With just a week to go until the Welsh Cup Final, the Green Army are being called upon to make their voices heard.
The JD Welsh Cup, running since 1871, has only seen Aberystwyth Town's named etched on it the once which came over a century ago in 1900.
This season has seen the Seasiders' fan base rally their side on more than one occasion and your support is appreciated by the players at all times.
Ahead of the big kick off against Connahs Quay next week, we are asking our supporters to make their voices heard by sending in video messages to our social media platforms between Monday 30th April right until the day of the final on Sunday 6th April.
We would like you to send us a message including your name and a good luck message and send it to us via Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag GreenArmy and we'll retweet and post up the best ones!
We look forward to seeing your efforts!
JD Welsh Premier League
Friday 27th April
Aberystwyth Town 5-3 Newtown
Aberystwyth Town ended their 2017/18 JD Welsh Premier League campaign in style as they stormed to a 5-3 victory over mid-Wales rivals Newtown to climb above Llandudno and secure a 9th place finish in the league table. A second half brace from Ryan Wade (76, 89) as well as goals from John Owen (14), Declan Walker (40) and Matthew Jones (80) helped Aber to victory as they took a first half lead, but then had to come from behind in a thrilling game under the lights at Park Avenue.
Aber’s starting line-up included one change from last weekend’s home draw with Carmarthen as Ryan Wade replaced Craig Hobson, with John Owen moving further forward to the lone striker role. As many end of season games do, this one started rather tentatively with Aber controlling the early tempo, but unable to produce any incisive football or clear-cut chances. The first moment of magic came in the 14th minute when John Owen cleverly kept the ball in play on the right touchline before skipping around a few Newtown defenders to get to the by-line; as he looked up into the box he seemed destined to produce a cross, but instead spotted goalie Dave Jones off his line and produced an inch-perfect curling chip which nestled in the far corner of the net to make it 1-0. Town began to stamp their authority on the game and almost doubled their lead on 21 minutes as Tom Owens rifled a shot straight at Jones in goal. Newtown seemed unable to find a foot hold in the game, but on 23 minutes they very nearly found the equaliser as Callum Roberts’ free kick was superbly tipped on to the post by Aber ‘keeper Chris Mullock. Nevertheless, the hosts continued to have the better of the play, and doubled their lead on the stroke of half time as right back Declan Walker ventured into the penalty area before unleashing a powerful strike for his 14th goal of the season to make it 2-0. Aber looked to be cruising towards the half time whistle, but were caught out in additional time as Ethan Jones turned inside and trickled a low effort into the bottom corner to make it 2-1 and give the Robins a lifeline.
The visitors, to their credit, were clearly buoyed by that late first half strike and began the second half on the front foot, as Aber struggled to adapt to losing Malcolm Melvin from the midfield with Kurt Sherlock being introduced in his place. On 52 minutes the Robins missed a golden opportunity to equalise as Ethan Jones again raced down on goal before dragging his shot narrowly wide. But on 54 minutes they were level, as Nick Rushton found himself in space inside the area before his deflected effort ricocheted into the net to make it 2-2. Newtown suddenly had all the momentum, as Aber made a double sub with Jack Rimmer and Luke Borrelli replacing John Owen and Declan Walker. On 60 minutes, the visitors got their noses in front as Ryan Kershaw lined up to shoot and produced a sublime right footed effort that curled into the top corner to make it 2-3. Soon after, they almost extended their lead as first Rushton, and then Mitchell were denied by some excellent goalkeeping by Mullock. Aber were on the ropes, and could easily have given in with one eye on next week’s cup final clash with Connah’s Quay; but instead, they rolled up their sleeves and showed the togetherness and spirit that typifies this black and greens’ squad at the moment. On 76 minutes, the hosts were back on level terms as left back Matthew Jones stood up an inch-perfect cross from the by-line for Ryan Wade to head the ball into the net and make it 3-3. The swing in momentum back in Aber’s favour was evident, and Town were very nearly in front just two minutes later when Sherlock attempted an audacious chip from the halfway line that clipped the top of the crossbar and landed on the roof of the net. But on 80 minutes, Aber did get themselves back in front as local starlet Matthew Jones reacted brilliantly to snap up the rebound from Sherlock’s long range effort and slide the ball below Dave Jones to make it 4-3. It was a devastating blow for the visitors who were clearly stunned by Town’s brilliant fight-back, and on 89 minutes victory was sealed as Joe Phillips played in Wade who ran through on goal before producing a clever finish to guide the ball beyond Jones and make it 5-3. Aber could still have extended their lead further in stoppage time as Sherlock was denied a thoroughly deserved goal by a last-ditch goal line clearance, but it proved insignificant as the black and greens ended their league campaign with an excellent home performance.
