Match report by Ian Pearce Aberdare Town completed their home fixtures with a stunning victory over promotion chasing Caerau (ELY) in a game that had seven goals and a floodlight failure! The   team   were   looking   to   sign   off   in   front   of   their   own   fans,   and   a   large   gathering   from   the   junior   section   of   the   clubs   ladies   teams   who   acted   as   mascots   and   ball   girls,   in   style   and they certainly put on a show. Aberdare,   like   they   did   against   Caldicot   started   the   game   well,   and   could   have   taken   the   lead   on   15   minutes   as   a   corner   was   swung   over   and   Andrew   Fenaroli   rose   well   but   his header went over the bar. On 24 minutes the visitors broke the deadlock as ball out to the right saw the forward drill the ball across goal and the unfortunate Scott Griffiths turned the ball into his own net. Moments later Caerau almost doubled their advantage but their shot was blocked on the line. Just   as   everybody   was   preparing   for   their   half-time   cup   of   tea   thinking Aberdare   would   go   in   trailing   they   struck   back   as   Drew   Langdon   was   put   clean   through   on   goal   after   evading the offside trap and took his chance well burying the ball past the keeper. Half Time: Aberdare Town 1 Caerau (ELY) 1 Again,   like   against   Caldicot   just   days   earlier,   any   neutral   would   be   forgiven   for   which   team   was   at   the   bottom   of   the   table,   and   the   opening   period   of   the   second   half   would   have confirmed that. On   52   minutes   the   Darians   got   their   noses   in   front   as   a   stunning   left   wing   cross   by   Cory   Thomas   found   Langdon   all   on   his   own   in   the   box   and   his   pin   point   header   flew   past   the keeper to give his side a deserved lead. Martyn   Phillips   did   well   to   keep   his   side   ahead   within   seconds   of   the   re-start   saving   with   his   feet   and   then   a   scramble   in   the   box   saw   Phillips   save   again   and   the   rebound   from   the loose ball saw appeals by the visitors that the ball had crossed the line only for Phillips to clutch onto his for dear life. An   hour   into   the   game   and   Craig   Williams   took   a   swing   at   the   ball   and   instead   of   heading   towards   the   goal   it   fell   to   Langdon   and   with   his   first   touch   unleashed   an   unstoppable   shot into the top corner for another goal of the season contender. Aber fans were going mad in the stands and it got even better two minutes later as Matt Owen had time and space and planted his shot past the keeper to give the hosts a 4-1 lead. Another super cross by Thomas almost saw a fifth hit the net only for the keeper to get his grateful hands onto the ball. With   20   minutes   to   go,   Aberdare   4-1   up   and   coasting   things   were   looking   rosy….   and   then….   the   floodlights   went   off!      Frantic   calls   to   electricians   and   work   by   the   Chairman eventually saw the lights back on after a 10 minute break and the game resumed. Caerau   took   the   interval   as   a   time   to   regroup   and   laid   seige   to   the   Aberdare   goal   as   a   striker   hit   the   post   and   then   the   rebound   straight   at   Phillips   before   Owen   had   a   chance   for Aberdare but he put his shot just inches wide. On   85   minutes   the   visitors   pulled   a   goal   back   as   a   ball   over   the   top   gave   a   simple   tap   in   after   the   winger   squared   it   and   then   Aberdare   went   straight   back   down   the   other   end   and Langdon almost got his fourth of the night but poked a shot wide. As   the   clock   ticked   around   to   90   minutes   a   second   own   goal,   this   time   by   Rhys Thomas,   reduced   the   deficit   again   to   set   up   a   nervy   last   few   moments   but   the   defence   held   strong   and deservedly the Darians held on for a great three points. Granted   there   have   been   some   heavy   defeats   but   if   some   of   the   narrow   losses   against   the   likes   of   Dinas   Powys   and   Risca   had   been   held   onto   how   things   could   have   been   different going into the last two games of the season. FineClub.co.uk  Man of the Match: Drew Langdon Team:    Martyn   Phillips,   Scott   Griffiths,   Levi   Jones,   Andrew   Fenaroli,   Kieron   Bairstow   (Rhys   Thomas),   Scott   Philpott,   Daniel   Riddiford,   Drew   Langdon,   Matt   Owen,   Craig   Williams (Ryan Davies), Cory Thomas (Travis John) Sub not used:   Steven Lane Scorers:   Drew Langdon 3, Matt Owen
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Caerau (ELY)
