There   are   always   cliches   in   football:   “Its   a   funny   old   game”,   “Was   a   game   of   two   halves”   and   both   of   these   were certainly true of Aberdare’s latest game. Aberdare   started   the   game   with   two   new   signings   in   the   line-up   as   Ioan   Protheroe   made   his   debut   in   goal   and   Rhys   Thomas made his first full start after a recent transfer from Merthyr Saints. It   only   took   five   minutes   for   the   experienced   visitors   to   take   the   lead   as   a   through   ball   was   snapped   up   by   Scott Armitage   who raced clear, rounded Protheroe and put the ball into the empty net despite a valiant attempt by Abs Camara to try and clear. Disaster   struck   only   2   minutes   later   as   Ben   Thornton   looped   a   header   goalwards   and   with   Protheroe   thinking   it   was   dropping wide   it   fell   inside   the   far   post   to   put   the   visitors   well   and   truly   in   charge   with   hardly   any   time   played   and   leaving Aber   an   uphill struggle. Aberdare   are   not   in   the   habit   of   giving   up   and   on   15   minutes   Camara   won   the   ball   in   midfield   and   spread   a   great   crossfield ball   to Yusuf Ali   who   played   in Aaron   Rees   but   the   strikers   shot   wasn’t   clean   and   turned   out   to   be   an   easy   save   by   the   visiting ‘keeper. Armitage then had another chance for Aber Valley but Protheroe denied him at the near post pushing the ball behind. Protheroe   then   turned   provider   as   a   pin   point   ball   forward   evaded   the   full   back   and   Ali   crossed   again   to   Rees   who   shoots tamely   but   the   ‘keeper   only   side   footed   the   shot   away   but   as   the   ball   fell   back   to   Rees   he   took   aim   again   but   his   effort   went
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Match Report Aberdare Town 2 Aber Valley 4
by Ian Pearce
Friday 20 August 2021 | 19:30 | Aberaman Park
Aberdare 2-4 Aber Valley
Rhys Thomas
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1 Ioan Protheroe 3 Amenye Ndele 4 Rhys Thomas 5 Niall Jones 6 Ellis Whitcombe 7 Sanna Jawo 8 Abs Camara 9 Noah Searl 10 Aaron Rees 16 Yusuf Ali 17 Simon Grmay
SUBSTITUTES 2 Liam Pryor 12 Scott Griffiths 14 Dan Cushion 15 Ryan Boulton 18 Jordan Hughes REFEREE Graham Evans
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past the post in what was a glorious chance to halve the deficit. The   game   was   really   even   at   this   point   but   remarkably   Aberdare   found   themselves   three   behind   before   30   minutes   was   up as a poor shot cruelly deflected of the heal of Niall Jones and it left a simple tap in for Thornton. Rees   again   went   close   but   couldn’t   find   the   target   and   on   35   minutes Armitage   went   1:1   with Amenye   Ndele   who   cuts   inside and places the ball into the far corner for the fourth goal. A   flayling   arm   just   before   half-time   saw   Jones   having   to   leave   the   action   with   a   suspected   broken   nose   and   was   replaced   by Scott Griffiths. Aberdare   fans   must   have   feared   a   heavy   defeat   to   a   now   buoyant      Aber   Valley   however,   the   hosts   yet   again   showed character   in   taking   the   game   to   their   visitors   with   some   incisive   attacks   that   saw   them   claw   back   2   goals   and   hit   the   post twice.                                                                                    On   53   minutes   a   Simon   Grmay   free   kick   was   headed   over   by   Noah   Searl   and   a   Sanna   Jawo   drive   parried   away   by   the visiting keeper. Abs   Camara   and   Jawo   both   had   attempts   glance   off   the   woodwork   while   Aber   Valley   were   relying   on   swift   counter   attacks, Protheroe twice saving low shots.                                                     On   72   minutes   a   superb   30   yard   plus   drive   from   Aaron   Rees,   which   gave   the   visiting   Number   1   no   chance,   opened Aberdare's account with a contender for goal of the season. After a few substitutions on both sides, an excellent 90th minute header from Dan Cushion notched Aberdare's second goal. Not   for   the   first   time   this   season   it   was   the   proverbial   game   of   two   halves,   perhaps   unsurprising   for   such   a   young   side   who know they must compete for 90 minutes as at Trebanog to climb the table.
