MG Nathaniel Cup Third Round
Tuesday 24th September (ko 7.45pm)
Cardiff Met v Aberystwyth Town
Aber Town travel to the Capital City tomorrow evening looking for a Nathaniel Cup Pick me up, as they visit Cup holders Cardiff Met at their Cyncoed Campus ground for a Third Round tie with a 7.45pm kick off.
They booked their place with an impressive 4-3 win away to last season’s Cup Runners Up Cambrian & Clydach back in August thanks to Mathew Jones’ late winner. The Seasiders looked second best for parts of their last match at home to Caernarfon Town on Friday night and ended up losing 3-2, but on reflection they were on the wrong end of two controversial penalty decisions, and came within an inch of a point when Mathew Jones’ free kick cannoned off the cross bar in injury time. Jones and Paulo Mendes were influential subs and will be pushing for a start tomorrow night, while winger Joe Phillips will be looking to score for a third consecutive game after his worldy last weekend.
An away tie to Met was probably the toughest draw Town could have got in the regionalised last sixteen, but the Black and Greens will be hoping to build on their impressive record at Cyncoed which has seen them won two and draw one of their last four visits. Cardiff Met are in excellent form and are riding high in the table, so a tough match is a gimme: a win however would put Aber within two matches of the Nathaniel MG Cup Final in January, and three matches away from a place in next season’s Scottish Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup: a prize guaranteed to this year's League Cup Winners!
The postcode given for the Cyncoed Campus is CF23 6XD and the Club will be grateful for your support. Don’t be late however: there will be no extra time and if the scores are level at 90 minutes the match will proceed straight to penalties! See you in the Big City tomorrow.
Photo courtesy of Colin Ewart
Aberystwyth Town Football Club were deeply saddened to hear the news that Aber Stars player, club supporter and friend to many, Meilyr Llwyd sadly passed away over the weekend.
Meilyr was a popular member of the club as a player for Aber Town's disability side, as well as being a regular attender at Town's games. Meilyr will be remembered by many for his friendliness, his smile and his great sense of humour.
All of us at Park Avenue wish to send our condolences to his friends and family during this difficult period.
Rest in Peace Meilyr. You will be missed by many!
Torcalonnus i bawb yng Nghlwb Peldroed Tref Aberystwyth oedd clywed am farwolaeth ein ffrind, cefnogwr a cyn-chwarawr Ser Aber Meilyr Llwyd dros y penwythnos.
Roedd Meilyr yn berson poblogaidd yn y Clwb, fel aelod brwdfrydig o'r tim anabledd, a chefnogwr ffyddlon i'r Tim cyntaf, roedd e'n rhan anatod o fywyd Coedlan y Parc. Roedd yn berson poblogaidd a hoffus, a'i wen yn arddangos cymeriad direidus a doniol.
Ar rhan pawb yng Nhoedlan y Parc estynwn cydymdeimlad twymgalon at ffrindiau a theulu Meilyr ar amser anodd dros ben.
Gorffwyswch mewn heddwch Meilyr. Byddwn ni'n eich colli.
JD Cymru Premier
Friday 20th September
Aberystwyth Town 2 Caernarfon Town 3
Aberystwyth Town finished off on the wrong end of a five goal thriller at Park Avenue last night, coming within inches of earning a valuable point before losing 3-2 to Caernarfon Town. The Cofis took the lead through Noah Edwards on 20 minutes, but back came Aber with an immediate response with a Goal of the Month contender from in form Joe Phillips on 25. Ten minutes later Nathan Craig converted a penalty for the visitors, and when Leo Smith made it 3-1 on 54 minutes the game seemed won. However Paulo Mendes headed Aber back into contention in the 90th minute and Mathew Jones’ fantastic free kick rebounded off the crossbar in injury time to ensure the 3-2 scoreline.
With the sun from another beautiful day on the Ceredigion Coast setting majestically behind the Dias Stand, the match kicked off and a high paced start entertained the large crowd of 452. Wes Baynes sent a shot wide, then set up Luke Boundford who just failed to control the ball in a promising position. Aber were disappointed not to be awarded a penalty for handball, and Tom Price scooped the resultant free kick just over the top, with Aber looking good. Boundford chased down keeper Alex Ramsey for another half chance, however Caernarfon’s strong and combative play ensured they were always a threat too, and the Cofis drew first blood. Noah Edwards picked the ball up on the edge of the area and danced into space before reversing the ball into the bottom corner for 1-0. Joe Phillips had a shot deflected for a corner, and then came a wonder goal. Phillips picked up the ball on the left touchline, drifted inside and unleashed a super dipping volley which zoomed into the far top corner, with the help of a slight deflection, and Aber were level. Gareth Edwards headed wide for Caernarfon before Price crossed in for Marc Williams to see a shot deflected wide, but then disaster struck for Aber as a penalty was controversially awarded for a block after the ball had been played by Jamie Breese, and Craig did what Craig does, and buried the penalty. Phillips almost equalised with a deep cross which Alex Ramsey almost carried into his own net, and saw another shot blocked, but Caernarfon were also dangerous and Connor Roberts kept Aber in it with a superb stop in a one on one with Sion Bradley, and the Canaries ended the half 2-1 up.
