Aberystwyth Town Ladies 6 Llangyfelach Ladies 1
Welsh Women's League
Sunday 20th May 2018
Aber made it four wins in just eight days with a comfortable victory against Llangyfelach Ladies thanks to a hat-trick from Hannah Pusey (left) as well as goals from Stevie Cook, Caroline Cooper and Naomi Evans, writes Steven Brookes.
For the second week in succession the Black and Greens were having play on a Saturday and a Sunday. After winning all three of those games they were determined to make it four out of four and a sixth successive win overall. A quarter of an hour in and the home side were ahead. Hannah Pusey pulled the ball back to Stevie Cook and the midfielder's strike ended up in the far corner of the net. Aber's lead did not last long though: just two minutes later Bronwyn Ridd scored an outstanding goal, spotting Aber's goalkeeper Ffion Ashman off her line and her first-time strike dipped just in time to level the scores. The Black and Greens were back ahead after 29 minutes. Ffiona Evans used her pace to beat the right back before her excellent cross fell to the feet of Pusey who side footed the ball into the net. Aber began to dominate the match in latter stages of the half but were still far from their best.
Thirteen minutes into the second half Aber Ladies increased their lead when Caroline Cooper beat the keeper at the near post with a shot from the left side of the box. The home team were looking a lot more relaxed on the ball in the second half and scored a fourth on 71 minutes. Hannah Pusey showed some great skill to beat the full back before crossing, Tania Wylde's effort was then saved but Aber's top scorer Naomi Evans reacted quickest to score her 17th goal of the season. Pusey then scored her second of the game with just nine minutes remaining. Helen Evans used her pace and strength down the left-wing before pulling the ball back to the Aber forward who side footed the ball past the keeper. There was still time for Aber Ladies to increase their lead further and Helen Evans beat the full back to the ball then squared it to Pusey and the Black and Greens forward tapped the ball into an empty to complete her hat-trick and score her eighth goal of the season.
Despite the victory and still remaining unbeaten in the league Aber Town Ladies can no longer be promoted after Briton Ferry's 2-0 victory against third place Barry Town United Ladies earned them the Championship Trophy. Aberystwyth would like to congratulate Briton Ferry on what has been a fantastic season and wish them all the best for next season.
Aber Ladies have just one game remaining this season: a home match against Caerphilly Castle on Sunday 27th May when the Black and Greens will be desperate to complete an impressive unbeaten league campaign.
Aberystwyth Town Ladies 4 Cascade YC 2
Welsh Women's League
Saturday 19th May 2018
The Black and Greens got a busy weekend off to a great start with victory against Cascade YC thanks to a fantastic first half performance and goals from Tania Wylde (2) and Ffiona Evans (2), writes Steven Brookes.
Aber got off to the perfect start, Tania Wylde confidently converting a penalty after just four minutes. Wylde then doubled Aber's lead four minutes later. Ffiona Evans effort was saved by the keeper but the midfielder reacted quickest to score her second of the game. 21 minutes in and the home side were three up, when Club Captain Ffiona Evans was put through down the left and poked it past the keeper. A couple of minutes later it was Evans's turn to score a second. Caroline Cooper played a fantastic ball over the top of the defence towards the wide midfielder was able to put the ball in the back of the net with a similar finish to her first goal. Aber had chances in the first half to increase their lead, Naomi Evans with a miskick inside the box whilst Kelly Thomas saw her header stopped on the line late in the half.
The away side were much improved in the second half but Aber were still creating chances. Naomi Evans came close again with a left footed effort just wide. With 68 minutes on the watch Cascade got the goal their second half performance arguably deserved when a ball across the box was turned in by Charlotte Palmer from just a couple of yards out. The away side scored another with nine minutes remaining when Amy Lewis converted from the penalty spot with a powerful shot down the middle of the goal. Cascade were now believing they could complete an incredible comeback but Aber nearly increased their lead. Hannah Pusey was put through on goal but the goalkeeper was able to get a hand to the forward's shot.
No more goals were scored and Aber got their weekend off to a perfect start.
