Match report by Ian Pearce Heading   into   this   all   important   game   at   the   bottom   of   the   Welsh   League   Division Two Aberdare   were   hoping   to   finally   get   their   first   win   and   despite   fielding   arguably   their strongest starting line-up of the season to date it was once again a case of close but not close enough. In a game where Aber lead twice, missed a penalty and gave away two cheap penalties of their own they would have nobody else to blame for their 12th defeat in 14 games. Aberdare   gave   a   start   to   new   signing   Callum   Dunning   in   goal   with   regular   custodian   Martyn   Phillips   missing   due   to   injury   while   Simon   Morgan,   Aaron   Moreton   and   Cory   Thomas returned to the team having missed the previous weeks defeat against Pontardawe although Craig Williams was absent following his injury in the previous game. It   was   clear   to   see   that   the   Town   squad   meant   business   and   took   the   game   to   their   hosts   and   could   have   taken   a   first   minute   lead   as   a   chipped   ball   by   Thomas   found   Owen   on   the right and his low cross found its way to Drew Langdon who twisted and turned and his low effort was saved low down by home keeper Callum Richardson. Thomas   thought   he   had   given Aberdare   the   lead   after   6   minutes   as   he   strode   forward   after   picking   up   a   great   through   ball   by   Liam   Fawcett   but   as   he   fired   the   ball   past   Richardson   he was only denied by an offside flag. It took until the 19th minutes for Dinas Powys to have their first real attack as a quick free kick found the ball played out to Tom Edwards and striker James Marr headed over the bar. The   scare   saw Aberdare   respond   quickly   and   a   fine   ball   from   Moreton   released   Langdon   who   put   a   fantastic   through   ball   to Thomas   who   smashed   the   ball   home   from   the   edge   of   the area to give the bottom club a more than deserved lead. However,   the   advantage   would   only   last   2   minutes   as   the   all   too   often   occurrence   of   this   season   saw   Scott   Griffiths   upend   Marr   in   the   box   and   he   stepped   up   to   fire   the   resulting penalty high into the top right corner of Dunnings net. It   was   a   body   blow   for Aberdare   but   they   kept   to   their   game   plan   and   were   dominating   proceedings   and   after   Morgan   had   missed   a   great   chance   to   put   them   back   ahead   from   a   Brad Lewis cross they got their noses back in front again on 32 minutes to the delight of the traveling supporters. Thomas   did   well   to   win   his   side   a   corner   and   a   near   perfect   delivery   by   Lewis   saw   the   ball   land   on   the   head   of   Kieran   Davies   who   was   up   for   the   set   piece   and   the   defender   planted his header into the top corner of the net for a great set-piece goal. Dunning   was   ingratiating   himself   to   the Aberdare   faithful   with   an   impressive   opening   half   and   he   did   well   to   deny   Kyle   Lewis   with   a   smart   save   with   his   feet   to   keep   his   side   ahead   by the slenderest of margins. The   visitors   really   should   have   made   the   game   safe   on   41   minutes   as   Fawcett   battled   hard   in   midfield   and   sent   a   perfect   ball   out   to   Owen   on   the   right   wing.      He   controlled   instantly, took a touch and sent over a cross right on to the head of Thomas who was six yards out but his header flew high over the bar. Aberdare   were   hoping   that   the   miss   wouldn’t   come   back   to   haunt   them   but   as   the   season   has   been   panning   out   it   was   obvious   that   it   would   and   right   on   the   stroke   of   half   time Griffiths again made a rash tackle in the area and conceded a penalty. Jordan Martin stepped up and buried the ball past Dunning with the last kick of the half. Half Time: Dinas Powys 2-2 Aberdare Town The   Town   fans   knew   that   if   they   continued   in   the   same   vein   in   the   second   half   that   first   win   would   surely   be   coming   home   to   Aberaman   Park   but   once   again   it   wasn’t   to   be   as   the second half performance didn’t match that of the opening period. FineClub.co.uk    Man   of   the   Match   Fawcett   saw   a   low   drive   from   25   yards   comfortably   held   by   Richardson   and   half   time   substitute   for   the   hosts   Gareth   Hemmens   almost   got   their noses in front for the first time  but he hit his short wide. A   huge   turning   point   of   the   game   arrived   after   65   minutes   as   a   long   throw   in   from   Owen   on   the   right   was   flicked   on   and   the   loose   ball   struck   the   hand   of   a   home   defender   with   the referee   instantly   awarding   a   penalty   for Aber.      