The win means Aber finish the 2017/18 JD Welsh Premier League campaign in 9th place, topping last season’s 10th placed finish, and of course with next Sunday’s huge JD Welsh Cup Final clash with Connah’s Quay Nomads still to look forward to. The victory also extends their unbeaten run to four games, as they carry all the momentum into next Sunday’s final in what is sure to be a memorable occasion for everyone involved with the club.
Aberystwyth Town FC sends its best wishes to First Team Manager Seamus Heath for a swift recovery following a recent operation.
After attending his first two matches in charge at Llandudno and Bala, Seamus was called in for an operation, and was granted a period of sick leave by the Club. He missed the matches at Prestatyn and at home to Carmarthen last week, and will unfortunately be unavailable for Friday's match at home to Newtown as he recuperates.
Seamus told atfc.org.uk today: "As you may know I am currently recovering from an operation on my lungs known as a lobectomy, which unfortunately will prevent me from being at Friday's game. I am however recovering well and am hoping to be back at it as soon as possible. The Doctors remarked on my fit lungs which I put down to a lifetime of being involved with football!
I wish the Team and the Supporters all the best on Friday and hope to see you all at Newtown a week on Sunday".
JD Welsh Premier League
Friday 27th April (7:30p.m Kick Off)
Aberystwyth Town v Newtown
Aberystwyth Town will look to end their JD Welsh Premier League season in style as they host Newtown in the final league game of the season at Park Avenue on Friday evening. Town can still finish 9th in the league table, and will jump above Llandudno should they pick up all three points and the North-Walians fail to gain victory on Friday evening in the final round of league games this season.
Aber mathematically secured their JD Welsh Premier League status last weekend as they relegated rivals Carmarthen Town with a 1-1 draw at Park Avenue, and assistant manager Wayne Jones emphasised his happiness with the side’s performance once more. Jones commented; “Overall we’re very pleased, and tactically we set up very well tonight - we had enough chances to take some of the pressure off ourselves and win the game.” Indeed, Town had midfielder Tom Owens to thank for securing a hard-earned point last weekend but will also be slightly rueful of the bad luck which saw them hit the post and go agonisingly close on three more occasions last Friday night.
The seasiders’ attention now turns to Friday evening’s clash with Newtown; the side Aber recently beat to reach the JD Welsh Cup Final on a glorious day at Maes Tegid just three weeks ago. Chris Hughes’ side travel to Park Avenue having secured an 8th place finish in the league table and will again provide Aber with another difficult challenge at Park Avenue. The Robins most recently beat Prestatyn Town last weekend, and have lost just two of their last seven Jd Welsh Premier League games. The sides have already met four times this season, with Newtown running out comfortable victors back in September, but Aber have won the last three fixtures between the sides including that recent cup semi-final.
In what is Aber’s final home game of the season, come on down and give the black and greens a big send off ahead of their massive cup final clash with Connah’s Quay on May 6th. Your support has been phenomenal yet again this season, and this fixture gives players and supporters alike a fantastic opportunity to thank each other for their efforts over the course of the season. Kick off on Friday evening at Park Avenue is at 7:30p.m, and admission costs £7 adults, £4 concessions and £1 children. Give the team one final hurrah as they look to end their league campaign in style!
Sunday 22nd April 2018
Welsh Women's League Cup Semi Final
Aberystwyth Town Ladies 1 Briton Ferry Llansawel Ladies 2
An injury time wonder strike from Briton Ferry's Megan Kearle broke Aber's hearts and sent the visitors into the Welsh Women's League Cup Final, writes Steven Brookes.
Aberystwyth were hoping to reach a third final of the year after reaching both the CWFA Cup Final and Alun Evans Cup Final and the hosts got off to a positive start. 15 minutes in, the home side came close twice to taking the lead. Ffiona Evans got in behind the defence but the keeper was off her line very quick and was able to block the Aber's captain's shot. Moments later Hannah Pusey tried a cheeky back heel that went narrowly wide of the post, then at the other end Briton Ferry came extremely close to taking the lead when a long-range effort hit the top of the cross bar. With 23 minutes gone the away side broke the deadlock: Megan Kearle found herself one on one with the keeper after an excellent through ball and confidently slotted the ball past Ffion Ashman.
In a hard fought second half both teams pushed forward in search for the next goal. Both were getting balls into the box but were unable to put the ball into the back of the net. That was until the 87th minute when an excellent Caroline Cooper cross was headed in at the front post by Hannah Pusey. Just as everyone thought the match was heading into extra time, Briton Ferry got the winner, and what a goal it was! With three minutes of injury time gone, Megan Kearle cut the ball onto her right foot and her outstanding long-range strike gave Ffion Ashman no chance. It was goal worthy of a winning any match.
