GENERO ADRAN PREMIER CONNAH'S QUAY WOMEN 0 ABERYSTWYTH TOWN WOMEN 2 (G. JONES 64', A. JENKINS 90+5) VENUE: DEESIDE STADIUM 31/10/2022
Gwenllian Jones and Amy Jenkins were the heroines as Aberystwyth Town got a break from the travails of the league - and enjoyed a 2-0 win at Connah's Quay Nomads in the second round of the FAW Women's Cup.
With just one win and one draw to their credit in the Adran Premier so far this season, manager Gav Allen and captain Kelly Thomas had urged the squad to enjoy the change of scenery.
And they did just that, growing into the game as it went on, with Jones knocking in the first goal from a corner just after the hour, and Jenkins adding the second from a free kick deep in second-half added time.
The one blot on the afternoon's action was a red card for assistant manager Matty Jones just before half-time.
"Congratulations to the girls - they've been fantastic as a squad and sticking together," said manager Allen. "Overall I thought we were excellent, and dominated a large amount of the game. It's unfortunate we didn't score more goals - it could have been five or six if not for their goalkeeper. "Fair play to Connah's Quay, you can see why they're top of their league - some very good individual players, we wish them all the best." "We're absolutely delighted to make it through to the quarter-finals," added captain Thomas. "It’s been a hard, demanding week for the girls but they put another big shift in that means we progress. "I'm really proud of the girls - this week hasn’t been easy but we’ve stuck together and it was a well-earned, much-needed win and a fun trip home!"
The Seasiders are back in action next Sunday, returning home after four away games on the bounce - and it's a crunch match at Park Avenue as Aber welcome bottom club Abergavenny on 6th November, kick-off 2pm.
JD Cymru Premier Friday 28 October Aberystwyth Town 2 Flint Town United 1
Aber Town earned yet another home 2-1 win last night, this time against Flint Town United, as a backheeled goal from Jack Thorn (65 minutes) and a clinical penalty from Niall Flint (85 minutes) outscored the visitors, for whom sub Ben Hughes had equalised nine minutes from time. This was Aber’s fourth Park Avenue triumph in a row, which represents Aber’s best home run in eight years!
On an unseasonably warm evening Town Manager Anthony Williams gave goalkeeper Leigh Jenkins his first start of the season, with Jonathan Evans and Jack Rimmer returning as full backs, and Alex Darlington starting further upfield, and the hosts created the first big chance as Iwan Lewis played in Flint down the right flank, but his low shot was saved by Harry Allen in the goal. Evans then reminded the crowd of his goalscoring threat, sending an acrobatic scissor kick just wide. Flint were playing some nice football, with the tricky Larnell Cole a threat at number ten, and his volley hit the top netting for the visitors’ first attempt on goal. Jenkins came out well to gather a cross from Beaumont-Broadhead, but then at the other end Jon Owen showed great skill to turn his man and send in a left footed volley, which Allen again had to parry. Danny Harrison saw yellow for an unpleasant challenge on Harry Arnison, then Darlington sent a set piece free kick millimeters wide of the right stantion in injury time, and the half ended goal less.
Into the second half and the industrious Flint sent in a good right wing cross which just evaded Darlington, then Okera Simmonds volleyed wide from the right channel for Flint, and then headed over minutes later as the visitors threatened. Louis Bradford and Sam Litchfield at Centre Back were having superb games repelling and blocking attacks, but Harrison sent a super volley inches wide, with the game hanging in the balance. Then came the breakthrough as Darlington’s ball split the home defence and Captain Thorn galloped through to control with his first touch, and clip home with a cheeky backheel – a big moment in Aber’s season. Bradford and Thorn volleyed subsequent efforts over, but then back came the visitors with Beaumont-Broadhead threatening with a couple of headers – but Jenkins’ handling in goal was secure. Then on 81 minutes a loose ball dropped to sub Hughes in the area, and he volleyed into the bottom corner with his first touch to level things up. Were Aber content with a home draw? The answer was a resounding no as a high boot on the ubiquitous Harry Arnison in the area was punished with a penalty kick, and Niall Flint stepped up to joyously smash home a second with just five minutes to go. Aber had to survive a series of corners and free kicks during four minutes of injury time, with even keeper Allen coming up twice to try and snatch a draw, but the Black and Greens held out to make it four out of four!
