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Season 2019/2020
versus
Pontyclun Gronow, Bell, Williams
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2
Aberdare Town Owen, Langdon
Sat 24 August 2019 (2.00pm) | Welsh League Cup 1st Round
Match Report by Richard Rowlands After   the   debacle   of   the   opening   league   fixture   against   the   same   opposition   the   clear   objective   of   this   game,   whatever   the   result,   was   to   regain   respectability   and   pride   and   this   was certainly achieved after a five goal thriller at Ivor Park. The Aberdare   line   up   saw   five   changes   from   that   infamous   game   with   Scott   Griffiths   and   Steven   Lane   returning   in   defence   together   with   debutant   David   Owen.   Kevin   Connolly   was a late call up in midfield accompanied by young Dylan Jones making his Welsh League bow. On   a   hot   afternoon   and   on   a   pristine   playing   surface   Town   were   quickly   into   their   stride   with   the   first   decent   chance   falling   to   Dean   Raven   who   couldn’t   quite   connect   with   a   Dylan Jones   cross   from   the   right. The   first   quarter   was   an   even   affair   with   Ponyclun’s   main   attacking   strategy,   as   in   the   previous   game,   being   long   balls   to   the   front   runners   who   had   made hay the first time round, but were now faced with the solidity of man of the match Steve Lane and the speed of Griffiths recalling the era of the sweeper role to perfection. It   was   Griffiths   who   set   up   the   opener   in   the   24th   coming   upfield   to   take   a   free   kick   which   caused   mayhem   in   the   Pontyclun   rear   guard   allowing   Matt   Owen   to   scoop   home   for   the lead. But the advantage was short lived as the very next play saw James Gronow firing home for the equalizer with Town having switched off in celebrating their goal. This raised the host’s play and they now took the ascendancy and as the game got more flinty, Raven was booked for a late challenge. Mike Thomas   in   the Town   goal   was   seeing   plenty   of   action   pulling   off   a   few   good   saves.   When Town   did   mount   some   pressure   it   was   Drew   Langdon,   as   last   season   producing   some mesmerizing runs, and continually causing panic to the home defence resulting in several free kicks, but from none of which Aberdare were able to prosper. The      half   time   break   saw   the   introduction   of Adam   Jones   for   Kevin   Connolly,   who   had   been   unable   to   shrug   off      an   injury   which   had   hampered   him   for   most   of   the   first   period.   The game   was   now   very   much   an   even   affair   with   the   extremely   young   midfield   pairing   of   Dylan   Jones   and   Ellis   Whitcomb   belying   their   tender   years   aided   by   the   experienced   Raven who had dropped back to add strength and guile to this vital area.  It   appeared   more   and   more   that   the   next   goal   would   be   provided   from   set   piece   play   and   this   came   about   in   the   68th   minute   from   a   Pontyclun   corner   earned   from   one   of   many pieces of skill exhibited by Spanish winger, Joacquim Rivera. The corner met the head of centre back Chris Bell giving Thomas no chance. Pontyclun   continued   to   hold   sway   with   the   Town   defence   somehow   scrambling   away   a   flurry   of   shots   on   goal   to   concede   a   corner.   Again   met   by   a   towering   header   from   Bell,   this was   cleared   off   the   line      and   smashed   down   field   .   The   ball   was   played   back   to   the   keeper   but   calamity   arose   and   the   ball   fell   invitingly   to   Langdon   who   was   left   with   the   easiest   of tasks to tap home for the leveller. Yet   again   Town   were   guilty   of   not   holding   on   to   what   they   had   got   and   profiting   from   poor   play   on   the   right   flank   the   hosts      found   an   opening   for   a   cross   which   the   unmarked   James Williams steered home for what would prove to be the winner. There   was   fifteen   minutes   left   on   the   clock   to   salvage   something   but   it   was   Ponty   who   almost   doubled   their   lead   but   for   an   excellent   Thomas   save.   With   the   loss   of   Langdon   to cramp,   the   chances   of   Town   finding   the   equalizer   diminished   further   but   despite   the   loss   they   could   leave   the   field   with   heads   held   high   after   a   creditable   performance   pleasing   to yet another good contingent of away support. TEAM:    Mike   Thomas,   Simon   Morgan,   Steve   Lane,   Scott   Griffiths,   David   Owen   (Kieron   Rosser),   Dylan   Jones   (Kieron   Bairstow),   M   Owen,   Ellis   Whitcombe,   Dean   Raven,   Drew Langdon, Kevin Connelly (Adam Jones) Subs not used: Liam Pryor (gk), Cory Thomas
Harrent Propeties Man of the Match >> Steve Lane
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Sat 24 August 2019 (2.00pm) | Welsh League Cup 1st Round