Llongyfarchiadau oddi wrth pawb yng Nghlwb Peldroed Tref Aberystwyth i'n cefnogwr Nicky Roberts, sydd wedi ennill ei ffordd drwyddo i Rownd Terfynol cystadleuaeth Dysgwr Cymraeg y Flwyddyn 2018. Yn wreiddiol o'r Rhondda, symudodd Nicky a'i wraig Lara i Aber y llynedd ac ers hynny mae e wedi bod yn gefnogwr brwd o'r Gwyrdd a'r Du.
Bydd seremoni Dysgwr y Flwyddyn yn digwydd nos Fercher 8 Awst yn Y Dosbarth, Coleg Caerdydd a'r Fro, ac bydd pawb o'r Clwb yn gobeithio y caiff Nicky llwyddiant. Darllenwch mwy am y gystadleuaeth yma.
Congratulations from everyone at Aberystwyth Town Football Club to our supporter Nicky Roberts, who has won his way through to the Final Round of the Welsh Learner of the Year Competition for 2018. Originally from the Rhondda, Nicky moved to Aber with his wife Lara last year, and since then he has been a loyal follower of the Black and Greens.
The Learner of the Year Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 8th August at the Cardiff & Vale College, and everyone from the Club hopes that Nicky will be successful. Read more about the competition here.
Friday 18th May (ko 7.30pm)
Central Wales FA Youth Cup Final
(at Llandidloes Town FC)
Aberystwyth Town Under 19s v Rhayader Town
Saturday 19th May (ko 3.30pm)
SW Welsh Womens League
Aberystwyth Town Ladies v Cascade YC
Sunday 20th May (ko 2pm)
SW Welsh Womens League
Aberystwyth Town Ladies v Llangyfelach
Aberystwyth Town's Under 19s and Ladies sides are chasing glory this weekend on different fronts.
This evening Bari Morgan's Wonder Under 19s, Champions of Wales, aim to end their season on a high by adding the Central Wales FA Youth Cup Final Trophy to their 2017/8 haul. A win over Rhayader Town at Llanidloes would provide the perfect ending to a remarkable season which saw the side top the South Wales Division of the Welsh Premier Development League, before winning the National Final last week by beating TNS at Newtown by 1-0.
Aber Town Ladies meanwhile are still chasing an immediate return to the Welsh Premier League. Ray Hughes' side are unbeaten all season in the League, and lie seven points behind table topping Briton Ferry Athletic. This means that should Briton Ferry fail to beat Barry Town Ladies away in their final match on Sunday then three wins from their final three games will guarantee the title and promotion for the Black and Greens. Two of the three games take place this weekend at Park Avenue, with Cascade and Llangyfelach the visitors on Saturday and Sunday respectively, before the Ladies complete their season by hosting Caerphilly Castle next weekend.
Atfc.org.uk wishes both teams all the best this weekend and we hope that the Black and Greens' superb supporters will turn out in force to cheer on both sides.
Welsh Premier Development League Final
Monday 7th May at Latham Park, Newtown
Aberystwyth Town 1 The New Saints 0
Bari Morgan's Aberystwyth Town Under 19s side won the Club's first ever National League Trophy on a beautifully sunny Bank Holiday at Newtown on Monday evening. Captain Jack Rimmer's penalty earned a 1-0 win over Development League (North) Champions The New Saints to earn the Club a trophy which went some way to make up for the previous day's disappointment in the JD Welsh Cup Final.
In a tense game Aber kept their defensive shape superbly with Lee Jenkins outstanding at Centre Back, and Jack Rimmer anchoring Centre Midfield. They also broke dangerously with right back Tom Evans catching the eye with some buccaneering ruins, Liam Doherty working like a trojan up front and Harri Horwood threatening down the left. The breakthrough came after 36 minutes when Rimmer was upended in the box and he himself got up to confidently strike the penalty home. From that moment on the Black and Greens kept things tight, restricting to TNS to half chances whilst looking very dangerous on the break, and ran out fully deserving Champions of Wales at the full time whistle, leading to raucous Celebrations as the Trophy was presented.
Bari Morgan, Iwan Roberts and all of the players deserve huge credit for achieving in one season something that Aberystwyth Town FC has never managed before in its 134 year history, and everyone at the Club hopes that this Golden Generation of Players will be able to develop into First Team Players in the coming seasons.
