Aberdare   finally   got   off   the   mark   with   their   first   point   of   the   season   against   Blaenrhonnda,   in   a   game   that   they   could, and probably should have taken all three especially after the visitors played the second half with ten men. Aber   made   changes   from   the   defeat   against   Pencoed   as Amenye   Ndele   came   in   at   full   back   and Arran   Finlayson   returned   at centre   half   while Abs   Camara   was   back   having   missed   the   previous   game.      There   was   also   a   start   for   midfielder   Dan   Simms but a pleasing sight for Aberdare fans was the return of Scott Griffiths who started on the bench. After   steady   rain   for   most   of   the   afternoon   and   pre-game   it   left   the   Aberaman   Park   pitch   slick   and   with   the   grass   slightly longer   than   normal   it   took   both   teams   some   time   to   adjust   but   the   visitors   were   first   out   of   the   blocks   and   on   6   minutes Aled Mogg shot wide from 20 yards. However,   within   seconds Aberdare   countered   quickly   and   after   being   released   on   the   left,   Yusuf Ali’s   pace   took   him   past   the Liam   Williams   and   as   he   cut   in   front   of   him   he   was   barged   off   the   ball   and   a   penalty   awarded.      Up   stepped   Will   Eastwood   to fire home past Ryan Griffiths as a roar went up from the stand as Aberdare led a match for the first time this season. On 15 minutes the visitors saw a left wing cross reach Huw Bowtell but his header was deflected off a defender for a corner. Aberdare   were   threatening   on   the   attack   and   some   excellent   footwork   by   Camara   on   the   right   saw   his   cross   come   shot   just elude Ali at the far post. Deacon   Greening   was   released   clear   through   on   goal   only   to   shoot   wide   for   the   Rhondda   visitors   and   then Aberdare   received
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Match Report Aberdare Town 1 Blaenrhondda 1
by Ian Pearce
Wednesday 11 August 2021 | 19:30 | Aberaman Park
Aberdare 1-1 Blaenrhondda
Arran Finlayson
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1 Liam Pryor 3 Amenye Ndele 4 Arran Finalyson 5 Scott Reader 6 Ellis Whitcombe 7 Abs Camara 8 Dan Simms 9 Will Eastwood 10 Aaron Rees 11 Yusuf Ali 17 Simon Grmay
SUBSTITUTES 12 Adam Jones 14 Noah Searl 15 Ibby Djilla 16 Scott Griffiths 18 Ryan Boulton REFEREE Nigel Jones
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a   big   let   off   as   a   poor   pass   in   midfield   meant   Greening   was   given   time   to   shoot   from   distance   and   the   ball   squirmed   under the diving body of Liam Pryor who just managed to recover in time to grab the ball before it crossed the line. Disaster   struck   on   30   minutes   as   a   poorly   judged   decision   by   Aberdare   on   the   left   touchline   allowed   the   ball   to   be   worked into the box and there was Bowtell to shoot into the net for the equalizer. Bowtell   then   hit   a   shot   wide   from   the   edge   of   the   area   and   Greening   was   denied   by   Pryors   feet   as   the   visitors   ended   the   half the strongest. However,   right   on   half   time   they   were   reduced   to   ten   men   as   Greening   flayed   an   arm   that   flattened   Finlayson   and   was shown a second yellow and precoded to punch the dug out roof after he was given his marching orders. The   second   half   was   full   of   hope   of   Aberdare   taking   the   game   to   their   opponents   on   a   big   pitch   with   reduced   numbers   and Eastwood   was   denied   by   a   good   stop   from   Griffiths   tipping   over   the   bar   and   then   Simms   from   distance   saw   him   push   the ball way and Eastwood should have done better but clipped it over. Djilla   entered   the   action   in   place   of   Simms   and   was   involved   as   Eastwood   again   went   close   but   Griffiths   was   equal   to   it   and got a good hand to clear the bar. The   visitors   still   looked   dangerous   going   forward   and   a   dangerous   ball   across   the   box   narrowly   evaded   Bowtell   at   the   far post. Controversy   erupted   on   73   minutes   as   Djilla’s   skill   got   him   into   the   area   only   to   be   taken   clean   out   by   the   retreating   defender coming across his path but no penalty was given and moments later Djilla limped out of the game with tensions rising. Despite   the   promising   return   of   Griffiths   who   entered   the   fray   for   the   last   15   minutes   sadly   Scott   Reader   limped   off   with   a hamstring   strain   after   chasing   down   and   denying   a   goalscoring   chance   to   leave   Aberdare   down   to   ten   men   having   already made their five changes. With   time   almost   up   the   visitors   nearly   snatched   a   winner   as   the Aberdare   defence   switched   off   as   the   team   had   been   on   the attack and Bowtell found himself clean through on goal but he lofted his shot high over the bar. A   definite   improvement   from   the   young   Aberdare   side   and   with   more   reinforcements   hopefully   imminent   it   shouldn’t   be   too long before the team turn potential into points.
