JD Cymru Premier
Saturday 20th August
Aberystwyth Town 0 Cardiff Met 4
Aberystwyth Town suffered their first defeat in seven matches under Manager Anthony Williams in comprehensive fashion, as Cardiff Met prevailed by four goals to nil at Park Avenue on Saturday evening. Met striker Sam Jones ended the game as a contest with a first half hat trick (8, 29 and 34 mins), and Eliot Evans completed the scoring with twenty minutes to go on a tough evening for Black and Green supporters.
The visitors started the game at high pace, pressing Aber back into their own half and after Evans had volleyed wide, Tom Price’s ball into the box deflected perfectly into Jones’ path, and he finished clinically to take the lead. Chris Baker was next to volley wide for Met, with Aber only threatening sporadically from corners and set pieces against a visiting defence which was faultless on the evening. With the half hour mark approaching Lewis Rees sent in a left wing cross, and Jones converted again from close range to double the advantage. Evans was denied at the back post by a goal line clearance, but the lively right winger redeemed himself almost immediately by crossing from the by line for Jones to complete his hat trick with a back post header. Home sub Sam Phillips worked tirelessly to craft a response, and Alex Darlington volleyed in Aber’s first attempt, but it was blocked. Home keeper Lewis Webb denied Rees, then Phillips almost burst through but was blocked off by Emlyn Lewis. Baker volleyed over for Met, then Darlington fed Phillips who himself volleyed just wide, and a chastening half ended at 0-3 in favour of the University side.
With the game won, the second half was a quieter affair, with Aber struggling to strike a defiant note. Cardiff’s Harry Owen sent an attempt over the bar, then Darlington was fed by a flick on, but volleyed wide from an offside position. Charley Edge’s corner was then met powerfully by Jack Thorn, but Alex Lang pulled off an acrobatic save to protect the clean sheet. Darlington swivelled and sent a low effort past the post, but then back came Met. Webb saved a flick header by Rees but was powerless on 70 minutes when Evans found himself in space on the right side of the penalty area and volleyed home a deflected fourth goal for Ryan Jenkins’ buoyant side. Rees fired over one final attempt from Met and a bad day at the office for the Black and Greens ended with a scoreline of four nil to the visitors.
There is no denying that Cardiff Met were much the better side yesterday, and they deserved to win with a convincing scoreline. Manager Anthony Williams’ unbeaten run with the Black and Greens came to an end and after a disappointing performance his side will need to craft a response away to Pontypridd United on Saturday (ko 2.30pm). A Supporters minibus is being organised and interested parties are invited to contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org. Better luck next time!