Monday 6th May
Aberystwyth Town 2 Cefn Druids 1
Aberystwyth Town's Black and Green Under 19s retained their National League Trophy last night at Newtown with a well deserved 2-1 victory over Northern Champions Cefn Druids, thanks to goals from Lee Jenkins (36 mins) and captain Tom Evans, whose 75th minute strike won the match following Lewis George's injury time equaliser for the Ancients.
Looking to repeat their first of last season by winning the Club's first ever National League Trophy, Bari Morgan's team started well with Dylan Benjamin and Tom Evans prominent down the right, and Harri Rowe impressing on the left side. A number of opportunities were created with Liam Doherty and Niall Coleridge amongst others going close, but then nine minutes before the break Welsh Schools Captain Jenkins rose like a salmon to power home a header and give the Ceredigion side a priceless lead. Oli Farebrother did brilliantly to deny George in a one on one but then in the third minute of injury time George sneaked in at the back post to equalise, leaving the game in the balance.
In truth Aber had dominated the first half without taking all their opportunities, and that pattern was repeated in the second half with Town's back four of Rowe, Jenkins, Ryan Evans and Benjamin looking solid, Liam Berner, Carwyn Morgan and the tricky Niall Coleridge controlling the midfield and the front three of Steff Gittins, Doherty and Evans always looking dangerous. Finally with a quarter hour remaining Evans down the right was played in by Doherty, and he expertly spun his man before blasting the winner low into the corner of the net. Druids' Ryan Davies was sent off with eight minutes to go and Aber saw the game out comfortably to ensure another hugely impressive triumph.
Captain Tom Evans received the Trophy amid joyous scenes and Manager Bari Morgan, Assistant Stefano Antoniazzi and Goalkeeping Coach Dave Owen were proud men as their young side celebrated another remarkable triumph. They have a chance to earn a third Trophy of the season on Friday night at Machynlleth when they face Llanidloes Town in the Central Wales FA Youth Cup Final. Everyone at the Club congratulates the entire squad on a wonderful achievement, which bodes well for the future of Aberystwyth Town FC and football in Ceredigion.
Aberystwyth Town: Farebrother, Benjamin, Rowe, Jenkins, R Evans, Coleridge, Morgan, Doherty (Lloyd 90+4), Gittins (Crowl 89), T Evans (Captain), Berner (Cottam 90+4). Subs not used: Pennock, Rodgers.
Druids: Lee-Bulmer, Lucas-Jones, Sussex, Jackson (Captain), Roberts, James, Dawson, Davies, George, Buxton, Faithfull (Frost 72). Subs not used: Williams, Sheehan, Walters, Williams.