's superb 30 yard volley at Bala on Friday night, which brought Aber back into the game and set them up for a significant result at Maes Tegid, has been selected for the shortlist of Sgorio's Gol Y Mis ('Goal of the Month') competition for February 2015.

Welsh international striker, Gwennan Harries, will choose the February 2015 Goal of the Month winner during the live game between Carmarthen and Rhyl in the Welsh Cup on Sunday on S4C.

To view Geoff's goal, and the five other contenders, visit Sgorio's website here

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HAT TRICK HERO GEOFF HEARTBROKEN BY LATE EQUALISER

Sun Mar 01 2015, 10:32PM

Winger Geoff Kellaway was the toast of the Green Army as he bagged three goals in a six goal 3-3 thriller at Maes Tegid on Friday evening, writes Matthew Wallace. Kellaway, who’s currently in his third spell with his home town club, opened his account in the 27th minute with a fantastic strike that left pundits and supporters purring.

“I drifted over to the left hand side. I play of the right so I drifted over to the other wing to cut in on my right foot. I just went for it and it caught the keeper unaware and luckily it went in.”

Trailing 2-1 at the interval two further goals from Kellaway looked to have set Town on course for victory , but football again proved how cruel it can be as Bala scored an equaliser in the very last minute to earn a share of the spoils.

“It’s definitely two points dropped. We dominated the second half. To get the goal and then to get in front in the second half and to concede from a corner in the 90th minute, it’s heart-breaking to be honest. But we’re already looking forward to putting that right next week.”

Despite the obvious disappointment, the former Melbourne Victory star was keen to praise his teammates and the spirit within the dressing room, a message that’s also been supported by manager Ian Hughes in recent weeks.

“The boys all work hard. We’ve got a group of lads. We all put our bodies on the line for each another. Unfortunately we didn’t get the three points. Mike’s a top keeper. When we need him, he pulls off great saves and the midfield run around, tackling and passing to make my job a lot easier. “

From a personal perspective, it was a night to remember for Kellaway.“I’m very pleased. I haven’t been on the score sheet in a while so to get one is usually nice but to bag a hat trick, I’m very happy.”

Town return to action next week in the 5th round of the Welsh Cup. The draw has paired them with Airbus UK who currently sit in second position in the league. With Aberystwyth enjoying home advantage, it should be another classic for the ages. Just a few weeks ago, Town were desperately unlucky not to return from Broughton with all three points conceding two goals late goals in a 3-2 defeat. A chance at revenge albeit in a different competition is something that’s motivating the dressing room.

“We’re looking to put a few wrongs right from our away trip there a couple of weeks back. To concede those two goals like we did, late goals on, we’ll be looking to put that right and hopefully I can be on the score sheet again."

Saturday's Welsh Cup Quarter Final at home to Airbus kicks off at 2.30pm.

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KELLAWAY'S CRACKERS EARN ABER A HUGE RESULT AT MAES TEGID

Sat Feb 28 2015, 01:13PM

Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Friday 27th February
Bala Town 3 Aberystwyth Town 3

Geoff Kellaway's stunning hat trick enabled Aber Town to get an excellent result at Maes Tegid last night, in a game the Black and Greens came within four minutes of winning. The positive result means Aber's Final league position this season is now likely to be decided by games at Park Avenue, as main rivals Bala and Airbus still have to visit Ceredigion before April 26th.


On a chilly, drizzly night in Gwynedd Bala started stronger and were in the lead within nine minutes, when a defensive clearance inadvertently fell for the unmarked Lee Hunt in the box, and the veteran WPL Goal Magnet made no mistake from close range. Both sides struggled to cope with a heavy pitch, and Bala nearly doubled their lead when Ian Sheridan cut inside from the left flank and curled a shot in, which brought an excellent diving save fom Mike Lewis. Minutes later Lewis again denied Sheridan, this time with his heel, and the value of these two vital saves was underlined on 27 minutes when Kellaway curled a right footed worldie into the top corner of Ashley Morris' goal, from an unaccustomed position on the left side, to equalise and bring the visiting supporters to their feet. Bala however underlined the balance of play two minutes later when Mark Jones curled in a similar effort, from the right, for a super second and a 2-1 lead. Aber hung on a bit for the remainder of the half as Hunt was denied by Chris Davies' excellent challenge, Sheridan yet again cut inside and yet again found Lewis in the way, before Sheridan and Hunt again went close, but after a disappointing first half the visitors were delighted to still be in the game at half time, with the score at 2-1.

