Mawrth Medi 19/Tues September 19
Nathaniel MG Cup Third Round
Tref Aberystwyth Town 0 Pontypridd Unedig/United 1
Toriad calon munud olaf oedd hi i Aber neithiwr wrth i gol Jack Karadogan ar ol 91 munud hawlio buddugoliaeth i Pontypridd Unedig yn Nhrydydd Rownd Cwpan Nathaniel MG ar Goedlan y Parc. Er perfformiad calonogol, nid yw Duwiau’r bel gron yn gwenu ar y Gwyrdd a’r Duon ar hyn o bryd, a Ponty bydd yn mynd ymlaen i gemau Gynderfynol y De.
Aber Town suffered last minute heart break last night as a scrambled 91st minute goal from Jack Karadogan earned victory for Pontypridd United in their Nathaniel MG Cup Third Round tie at Park Avenue. The hosts gave an encouraging performance but the footballing Gods are not smiling on the Black and Greens at the moment and after a tight game Ponty progress to the Southern Semi Finals.
Town started in good spirits with talismanic Steff Daves chasing lost causes and young gun Luca Hogan both earning early corners which were repelled by the home defence. Davies and John Owen both had shots blocked with Aber looking dangerous, then Davies’ goalbound header from a right wing cross was brilliantly tipped round the post by Ash Morris in Ponty’s goal. In response Dave Jones confidently fielded a lobbed volley from Jarrad Wright and a low shot from Curtis Hutson. The hosts threatened from a series of set pieces, then Joe Hunt tested Jones again, to no avail. Aber nearly took the lead as a freak back pass almost sneaked into Morris’ near post, but the experienced netminder just got back in time, then Hutson tested Jones once more, and Hunt nodded wide to bring an entertaining if goalless half to an end.
Into the second half and if anything Aber upped the tempo. Billy Kirkman’s free kick was punched clear by Morris, and with Hogan threatening with pacy runs down the right things were looking up. Hogan’s near post volley was tipped just over to earn a corner, then Harry Owen had a shot blocked from a set piece, and a period of sustained pressure ensued, with Harry Owen again going close. Ponty came back with Keston Davies seeing two goalbound attempts blocked, but a home goal was looking more likely. A Kirkman ball in just evaded sub Mark Cadwallader, and another low left wing cross from the TNS loanee somehow evaded everyone in Green and was cleared to safety. In a tense ending both sides threatened from set pieces: Luke Cummings brought a great save out of Dave Jones with a low volley, Harry Owen saw a back header saved by Morris, and then with penalties looking inevitable and injury time in play a simple high ball rebounded for Karadogan to scramble the ball in on the line, and the knife was turned once again in the Seasiders’ side.
This performance felt like a step forward for the Black and Greens, but they will be desperate to convert more of the numerous chances they are creating at the moment, so that good displays can turn into good results. Aber’s next chance to turn the tide comes soon, in a JD Cymru Premier match on Friday night as Penybont visit Park Avenue for an 8pm kick off. Stick with us!
Photos courtesy of Cai Pugh