Pre Season Friendly
Saturday 25th July
Aberystwyth Town 3 Llangefni Town 0
Rhys Griffiths marked his home debut for the Black and Greens with a two goal salvo which, allied to an own goal, eased Aber to a relatively comfortable victory over their Welsh Alliance visitors from Anglesey.
Along with Griffiths, other new signings Lee Surman, Jack Rimmer and Darren Thomas also made home debuts, and it was good to see the hosts starting in the same commanding vein in which they performed last week against Llandyrnog. Within the first minute visiting keeper Liam Ewing conceded a penalty by bringing down Craig Williams in the box, but he then redeemed himself by parrying Rhys Griffiths' penalty to safety. Griffiths headed over the bar from the resultant corner, and then in the sixth minute headed the opener from close range after Geoff Kellaway's teasing cross fell nicely into his path. Griffiths and Darren Thomas were prominent, and the chances kept coming. Stuart Jones headed over before Griffiths hit the bar with yet another header. Cledan Davies created a good chance for Kellaway, and then himself had a header cleared off the line in a goalmouth scramble. Kellaway fired wide from a good position, then Williams and Rimmer both brought saves from Ewing in nets, then at the other end Llion Jones' cross created a superb opportunity for Craig Evans, but he headed wide, and a half dominated by Aber ended 1-0.
Town were rocked at half time by a hand injury to keeper Mike Lewis, but Cledan Davies stepped into the breach and was barely tested after the break, with Tom Jones coming on and impressing down the left side. Stuart Jones headed wide from a corner, before Llangefni's tricky Paul Rowlands had a shot deflected to safety. The hard working Griffiths then created a chance with a left wing cross which Kellaway was unable to convert, but then in the 54th minute Darren Thomas went on a swashbuckling run right at the heart of the home defence and beat four players before crossing for Griffiths to control and convert to double the lead. Six minutes later Kellaway again caused havoc down the right and his arrowed cross into the box was turned past his own keeper by the unfortunate Andy Sinclair for Aber's third. With the game more or less in the bag Manager Ian Hughes turned to his youthful bench and brought on Liam Lewis, Sion Evans and Ryan Edwards, who all made their presence felt. Griffiths was denied by Ewing again, Ryan Edwards went close with a right foot volley and Lewis hit the side netting. With the visiting fans signing Rowlands fired wide for Llangefni, and Craig Evans hit the cross bar with a volley from distance, before Griffiths was denied a deserved hat trick by an offside flag. Craig Evans headed just past the post, and then Lee Surman lobbed just over the bar for Aber, and an entertaining game ended 3-0 to the Black and Greens.
Manager Ian Hughes will be pleased by another dominant performance, and another clean sheet which sets Aber up nicely for next Saturday's challenging Mid Wales Derby at the Recreation Ground, Caersws, which kicks off at 2.30pm. The Home Club will be opening a new Stand on the day so a decent crowd can be expected. See you at the Rec next week!