It   was   a   great   chance   for   them   to   go   ahead   for   the   third   time   in   the   match   and   with   several   wanting   the   spot   kick   it   was   Langdon   who took responsibility but his penalty was under hit and it was easily saved by Richardson to his right and the scores remained level. Dinas   rallied   and   started   to   take   control   as   they   were   determined   not   to   allow   the   let   off   they   had   just   received   be   taken   for   granted   and   they   should   have   taken   the   lead   themselves for the first time after 69 minutes as Luke Davidson was set up by Gareth Emanuel but he skewed his shot wide with only Dunning to beat. Aberdare   made   their   first   substitute   with Andrew   Price   replacing   Lewis   and   moments   later   after   Langdon   curled   an   effort   goal   wards   that   was   deflected   wide   it   proved   to   also   be   his last involvement in the game as he was replaced by Rhys Thomas and Daniel Riddiford came on for the tireless Morgan. The   smattering   of   home   support   were   howling   for   a   red   card   after   85   minutes   for   Riddiford   after   a   late   tackle   sent   a   Dinas   player   into   the   barriers   and   you   could   sense   that   with tempers rising there was still to be a sting in the tail for one of the sides in the remaining time. Emanuel saw a 30 yard volley fly well wide and then a 30 yard free kick from the same player was beaten away by Dunning. With   so   many   late   goals   against   the   team   this   season Aberdare   thought   they   had   found   themselves   a   winning   goal   in   stoppage   time   as   Dunning   dummied   a   striker   on   the   edge   of   his own   area   and   cleared   the   ball   down   the   right   to   Owen   who   once   again   sent   in   a   great   cross   which   reached   Cory   Thomas   who   was   stretching   to   reach   it   but   could   only   turn   the   ball past the post. Aberdare’s hearts were broken 3 minutes into stoppage time as Jack Harold raced through from nowhere and smashed the ball back across Dunning for the winning goal. What   started   off   to   be   a   promising   afternoon   for   the   yellow   and   blacks   ended   in   disappointment   once   again   as Aberdare   proved   their   own   worst   enemies   and   now   have   a   huge   battle on their hands to start getting the results needed to close the gap on the teams above them. FineClub.co.uk  Man of the Match: Liam Fawcett Team:    Callum   Dunning,   Scott   Griffiths,   Aaron   Moreton,   Kieran   Davies,   Matt   Owen,   Liam   Fawcett,   Levi   Jones,   Simon   Morgan   (Daniel   Riddiford),   Brad   Lewis   (Andrew   Price),   Cory Thomas, Drew Langdon (Rhys Thomas) Sub not used:   n/a Scorers:   Cory Thomas, Keiran Davies
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Match report by Ian Pearce Heading   into   this   all   important   game   at   the   bottom   of   the   Welsh   League Division   Two   Aberdare   were   hoping   to   finally   get   their   first   win   and despite   fielding   arguably   their   strongest   starting   line-up   of   the   season   to date it was once again a case of close but not close enough. In   a   game   where Aber   lead   twice,   missed   a   penalty   and   gave   away   two   cheap penalties   of   their   own   they   would   have   nobody   else   to   blame   for   their   12th defeat in 14 games. Aberdare   gave   a   start   to   new   signing   Callum   Dunning   in   goal   with   regular custodian   Martyn   Phillips   missing   due   to   injury   while   Simon   Morgan,   Aaron Moreton   and   Cory   Thomas   returned   to   the   team   having   missed   the   previous weeks    defeat    against    Pontardawe    although    Craig    Williams    was    absent following his injury in the previous game. It   was   clear   to   see   that   the   Town   squad   meant   business   and   took   the   game   to their   hosts   and   could   have   taken   a   first   minute   lead   as   a   chipped   ball   by Thomas   found   Owen   on   the   right   and   his   low   cross   found   its   way   to   Drew Langdon   who   twisted   and   turned   and   his   low   effort   was   saved   low   down   by home keeper Callum Richardson. Thomas   thought   he   had   given Aberdare   the   lead   after   6   minutes   as   he   strode forward   after   picking   up   a   great   through   ball   by   Liam   Fawcett   but   as   he   fired the ball past Richardson he was only denied by an offside flag. It   took   until   the   19th   minutes   for   Dinas   Powys   to   have   their   first   real   attack   as a   quick   free   kick   found   the   ball   played   out   to   Tom   Edwards   and   striker   James Marr headed over the bar. The    scare    saw    Aberdare    respond    quickly    and    a    fine    ball    from    Moreton released   Langdon   who   put   a   fantastic   through   ball   to   Thomas   who   smashed the   ball   home   from   the   edge   of   the   area   to   give   the   bottom   club   a   more   than deserved lead. However,    the    advantage    would    only    last    2    minutes    as    the    all    too    often occurrence   of   this   season   saw   Scott   Griffiths   upend   Marr   in   the   box   and   he stepped    up    to    fire    the    resulting    penalty    high    into    the    top    right    corner    of Dunnings net. It   was   a   body   blow   for   Aberdare   but   they   kept   to   their   game   plan   and   were dominating   proceedings   and   after   Morgan   had   missed   a   great   chance   to   put them   back   ahead   from   a   Brad   Lewis   cross   they   got   their   noses   back   in   front again on 32 minutes to the delight of the traveling supporters. Thomas   did   well   to   win   his   side   a   corner   and   a   near   perfect   delivery   by   Lewis saw   the   ball   land   on   the   head   of   Kieran   Davies   who   was   up   for   the   set   piece and   the   defender   planted   his   header   into   the   top   corner   of   the   net   for   a   great set-piece goal. Dunning   was   ingratiating   himself   to   the   Aberdare   faithful   with   an   impressive opening   half   and   he   did   well   to   deny   Kyle   Lewis   with   a   smart   save   with   his   feet to keep his side ahead by the slenderest of margins. The   visitors   really   should   have   made   the   game   safe   on   41   minutes   as   Fawcett battled   hard   in   midfield   and   sent   a   perfect   ball   out   to   Owen   on   the   right   wing.     