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Aberdare    finally    got    off    the    mark    with    their    first point    of    the    season    against    Blaenrhonnda,    in    a game    that    they    could,    and    probably    should    have taken   all   three   especially   after   the   visitors   played the second half with ten men. Aber   made   changes   from   the   defeat   against   Pencoed as    Amenye    Ndele    came    in    at    full    back    and    Arran Finlayson   returned   at   centre   half   while Abs   Camara   was back   having   missed   the   previous   game.     There   was   also a   start   for   midfielder   Dan   Simms   but   a   pleasing   sight   for Aberdare    fans    was    the    return    of    Scott    Griffiths    who started on the bench. After   steady   rain   for   most   of   the   afternoon   and   pre-game it   left   the   Aberaman   Park   pitch   slick   and   with   the   grass slightly   longer   than   normal   it   took   both   teams   some   time to   adjust   but   the   visitors   were   first   out   of   the   blocks   and on 6 minutes Aled Mogg shot wide from 20 yards. However,    within    seconds   Aberdare    countered    quickly and   after   being   released   on   the   left,   Yusuf   Ali’s   pace took   him   past   the   Liam   Williams   and   as   he   cut   in   front   of him   he   was   barged   off   the   ball   and   a   penalty   awarded.     Up    stepped    Will    Eastwood    to    fire    home    past    Ryan Griffiths   as   a   roar   went   up   from   the   stand   as   Aberdare led a match for the first time this season. On   15   minutes   the   visitors   saw   a   left   wing   cross   reach Huw   Bowtell   but   his   header   was   deflected   off   a   defender for a corner. Aberdare    were    threatening    on    the    attack    and    some
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Match Report Aberdare Town 1 Blaenrhondda 1
by Ian Pearce
Wednesday 11 August 2021 | 19:30 | Aberaman Park
Aberdare 1-1 Blaenrhondda
Arran Finlayson
Player of the Match
LINE-UP
1 Liam Pryor 3 Amenye Ndele 4 Arran Finalyson 5 Scott Reader 6 Ellis Whitcombe 7 Abs Camara 8 Dan Simms 9 Will Eastwood 10 Aaron Rees 11 Yusuf Ali 17 Simon Grmay
SUBSTITUTES 12 Adam Jones 14 Noah Searl 15 Ibby Djilla 16 Scott Griffiths 18 Ryan Boulton REFEREE Nigel Jones
excellent   footwork   by   Camara   on   the   right   saw   his   cross come shot just elude Ali at the far post. Deacon   Greening   was   released   clear   through   on   goal only   to   shoot   wide   for   the   Rhondda   visitors   and   then Aberdare    received    a    big    let    off    as    a    poor    pass    in midfield   meant   Greening   was   given   time   to   shoot   from distance   and   the   ball   squirmed   under   the   diving   body   of Liam   Pryor   who   just   managed   to   recover   in   time   to   grab the ball before it crossed the line. Disaster    struck    on    30    minutes    as    a    poorly    judged decision   by   Aberdare   on   the   left   touchline   allowed   the ball   to   be   worked   into   the   box   and   there   was   Bowtell   to shoot into the net for the equalizer. Bowtell   then   hit   a   shot   wide   from   the   edge   of   the   area and   Greening   was   denied   by   Pryors   feet   as   the   visitors ended the half the strongest. However,   right   on   half   time   they   were   reduced   to   ten men   as   Greening   flayed   an   arm   that   flattened   Finlayson and   was   shown   a   second   yellow   and   precoded   to   punch the dug out roof after he was given his marching orders. The   second   half   was   full   of   hope   of Aberdare   taking   the game   to   their   opponents   on   a   big   pitch   with   reduced numbers    and    Eastwood    was    denied    by    a    good    stop from   Griffiths   tipping   over   the   bar   and   then   Simms   from distance    saw    him    push    the    ball    way    and    Eastwood should have done better but clipped it over. Djilla   entered   the   action   in   place   of   Simms   and   was involved   as   Eastwood   again   went   close   but   Griffiths   was equal to it and got a good hand to clear the bar. The   visitors   still   looked   dangerous   going   forward   and   a dangerous   ball   across   the   box   narrowly   evaded   Bowtell at the far post. Controversy   erupted   on   73   minutes   as   Djilla’s   skill   got him   into   the   area   only   to   be   taken   clean   out   by   the retreating    defender    coming    across    his    path    but    no penalty   was   given   and   moments   later   Djilla   limped   out of the game with tensions rising. Despite   the   promising   return   of   Griffiths   who   entered   the fray   for   the   last   15   minutes   sadly   Scott   Reader   limped off    with    a    hamstring    strain    after    chasing    down    and denying   a   goalscoring   chance   to   leave   Aberdare   down to ten men having already made their five changes. With    time    almost    up    the    visitors    nearly    snatched    a winner    as    the   Aberdare    defence    switched    off    as    the team   had   been   on   the   attack   and   Bowtell   found   himself clean   through   on   goal   but   he   lofted   his   shot   high   over the bar. A   definite   improvement   from   the   young   Aberdare   side and    with    more    reinforcements    hopefully    imminent    it shouldn’t   be   too   long   before   the   team   turn   potential   into points.
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