An   amazing   match   which   saw   Aberdare   go   4-0   up   inside   12   minutes,   Bridgend   going   down   to   10   men   but   retaliating with 4 of their own to set up a finish in which both sides could have gained a win. Just 1 change for the hosts starting 11 as Ryan Boulton came in for Jordan Hughes in front of a disappointingly small crowd.   For   the   third   match   in   a   row, Aberdare   took   a   third   minute   lead   as Yusuf Ali   beat   the   offside   trap   with   the   ball   eventually   falling to top scorer Aaron Rees who struck home from 20 yards. After   Simon   Grmay   had   blocked   well   for   a   fruitless   Bridgend   corner,   the   next   attack   saw   a   drive   parried   by   Nicky   King   and Dan   Cushion   putting Aber   2-0   ahead. This   was   on   7   minutes   and   only   2   minutes   later   Rees   returned   the   favour   for Ali   to   make it 3-0. The fourth came as an Ioan Protheroe long clearance fell to Ali who ran through to lob in the fourth. Surely   the   3   points   were   in   the   bag   but   anyone   who   follows   Aberdare   know   that   the   squad,   which   are   exciting   in   attack,   can also concede through over-exuberance. This happened on 18 minutes as Nathan Jones was given room to run down the left, cut inside and net into the far corner. The   first   for   Bridgend   was   followed   by   another   on   25   minutes   as   a   long   clearance   from   their   right   side   saw   another   left   wing run and cross for an easy finish by Robert Fowler.
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Match Report Aberdare 4 Bridgend Street 4
by Ray Pearce
Saturday 11 September 2021 | 14:30 | Aberaman Park
Aberdare 4-4 Bridgend St
Yusuf Ali
LINE-UP
1 Ioan Protheroe 2 Liam Pryor 3 Brychan Davies 5 Rhys Thomas 6 Ellis Whitcombe 7 Sanna Jawo 8 Ryan Boulton 9 Yusuf Ali 10 Aaron Rees 11 Dan Cushion 17 Simon Grmay
SUBSTITUTES 12 Dan Simms 14 Cameron McHale 15 Gabe Butts 16 Jordan Hughes 17 Noah Searl REFEREE Ieuan Lewis
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Player of the Match
The   visitors   were   now   sensing   a   comeback,   but   after   some   robust   challenges   and   arguments,   42   minutes   saw   Mike McDonagh sent off for the away side. To   their   credit   the   second   half   saw   Bridgend   challenge   for   everything   which   knocked Aber   out   of   their   free-flowing   style,   both sides playing a high line which led to many offsides or the ball running through to both goalkeepers. Bridgend'   Number   1   was   alert   to   save   as   the   hosts   managed   to   break   through   but,   on   62   minutes   a   pass   to   the   visitors   right saw Protheroe race to intercept but the ball was crossed for substitute Mrwan Ali to bundle it home. Home fans feared the worst and they were stunned on 85 minutes as Bridgend's Ali knocked in the equalizer. Bridgend   went   looking   for   the   unlikely   winner   but   good   covering   thwarted   their   attacks, Aberdare   should   have   won   it   in   injury time as a pullback from the by-line was knocked past the post with the referee immediately blowing for full time. Obviously   2   points   dropped   after   such   a   fine   start   with   Aberdare   followers   again   thinking   what   should   have   been.   Lapses must be sorted out as Baglan Dragons visit Aberaman Park at 2.30 on Saturday 18th September. Anything could happen!
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An   amazing   match   which   saw   Aberdare   go   4-0   up inside   12   minutes,   Bridgend   going   down   to   10   men but   retaliating   with   4   of   their   own   to   set   up   a   finish   in which both sides could have gained a win. Just   1   change   for   the   hosts   starting   11   as   Ryan   Boulton came   in   for   Jordan   Hughes   in   front   of   a   disappointingly small crowd.   For    the    third    match    in    a    row,   Aberdare    took    a    third minute   lead   as   Yusuf   Ali   beat   the   offside   trap   with   the ball    eventually    falling    to    top    scorer   Aaron    Rees    who struck home from 20 yards. After    Simon    Grmay    had    blocked    well    for    a    fruitless Bridgend   corner,   the   next   attack   saw   a   drive   parried   by Nicky   King   and   Dan   Cushion   putting   Aber   2-0   ahead. This   was   on   7   minutes   and   only   2   minutes   later   Rees returned the favour for Ali to make it 3-0. The   fourth   came   as   an   Ioan   Protheroe   long   clearance fell to Ali who ran through to lob in the fourth. Surely   the   3   points   were   in   the   bag   but   anyone   who follows Aberdare   know   that   the   squad,   which   are   exciting in attack, can also concede through over-exuberance. This   happened   on   18   minutes   as   Nathan   Jones   was given   room   to   run   down   the   left,   cut   inside   and   net   into the far corner. The   first   for   Bridgend   was   followed   by   another   on   25 minutes   as   a   long   clearance   from   their   right   side   saw another   left   wing   run   and   cross   for   an   easy   finish   by
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Match Report Aberdare 4 Bridgend Street 4
by Ray Pearce
Saturday 11 September 2021 | 14:30 | Aberaman Park
Aberdare 4-4 Bridgend St
Yusuf Ali
Player of the Match
LINE-UP
1 Ioan Protheroe 2 Liam Pryor 3 Brychan Davies 5 Rhys Thomas 6 Ellis Whitcombe 7 Sanna Jawo 8 Ryan Boulton 9 Yusuf Ali 10 Aaron Rees 11 Dan Cushion 17 Simon Grmay
SUBSTITUTES 12 Dan Simms 14 Cameron McHale 15 Gabe Butts 16 Jordan Hughes 17 Noah Searl REFEREE Ieuan Lewis
Robert Fowler. The   visitors   were   now   sensing   a   comeback,   but   after some    robust    challenges    and    arguments,    42    minutes saw Mike McDonagh sent off for the away side. To   their   credit   the   second   half   saw   Bridgend   challenge for    everything    which    knocked   Aber    out    of    their    free- flowing   style,   both   sides   playing   a   high   line   which   led   to many    offsides    or    the    ball    running    through    to    both goalkeepers. Bridgend'    Number    1    was    alert    to    save    as    the    hosts managed   to   break   through   but,   on   62   minutes   a   pass   to the   visitors   right   saw   Protheroe   race   to   intercept   but   the ball   was   crossed   for   substitute   Mrwan   Ali   to   bundle   it home. Home   fans   feared   the   worst   and   they   were   stunned   on 85 minutes as Bridgend's Ali knocked in the equalizer. Bridgend   went   looking   for   the   unlikely   winner   but   good covering   thwarted   their   attacks,   Aberdare   should   have won   it   in   injury   time   as   a   pullback   from   the   by-line   was knocked    past    the    post    with    the    referee    immediately blowing for full time. Obviously   2   points   dropped   after   such   a   fine   start   with Aberdare    followers    again    thinking    what    should    have been.   Lapses   must   be   sorted   out   as   Baglan   Dragons visit     Aberaman     Park     at     2.30     on     Saturday     18th September. Anything could happen!
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