Aberystwyth Town: Alex Pennock, Liam Berner, Tom Evans, Jack Rimmer, Harri Horwood, Carwyn Morgan, Lee Jenkins, Liam Doherty, Niall Coleridge (Ryan Evans 77), Osian Rees Jones (Matthew Jones 65), Harri Rowe.
The match in full can still be viewed on the FAW's Facebook page here.
JD Welsh Cup
Sunday 6th May
Aberystwyth Town 1-4 Connah’s Quay Nomads
Aberystwyth Town fell short of their fairy tale ending to the season as they succumbed to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Connah’s Quay Nomads in the JD Welsh Cup Final on Sunday afternoon. Three first half goals from Michael Bakare (23) and Michael Wilde (26, 40) appeared to put the game to bed for the Nomads before the break, but Ryan Wade gave Aber a glimmer of hope with his 45th minute header. Town tried as they might in the second half, and appeared to have a clear goal ruled against them when Malcolm Melvin’s effort bounced over the line, before Andy Owens rounded off the scoring to give the Nomads their first ever JD Welsh Cup title.
On a glorious afternoon at Latham Park, Aber’s phenomenal fans gathered in their masses to cheer on their cup final heroes to what would have been Aber’s first JD Welsh Cup title since 1900. The seasiders named an unchanged side from last weekend’s 5-3 victory over Newtown, and started the brightest in a cagey opening to the game. Malcolm Melvin failed to connect with Declan Walker’s 9th minute cross, before John Owen flicked his 17th minute header into the side netting from Ashley Young’s long throw-in. But it was the Nomads who struck the first blow on 23 minutes, as Michael Bakare latched on to a long diagonal ball before rounding goalie Chris Mullock and tapping into an empty net to make it 1-0. Soon after, Andy Morrison’s side gained further control as Michael Wilde peeled off at the back post from a corner kick to glance his header beyond Mullock and into the net to make it 2-0. Suddenly Aber had a mountain to climb as they struggled to handle the Nomads' direct approach and continuous long balls. Wingman Joe Phillips tried his best to find a way back into the game for the black and greens with some tricky wide play, but on 40 minutes Town were dealt another sucker punch when Declan Poole broke free in midfield before sliding in Wilde who slotted home his second goal of the game to make it 3-0. The game looked dead and buried as Aber’s travelling tifosi continued to rally and support their team towards the half-time whistle. And right on the stroke of half time, they had something to cheer as Ashley Young’s corner kick was flicked into the top corner of the net by Ryan Wade to give the seasiders a lifeline. The half time whistle blew with chants of “Allez Allez Ohh” ringing around the stadium from a resurgent set of supporters.
The second half started in brighter fashion for the black and greens, with Damien Allen and Malcolm Melvin beginning to pull a few strings in the middle of midfield. On 48 minutes, Tom Owen’s header landed tamely in the hands of Danby in goal, before the midfielder was then replaced by Craig Hobson as the seasiders looked for another lifeline. On 64 minutes came the game’s major turning point – as Aber’s momentum continued to build, Melvin strode forward from midfield and unleashed a rasping effort that struck the crossbar and bounced down over the goal line before bouncing back into play again. Much to the despair of the Town supporters, neither the referee nor his assistant had managed to get a clear look at the effort and ruled “play on”, but on second viewing it was evident the ball had crossed the goal line. At a crucial moment in the match, another goal back would have given the black and greens a real lift, but it just wasn’t to be. Kurt Sherlock and Geoff Kellaway were introduced in Aber’s final throw of the dice, as the Nomads continued to look threatening on the break. Try as they might, the seasiders couldn’t find a way to goal, with the wind appearing to be taken out of their sails after that controversial 64th minute decision. As the game entered stoppage time, Connah’s Quay sealed their victory when substitute Andy Owens turned and fired a powerful effort beyond Mullock into the net and make it 4-1.
As the Nomads celebrated victory, it was the Aber faithful who continued to hold their heads high. The magnificent supporters rallied for one final medley of songs to thank the players for their brilliant efforts on their JD Welsh Cup journey. There were evident signs that the bond between players and supporters is stronger than ever, and the black and greens can be proud of their runner up medals from Sunday afternoon. Congratulations must go to Connah’s Quay Nomads, who deserved winners on the day, as they picked up their first ever JD Welsh Cup trophy.