Mawrth Awst 29ain/Tuesday August 29th
JD Cymru Premier
Tref Aberystwyth Town 0 Pontypridd Unedig/United 1
Profodd Tref Aber colled clos cartref arall, a gol Keston Davies ar ol 61 munud oedd y gwahaniaeth rhwng Pontypridd Unedig a’r Gwyrdd a’r Duon. Cystadlodd y tim cartref yn dda: gwelodd Liam Walsh ymdrech yn cael ei crafu o’r llinell, ac aeth John Owen yn agos cyn y diwedd, ond yr ymwelwyr oedd yn fuddugol, gyda tim ifanc Anthony Williams yn profi rhwystredigaeth ar ol perfformiad cystadleuol arall.
Aber Town fell to another narrow home defeat, as Keston Davies’ 61st minute winner was the difference between Pontypridd United and the Black and Greens. The hosts competed well: Liam Walsh had an effort scrambled off the line and sub John Owen saw a late chance saved, but the visitors prevailed to leave Anthony Williams’ young side frustrated after another competitive performance.
The Seasiders named an unchanged starting eleven after their encouraging performance and result at Newtown on Saturday, but in common with a majority of Cymru Premier matches this season defences were on top. The visitors started well and controlled possession, although clear cut chances were hard to come by. Kieran Lewis volleyed over for Ponty and Dave Jones saved grass ticklers from Owain Jones and Jordan Knott. At the other end Aber threatened from a couple of corners with the youthful Luca Hogan looking a promising prospect up front. Dave Jones was down well to deny Danny Williams at the near post, but then Aber started to play towards the end of the half: Hogan played in Walsh at the near post but his effort was miraculously saved on the line by George Ratcliffe, the Mark Cadwallader headed Alex Darlington’s free kick past the post, and an even first half ended goalless.
Into the second half and Aber again threatened from Jack Thorn’s long throw when Cadwallader’s effort swished agonisingly past the far post – and Cadwallader hit the side netting with a near post volley soon afterwards. Thorn fired over after good work from Aber down the left and at the other end Corey Shepherd headed wide from Clayton Greene’s cross. In a high tempo game it was clear that the first goal would be vital and alas the goal fell to the visitors when another left wing cross from Green fell nicely for Keston Davies to smash home at the back post just past the hour. The hosts however kept going: Billy Kirkman volleyed over and Hogan won a free kick in a promising position, but Darlington’s effort was repelled. Owen Pritchard headed into Jones’ hands for Ponty, but then sub Steff Davies went close from Iwan Lewis’ delivery. In an open ending Jones did brilliantly to deny Luke Cummings and Harry Owen performed heroics to deny two consecutive Ponty efforts, then John Owen turned in Ponty’s box and fired in a goalbound volley which was saved by Radcliffe. A frustrating five minutes of injury time ensued, but when Bradford headed Dave Jones’ free kick past the post the game was up and Ponty had the three points.
The 2023/24 iteration of the Cymru Premier is proving brutal, and once again, despite a very competitive performance Aber walk away from a tight game on the wrong end of a single goal result. Anthony Williams’ men have little time to lick their wounds however and their next game is away to Champions The New Saints on Friday night (ko 7.45pm). We go again!