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Match report by Ian Pearce Aberdare   Town   completed   their   home   fixtures   with   a   stunning   victory over   promotion   chasing   Caerau   (ELY)   in   a   game   that   had   seven   goals and a floodlight failure! The   team   were   looking   to   sign   off   in   front   of   their   own   fans,   and   a   large gathering   from   the   junior   section   of   the   clubs   ladies   teams   who   acted   as mascots and ball girls, in style and they certainly put on a show. Aberdare,   like   they   did   against   Caldicot   started   the   game   well,   and   could   have taken   the   lead   on   15   minutes   as   a   corner   was   swung   over   and   Andrew Fenaroli rose well but his header went over the bar. On   24   minutes   the   visitors   broke   the   deadlock   as   ball   out   to   the   right   saw   the forward   drill   the   ball   across   goal   and   the   unfortunate   Scott   Griffiths   turned   the ball into his own net. Moments   later   Caerau   almost   doubled   their   advantage   but   their   shot   was blocked on the line. Just    as    everybody    was    preparing    for    their    half-time    cup    of    tea    thinking Aberdare   would   go   in   trailing   they   struck   back   as   Drew   Langdon   was   put clean   through   on   goal   after   evading   the   offside   trap   and   took   his   chance   well burying the ball past the keeper. Half Time: Aberdare Town 1 Caerau (ELY) 1 Again,   like   against   Caldicot   just   days   earlier,   any   neutral   would   be   forgiven   for which   team   was   at   the   bottom   of   the   table,   and   the   opening   period   of   the second half would have confirmed that. On   52   minutes   the   Darians   got   their   noses   in   front   as   a   stunning   left   wing cross   by   Cory   Thomas   found   Langdon   all   on   his   own   in   the   box   and   his   pin point header flew past the keeper to give his side a deserved lead. Martyn   Phillips   did   well   to   keep   his   side   ahead   within   seconds   of   the   re-start saving   with   his   feet   and   then   a   scramble   in   the   box   saw   Phillips   save   again and   the   rebound   from   the   loose   ball   saw   appeals   by   the   visitors   that   the   ball had crossed the line only for Phillips to clutch onto his for dear life. An   hour   into   the   game   and   Craig   Williams   took   a   swing   at   the   ball   and   instead of    heading    towards    the    goal    it    fell    to    Langdon    and    with    his    first    touch unleashed   an   unstoppable   shot   into   the   top   corner   for   another   goal   of   the season contender. Aber   fans   were   going   mad   in   the   stands   and   it   got   even   better   two   minutes later   as   Matt   Owen   had   time   and   space   and   planted   his   shot   past   the   keeper to give the hosts a 4-1 lead. Another   super   cross   by   Thomas   almost   saw   a   fifth   hit   the   net   only   for   the keeper to get his grateful hands onto the ball. With   20   minutes   to   go,   Aberdare   4-1   up   and   coasting   things   were   looking rosy….   and   then….   the   floodlights   went   off!      Frantic   calls   to   electricians   and work   by   the   Chairman   eventually   saw   the   lights   back   on   after   a   10   minute break and the game resumed. Caerau   took   the   interval   as   a   time   to   regroup   and   laid   seige   to   the   Aberdare goal   as   a   striker   hit   the   post   and   then   the   rebound   straight   at   Phillips   before Owen had a chance for Aberdare but he put his shot just inches wide. On   85   minutes   the   visitors   pulled   a   goal   back   as   a   ball   over   the   top   gave   a simple   tap   in   after   the   winger   squared   it   and   then Aberdare   went   straight   back down   the   other   end   and   Langdon   almost   got   his   fourth   of   the   night   but   poked a shot wide. As   the   clock   ticked   around   to   90   minutes   a   second   own   goal,   this   time   by Rhys   Thomas,   reduced   the   deficit   again   to   set   up   a   nervy   last   few   moments but   the   defence   held   strong   and   deservedly   the   Darians   held   on   for   a   great three points. Granted   there   have   been   some   heavy   defeats   but   if   some   of   the   narrow losses   against   the   likes   of   Dinas   Powys   and   Risca   had   been   held   onto   how things could have been different going into the last two games of the season. FineClub.co.uk  Man of the Match: Drew Langdon Team:    Martyn   Phillips,   Scott   Griffiths,   Levi   Jones,   Andrew   Fenaroli,   Kieron Bairstow   (Rhys Thomas),   Scott   Philpott,   Daniel   Riddiford,   Drew   Langdon,   Matt Owen, Craig Williams (Ryan Davies), Cory Thomas (Travis John) Sub not used:   Steven Lane Scorers:   Drew Langdon 3, Matt Owen
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Aberdare Town
Caerau (ELY)
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