Aberdare Town bowed out of the League Cup with a defeat at Aberbargoed Buds with all the damage being done in the first half. With   one   eye   on   Saturdays   game   in   the   FAW   Cup   and   work   commitments   reducing   the   number   of   players   available   for   selection,   manager   Simon   Jones   made   nine   changes   to   the starting   line-up   from   the   narrow   defeat   in   the   previous   game   against   Garden   Village   and   preparations   weren’t   helped   with   the   late   withdrawl   of   their   goalkeeper   late   afternoon   so handed a debut to 17 year old keeper James Ofomah-Parry. The   opening   goal   arrived   after   11   minutes   and   it   was   with   a   great   degree   of   fortune   for   the   hosts   with   three   players   in   an   offside   position   which   was   not   flagged   giving   a   simple   tap   in much to the horror of the visiting Aber fans. Unfortunately just moments later Aberdare switched off at a corner from the Buds next attack and a free header flew into the roof of the net. Things   went   from   bad   to   worse   on   22   minutes   as   a   ball   through   the   middle   of   the Aber   defence   saw   young   Ofomah-Parry   advance   but   the   striker   was   just   too   quick   and   rounded   him to roll the ball into the unguarded net. Aberdare   were   undone   again   on   28   minutes   as   a   long   ball   was   headed   home   and   the   visitors   miserable   first   half   was   compounded   just   before   the   whistle   saw   the   Buds   add   a   fifth as another suspicious offside decision went against them. Half Time: Aberbargoed Buds 5 Aberdare Town 0 The second half was a different affair for Aberdare who took the game to their hosts and if it wasn’t for some wasted chances they could have made the final score much different. The   first   chance   for   Aberdare   arrived   as   a   flowing   move   saw   a   pin   point   cross   from   the   right   and   after   a   surging   run   forward   by   central   defender   Aaron   Morton   he   somehow managed to put the ball past the far post from almost on the goal line. Ofomah-Parry   did   well   with   a   smart   save   low   down   before   Rhys   Thomas   was   the   next   to   be   guilty   of   a   miss   as   the   home   ‘keeper   made   a   great   save   sprawling   to   his   left   to   deny Liam Fawcett and with the goal wide open the winger but his shot from an angle high over the bar. The   introduction   of   the   every   industrious   Craig   Williams   and   new   signing   Andrew   Price   gave   Aberdare   a   different   edge   to   their   game   and   another   great   save   by   the   home goalkeeper once again denied what would have been a deserved consolation goal. There   were   still   the   odd   chance   for   the   hosts   in   what   was   an   open   second   half   but   Ofomah-Parry   once   again   did   well   when   called   upon   saving   bravely   from   a   fiercely   struck   effort from close range after a break away. It   was   a   difficult   night   for Aberdare   but   it   was   certainly   a   game   of   two   halves   and   there   were   still   some   positives   for   the Aber   management   team   to   take   away   from   the   game   heading into Saturday’s game away to West End in the FA Welsh Cup. Man of the Match:  TBC Match Details: LINE-UP: James Ofomah-Parry, Nick Chappell, Iestyn Stevens, Aaron Morton, Andrew Feneroli (Andrew Price), Kieron Bairstow (Matt Owens), Rhys Thomas, Liam Lewis, Liam Fawcett, Brad Lewis (Craig Williams), Kevin Conelly NOT USED: Daniel Riddiford, Drew Langdon SCORER: -
Aberbargoed Buds
Aberdare Town
Match report by Ian Pearce
Wednesday 26.09.18 (ko 7.00pm) | Welsh League Cup - 2nd Round
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