Sadwrn Awst 12ed/Saturday August 12th
JD Cymru Premier
Tref Aberystwyth Town 0 Met Caerdydd/Cardiff Met 1
O flaen torf clodwyw gorffenodd Tref Aber ar ochr anghywir o gem glos iawn ar Goedlan y Parc Ddydd Sadwrn, ac roedd gol Eliot Evans ar o 33 munud yn ddigon i ennill y gem ar rhan Met Caerdydd ar benwythnos agoriadol y Cymru Prem. Anfonwyd Evans oddi ar y cae chwarter awr cyn y diwedd ac er i Aber pwyso yn ddibaid, yn anffodus na llwyddasant i ddod o hyd i’r gol anghenrheidiol.
In front of an excellent crowd Aber Town ended up on the wrong end of an extremely tight game at Park Avenue on Saturday, when Eliot Evans’ 33rd minute strike was enough to earn victory for Cardiff Met on JD Cymru Premier opening weekend. Evans was sent off fifteen minutes before time but despite incessant pressure Town just couldn’t find the equaliser.
Despite pre match showers a very commendable turn out was boosted by Aber’s Academy and Disability sides, and the summer holiday turnout of 401 showed that the feelgood factor engendered by last season’s incredible late survival is still in place. Liam Walsh replaced Akeem Hinds in the starting eleven and with Park Avenue bathed in sunshine the season began! The increased tempo of competitive fixtures was instantly visible and John Owen showed a lovely touch to get past Emlyn Lewis, but couldn’t get his shot in. Sam Jones volleyed wide for Met, then Mark Cadwallader also sent a shot past the post. Owen had a volley blocked for a corner, but it was becoming evident that two very well organised defences would dominate this game. However the breakthrough came just past the half hour when Lewis Rees surged down the right and crossed for Evans to get there just in time to flick the ball past Dave Jones, and notch a big strike for Met. Newly signed Eric Yahaya came on for his debut replacing Cadwallader and headed wide, then Liam Walsh sent a great ball in from the right, and Owen turned but sent his volley over the bar from a promising position. Jack Thorn headed wide at the back post from Billy Kirkman’s free kick and Met held out for their half time lead.
Into the second half and the pattern of Aber pressure and resolute Met defending continued. Ben Woollam went on a marauding run to win a free kick, and Thorn’s goalbound effort was superbly touched onto the post by Alex Lang in the Met goal. Sub Steff Davies sent in a dangerous cross which Yahaya just couldn’t recycle, Dave Jones pulled off a brlinat save to deny Sam Jones then back in front of the Dias Stand Louis Bradford nodded Kirman’s free kick back across goal, but no one in Green could connect. Evans then saw red for a second yellow, and Aber pressed even more. Alex Darlington had also come on as a sub and he was played into a great position by a rebound but sent his lob wide, with Aber howling for a free kick. It was all Aber with Iwan Lewis volleying over from a promising position and Thorn sending a curling a volley over the top. With Met sitting deep through six minutes of injury time they nearly grabbed a second on the break when Dixon Kabongo fed Tom Vincent down the left, but once again super Dave Jones came to the rescue – but alas the damage had already been done and Met held on for their win.
This was a frustrating afternoon for Anthony Williams’ Black and Greens, who will feel they deserved at least a draw on the balance of play and opportunities created – however streetwise Cardiff Met were more clinical in a game of limited chances. Nevertheless the Black and Greens look to have a solid foundation to build on this season and if they can improve on their finishing then a positive season surely awaits. Their next game is on Friday night away to Connah’s Quay Nomads – in a match to be held at the Essity Stadium in Flint. See you there!