The second half was a completely different story, as Aber dominated proceedings and came close to winning the game. A tactical switch saw Luke Sherbon moved to attacking midfield at half time, a position he has always enjoyed, and he was a key player in Town's second half revival. True, Lewis once again had to deny Sheridan after Mark Connolly sent a good ball into the box, but from then on Aber looked a real threat. They equalised on 57 minutes when half time substitute Stephen Wright marauded forward and picked out Sherbon on the right hand edge of the area, and his super ball in to the box picked out Kellaway perfectly, for the Felinfach Flier to notch his second clinically. With Aber now looking much more purposeful, particularly down the flanks, a bit of good fortune saw them take the lead with seventeen minutes left. Craig Williams' ball into the box looked speculative at best, but Morris came for, and dropped the ball, and when it fell to Kellaway twenty yards out, he fired home to claim a brilliant hat trick to bring the prospect of a huge victory into view. Sherbon narrowly failed to head a free kick goal bound, but then back came the hosts, with Connolly and Sheridan both heading over from close range. Then in the eighty ninth minute a Bala corner out on their right found unmarked Centre Half Will Bell, and he headed home purposefully to snatch a draw in a pulsating game. Lewis had to tip over a shot from Connolly in injury time, and the final whistle finally blew on a game which illustrated perfectly why this year's thrilling race for second place in the WPL will go right to the wire.

Aberystwyth's super second half fightback last night could prove to be a huge influence on the remainder of the season, and wins in their three remaining home games, against Port Talbot Town, Airbus and Bala Town would put them well on the way to a best ever WPL position, bringing with it a first ever UEFA Europa League Qualification via the League. However, the Welsh Cup Quarter Final is up next Saturday as Airbus visit Park Avenue for a 2.30pm kick off. Don't miss it!

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PLAYERS "CAN'T WAIT TO PUT THINGS RIGHT ON FRIDAY"

Wed Feb 25 2015, 05:58PM

Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Friday 27th February (ko 7.45pm)
Bala Town v Aberystwyth Town

Aber Town's Players can't wait for Friday's night's game, says Manager Ian Hughes, as his side prepares for another vitally important Championship Conference match at Maes Tegid, home of Bala Town in 48 hours time.

Following two defeats in a row to Top Four Rivals Airbus and TNS the Black and Greens now face their third major obstacle to a place in the UEFA Europa League in second place Bala Town - and there are nothing but positive messages coming from the Manager:

"It's great that we have another game so soon after Sunday, so that we can go out there and put things right. The Players are really looking forward to Friday and can't wait to make up for last weekend's result.

We are three points off second place, which in itself is a great position to be in, but we now need to believe in ourselves, and make a big push for that all important second place."

Bala and Aber have enjoyed an excellent and sporting rivalry this season as they both vie for the Corbettsports WPL Runners Up spot. With both sides so evenly matched it seems amazing that both League matches between the sides have ended as 4-0 home wins - but with the Business End of the season now looming, Friday's game is certain to be much closer.

Town's injury woes appear to be lessening, with Stephen Wright and Antonio Corbisiero both able to start last week's game, and Mike Lewis' late replacement last Sunday was a precautionary move.

The team trained well last night and will be primed and ready to go come Friday evening. The local derby normally attracts a good number of Black and Green supporters, and with a return journey on the Supporters Coach costing just £10, it's not surprising. The bus leaves Park Avenue at 4.30pm. We'll see you there!

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ABERYSTWYTH TOWN 0 THE NEW SAINTS 4

Sun Feb 22 2015, 03:11PM

Corbettsports Welsh Premier League
Sunday 22nd February
Aberystwyth Town 0 The New Saints 4

Aberystwyth Town suffered a bad day at the office in the rain at Park Avenue this afternoon, losing 4-0 to Champions Elect The New Saints, whose clinical and dominant performance was crowned by goals from Adrian Cieslewicz, Mike Wilde (2) and Mattie Williams.


On a soggy pitch Aber started the game fairly well, putting early pressure on TNS, and when a weaving run from Luke Sherbon earned a corner, Stuart Jones headed inches wide from Antonio Corbisiero's ball in. Both sides were giving the ball away in difficult conditions but TNS drew first blood when a defensive mix up in the home defence presented Cieslewicz with a clear chance, and he scored with a low shot in the 18th minute. Six minutes later a ball in from the right found Wilde unmarked, and he doubled the lead, and the super Saints front man scored again five minutes after thath with a commanding header from Chris Marriott's deep left wing cross. Aber were understandably deflated by a dodgy eleven minute spell that had cost them the game, and Marriott went close again. For Aber Stuart Jones brought a save from Chris Mullock with a header, and Ryan Batley's excellent left wing cross just evaded Mark Jones, to keep thehalf time score at 0-3.

The Saints remained in control for the second half, though chances were more evenly distributed. Wilde headed another Marriott cross just over the bar in front of the Dias Stand. TNS's first mistake at the back presented Geoff Kellaway with an opportunity to hare in on goal, but his effort was blocked by Mullock, and then Mark Jones fired another chance wide. Twenty minutes in Williams picked out Mike Lewis' bottom corner after being fed by Jamie Mullan, and the scoring was done. Kellaway went close with a lob after Mullock presented him with a half chance, but at the other end Wilde did really well to create an opportunity for Cieslewicz, but the Polish Flier curled the ball just past the post, and he was denied late on by sub keeper Phil Draper, only for Scott Quigley to miss the target from close range.

Today's game was a chastening experience for Aber, but fortunately for them, their results against TNS will not define their season, and the Black and Greens will be looking forward to the chance to put things right at Bala on Friday night (ko 7.45pm).

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