Mercher Medi 27/Wed September 27
JD Cymru Premier
Tref Bala Town 0 Tref Aberystwyth Town 1
Gyda Storm Agnes, a Morus y Gwynt ac Ifan y Glaw yn eu hanterth sgoriodd Aber eu buddugoliaeth gynghrair gyntaf o’r tymor, gyda gol John Owen ar ol hanner awr yn ddigon i gipio’r triphwynt. Brwydrodd y Gwyrdd a’r Duon yn arwrol drwy’r nos i lawn haeddi’r buddugoliaeth hyd yn oed cyn i gerdyn coch Iwan Roberts yn amser ychwanegol helpu’r achos, a bant ac Aber i Hwlffordd ddydd Sadwrn yn sionc ar ol y canlyniad gwych yma.
With Storm Agnes in full flow Aber Town scored a huge first League win of the season on a wild night in Bala, with John Owen’s 30th minute goal enough to secure the three points. The Black and Greens battled superbly all night and deserved the win even before Iwan Roberts’ 91st minute dismissal for the Lakesiders, and Town head to Haverfordwest on Saturday with a spring in their step after this great result.
With Billy Kirkman injured Akeem Hinds returned to the starting eleven and with 50mph rain and wind from the south blowing across the pitch it was clear that the conditions would have a large part to play in the game. With both teams adpting chances were few and far between early on. Jack Thorn’s long throw faded out for a goal kick, Bala crosses from Osebi Abdikarim and Paulo Mendes dropped wide, Abdikarim saw a shot blocked and a grass tickler from Joe Malkin was easy for composed Dave Jones in the Aber goal. John Owen gave notice of his intentions sending a sweet volley in on goal, but Kelland Absalom was in the right place: however minutes later the luckless home keeper parried a low rasping shot from Liam Walsh on the right, and Owen snaffled up the chance to convert from the left flank with a huge goal for the Black and Greens which excited a loyal troupe of Black and Green supporters who had made the journey on a wet and windy night into cheers of delight! The peerless John Owen made another superb run down the left and laid the ball back for Hinds to deliver a cross which evaded the visiting forward line, then Naim Arsan fired over, and a half of few real chances ended with Aber ahead, and cries of “Green Army” ringing around Maes Tegid.
A tense second half awaited for those in Black and Green but Dave Jones remained rock like in the home goal, fielding a series of crosses and free kicks and in truth the hosts created few real chances in the second half. John Owen fired over from 30 yards for Aber, and Alex Darlington sent in a couple of efforts but with the visitors competing like dervishes and giving Bala no time on the ball, they maintained their ascendancy. Talismanic Steff Davies also sent an attempt wide, and a Louis Bradford header was deflected wide for a corner. Jones got down well to save a rare half chance from George Newell’s header, then in injury time Roberts saw red for a second yellow card, and some brilliantly solid defending from Bradford, Hinds, Ben Woollam and Harry Owen, with Thorn and Iwan Lewis ahead of them saw Aber through six minutes of injury time to a deserved win, and huge celebrations from Town’s tifosi.
The weather affected match could not be described as a classic, but Anthony Williams’ men deserved the huge result for sheer effort and disciplined teamwork, and after a standout performance it was fitting that Bala resident John Owen was the man to make the difference on the night. Aber go again on Saturday at Haverfordwest County with a 2.30pm kick off. Let’s do it!