Aber will be disappointed to concede so late on but can be very proud of their efforts in what was an entertaining match. They may not be in the League Cup Final but they still have a chance to win some silverware when they play in the Alun Evans Cup Final against Penybont next weekend.
JD Welsh Premier League
Friday 20th April
Aberystwyth Town 1-1 Carmarthen Town
Aberystwyth Town extended their unbeaten run to three games in all competitions, as they battled to a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Carmarthen Town at Park Avenue on Friday evening – relegating the visitors from the JD Welsh Premier League in the process. The point mathematically secured Aber’s place in the league for next season, although the black and greens will still have one eye on an eighth placed finish in the table as they enter the final weekend of the campaign next Friday at home to Newtown.
Visitors Carmarthen travelled to Aber knowing that anything other than 3 points on a misty evening at Park Avenue would see them relegated from the JD Welsh Premier League. Aber’s starting line-up included one change from last Friday’s victory at Prestatyn, with Joe Phillips coming into the side for Ryan Wade. Prior to kick off, Bari Morgan’s under 19’s squad were awarded with their Welsh Premier Development Legaue South Winners trophy in front of the bumper crowd of 526 spectators at Park Avenue.
It was the hosts who started the game on the front foot, as Craig Hobson saw his 9th minute header sail wide of the post from Declan Walker’s pinpoint cross with Aber’s first real effort towards goal. As the thick layer of mist descended all around, the black and greens found it difficult to break down their resolute opponents, with clear-cut chances few and far between. But on 20 minutes, Aber found the early breakthrough they had been hoping for, as the ball fell to Malcolm Melvin on the edge of the box, who rolled a pass across for Tom Owens to rattle a laser-beam of a right-footed half volley into the top corner of the net and make it 1-0. Carmarthen suddenly faced an uphill battle to maintain their league status, and immediately pushed for an equaliser as Ceri Morgan struck the outside of the post on 28 minutes. But Aber looked in reasonable control of the game, and managed to restrict the visitors to very few goal-scoring opportunities. As half time approached, Declan Walker ventured forwards towards Carmarthen’s penalty area, and saw his deflected effort drop inches above the crossbar, almost catching Lee Idzi off guard in the visitors’ goal. But it remained 1-0 as the sides went in at the break, with Aber knowing that another 45 minutes of similar performance levels could see them climb the welsh premier league table by the end of the evening.
As they so often have in recent weeks, Aber started the second half in bright fashion and could very nearly have doubled their lead within seven minutes of the restart. Malcolm Melvin once again found himself in space outside the penalty area, and he dribbled into the box only to see his chipped effort bounce back agonisingly off the foot of the post. Soon after, the visitors failed to clear a corner kick and Joe Phillips saw his curling effort saved by Idzi in goal. Aber were applying the pressure and pushing for that crucial second goal, but on 57 minutes the game was turned on its head. Mark Jones flicked the ball on for strike partner Luke Bowen, who’s shot deflected twice inside the penalty area, wrong footing Chris Mullock before falling at the feet of Ceri Morgan who was presented with an open-goal tap in to make it 1-1. The visitors sensed this was their chance to throw all they had at Aber, and went in search of a second goal. On 65 minutes, the hosts had a lucky escape as Clayton Green headed against the crossbar before Lee Surman scuffed his effort over the crossbar when it seemed easier to score. But after weathering the brief storm, Aber regained control of the game, with Craig Hobson providing some brilliant hold up play as the lone striker. As the game entered the final 10 minutes, Aber had another chance to win the game, as John Owen cut inside before seeing his curling shot headed off the line by Kieran Lewis. Soon after, Malcolm Melvin fired his long-range effort just over the bar before substitute Kurt Sherlock saw his powerful effort palmed away by Idzi as Aber went for the kill.
As the evening mist gradually disappeared, so too did Carmarthen’s survival hopes, with 3 minutes of additional time being added on to the 90 minutes at the end of the game. Substitute Ryan Wade almost set up the game winner for Hobson in the dying seconds as the target man fell inches from connecting with the wing man’s cross, but the seasiders would have to settle for a draw as the full time whistle blew to sentence Carmarthen Town to the drop from the Welsh Premier League.
It was another strong performance from the black and greens and another game without defeat at Park Avenue. Aber will be somewhat relieved to mathematically secure their JD Welsh Premier League status for next season, and will now set their sights on 3 points in their final league game of the season next Friday evening at home to Newtown.