versus
Pontyclun Gronow, Bell, Williams
3
2
Aberdare Town Owen, Langdon
Match Report by Richard Rowlands After   the   debacle   of   the   opening   league   fixture   against   the   same   opposition   the clear   objective   of   this   game,   whatever   the   result,   was   to   regain   respectability and pride and this was certainly achieved after a five goal thriller at Ivor Park. The   Aberdare   line   up   saw   five   changes   from   that   infamous   game   with   Scott Griffiths   and   Steven   Lane   returning   in   defence   together   with   debutant   David Owen.   Kevin   Connolly   was   a   late   call   up   in   midfield   accompanied   by   young Dylan Jones making his Welsh League bow. On   a   hot   afternoon   and   on   a   pristine   playing   surface   Town   were   quickly   into their   stride   with   the   first   decent   chance   falling   to   Dean   Raven   who   couldn’t quite   connect   with   a   Dylan   Jones   cross   from   the   right.   The   first   quarter   was   an even   affair   with   Ponyclun’s   main   attacking   strategy,   as   in   the   previous   game, being   long   balls   to   the   front   runners   who   had   made   hay   the   first   time   round,   but were   now   faced   with   the   solidity   of   man   of   the   match   Steve   Lane   and   the speed of Griffiths recalling the era of the sweeper role to perfection. It   was   Griffiths   who   set   up   the   opener   in   the   24th   coming   upfield   to   take   a   free kick   which   caused   mayhem   in   the   Pontyclun   rear   guard   allowing   Matt   Owen   to scoop   home   for   the   lead.   But   the   advantage   was   short   lived   as   the   very   next play    saw    James    Gronow    firing    home    for    the    equalizer    with    Town    having switched off in celebrating their goal. This   raised   the   host’s   play   and   they   now   took   the   ascendancy   and   as   the   game got more flinty, Raven was booked for a late challenge. Mike   Thomas   in   the   Town   goal   was   seeing   plenty   of   action   pulling   off   a   few good   saves.   When   Town   did   mount   some   pressure   it   was   Drew   Langdon,   as last   season   producing   some   mesmerizing   runs,   and   continually   causing   panic to   the   home   defence   resulting   in   several   free   kicks,   but   from   none   of   which Aberdare were able to prosper. The      half   time   break   saw   the   introduction   of   Adam   Jones   for   Kevin   Connolly, who   had   been   unable   to   shrug   off      an   injury   which   had   hampered   him   for   most of   the   first   period.   The   game   was   now   very   much   an   even   affair   with   the extremely   young   midfield   pairing   of   Dylan   Jones   and   Ellis   Whitcomb   belying their   tender   years   aided   by   the   experienced   Raven   who   had   dropped   back   to add strength and guile to this vital area.  It   appeared   more   and   more   that   the   next   goal   would   be   provided   from   set piece   play   and   this   came   about   in   the   68th   minute   from   a   Pontyclun   corner earned   from   one   of   many   pieces   of   skill   exhibited   by   Spanish   winger,   Joacquim Rivera.   The   corner   met   the   head   of   centre   back   Chris   Bell   giving   Thomas   no chance. Pontyclun   continued   to   hold   sway   with   the   Town   defence   somehow   scrambling away   a   flurry   of   shots   on   goal   to   concede   a   corner.   Again   met   by   a   towering header   from   Bell,   this   was   cleared   off   the   line      and   smashed   down   field   .   The ball   was   played   back   to   the   keeper   but   calamity   arose   and   the   ball   fell   invitingly to Langdon who was left with the easiest of tasks to tap home for the leveller. Yet   again   Town   were   guilty   of   not   holding   on   to   what   they   had   got   and   profiting from   poor   play   on   the   right   flank   the   hosts      found   an   opening   for   a   cross   which the   unmarked   James   Williams   steered   home   for   what   would   prove   to   be   the winner. There   was   fifteen   minutes   left   on   the   clock   to   salvage   something   but   it   was Ponty   who   almost   doubled   their   lead   but   for   an   excellent   Thomas   save.   With the   loss   of   Langdon   to   cramp,   the   chances   of   Town   finding   the   equalizer diminished   further   but   despite   the   loss   they   could   leave   the   field   with   heads held    high    after    a    creditable    performance    pleasing    to    yet    another    good contingent of away support. TEAM:    Mike   Thomas,   Simon   Morgan,   Steve   Lane,   Scott   Griffiths,   David   Owen (Kieron   Rosser),   Dylan   Jones   (Kieron   Bairstow),   M   Owen,   Ellis   Whitcombe, Dean Raven, Drew Langdon, Kevin Connelly (Adam Jones) Subs not used: Liam Pryor (gk), Cory Thomas
Harrent Propeties MotM >> Steve Lane