He   controlled   instantly,   took   a   touch   and   sent   over   a   cross   right   on   to   the   head of Thomas who was six yards out but his header flew high over the bar. Aberdare   were   hoping   that   the   miss   wouldn’t   come   back   to   haunt   them   but   as the   season   has   been   panning   out   it   was   obvious   that   it   would   and   right   on   the stroke   of   half   time   Griffiths   again   made   a   rash   tackle   in   the   area   and   conceded a   penalty.   Jordan   Martin   stepped   up   and   buried   the   ball   past   Dunning   with   the last kick of the half. Half Time: Dinas Powys 2-2 Aberdare Town The   Town   fans   knew   that   if   they   continued   in   the   same   vein   in   the   second   half that   first   win   would   surely   be   coming   home   to Aberaman   Park   but   once   again it   wasn’t   to   be   as   the   second   half   performance   didn’t   match   that   of   the   opening period. FineClub.co.uk    Man   of   the   Match   Fawcett   saw   a   low   drive   from   25   yards comfortably   held   by   Richardson   and   half   time   substitute   for   the   hosts   Gareth Hemmens   almost   got   their   noses   in   front   for   the   first   time      but   he   hit   his   short wide. A   huge   turning   point   of   the   game   arrived   after   65   minutes   as   a   long   throw   in from   Owen   on   the   right   was   flicked   on   and   the   loose   ball   struck   the   hand   of   a home   defender   with   the   referee   instantly   awarding   a   penalty   for Aber.      It   was   a great   chance   for   them   to   go   ahead   for   the   third   time   in   the   match   and   with several   wanting   the   spot   kick   it   was   Langdon   who   took   responsibility   but   his penalty   was   under   hit   and   it   was   easily   saved   by   Richardson   to   his   right   and the scores remained level. Dinas   rallied   and   started   to   take   control   as   they   were   determined   not   to   allow the   let   off   they   had   just   received   be   taken   for   granted   and   they   should   have taken   the   lead   themselves   for   the   first   time   after   69   minutes   as   Luke   Davidson was   set   up   by   Gareth   Emanuel   but   he   skewed   his   shot   wide   with   only   Dunning to beat. Aberdare   made   their   first   substitute   with   Andrew   Price   replacing   Lewis   and moments   later   after   Langdon   curled   an   effort   goal   wards   that   was   deflected wide   it   proved   to   also   be   his   last   involvement   in   the   game   as   he   was   replaced by Rhys Thomas and Daniel Riddiford came on for the tireless Morgan. The   smattering   of   home   support   were   howling   for   a   red   card   after   85   minutes for   Riddiford   after   a   late   tackle   sent   a   Dinas   player   into   the   barriers   and   you could   sense   that   with   tempers   rising   there   was   still   to   be   a   sting   in   the   tail   for one of the sides in the remaining time. Emanuel   saw   a   30   yard   volley   fly   well   wide   and   then   a   30   yard   free   kick   from the same player was beaten away by Dunning. With   so   many   late   goals   against   the   team   this   season   Aberdare   thought   they had   found   themselves   a   winning   goal   in   stoppage   time   as   Dunning   dummied   a striker   on   the   edge   of   his   own   area   and   cleared   the   ball   down   the   right   to Owen   who   once   again   sent   in   a   great   cross   which   reached   Cory   Thomas   who was stretching to reach it but could only turn the ball past the post. Aberdare’s   hearts   were   broken   3   minutes   into   stoppage   time   as   Jack   Harold raced   through   from   nowhere   and   smashed   the   ball   back   across   Dunning   for the winning goal. What   started   off   to   be   a   promising   afternoon   for   the   yellow   and   blacks   ended in   disappointment   once   again   as   Aberdare   proved   their   own   worst   enemies and   now   have   a   huge   battle   on   their   hands   to   start   getting   the   results   needed to close the gap on the teams above them. FineClub.co.uk  Man of the Match: Liam Fawcett Team:    Callum   Dunning,   Scott   Griffiths, Aaron   Moreton,   Kieran   Davies,   Matt Owen,   Liam   Fawcett,   Levi   Jones,   Simon   Morgan   (Daniel   Riddiford),   Brad Lewis (Andrew Price), Cory Thomas, Drew Langdon (Rhys Thomas) Sub not used:   n/a Scorers:   Cory Thomas, Keiran Davies
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