JD Cymru Premier
Gwener/Friday 5 Ionawr/January
Tref Aberystwyth Town 1 Bae Colwyn Bay 0
Enillodd Tref Aber buddugoliaeth enfawr yn eu brwydr yn erbyn y cwymp yn erbyn Bae Colwyn ar Goedlan y Parc heno, gyda gol Liam Walsh, wedi ergyd wych Alex Darlington munud ar ol yr egwyl yn ddigon i godi’r Gwyrdd a’r Duon allan o safleoedd y cwymp. Y Bae wnaeth dominyddu’r gem ar ol i Mark Cadwallader weld carden coch pedwar munud cyn y toriad, ond amddiffynnodd Aber am eu bywydau, a cawsant eu haeddiant.
Aber Town scored a huge win in their fight against relegation against Colwyn Bay at Park Avenue this evening, with Liam Walsh’s 46th minute goal from a sumptuous Alex Darlington assist proving enough to lift the Black and Greens out of the relegation zone. Mark Cadwallader’s 41st minute dismissal had ensured that Bay would go on to dominate the game, but Town defended for their lives and reaped the rewards.
Aber made one change with new signing Zac Hartley making a superb debut at right back, and their other new arrival Shaun Cavanagh started on the bench. On a mercifully dry night a respectable crowd of 333 saw the hosts start the game strongly, and Iwan Lewis sent an effort over the bar early doors. Cadwallader headed wide, then Jack Thorn’s long throw fell nicely for John Owen, and Joe Smith parried his goal bound effort to Darlington at the back post, who scored but was surprisingly flagged offside. Tom McCready had a rare shot for Bay deflected back to Dave Jones, then Owen and Darlington went close again with Aber looking in control. Bay’s dangerous Udoyen Akpan sent in a volley which flashed just over the bar, but then Hartley had an effort blocked and a home goal was looking most likely until Cadwallader was shown a red card for a challenge on Tom Creamer soon before the break. McCready’s subsequent free kick flashed off the crossbar and Aber survived four minutes of injury time, with Walsh sending a cheeky effort over the bar, to go in level and goalless at half time.
How would the second half pan out? Well, within 24 seconds of the restart Aber had a sensational lead. Some nice interplay saw the ball fall to Darlington way out, and his cheeky lob bamboozled Smith in the goal, and rebounded off the crossbar for Walsh to snaffle up with a tidy finish from eight yards out, a goal of enormous significance. It also meant that Town were set to defend for the remainder of the game, and that they did with a superb shift, personified by man mountain Louis Bradford at the back. Darlington had another effort saved down the left, but then Jones had to punch Creamer’s shot to safety, Jamie Cumming twice went wide, and Tom Marsh-Hughes headed wide from a good position. Hartley’s blistering pace was a great outlet for Town and he created a chance for himself with a lung busting 70 yard run, only to be denied at the death by Smith. Cross after cross came into Aber’s box: Akpan had a shot deflected for a corner then Alex Downes headed over, Marsh Hughes volleyed wide from a great position, McCready’s effort was somehow blocked for a corner, and Cumming headed wide. Jones made a great save from another Downes header, and Town were doing all the ugly stuff required to see out a victory. Just before the ninety Town counter attacked with Billy Kirkman and sub Shaun Cavanagh linking up beautifully down left, only for Town’s new recruit to send a shot just over the bar. Home supporters’ hearts dropped with nine minutes of injury time shown, but Akpan had Colwyn’s last chance saved by Jones, and the Seasiders’ superb defence of Hartley, Bradford, Ben Woollam and Kirkman, shielded by Iwan Lewis, Jack Thorn and Walsh, did their job for fully ten minutes of additional time and got the three points amid scenes of huge relief at Park Avenue.
This sweet victory lifts Aber out of the relegation zone for the first time this season and Anthony Williams’ men will be looking to kick on next Saturday when Barry Town United come to visit Ceredigion for a 5.15pm kick off. On the back of Aber’s last two home games you’d be daft to miss it!