Gwener Medi 1af/Friday September 1st
JD Cymru Premier
Y Seintiau Newydd/The New Saints 6 Tref Aberystwyth Town 0
Gydag unigolion pwysig yn absennol am amryw o rhesymau, collodd Aber o chwech gol i ddim i bencampwyr y Cymru Premier Y Sentiau Newydd, ar nos Wener anodd i’r Gwydd a’r Du. Rhoddodd Jake Canavan (11 a 75 mun), Ben Clark (43 mun) ac Adrian Cieslewicz (pen 66 mun) blaenoriaeth clir i’r tim cartref, ond arllwysodd goliau hwyr Rory Holden (89 mun) a Ryan Astles (90+5 mun) halen ar y briw.
A depleted Aber Town side was hit for six by Cymru Premier Champions TNS on Friday night, on a tough night for the Black and Greens. Jake Canavan (11 and 75 mins), Ben Clark (43 mins) and Adrian Cieslewicz (pen 66 mins) gave the hosts a solid lead, but late goals for sub Rory Holden (89 mins) and Ryan Astles (90+5 mins) poured salt onto the wounds.
Town were hit by absentees – Mark Cadwallader had a knock, Dave Jones, Steff Davies and Aaron Simpson were unavailable, as were TNS loanees Ben Woollam and Billy Kirkman, so in came Sam Green in goal for his Black and Green debut, along with Owen Taylor, Akeem Hinds and Beau Cornish who were all recalled to the starting XI. TNS started in imperious fashion with Clark volleying over the bar and young Green denying Dan Davies with a good stop. However just past the ten minute mark the ball fell nicely for ex Town man Canavan to pounce from 15 yards to open the scoring. Aber continued to defend stoutly – Green denied Canavan a second, then at the other end John Owen pulled out a Cruyff turn but his cross evaded all visiting attackers. Green was at it again soon afterwards, saving Leo Smith’s header and Cieslewicz’s effort soon afterwards. Green did brilliantly to deny Canavan again, and in a game of defence versus attack Dan Redmond was the next to shoot wide for TNS. Jordan Williams was next to be denied and it was harsh on the excellent Green when Clark converted a right wing cross just before the break to double the lead. Luca Hogan sent in a dangerous cross for Aber which was cleared for a corner just before John Owen could connect, and the half time score stood at 2-0.
Into the second half and Williams headed wide for TNS, but then Aber broke away through Owen who just failed to find Hogan in a promising move. Green saved an effort from Cieslewicz, and then Iwan Lewis surged into TNS’s box but was blocked off on the touchline. Twenty minutes of defending were sadly overturned when Davies was tripped in the box and Cieslewicz converted the penalty to settle the match outcome once and for all. Again Hogan surged up the line for Aber, won a thrown in and Jack Thorn’s long delivery was cleared just before Owen could connect. Then Canavan, soon to be named as Man of the Match, pounced on a loose ball to score his second and TNS’ fourth, and with the visitors tiring a big score was a possibility. Green twice saved from Davies, then on came young Tom Mason and Isaac Pridmore up front for Black and Green debuts in the lion’s den. Incessant home pressure told when sub Holden burst through to make it five, then right at the death Astles glanced home a header from a last minute corner to make it six.
This was already going to be a tough encounter for the Black and Greens and their young defence stood firm on numerous occasions, but sadly the Champions gave a performance worthy of their title and deserved their healthy win. Anthony Williams’ men now have a week to lick their wounds in preparation for the visit of Caernarfon Town to Park Avenue next Saturday, 9th September (ko 2.30pm). Better days lie ahead.