Sadwrn Medi 9/Sat September 9
JD Cymru Premier
Tref Aberystwyth Town 2 Tref Caernarfon Town 4
Er i Goedlan y Parc gweld torf swmpus o 502, collodd Aber gem chwech gol gyffrous ar brynhawn poeth yng Ngheredigion. Agorodd Harry Owen y sgorio i Aber ar ol 4 munud, ond hafalodd Zach Clarke y sgor munud yn ddiweddarach. Aeth yr ymwelwyr ar y blaen gyda ymdrech Dion Donohue (19 munud) ond roedd Aber nol yn gyfartal dioch i gol arbenning Iwan Lewis ar 26 munud. Lladdodd yr eilydd Adam Davies y gem gyda goliau hwyr (70 a 90+2 munud) enillodd y pwyntiau i'r Cofis.
Despite an excellent turn out of 502, the Black and Greens found themselves on the wrong end of a six goal thriller on a hot afternoon at Park Avenue. Harry Owen gave Aber a fourth minute lead but Zach Clarke equalised for Caernarfon sixty seconds later. Dion Donohue’s deflected effort gave the visitors a 19th minute lead but a super effort from Iwan Lewis restored parity seven minutes later, then second half killer goals from sub Adam Davies (70 and 90+2 minutes) sealed the win for the Cofis.
The crowd was boosted by an Aberystwyth Junior League promotional event, plus a School visit from Llwyn Yr Eos, and a very warm afternoon helped to edge the crowd over the half century, ensuring a great pre match atmosphere. Town made the perfect start when Owen Taylor found Harry Owen, and he swivelled in the box before smashing the ball high into the net amid joyous scenes in the Dias Stand. A minute later the visitors were level when Sion Bradleys short corner was picked up by Clarke, who volleyed the ball inside the near corner to equalise. A brilliant high tempo game ensued with Billy Kirkman for Aber seeing an effort blocked, then Donohue found space on the edge of the area and unleashed an effort which deflected home for two one. Lewis curled an effort inches wide in response, Harry Owen sent a hopeful volley wide and John Owen was denied by returning goalie Lewis Webb from a one on one position. Aber fully deserved an equaliser, and it came when John Owen laid the ball back for Lewis to curl an exquisite volley into the far post – a brilliant goal. The hosts continued to press and Lewis sent in another piledriver which Webb parried to safety, then Luca Hogan sent in a right wing cross which John Owen just failed to convert at the back post. Ben Wollam then had a header cleared off the line, with the young Black and Green tifosi singing in the Dias, and although Clarke sent in a low volley which was gathered easily by Dave Jones, Aber were well ahead on points at the break – but the scoreline remained at 2-2.
The hosts pressed again after the break forcing an early corner, and Hogan made a promising 70 yard run but just couldn’t get a shot in, then at the other end Clarke tested Jones again. Caernarfon were starting to threaten at a crucial time in the game: Louis Lloyd sent in a left wing cross which Bradley volleyed wide, and sub Ben Wynne had another effort saved. Hogan tested Webb with a decent volley for Aber but then down the other end Jones made brilliant saves to deny Darren Thomas on two occasions. The came the game deciding moment as two ex Aber players combined: Marc Williams found space in midfield to slip in Davies down the left channel, and he passed the ball under Jones to gain the lead. Williams had another effort deflected for a corner, but Aber were also striving for parity. Lewis had a shot blocked, Jack Thorn’s piledriver was dealt with by Webb then sub Steff Davies, and Woollam both had efforts blocked. In injury time the Cofis broke and Davies turned his marker down the right to notch a fourth which was harsh on Aber.
Clinical Caernarfon made the most of their chances yesterday and deserved to win the game, but Aber gave an excellent first half performance which will surely give encouragement to Anthony Williams’ young Black and Greens going forward. The match was an excellent advert for the JD Cymru Premier and hopefully many of the young supporters present will return for more action at Park Avenue, and hopefully some more positive results next time around. Aber’s next match is away to Colwyn Bay on Friday (ko 7.45pm), before two more home matches the following week. The adventure continues.