Published Saturday 22nd May 2021 Aberdare produced another gritty performance in their latest friendly, this time coming from 2 goals down to salvage a draw against Treforest. With the heavy rain of the previous week, and the Cwmbach match leaving the Aberaman Park pitch in need of some TLC, the game was switched to the Mountain Ash 3G with Alliance League Division One side Treforest providing the opposition. Missing players from previous games through injury it gave boss Terry Fitzpatrick the opportunity to try out some different options and unfortunately after the opening 15 minutes the contest could have been out of sight. The visitors opened the scoring after just 4 minutes as a striker went through on goal, clearly from an offside position, and saw his shot only parried by Joe Regan and the loose ball was tapped home. Aberdare didn’t learn from the early set-back and on 8 minutes Treforest doubled their advantage as a pin point cross from the right found the onrushing attacker at the far post to power home an upstoppable header. Each time the opposition came forward they looked threatening and within the next five minutes they hit both post and bar as Aberdare struggled to get a foothold in the game. As the half wore on Aber tried to impose the style they had shown in their first two friendlies and a long range effort after half an hour from Will Eastwood was comfortably held by the visiting keeper. However, just two minutes later the Darians did pull one back as Eastwood was put clean through after a neat build-up and he found the back of the net with confidence from just outside the area. On 38 minutes the scores were level as another well worked attack as Liam Pryor sent a quick ball up to Jon Harding who controlled well before finishing off a great move. Treforest could, and probably just have re-taken the lead on 42 minutes as Regan could only parry a free-kick and the loose ball was hit over the bar when it seemed harder to miss than score! Before the break Aberdare could have found themselves ahead as Simon Grmay finally found some space on the right and his cross was pushed out by the ‘keeper but with Eastwood about to pounce a defender managed to recover to clear for a corner. After the break a defensive mix-up saw a right wing cross beat everybody for a simple tap in for Treforest to restore their lead for a bad start to the second period. Just before the hour Eastwood collected a pass from Ryan Boulton who played in Dan Cushion with a great through ball but the visiting ‘keeper did well to get something on the shot to deflect it onto the post. Efforts from Sanna Jawo and Pryor both tested the ‘keeper as Aberdare looked for another equaliser. Controversy erupted on 67 minutes as Abs Camera beat several challenges on a surging run which saw him enter the penalty area where he was tripped, but no penalty was awarded to the protestations of the Aber squad and the loose ball fell to Noah Searl whose effort was saved. Aberdare were now on top and were pressing their opponents back and a deserved equalizer arrived on 78 minutes as a long throw in from Pryor found the head of Eastwood whose header had too much pace on it despite the ‘keeper getting a good hand to the ball. The last ten minutes saw Aber push hard for a winner but the well marshaled visitors defence stood firm to only allow some long range efforts and the final whistle brought to an end a thrilling contest with a draw a fair result. Our best wishes to Treforest for the season ahead. The Harrent Properties Player of the Match: Will Eastwood
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Published Saturday 22nd May 2021 Aberdare produced another gritty performance in their latest friendly, this time coming from 2 goals down to salvage a draw against Treforest. With the heavy rain of the previous week, and the Cwmbach match leaving the Aberaman Park pitch in need of some TLC, the game was switched to the Mountain Ash 3G with Alliance League Division One side Treforest providing the opposition. Missing players from previous games through injury it gave boss Terry Fitzpatrick the opportunity to try out some different options and unfortunately after the opening 15 minutes the contest could have been out of sight. The visitors opened the scoring after just 4 minutes as a striker went through on goal, clearly from an offside position, and saw his shot only parried by Joe Regan and the loose ball was tapped home. Aberdare didn’t learn from the early set-back and on 8 minutes Treforest doubled their advantage as a pin point cross from the right found the onrushing attacker at the far post to power home an upstoppable header. Each time the opposition came forward they looked threatening and within the next five minutes they hit both post and bar as Aberdare struggled to get a foothold in the game. As the half wore on Aber tried to impose the style they had shown in their first two friendlies and a long range effort after half an hour from Will Eastwood was comfortably held by the visiting keeper. However, just two minutes later the Darians did pull one back as Eastwood was put clean through after a neat build-up and he found the back of the net with confidence from just outside the area. On 38 minutes the scores were level as another well worked attack as Liam Pryor sent a quick ball up to Jon Harding who controlled well before finishing off a great move. Treforest could, and probably just have re-taken the lead on 42 minutes as Regan could only parry a free-kick and the loose ball was hit over the bar when it seemed harder to miss than score! Before the break Aberdare could have found themselves ahead as Simon Grmay finally found some space on the right and his cross was pushed out by the ‘keeper but with Eastwood about to pounce a defender managed to recover to clear for a corner. After the break a defensive mix-up saw a right wing cross beat everybody for a simple tap in for Treforest to restore their lead for a bad start to the second period. Just before the hour Eastwood collected a pass from Ryan Boulton who played in Dan Cushion with a great through ball but the visiting ‘keeper did well to get something on the shot to deflect it onto the post. Efforts from Sanna Jawo and Pryor both tested the ‘keeper as Aberdare looked for another equaliser. Controversy erupted on 67 minutes as Abs Camera beat several challenges on a surging run which saw him enter the penalty area where he was tripped, but no penalty was awarded to the protestations of the Aber squad and the loose ball fell to Noah Searl whose effort was saved. Aberdare were now on top and were pressing their opponents back and a deserved equalizer arrived on 78 minutes as a long throw in from Pryor found the head of Eastwood whose header had too much pace on it despite the ‘keeper getting a good hand to the ball. The last ten minutes saw Aber push hard for a winner but the well marshaled visitors defence stood firm to only allow some long range efforts and the final whistle brought to an end a thrilling contest with a draw a fair result. Our best wishes to Treforest for the season ahead. The Harrent Properties Player of the Match: Will Eastwood
Aberdare 3 Treforest 3
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