JD Cymru Premier
Tuesday 10th January
Aberystwyth Town 0 Penybont 3
Despite a positive start, Aber Town eventually fell to defeat at home to Top Six Penybont last night by three goals to nil. Keyon Reffell opened the scoring for the Bont on 24 minutes before ex-Seasider Kostya Georgievsky doubled the lead seven minutes before the break. Jack Rimmer scored an own goal on 64 minutes to put the result beyond doubt and that’s how the scoreline ended on a depressing night for the Black and Greens.
After a Biblical downpour and wild wind the weather calmed down for kick off, and the hosts started really well, with Liam Walsh and Jack Canavan making Aber debuts, and Matt Turner making his Park Avenue bow. A nice early move lead to John Owen curling a goalbound shot which Kelland Absalom saved, then Georgievsky was flagged offside before he could head home for Penybont. Owen then fed in Jonny Evans down the right and he hit the side netting, before flashing another shot just wide of the far post minutes later. Jake Canavan had a shot saved, then at the other end Georgievsky tested Matt Turner with a low shot, but the home keeper held firm. Nathan Wood shot, then headed wide with the visitors back in it, but Absalom was back in action to turn Iwan Lewis’ shot past the post, to leave Aber ahead on points from the early exchanges. Then the game turned on two incidents in clinical Penybont’s favour. A left wing cross was headed home at the near post by Reffell, and then soon afterwards Mael Davies’ ball in from the right was converted by Georgievsky, with another headed goal which killed the match. Reffell fired wide and Aber went in with their tails between their legs and two goals down.
Into the second half the onus was on the hosts to push for a response - and try they did. Midfielder Harry Arnison almost picked out Evans, but he was offside, before a series of free kicks and set pieces were repelled by a Penybont side content to manage the game. Evans had a shot blocked but then down the other end Georgievsky sent in a right wing cross which deflected into the net off the unfortunate Rimmer’s head to make it three. Despite the killer blow Aber kept going: sub Alex Darlington fired over from distance before Niall Flint engaged in some nice interplay before firing just over from the near post. Evans picked out Flint from the left but Aber’s winger was just off balance. Wood dragged a shot wide before seeing his lob saved by Turner, then at the other end Louis Bradford had a header saved before Darlington grazed the crossbar with a near post header from Flint’s cross. Turner gathered Kane Owen’s free kick in the game’s final action, and the Blues from Bridgend had bagged the three points.
If football matches were decided on chances created Aber would probably have gained at least a point last night, but clinical Penybont made the most of their goalscoring opportunities to ease home by the end. The Black and Greens will bemoan some profligate finishing and defensive lapses which influenced the scoreline in the visitors favour, and will work on both aspects of their game in the next ten days, prior to the last game before the split on Saturday 21st January at home to Caernarfon Town (ko 5.15pm).
Photos courtesy of Rhys Barron Photography