Gwener Hydref 27/Friday October 27
JD Cymru Premier
Penybont 0 Tref Aberystwyth Town 2
Buddugoliaeth anferth cafwyd gan Tref Aber neithiwr, yng nghartref y tim a gynrychiolodd Cymru yng Nghyngres Europa yn yr haf, Penybont, a chanlyniad hollol haeddiannol oedd hi ar ol perfformiad dwys a chystadleuol. Owen Taylor sgoriodd gyntaf i Aber ar ol 14 munud, a dyblodd cic o’r smotyn Jack Thorn y fantais ar 28 munud, gyda Ashley Evans o’r tim cartref yn cael carden coch am lawio o flaen gol.
Aber earned a huge victory away to Europa Conference League representatives Penybont last night, and it was thoroughly deserved after a proactive and competitive performance. Owen Taylor opened his Black and Green goalscoring account on fourteen minutes, and Jack Thorn’s penalty double the advantage (28 minutes), with Bont’s Ashley Evans seeing red for handball to concede the spot kick.
The Black and Greens benefit from a large fanbase in South Wales, and those loyal supporters turned out in force in Penybont with around thirty singing throughout the game and encouraging their team. The visitors started well: Alex Pennock had to save a looping header early on, then John Owen went on a trademark surging run, played a one two with Steff Davies and sent in an acrobatic effort which Pennock saved. However the hosts let off was temporary – seen afterwards a deep free kick from Billy Kirkman was nodded on by the imperious Harry Owen, and Taylor was on the spot to slot home, a vital goal which encouraged all in Black and Green to believe. Aber keeper Dave Jones stuck a big hand out to deny the dangerous Keyon Reffell, then comfortably saved a free kick from Henry Jones to keep Aber in the box seat. Then Harry Owen sent a testing ball down the middle for Steff Davies to pursue, the flailing Pennock rushed out but missed the ball, and Davies sent in a goalbound header which Evans saved expertly. Sadly for Evans this meant a straight red, and Thorn dispatched the penalty comfortably to put Aber in control at two nil. The Seasiders allowed Penybont possession without ever looking in danger, and in fact Ben Woollam saw a late back header punched over by Pennock, but Aber were good value for a two goal half time lead.
Into the second half and Bont gained numerous free kicks and set pieces which were all comfortably cleared by the super visiting defence, Mael Davies saw a shot drift wide but at the other end Iwan Lewis, imperious in midfield had a shot blocked. John Owen saw a glancing header saved from Kirkman’s free kick, and Bont’s Reffell drew a rare save out of Jones with a low drive, followed by a clearance off the line by Louis Bradford which fell into Jones’ safe hands. Towards the fourth quarter Aber exploited the spaces to create numerous chances for a third goal. Harry Owen saw a low shot tipped round the post, Ben Woollam went on a surging run down the right and crossed for sub Alex Darlington to chop just wide and Taylor then volleyed into the side netting from the right side, with oohs and aahs echoing out from the Stand occupied by Aber’s supporters. Woollam then hit the side netting from the right with a third goal looking inevitable: Lewis volleyed wide, Thorn’s goalbound volley was tipped over by Pennock, then right at the end of six additional minutes the home keeper did well to deny Darlington what would have been a deserved third, but Aber were more than happy to settle for two nil and three points on a famous night in Penybont.
Town supporters will hope that last night’s gutsy, confident performance was a season defining one, and more displays like this will soon see Anthony William’s men climb the JD Cymru table. Aber’s first ever win away at Penybont was richly deserved, and Aber continue their Halloween Half Term tour of South Wales next Saturday with a visit to Jenner Park to face Barry Town (ko 2.30pm). We bounce again!