The gamble of playing a weakened team midweek in the League Cup and reverting to the first choices for the more prestigious Welsh Cup proved a disaster all round . Although   there   were   excuses   for   the   League   Cup   defeat   to   Aberbargoed   Buds,   there   were   certainly   none   here   as   Town   produced   a   limp   performance   lacking   any   intensity   and rightly getting dumped out of the Cup. It makes things even sadder when one recalls the thrilling runs that the Club has produced in recent years in this competition. From   the   kick   off   Aberdare   were   frankly   second   best,   having   resorted   to   a   back   four   line   up   with   Arron   Moreton   unavailable   and   within   five   minutes   the   hosts   had   one   effort   from Jacob Lewis skirt the far post and a minute David Pinch conceding a penalty for a trip on Rob Shannon in the box. Up stepped Jonathan Eames who fired home for an early lead. Aberdare   were   continually   guilty   of   misplaced   passes   and   all   the   more   frustrating   when   opportunities   presented   themselves   in   the   final   third   but   no   one   with   the   guile   to   produce   that killer ball. In   fact   both   teams   were   reflecting   their   lowly   league   placings   with   the   game   doing   little   to   enthuse.   Out   of   the   blue   Town   got   on   level   terms   in   the   twenty   seventh   minute      when   a Simon   Morgan   free   kick   found   Matt   Owen,   out   wide   to   the   right   and   he   cut   in   and   from   an   acute   angle   struck   a   vicious   shot   which   crashed   against   the   cross   bar,   bounced   down   and into the net with keeper Lewis Gibbs rooted to the spot. But   even   the   goal   did   not   raise   Town’s   display   above   the   mediocre   and   in   the   thirty   sixth   minute   West   End   regained   the   lead   when   a   cross   from   the   right   was   met   by   the   evergreen Rob Shannon who nodded home expertly past the despairing Martin Phillips. It should have been a third just a minute later as Jacob Lewis was guilty of a glaring miss seeing his shot  from just feet out strike  the upright and deflect to safety. A   Matt   Owens   effort   saw   the   West   End   keeper   scramble   to   safety   in   one   of Town’s   rare   sightings   of   goal   but   it   was   at   the   other   end   that   most   of   the   action   was   centred   with   Shannon hitting the crossbar and twice in quick succession Phillips saving the day with his feet to deny onrushing forwards. Half Time: West End 2 Aberdare Town 1 The second period saw Aberdare a little more forceful with Drew Langdon forcing the keeper into a smart stop and a Liam Lewis header similarly defended. But   overall   this   was   a   toothless   display   and   the   hosts   extended   their   lead   in   the   sixty   sixth   minute.   An   Aberdare   free   kick   into   the   area   was   rapidly   cleared   and   breaking   from   the right the cross was met by Shannon to nod home and to all intents and purposes end the game as a contest. Two   further   goals   arrived   within   a   ten   minute   period   with   West   End   substitute   Charlie   Davies   finding   the   net   from   fifteen   yards   with   a   bullet   strike   and   Tom   Davies   making   it   a   nap hand in the seventy seventh with between these two goals, Aberdare man of the match Scott Griffiths clearing off the line. A consolation arrived courtesy of a Craig Williams header but did nothing to brighten the mood of the travelling faithful. One   would   like   to   hang   on   to   the   threads   of   “out   of   the   cup   so   we   can   now   concentrate   on   the   league”   but   such   an   abysmal   and   abject   performance   gives   little   credence   to   this   old adage. Friday   night   sees   the   first   home   game   since   the   middle   of   August   against   high   flying   Croesyceiliog   looking   for   a   quickfire   double   following   on   from   a   4-1   home   victory   on   14th September. Man of the Match:  Scott Griffiths Match Details: LINE-UP: Martyn Phillips, Nick Chappell (Rhys Thomas), David Pinch, Scott Griffiths, Simon Morgan, Liam Fawcett, Levi Jones, Liam Lewis (Andrew Price), Matt Owens, Craig Williams, Drew Langdon (Kevin Connelly) NOT USED: James Ofomah-Parry, Brad Lewis SCORERS: Matt Owens, Craig Williams
5-2
West End
Aberdare Town
Match report by Richard Rowlands
Saturday 29.09.18 (ko 2.30pm) | JD Welsh Cup - 2nd Round Qualifying
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