The Seasiders’ best home run in almost a decade has brought a really positive vibe to Park Avenue, and Anthony Williams reminded the media in his post match interviews that he was still targeting a Top Six finish. Town’s next challenge comes when Aber make the trip up to Bala next Friday evening, for a 7.45pm kick off. Happy Halloween to everyone in Black and Green!
GENERO ADRAN PREMIER BARRY TOWN UNITED WOMEN 1 (M. OLDEN 26') ABERYSTWYTH TOWN WOMEN 0 VENUE: JENNER PARK 27/10/2022
Aberystwyth Town Women fell to another disappointing defeat on the road, losing 1-0 to Barry Town United on Thursday evening. In a rearranged fixture, Mackenzie Olden's first-half goal was enough to make the difference.
After good performances against Cardiff City and Swansea City, Aber had hoped for more from this match - but once again they struggled to convert chances. And to make matters worse, substitute Carys Davies and manager Gavin Allen were both controversially sent off in the last minute.
The Seasiders have no time to dwell, though - they are back in action on Sunday, facing Connah's Quay in the second round of the FAW Women's Cup.
"The defeat hurts now," said skipper Kelly Thomas, "but it'll be good to have a bit of respite from the league. The girls have got to be up to take on Connah's Quay because a good cup run will really boost morale."
Aberystwyth Town vs Flint Town United JD Cymru Premier Friday 28th October (KO 8pm)
Anthony Williams’ Black and Greens will be looking to continue their recent good run at home tomorrow night as Flint Town United visit Ceredigion. The Seasiders have won three on the bounce at home – a run that stretches back nearly two months. These wins have proved crucial in keeping Aber in touch with the coveted Top Six, with the first phase now exactly at the halfway stage of 11 games
Last weekend, Aber pushed Caernarfon Town all the way for a late equaliser, but the hosts held firm to take all three points thanks to a 2-1 victory. Flint hosted Airbus UK Broughton, now managed by former ATFC striker Jamie Reed, at Cae Y Castell and were victorious 1-0, which has lifted tomorrow night’s visitors to 7th in the league table.
This season has seen a new look Flint Town United. Lee Fowler replaced Neil Gibson as Manager during the summer, and he was joined by former Llandudno manager Iwan Williams as Assistant. The new management team have recruited well, with a mix of experienced Cymru Premier players such as Anthony Stephens and James Owen joined by former EFL players Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro and Larnell Cole.
Their top scorer so far this season is former Chester & Accrington Stanley man Okera Simmonds. The forward, who spent time at Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers as a youngster, has netted 4 times already this season.
Both fixtures between the two teams were marred by controversial refereeing decisions which went against the Black & Greens. The fixture at Cae Y Castell in August 2021 saw Flint snatch all three points through a 93rd minute goal from Alex Jones, despite strong protests of a double handball. Aber then suffered another gut wrenching defeat in the return game at Park Avenue, as an astonishingly harsh decision to disallow an injury time equaliser denied Antonio Corbisiero’s side what would have been a valuable point as Flint triumphed 2-1.
The Green Army will be hoping that luck is on our side this time around! Admission prices at Aberystwyth University Park Avenue Stadium are £8 for Adults, £5 for Concessions, £2 for Secondary School age children and free entry for Primary School age children.
GENERO ADRAN PREMIER SWANSEA CITY 2 (TILEY 2', ADAMS 85') ABERYSTWYTH TOWN WOMEN 2 (ISAAC (PEN) 28', 43') VENUE: LLANDARCY ACADEMY OF SPORT 23/10/2022
Aberystwyth Town came so close to springing a surprise away at high-flying Swansea City - coming away with a hard-won point in the Adran Premier.
Two first-half goals from Libby Isaac - one a penalty, one a stunning solo effort - put the visitors 2-1 ahead after Chloe Tiley opened the scoring. But an 85th-minute goal from Sarah Adams meant the Seasiders had to settle for a 2-2 draw.
And that in turn meant Aber manager Gavin Allen had some conflicting feelings afterwards. "We would have taken a point, obviously, going down to Swansea," he said. "They are the champions, they've got some very, very good individual players. "They came back to haunt us last year with an 83rd-minute goal, and it's happened again."
