Match report by Ian Pearce After almost six month of waiting the Aberdare faithful were finally rewarded for their support with a superb win over Risca United to claim their first three points of the season. In   the   previous   meeting   of   the   two   teams   Aberdare   had   been   leading   3-1   and   looked   destined   for   that   first   win   back   in   October   but   succumbed   to   two   late   goals   -   this   time   around there was no chance of letting a lead slip that saw them come back from 2-1 down in the second half. Returning   in   goal   was   Callum   Dunning   and   although   only   making   his   third   appearance   of   the   season   since   joining   he   would   go   on   to   earn   the   FineClub.co.uk    Man   of   the   Match   award for a truly inspiring performance. In   the   opening   10   minutes   Aberdare   played   some   neat   football   without   creating   many   chances   while   their   visitors   almost   scored   on   two   occasions   as   former   Aberdare   striker   Tom Neville   saw   a   shot   put   wide   from   a   tight   angle   back   across   the   goal   and   then   Dunning   made   his   first   stunning   save   of   the   afternoon   diving   away   full   length   to   his   left   to   deny   Sam Palmer. Matt   Owen   tried   his   luck   for   the   hosts   on   13   minutes   from   distance   which   saw   keeper   Tom   Chorlsy   tip   over   and   the   resulting   corner   was   dealt   with   easily   and   Risca   hit   Aber   with   a quick   break   as   Neville   played   the   ball   wide   to   Palmer   on   the   right   who   squared   it   back   to   Neville   who   fell   over   and   Dunning   was   on   hand   to   first   deny   Leon   Thomas   and   then   the rebound from Palmer. Dunning   again   showed   his   worth   after   16   minutes   flinging   himself   away   to   the   right   to   deny   a   long   range   Neville   effort   before   making   a   spectacular   double   save   to   deny   Palmer   and Thomas. Aberdare   had   weathered   the   storm   and   in   previous   games   had   normally   found   themselves   already   out   of   the   game   but   as   time   ticked   on   things   were   looking   positive   for   them   as   they played   some   sublime   football   starting   from   the   back.      One   of   those   moves   saw   Drew   Langdon   provide   a   moment   of   magic   to   beat   a   defender   and   appeared   to   be   hauled   back   in   the area only for the referee to wave away the strong protests for a spot kick. Risca   found   themselves   guilty   of   trying   to   over   play   at   the   back   on   36   minutes   and   Brad   Lewis   thundered   into   a   tackle   and   the   ball   was   put   across   goal   to   Cory   Thomas   who   just managed to get to the ball but his effort could only find the side netting under challenge from Lewis Hitchcock. Just   when   it   seemed   things   were   going Aberdare’s   way   disaster   struck   as   a   freekick   on   the   edge   of   their   area   was   taken   by   Callum   Porter   and   it   took   a   huge   deflection   off   the   top   of the wall, wrong footed Dunning and the ball nestled into the net.  It was a bitter blow for the hosts as it seemed their luck was out once again. Half Time: Aberdare Town 0-1 Risca United At   half   time Aberdare   replaced   Dai   Pinch   with   Scott   Philpott   and   while   there   was   still   thoughts   of   getting   something   from   the   game   nobody   in   the   ground   could   have   foreseen   such   an epic second half that epitomized how good Welsh League football can be. After 51 minutes Neville saw a headed goal ruled out for offside before Thomas smashed an effort off the post after he beat a defender in the Risca box and shot across the keeper. The second half would certainly be a tale of two keepers as Dunning was on hand to make another great stop low to his left to deny Palmer. There   seemed   to   be   a   new   found   confidence   in   the Aberdare   team   as   they   started   to   build   pressure   on   their   opponents   and   both   Thomas   and   Owen   forced   a   succession   of   corners on 63 minutes. From the second set-piece delivered perfectly by Owen it found Thomas at the near post who headed home to the delight of the home support. It   would   be   the   last   action   of   the   game   for   Thomas   who   was   then   substituted   for Adam   Jones   with   a   back   strain   but   the   teams   work   ethic   and   determination   wasn’t   effected   as   they started to believe that win could be around the corner. On   70   minutes   it   seemed Abers   hopes   had   been   dashed   as   Palmer   was   put   through   on   goal,   he   beat   the   offside   trap   and   nestled   the   ball   into   the   net   past   Dunning   to   regain   the   lead for the visitors. Undaunted   and   with   the   Ultras   now   in   full   voice   spurring   the   players   on   parity   was   restored   just   2   minutes   later   as   Craig   Williams   was   felled   on   the   edge   of   the   Risca   box.      