JD Cymru Premier
Saturday 25th March
Aberystwyth Town 1 Flint Town 0
Irrepressible Johnnie Evans scored one of the best goals seen at Park Avenue in many a long year, delighting Park Avenue with a crucial injury time winner against Flint Town United yesterday afternoon. In a remarkably tight game of few chances home keeper Matt Turner did brilliantly to save Okera Simmons’ 17th minute penalty, and a draw looked inevitable until Evans popped up two minutes into injury time to score with an overhead bicycle kick! Four minutes later Mark Cadwallader was sent off for a second yellow, but Aber held on for a massive result.
Finally Park Avenue was blessed with a sunny day, and home supporters were delighted with the reopening of the Rhun Owens Stand, which really added to the matchday atmosphere. The hosts started well with Niall Flint seeing a long range effort turned round the post by visiting keeper Harry Allen, but then just past the quarter hour the tricky Simmons danced around the penalty box until Jack Thorn’s challenge resulted in a penalty to the visitors. Turner however did superbly in goal to dive to his right and tip the effort round the post. From this point on however Flint went on to dominate possession bombarding Aber’s back line with corners and free kicks galore. The homeback line, marshalled by Louis Bradford and Thorn were defending solidly, and although Zack Clarke had an effort blocked and Danny Harrison volleyed over the bar, clear cut chances were few and far between. Aber threatened briefly when Iwan Lewis chipped in a cross for Jon Owen, but his effort was saved. Turner came out to punch a corner clear, then Billy Kirkman did brilliantly to block Bobby Beaumont-Broadhead’s effort. Turner parried a shot from Clarke who then flicked over the bar, and the Black and Greens were probably happier to hear the half time whistle.
Into the second half Aber again started well: Jack Canavan fired over, Harry Arnison had a shot blocked and Canavan had another shot deflected over the bar to safety. Harry Owen headed over the bar for Flint at the back stick, but then Flint fed Cadwallader and his effort was blocked for a corner. The tough and streetwise visitors continued to threaten through set pieces, but Turner denied Beaumont-Broadhead and Akpa-Akpro volleyed over from a wide angle. Aber’s keeper was working hard for his clean sheet and he was alert again to tip Bradford’s back header over the post. Jon Owen threatened up front for Aber and had a shot saved, but the game seemed destined for a draw when in injury time a huge clearance form Kirkman found Cadwallader’s head in the box, and Evans acrobatically volleyed home from the penalty spot for an astonishing goal, and Park Avenue witnessed scenes of delight in front of Nark’s corner! Seven minutes of injury time was played and Owen headed wide for Flint before Cadwallder was booked for a foul on the edge of the area and sent off with seconds remaining. However Simmons’ free kick was deflected to safety and Aber’s joy was confirmed.
Victories come in different shapes and forms but this one, crowned by a moment of utter genius from Aber’s favourite bus driver definitely felt like two points gained. The Black and Greens now travel to Pontypridd next Saturday on the back of two wins and two clean sheets, and will be confident ahead of the game, which kicks off at 5.15pm to accommodate TV coverage. Cheers Drive!