With players unavailable for the trip to Llanelli, most would have then thought it was going to be a very difficult day for the Aber Stars team. But this hard-working group of players were ready to show what they could do. The ‘Championship’ players were once again Meilyr Llwyd, Peter Williams and Dave Baker. Meilyr who also had a brief spell as a goalkeeper on the day really impressed those watching. Both David and Peter were playing further forward and both were on the scoresheet. All three of the players should feel very proud of their performances.
John Daniel and Mark Kemp joined the Cleddau Warriors team in the Premier League at late notice and despite being with a different group of players they fitted in well and played very well.
Three out of the five players that were in the Champions League team had never played in this league before with some moving up from the Premier League team. Many probably wouldn’t have been surprised to see Aber lose their opening match to a Swansea team that went on to win all their matches although nobody could say it was an easy win for Swansea. Aber opened the lead through Player-Manager Steven Brookes and defended quite well at the start of the match but couldn’t hold to their lead and ended up conceding three. Aber came close on a few occasions to scoring a second and eventually Paul-Luke Loveridge did pull one back late on but it wasn’t enough as Swansea won 3-2.
If the Swansea result was no surprise the next performance from Aber certainly was. They were up against a tough Bridgend team that beat Aber in their last tournament. But once Aber opened the scoring through Captain, Derfel Reynolds they began to show how good the team can play. Some excellent one touch and two touch passing, quick movement and clinical finishing meant Bridgend just couldn’t do anything to stop Aber who eventually scored a fantastic yet well-deserved six goals whilst the Stars keeper, Iestyn Jones barely had a save to make. Reynolds scoring five with Brookes also on the scoresheet again.
After an amazing 6-0 victory, the team was full of confidence going into their final match and yet again the team put on a great display. The quick play continued and although the teams finishing was a bit off in the opening moments of the match they did eventually take a well-deserved lead and the way the team were playing it was no surprise a second and third goal was scored. Derfel and Steven (2) were the goal scorers. Despite coming close to increasing their lead the match ended 3-0 to Aber.
If Aber play as well as they did in their second and third match in future games, it’ll be very difficult for other teams to beat them. Player-Manager Steven Brookes said "We were disappointed to lose our opening match but the performances in the other two games were brilliant. Possibly the best the team has played in many years”.