Aber Turn Caernarfon Green on Saint Paddy’s Day: Caernarfon Town 0 Aberystwyth Town 1: Match Report
JD Cymru Premier
Friday 17th March
Caernarfon Town 0 Aberystwyth Town 1
Aber Town bounced back from disappointment last week with a superb performance and a vital win away to Caernarfon Town last night. The Black and Greens travelled to the Oval under pressure but created dozens of chances before and after Niall Flint (right)’s 41st minute winner. Laurie Bell was sent off for the Cofis eight minutes after the restart and Town held firm for their first clean sheet of the season, to the delight of their loyal band of supporters.
On a drizzly night in the foothills of Snowdownia Matthew Turner saved a right wing cross from Caernarfon, then livewire Flint had a shot blocked before Louis Bradford headed Harry Arnison’s free kick over the bar. The hosts were definitely in the game however and Cymru C selectee Sion Bradley released Rhys Alun Williams down the right for a great chance, but the January signing from Porthmadog blasted over the bar. Turner was out well to grab another corner, then Bell fired wide at the back post. Joe Faux was looking tricky down the left and then a corner fell nicely for Danny Gossett to volley inches wide, with Aber hearts in mouths. The visitors were still right in the game however – a cross from Cymru Premier Player of the Month Mark Cadwallader just evaded the sumptuous John Owen, then Arnison appeared to be chopped down on the edge of the area at full speed, but play on was the decision. Faux had a left wing shot gathered by Turner, then a series of Aber corners resulted in Flint volleying wide at the back post. A lovely move from Aber saw Liam Walsh feed Owen in the box, and his deft flick trickled just past the post – however with the Seasiders’ next move Flint danced on the edge of the area to find space before unleashing a left footed low drive to Josh Tibbets’ bottom corner, to gain a lead which delighted the visiting fans, and which at the break Aber deserved for a disciplined performance.
With a huge result within their grasp Aber knew that a huge 45 minutes awaited them, and they started the second half in incredible form. Owen was fouled on the edge of the area seconds into the half, and Arnison’s free kick was punched clear by Tibbets, before Owen’s effort was also turned away. Cadwallader volleyed just over the bar from Billy Kirkman’s corner, then Iwan Lewis was next to have an attempt just wide. Aber were really going for it: Cadwallader had another shot blocked and Owen had a shot saved by the overworked Tibbets, then Kirkman surged forward from left back on a lung busting run and rounded the keeper, but was so unlucky to see his cute effort from a narrow angle rebound off the post into the lucky Tibbets’ grasp. Minutes later the Cofis shot themselves in the foot when Bell went in with his head to confront Flint, and received a straight red card, and Aber continued to press as Arnison’s free kicked was headed wide by Bradford. Despite all their pressure the lead was still a thin one and Town were delighted to see Turner get down well to deny Williams an equaliser from the left side. With the hosts struggling to create chances Arnison was next to have a low attempt saved, and Aber were defending stoutly with Bradford and Thorn creating an unmoveable barrier at the back. As the game wore on the visitors started to use the extra space created by the extra man and kept the ball beautifully – then the industrious Jake Canavan saw a shot deflected for a corner and Arnison volleyed over at the back post. Turner did well to gather a Darren Thomas cross in a rare injury time foray by the hosts, and the Black and Greens saw the game out deep in Caernarfon’s half to seal a huge and confidence boosting result, with players and supporters celebrating together at the end.
Against a tough opponent this was possibly Aber’s most rounded away performance of the season and the display – not to mention the clean sheet - will surely give Anthony Williams’ side great confidence looking forward to the final five matches of the Cymru Premier season. Town’s next assignment comes at home to Flint Town United next Saturday at 2.30pm. Can’t wait!