Andrew Price stepped up and his freekick was straight at Chorlsy but it squirmed underneath him and into the net. The atmosphere increased and the backing from the stand was raising as Aberdare smelt blood. Jones   was   played   in   by   Lewis   and   a   great   strike   from   the   recent   signing   flashed   narrowly   wide   from   20   yards   before   Dunning   once   again   took   center   stage   as   he   somehow   managed to made a remarkable quadruple save through a combination of hands, feet and just about everything else which brought a standing ovation from those in their stand. Lewis tried his luck from 35 yards that went just wide as the game entered the last ten minutes and Aberdare introduced Travis John instead of Price. The   decisive   moment   arrived   on   83   minutes   as   Williams   let   fly   from   35   yards   out   but   the   shot   lacked   any   pace   and   should   have   been   a   routine   stop   by   Chorlsy   but   the   ball   trickled under his body and into the net for a simple goal but for Aberdare it felt like the winning goal in a World Cup final! The   singing   increased   again   by   the   Ultras   and   the   support   from   the   stand   also   raised   a   notch   as   it   seemed   that   win   was   in   sight   and   as   the   game   entered   the   final   minute   Chorlsy came   out   to   the   touchline   to   collect   the   loose   ball   but   under   pressure   from   Langdon   won   the   ball   back,   squared   to   Lewis   and   he   took   his   time   and   fired   home   the   fourth   goal,   and   his first of the season to complete the win. That   final   whistle   couldn’t   come   quick   enough   as   the   Club   celebrated   a   much   deserved   and   long   awaited   victory   that   showed   that   with   confidence   in   their   own   ability   anything   is possible. FineClub.co.uk  Man of the Match: Callum Dunning Team:    Callum   Dunning,   Scott   Griffiths,   Steve   Lane,   Dai   Pinch   (Scott   Philpott),   Andrew   Feneroli,   Andrew   Price   (Travis   John),   Craig   Williams,   Brad   Lewis,   Cory   Thomas   (Adam Jones), Drew Langdon, Matt Owen Sub not used:   Rhys Thomas, Ryan Davies Scorers:   Cory Thomas, Andrew Price, Craig Williams, Brad Lewis
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Match report by Ian Pearce After   almost   six   month   of   waiting   the   Aberdare   faithful   were   finally   rewarded for   their   support   with   a   superb   win   over   Risca   United   to   claim   their   first   three points of the season. In   the   previous   meeting   of   the   two   teams Aberdare   had   been   leading   3-1   and looked   destined   for   that   first   win   back   in   October   but   succumbed   to   two   late goals   -   this   time   around   there   was   no   chance   of   letting   a   lead   slip   that   saw them come back from 2-1 down in the second half. Returning   in   goal   was   Callum   Dunning   and   although   only   making   his   third appearance    of    the    season    since    joining    he    would    go    on    to    earn    the FineClub.co.uk  Man of the Match award for a truly inspiring performance. In    the    opening    10    minutes    Aberdare    played    some    neat    football    without creating   many   chances   while   their   visitors   almost   scored   on   two   occasions   as former   Aberdare   striker   Tom   Neville   saw   a   shot   put   wide   from   a   tight   angle back   across   the   goal   and   then   Dunning   made   his   first   stunning   save   of   the afternoon diving away full length to his left to deny Sam Palmer. Matt   Owen   tried   his   luck   for   the   hosts   on   13   minutes   from   distance   which   saw keeper Tom   Chorlsy   tip   over   and   the   resulting   corner   was   dealt   with   easily   and Risca   hit Aber   with   a   quick   break   as   Neville   played   the   ball   wide   to   Palmer   on the   right   who   squared   it   back   to   Neville   who   fell   over   and   Dunning   was   on hand to first deny Leon Thomas and then the rebound from Palmer. Dunning   again   showed   his   worth   after   16   minutes   flinging   himself   away   to   the right   to   deny   a   long   range   Neville   effort   before   making   a   spectacular   double save to deny Palmer and Thomas. Aberdare   had   weathered   the   storm   and   in   previous   games   had   normally   found themselves   already   out   of   the   game   but   as   time   ticked   on   things   were   looking positive   for   them   as   they   played   some   sublime   football   starting   from   the   back.     