Photo courtesy of Rhys Barron Photography
Gwener Hydref 6/Fri October 6
JD Cymru Premier
Tref Aberystwyth Town 1 Cei Conna/Connah’s Quay 1
Enillodd Tref Aber pwynt gwerthfawr ar Goedlan y Parc neithiwr yn erbyn deiliad medal arian y Cymru Premier Cei Conna. Mwynhaodd y dorf parchus perfformiad llawn ymdrech: synwyd y Gwyrdd a’r Du gan gol Jordan Davies ar ol 41 munud, ond hafalodd John Owen y sgor toc cyn hanner amser, ac er ail hanner llawn cyffro, arhosodd y sgor yn gyfartal, a gem gyfartal gwerth chweil cafwyd ar y diwedd.
Aber Town earned a huge point at home to Cymru Premier Silver Medalists Connah’s Quay Nomads last night at Park Avenue, thrilling a respectable home crowd with a gutsy performance. The Black and Greens were stunned by Jordan Davies’ 41st minute opener, but John Owen headed an equaliser in first half injury time, and a high paced second half failed to add to the scoring with honour satisfied at the end.
Coming in to the game the odds were against the hosts: Nomads stood second in the League on a run of seven consecutive wins, with the hosts at the other end of the table and missing on loan stars Harry Owen and Luca Hogan plus suspended Alex Darlington. No matter – pupils from Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth (see below) plus a good smattering of University students helped to create a buoyant pre match atmosphere and the hosts started well. Davies for Nomads hooked a ball goalbound which was easy for home netminder Dave Jones but then Steff Davies had a header saved before Ben Woollam hit the crossbar with headers for Aber. A disciplined pressing game was unsettling the visitors and earning the hosts a series of set pieces, although clear cut chances were harder to come by. Harry Franklin and Davies missed the target for Quay, then back came Aber with Louis Bradford’s goalbound shot blocked by what looked suspiciously like a hand, before Davies was again denied by Jones. The first goal when it came was harsh on Aber, Franklin’s deft right wing cross nodded in at the near post by Davies, but the Black and Greens showed great resilience. Iwan Lewis’ shot was deflected for a corner, Billy Kirkman saw a brilliant volley deflected wide for another corner, and from the subsequent set piece Kirkman himself sent in a cute curler from the right flank which Owen nodded home expertly in front of the Dias Stand to send the hosts in at half time smiling at one one.
Nomads enjoyed more of the ball in the second half, but struggled to create too many clear cut chances due to some super concentration, intense harrying and disciplined shape from the home side – and Dave Jones in goal. Liam Walsh set up a chance for Aber with a deep free kick which visiting keeper John Rushton flapped at before grabbing the ball just in front of Owen. Jones repelled two low shots, one from the dangerous left sided Ryan Harrington, then Woollam pulled off a huge block to deny another chance in front of goal. Franklin flicked over the bar, then John Disney was lucky to escape with a yellow card after a midfield challenge, and Iwan Lewis sent a superb angled volley towards the top corner – only to be denied by Rushton. With nerves jangling Quay sub Mike Wilde saw a low shot touched wide by Jones for a corner, who then caught a Wilde header comfortably to keep the scores level. To Aber’s credit they kept attacking: sub Mark Cadwallader had a shot blocked before Louis Bradford headed Kirkman’s corner wide, then another Kirkman corner was nodded off the line. Seven nerve wracking minutes of injury time were allocated, with an additional three added on to that, allowing Noah Edwards to hit the post with a late effort and visiting manager Neil Gibson to be sent off, but anything other than a draw would have been an injustice and Aber superbly held out for a big result.
A huge effort from the Black and Greens last night earned a draw which felt like a very significant moment in their season, and if Anthony Williams’ men can maintain this level of performance they will soon climb the table. Tails are up ahead of next Saturday’s Welsh Cup Second Round tie at home to Pontardawe Town, which kicks off at the earlier time of 2pm. Don’t miss it!