The Town faced their near neighbours, now under the charge of ex Aberdare manager Matt Driscoll and containing four ex Town players from last season’s campaign. The   scoreline   flattered   the   visitors   who   made   the   game   safe   following   the   dismissal   of   Levi   Jones      half   way   through   the   second   half   in   what   had   been   up   to   then   had   been   a   very competitive   affair,   certainly   not   lacking   in   passion   and   prone   to   flash   points   which   unfortunately   occurred   on   several   times   in   an   extremely   feisty   second   period   with   several   yellow cards brandished by Merthyr referee Mark Hulbert. As   predicted,   it   is   going   to   be   a   steep   learning   curve   for   the   inexperienced   Town   team   and      this   game,   as   with   the   opener,   displayed   honesty   and   passion   but   lacking   movement   and directness where it matters most. The   passing   game   continues   to   be   rushed   and   this   can   only   improve   as   confidence   in   each   others   ability   grows   and   a   positive   result   as   was   on   the   cards   as   the   game   developed,   is achieved. The   visitors,   in   front   of   an   animated   crowd   of   170,   began   positively   &   it   came   as   little   surprise   to   see   them   opening   their   account   with   a   speculative   Morgan Andrews   effort   flying   into the net giving Martyn Phillips no chance. Jordan Ellis and Ioan Evans with his signature runs were showing up well for Coed with ex Aber player Elliot Morris seeing his fine effort deflected onto the cross bar. He did not to have to wait much longer for success being teed up by yet another ex player, Ross Daniels, as he converted his cross with a tap in and a two goal cushion. Aberdare   fought   back   and   gained   a   succession   of   corners   which   came   to   little   whilst   a   Levi   Jones   humdinger   from   twenty   five   yards   was   tipped   over   by   Coed   keeper,   Callum Quinton. Aberdare lost the influential David Pinch to injury replaced by Travis John on his debut with Levi Jones receiving his first yellow for a foul on the tricky Evans. Daniels   was   guilty   of   a   glaring   miss   as   he   spooned   a   chance   wide   of   goal.   Coed   centre   back   was   next   in   Mr.   Hulbert’s   book   for   holding   back   the      Town’s   non   stop   front   runner,   Cory Thomas who minutes later was celebrating his and the team’s season opener. Coed   were   now   on   the   back   foot   as   the   hosts   ramped   up   the   pressure   and   two   minutes   from   the   break   the   goal   came.   Travis   John   produced   a   wicked   shot   superbly   saved   by Quinton but seeing the loose ball remain in play and the alert Cory Thomas hammered home. An exhilarating end to the first half leaving the spectators plenty to talk about over their half time refreshments. Half Time: Aberdare Town  1 AFC Llwydcoed 2 The second period began with an early chance for Morris steaming through on goal but denied by an excellent Philllips stop. Simon   Morgan   produced   a   fine   covering   tackle   to   prevent Andrewsa   strike   on   goal   and   Iestyn   Stevens   and   man   of   the   match Andrew   Fenaroli   were   kept   busy   in   the   Town   rearguard as Coed continued to press. Fenaroli likes to get forward were possible and one of his runs saw him fouled on the edge of the opposition’s penalty area but Daniel Riddiford’s free kick cleared to safety. Riddiford was soon to be the next in the book and Morris saw his effort cross the line only to be adjudged off side. The   game   was   on   a   knife   edge   and   the   temperature   was   reaching   boiling   point   with   on   field   clashes   becoming   a   feature   and   seeing   bookings   for   Simon   Morgan   for   Town   &   ex-Aber captain Lewis Holder involved in a flare up in the vicinity of the home dug out. A midfield tussle saw Levi Jones receive his red and with it a booking for Coed’s Ellis. The dismissal did little to cool things with Cory Thomas the next in the ref’s book which was fast becoming the basis for a novel. Coed   showing   their   experience   were   now   spreading   play   to   take   advantage   of   the   extra   man   &   this   ploy   manifested   itself   with   two   late   goals   for   Liam   Price   and   a   second   for   Elliot Morris sealing things. Debutant Drew Langdon had a chance late on to reduce the arrears but saw Quinton save bravely at his feet. The   crowd,   numbers   enhanced   by   many   Cardiff   City,   Swansea   City   and   Merthyr   season   ticket   holders   attracted   to   the   match   by   the   offer   to   them   of   an   exclusive   low   entry   price, policy had enjoyed your typical local derby with all the needle that goes with it & hopefully this innovation will continue to prove a success. Man of the Match:  Andrew Feneroli Match Details: LINE-UP: Martin Phillips, Simon Morgan, David Pinch (Travis John), Andrew Feneroli, Iestyn Stevens, Scott Griffiths, Levi Jones, Liam Lewis, Daniel Riddiford. Cory Thomas (Drew Langdon), Kevin Connelly (Declan Hanse-Spur) NOT USED: Kieron Bairstow, Rhys Thomas SCORER: Cory Thomas RED CARD: Levi Jones
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