He was pleased, however, with the way his team acquitted themselves - with Isaac playing further forward, and four second-half substitutions to give some more minutes on the pitch to the squad players. "We made a few changes today, not to sit, to try and attack Swansea from deep. "We knew they'd have the majority of the possession, and we would be dangerous on the counterattack. "We wanted to give more people some minutes - we had a game off in the Welsh Cup, we didn't have a good pre-season with several cancellations, and we need game time."
And now Allen and his squad look ahead to two more away games - a rearranged league fixture against Barry Town United on Thursday evening, then Connah's Quay in the second round of the FAW Women's Cup next Sunday. "That's five games away in a row, which for any team is going to be difficult, but that's where we are. "I'm hopeful we can build on the momentum that's swung in the last couple of weeks. The squad is coming back in dribs and drabs - we're almost at full capacity."
JD Cymru Premier Friday 21 October Caeranrfon Town 2 Aberystwyth Town 1
Aber Town fell to defeat at the Oval last night, as a stunning overhead kick for Liverpool loanee Fidel O’Rourke (20 minutes), and a first touch finish for sub Tom Marsh Hughes (73 mins) earned victory for Caernarfon. Sam Litchfield’s powerful 81st minute header got Aber back in it and the Seasiders pushed for a late equaliser, but the hosts held firm to take the spoils.
The Black and Greens made the long trip north in a positive frame of mind after a morale boosting win against Haverfordwest last time round, and the loyal away support was boosted by the Harry Arnison fan club, personified by his father, son and Auntie Savannah Marshall, who last week was selling out a world title fight at the O2 Arena. The visitors started extremely well with the Cofis unable to break out of their own half for the first ten minutes. Litchfield headed wide from a Sam Phillips free kick, and headed over from a Phillips corner soon afterwards with Aber seeing the best of the early action. Then however Dion Donohue burst forward from left back and cut inside to send a low shot just past the post, and the hosts, playing a longer game, showed why they finished in fourth place last season. A series of long throws from onetime Park Avenue favourite Ben Wynne were repelled but then as the ball ping ponged around the Aber box, O’Rourke pulled out a brilliant overhead kick to put the hosts into the lead – harsh on the Black and Greens who had started the game on top. Caernarfon went on to enjoy a purple patch, with Iwan Cartwright sending a low shot just past the post, Wynne also going close after a dancing run in the box; however Aber were also attacking. Arnison almost got on the end of a great ball in from Jack Thorn, and Litchfield had yet another attempt blocked, and Arnison just failed to convert Phillips’ cross. O’Rourke headed wide for Caernarfon, then at the other end Phillips sneaked in at the back post but shot wide, and Niall Flint volleyed wide from distance, and on the balance of play Caernarfon were probably a bit fortunate to go in ahead by a single goal at half time.
The hosts started the second half better with Danny Gossett sending a stinging volley inches wide, while Iwan Lewis volleyed over at the other end for Aber. There was a delay as referee Cheryl Foster had to be substituted by Fourth Official Aaron Wyn Jones, then Jon Owen pulled off a brilliant Cruyff turn at the near post to beat his man, but his low cross evaded everyone. Lewis had a penalty claim rejected as he surged into the box, and then played in Arnison, but his brilliant first time effort aimed just inside the far post was punched to safety by diving Josh Tibbetts. Phil Perry volleyed wide with Aber threatening an equaliser, but then a crucial defensive mix up at the back allowed Marsh Hughes in to score from a tight angle on the right flank, and Anthony Williams’ men were right up against it. Marsh Hughes went on another good run down the right, and crossed for Noah Edwards to volley over, but then Alex Darlington won a corner for the Black and Greens, Flint sent in the set piece and Litchfield scored with a bullet header, a deserved goal if there ever was one. O’Rourke volleyed over for Caernarfon, then in injury time Arnsion had a volley saved, and another shot blocked with the hosts defending solidly. Donohue sent a free kick wide and Sion Bradley sent a late attempt off target, and the final whistle went with Caernarfon taking all three points. The Black and Greens left the Oval feeling they had done enough to deserve a point, however the hosts were a bit more clinical with their chances and Aber will live to fight another day. Their next round comes on Friday evening, at home to Flint Town United, with an 8pm kick off. We will meet again next weekend!