One   of   those   moves   saw   Drew   Langdon   provide   a   moment   of   magic   to   beat   a defender   and   appeared   to   be   hauled   back   in   the   area   only   for   the   referee   to wave away the strong protests for a spot kick. Risca   found   themselves   guilty   of   trying   to   over   play   at   the   back   on   36   minutes and   Brad   Lewis   thundered   into   a   tackle   and   the   ball   was   put   across   goal   to Cory   Thomas   who   just   managed   to   get   to   the   ball   but   his   effort   could   only   find the side netting under challenge from Lewis Hitchcock. Just   when   it   seemed   things   were   going   Aberdare’s   way   disaster   struck   as   a freekick   on   the   edge   of   their   area   was   taken   by   Callum   Porter   and   it   took   a huge   deflection   off   the   top   of   the   wall,   wrong   footed   Dunning   and   the   ball nestled   into   the   net.      It   was   a   bitter   blow   for   the   hosts   as   it   seemed   their   luck was out once again. Half Time: Aberdare Town 0-1 Risca United At   half   time   Aberdare   replaced   Dai   Pinch   with   Scott   Philpott   and   while   there was   still   thoughts   of   getting   something   from   the   game   nobody   in   the   ground could   have   foreseen   such   an   epic   second   half   that   epitomized   how   good Welsh League football can be. After    51    minutes    Neville    saw    a    headed    goal    ruled    out    for    offside    before Thomas   smashed   an   effort   off   the   post   after   he   beat   a   defender   in   the   Risca box and shot across the keeper. The   second   half   would   certainly   be   a   tale   of   two   keepers   as   Dunning   was   on hand to make another great stop low to his left to deny Palmer. There   seemed   to   be   a   new   found   confidence   in   the   Aberdare   team   as   they started   to   build   pressure   on   their   opponents   and   both   Thomas   and   Owen forced   a   succession   of   corners   on   63   minutes.   From   the   second   set-piece delivered   perfectly   by   Owen   it   found   Thomas   at   the   near   post   who   headed home to the delight of the home support. It   would   be   the   last   action   of   the   game   for   Thomas   who   was   then   substituted for Adam   Jones   with   a   back   strain   but   the   teams   work   ethic   and   determination wasn’t effected as they started to believe that win could be around the corner. On   70   minutes   it   seemed   Abers   hopes   had   been   dashed   as   Palmer   was   put through   on   goal,   he   beat   the   offside   trap   and   nestled   the   ball   into   the   net   past Dunning to regain the lead for the visitors. Undaunted   and   with   the   Ultras   now   in   full   voice   spurring   the   players   on   parity was   restored   just   2   minutes   later   as   Craig   Williams   was   felled   on   the   edge   of the   Risca   box.      Andrew   Price   stepped   up   and   his   freekick   was   straight   at Chorlsy but it squirmed underneath him and into the net. The   atmosphere   increased   and   the   backing   from   the   stand   was   raising   as Aberdare smelt blood. Jones   was   played   in   by   Lewis   and   a   great   strike   from   the   recent   signing flashed   narrowly   wide   from   20   yards   before   Dunning   once   again   took   center stage    as    he    somehow    managed    to    made    a    remarkable    quadruple    save through   a   combination   of   hands,   feet   and   just   about   everything   else   which brought a standing ovation from those in their stand. Lewis   tried   his   luck   from   35   yards   that   went   just   wide   as   the   game   entered   the last ten minutes and Aberdare introduced Travis John instead of Price. The   decisive   moment   arrived   on   83   minutes   as   Williams   let   fly   from   35   yards out   but   the   shot   lacked   any   pace   and   should   have   been   a   routine   stop   by Chorlsy   but   the   ball   trickled   under   his   body   and   into   the   net   for   a   simple   goal but for Aberdare it felt like the winning goal in a World Cup final! The   singing   increased   again   by   the   Ultras   and   the   support   from   the   stand   also raised   a   notch   as   it   seemed   that   win   was   in   sight   and   as   the   game   entered   the final   minute   Chorlsy   came   out   to   the   touchline   to   collect   the   loose   ball   but under   pressure   from   Langdon   won   the   ball   back,   squared   to   Lewis   and   he took   his   time   and   fired   home   the   fourth   goal,   and   his   first   of   the   season   to complete the win. That   final   whistle   couldn’t   come   quick   enough   as   the   Club   celebrated   a   much deserved   and   long   awaited   victory   that   showed   that   with   confidence   in   their own ability anything is possible. FineClub.co.uk  Man of the Match: Callum Dunning Team:    Callum    Dunning,    Scott    Griffiths,    Steve    Lane,    Dai    Pinch    (Scott Philpott),   Andrew   Feneroli,   Andrew   Price   (Travis   John),   Craig   Williams,   Brad Lewis, Cory Thomas (Adam Jones), Drew Langdon, Matt Owen Sub not used:   Rhys Thomas, Ryan Davies Scorers:   Cory Thomas, Andrew Price, Craig Williams, Brad Lewis
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