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There   are   always   cliches   in   football:   “Its   a   funny   old game”,   “Was   a   game   of   two   halves”   and   both   of these were certainly true of Aberdare’s latest game. Aberdare   started   the   game   with   two   new   signings   in   the line-up   as   Ioan   Protheroe   made   his   debut   in   goal   and Rhys    Thomas    made    his    first    full    start    after    a    recent transfer from Merthyr Saints. It   only   took   five   minutes   for   the   experienced   visitors   to take   the   lead   as   a   through   ball   was   snapped   up   by   Scott Armitage   who   raced   clear,   rounded   Protheroe   and   put the   ball   into   the   empty   net   despite   a   valiant   attempt   by Abs Camara to try and clear. Disaster   struck   only   2   minutes   later   as   Ben   Thornton looped   a   header   goalwards   and   with   Protheroe   thinking it   was   dropping   wide   it   fell   inside   the   far   post   to   put   the visitors   well   and   truly   in   charge   with   hardly   any   time played and leaving Aber an uphill struggle. Aberdare   are   not   in   the   habit   of   giving   up   and   on   15 minutes   Camara   won   the   ball   in   midfield   and   spread   a great   crossfield   ball   to   Yusuf   Ali   who   played   in   Aaron Rees   but   the   strikers   shot   wasn’t   clean   and   turned   out   to be an easy save by the visiting ‘keeper. Armitage   then   had   another   chance   for   Aber   Valley   but Protheroe   denied   him   at   the   near   post   pushing   the   ball behind. Protheroe    then    turned    provider    as    a    pin    point    ball forward   evaded   the   full   back   and   Ali   crossed   again   to
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Match Report Aberdare Town 2 Aber Valley 4
by Ian Pearce
Friday 20 August 2021 | 19:30 | Aberaman Park
Aberdare 2-4 Aber Valley
Rhys Thomas
Player of the Match
LINE-UP
1 Ioan Protheroe 3 Amenye Ndele 4 Rhys Thomas 5 Niall Jones 6 Ellis Whitcombe 7 Sanna Jawo 8 Abs Camara 9 Noah Searl 10 Aaron Rees 16 Yusuf Ali 17 Simon Grmay
SUBSTITUTES 2 Liam Pryor 12 Scott Griffiths 14 Dan Cushion 15 Ryan Boulton 18 Jordan Hughes REFEREE Graham Evans
Rees    who    shoots    tamely    but    the    ‘keeper    only    side footed   the   shot   away   but   as   the   ball   fell   back   to   Rees   he took   aim   again   but   his   effort   went   past   the   post   in   what was a glorious chance to halve the deficit. The   game   was   really   even   at   this   point   but   remarkably Aberdare    found    themselves    three    behind    before    30 minutes   was   up   as   a   poor   shot   cruelly   deflected   of   the heal    of    Niall    Jones    and    it    left    a    simple    tap    in    for Thornton. Rees   again   went   close   but   couldn’t   find   the   target   and on   35   minutes   Armitage   went   1:1   with   Amenye   Ndele who   cuts   inside   and   places   the   ball   into   the   far   corner for the fourth goal. A   flayling   arm   just   before   half-time   saw   Jones   having   to leave   the   action   with   a   suspected   broken   nose   and   was replaced by Scott Griffiths. Aberdare   fans   must   have   feared   a   heavy   defeat   to   a now   buoyant      Aber   Valley   however,   the   hosts   yet   again showed   character   in   taking   the   game   to   their   visitors with   some   incisive   attacks   that   saw   them   claw   back   2 goals and hit the post twice.                                                                                    On   53   minutes   a   Simon   Grmay   free   kick   was   headed over   by   Noah   Searl   and   a   Sanna   Jawo   drive   parried away by the visiting keeper. Abs   Camara   and   Jawo   both   had   attempts   glance   off   the woodwork    while    Aber    Valley    were    relying    on    swift counter attacks, Protheroe twice saving low shots.                                                     On   72   minutes   a   superb   30   yard   plus   drive   from   Aaron Rees,   which   gave   the   visiting   Number   1   no   chance, opened   Aberdare's   account   with   a   contender   for   goal   of the season. After   a   few   substitutions   on   both   sides,   an   excellent 90th     minute     header     from     Dan     Cushion     notched Aberdare's second goal. Not   for   the   first   time   this   season   it   was   the   proverbial game   of   two   halves,   perhaps   unsurprising   for   such   a young   side   who   know   they   must   compete   for   90   minutes as at Trebanog to climb the table.
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