Published Tuesday 18th May 2021 Aberdare played their second friendly game in the build-up to the new season and came away with a 4-0 win against Cwmbach Royal Stars. The opening friendly two weeks ago was a narrow 2-1 defeat against Ardal League side Treharris where a spirited display gave the team plenty of hope for the season to come. With this still being a new team finding their feet it was all the more impressive the performance in this game especially as a torrential downpour of rain just 5 minutes before kick off, that continued for the entire 90 minutes, left for difficult playing conditions. It was an even opening to the game with both teams spraying the ball around but with neither side being able to trouble the opposition ‘keeper. The deadlock was broken on 9 minutes as a foul was given away 25 yards from the Cwmbach goal and up stepped Will Eastwood to fire the ball into the net for the opening Aberdare goal. The visitors were straight back into it and threatened on 13 minutes as a long range effort struck the bar from distance. On the half hour mark the lead was doubled for the hosts as neat football in the build-up saw Ibby Djilla spread the ball from a midfield burst out to Simon Grmay on the right wing. The full back cut it back to the returning Ibby who beat his marker and his heels were clipped as he went into the box for a penalty to be awarded. Up stepped Eastwood to drive the ball home for Aber’s second of the night. Cwmbach had a great chance to halve the deficit before the half-time interval after being played clean through on goal, but Aberdare’s new custodian Joe Regan pulled off a great point blank save to deny the visitors a goal. With the rain continuing to fall at a pace the surface was getting more and more difficult and after a handful of changes at the break it gave them a fresh impetus and on 49 minutes it was two of the subs who combined to give Aberdare their next chance as Aaron Rees freed Jon Harding whose shot was saved, the loose ball fell back to Rees whose effort was again saved. Just before the hour Aberdare netted their third as the impressive Rees put a great through ball to another half-time change in Daz Mandaza who finished cooly giving the ‘keeper no chance. The impressive Cwmbach keeper made another great save to deny Rees as the ball skidded off the greasy surface and then Mandaza was denied by an even better save. The final goal arrived on 89 minutes as Djilla scored from close range as the ball held up on the wet surface. An impressive performance by Terry Fitzpatricks young charges and although only an early friendly it certainly gives hope for the new season. Our thanks go to Cwmbach for the game in what was a rip roaring local derby and we wish them all the best for their campaign ahead. The Harrent Properties Player of the Match: Liam Pryor
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Published Tuesday 18th May 2021 Aberdare played their second friendly game in the build-up to the new season and came away with a 4-0 win against Cwmbach Royal Stars. The opening friendly two weeks ago was a narrow 2-1 defeat against Ardal League side Treharris where a spirited display gave the team plenty of hope for the season to come. With this still being a new team finding their feet it was all the more impressive the performance in this game especially as a torrential downpour of rain just 5 minutes before kick off, that continued for the entire 90 minutes, left for difficult playing conditions. It was an even opening to the game with both teams spraying the ball around but with neither side being able to trouble the opposition ‘keeper. The deadlock was broken on 9 minutes as a foul was given away 25 yards from the Cwmbach goal and up stepped Will Eastwood to fire the ball into the net for the opening Aberdare goal. The visitors were straight back into it and threatened on 13 minutes as a long range effort struck the bar from distance. On the half hour mark the lead was doubled for the hosts as neat football in the build-up saw Ibby Djilla spread the ball from a midfield burst out to Simon Grmay on the right wing. The full back cut it back to the returning Ibby who beat his marker and his heels were clipped as he went into the box for a penalty to be awarded. Up stepped Eastwood to drive the ball home for Aber’s second of the night. Cwmbach had a great chance to halve the deficit before the half- time interval after being played clean through on goal, but Aberdare’s new custodian Joe Regan pulled off a great point blank save to deny the visitors a goal. With the rain continuing to fall at a pace the surface was getting more and more difficult and after a handful of changes at the break it gave them a fresh impetus and on 49 minutes it was two of the subs who combined to give Aberdare their next chance as Aaron Rees freed Jon Harding whose shot was saved, the loose ball fell back to Rees whose effort was again saved. Just before the hour Aberdare netted their third as the impressive Rees put a great through ball to another half-time change in Daz Mandaza who finished cooly giving the ‘keeper no chance. The impressive Cwmbach keeper made another great save to deny Rees as the ball skidded off the greasy surface and then Mandaza was denied by an even better save. The final goal arrived on 89 minutes as Djilla scored from close range as the ball held up on the wet surface. An impressive performance by Terry Fitzpatricks young charges and although only an early friendly it certainly gives hope for the new season. Our thanks go to Cwmbach for the game in what was a rip roaring local derby and we wish them all the best for their campaign ahead. The Harrent Properties Player of the Match: Liam Pryor
Aberdare 4 Cwmbach 0
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