Sub Matthew Jones sent in an early tester for Craig with a free kick just after the break, and then Stuart Jones pulled off a superb sliding tackle to deny Breese a clear shot on goal. Then however a fortunate deflection saw the effervescent Smith run right through the back line to hammer home a third, and Aber were really up against it. Smith saw another shot deflected wide but Aber kept at it: a Marc Williams shot dipped just wide after a lovely move, and he then curled another shot agonisingly wide of Ramsey’s left hand post. Danny Brookwell sent a snap shot over the bar, as did Noah Edwards not long afterwards. The influential Williams set up sub Richie Ricketts down the left channel, but his effort went wide, and Brookwell and Darren Thomas both missed the target with chances coming thick and fast. Then Mathew Jones’ corner was glanced home in the box by Mendes, and Aber went for it in injury time. Williams earned a 93rd minute free kick, and Jones curled in a beauty which cannoned off the crossbar, to agonised cries from the Black and Greens – and the Cofis hung on for victory.
This was an exciting match in which Aber played their full part, and the hosts may point to two crucial penalty decisions which went against them in a close game. In truth however Caernarfon probably deserved the win for their combative and competitive approach to the game, and some clinical finishing. Aber now move on to a Nathaniel MG Cup Third Round match away to Cardiff Met on Tuesday evening (ko 7.45pm).
JD Cymru Premier
Friday 20th September
Aberystwyth Town v Caernarfon Town (ko 7.45pm)
Aberystwyth Town are hoping for another fab Friday in 48 hours as last season’s fourth place finishers Caernarfon Town visit Park Avenue for a JD Cymru Premier match under the lights.
Both of Aber’s League victories this season have come on a Friday, at home to Carmarthen on opening night, and away to Cefn Druids three weeks ago, and after two setbacks in a row at home to Airbus and away to Connah’s Quay, Black and Green supporters are desperate for an upturn in fortunes.
Despite four defeats from six games Aber are, surprisingly, the League’s third top scorers and strikers Luke Boundford and Marc Williams in particular have been in excellent form. Town’s defence now need to step up to the plate and if/when that happens the Black and Greens can be confident of a positive season ahead.
With Caernarfon three points ahead of Aber in sixth place this looks like a game Town need to win if they are to maintain contact with the Top Six. Last season a win for the Cofis over Aber brought them right back into the running – eventually leading to a fourth placed finish, so Aber can take inspiration from their visitors.
The Cofis have so far beaten Airbus and Penybont, and drawn with Connah’s Quay, Cefn Druids and Barry Town. With ex Black and Green Players Darren Thomas and Jamie Crowther already amongst the goals they will pose a big threat to Aber’s hopes on Friday night. But the Black and Greens can do it! Last season’s match between the two sides at Park Avenue ended in a stormy stalemate and a 0-0 draw. It was an excellent match nevertheless and supporters will be hoping for a thriller again in two days time.
Aber Town extend a warm welcome to Aberystwyth University students who have recently moved or returned to the Town for Friday night’s match. Admission for this JD Cymru Premier clash will cost £7 for Adults, £4 for Concessions and just £1 for Kids. Get that Friday feeling at Park Avenue!
Aberystwyth Town Football club would like to congratulate Aber Town Ladies' Emily Thomas, after the 15 year old was once again called-up to represent Wales as part of the 20 player squad for the upcoming Women's Under 17 Euro Qualifying Round Fixtures writes Steven Brookes.
Emily made her Aberystwyth debut on the opening day of the season against Port Talbot and did start in the fixture against Cardiff Met on Sunday before the game was abandoned during the second half.
The Wales side will travel to Denmark to face Russia on the 22nd September, the hosts Denmark on the 25th September and then North Macedonia on 29th September. The club wish Emily and the whole squad all the very best and we hope everyone enjoys the experience.
Everyone at Aberystwyth Town FC sends their best wishes to Cardiff Met Ladies player Grace Corne, who suffered a nasty neck injury at Park Avenue yesterday afternoon.
The injury was so severe that the Welsh Premier Womens League Cup match against Aber Town Ladies had to be abandoned, but we are delighted to hear that Grace was released from Bronglais Hospital overnight and is back at home recuperating.
The Club would also like to thank Aber Town Ladies Team Player and Physio Ffiona Evans and Cardiff Met's Sports Therapist Chelsie-Jane Mason, whose prompt attention helped prevent Grace's injury turning into something worse.
A special mention as well to our very own John Waters and Nathan Perkins who both remained at the club hours after the game had finished to provide support.
Get well soon Grace and we look forward to welcoming you back to Park Avenue later in the season.