Aberdare   Town   crashed   out   of   this   season’s   FAW Amateur   Trophy   at   the   first   hurdle   against Aberdare   Valley   League side The Butchers Arms (playing out of Mountain Ash). Following   last   weekends   disappointing   penalty   shoot   out   defeat   to   Cwmbach   Royal   Stars   manager   Terry   Fitzpatrick   made several   changes   with   Liam   Pryor   and   Niall   Jones   both   back   in   defence,   which   allowed   Scott   Reader   to   move   forward   into more familiar territory of midfield and there was a return from injury of Ibby Djilla. Aberdare,   as   expected,   started   the   stronger   with   Will   Eastwood   seeing   his   9th   minute   long   range   freekick   superbly   saved   by ‘keeper Andrew Jones as he tipped the effort over the bar. Just   moments   later   Jones   was   well   beaten   as   a   30   yard   thunderbolt   by   Pryor   smashed   against   the   cross   bar   and   then seconds after that Sanna Jawo saw an acrobatic overhead kick just evade the target. However,   with   Aber   not   managing   to   get   the   all   important   break   through   the   visitors   began   to   play   their   way   into   the   game while snuffling out Aberdare raids and forcing them into unforced errors. As   the   teams   were   heading   towards   a   much   needed   water   break   in   sweltering   conditions   the   Butchers   Arms   had   their   first cut   clear   chance   as   a   ball   down   the   right   saw   Matthew   Saunders   fire   a   cross   in   which   Simon   Grmay   had   to   react   too   and swept it away for a corner.  From the resulting set piece Aber’s keeper Joe Regan claimed the cross right under his own bar. A   free   kick   out   on   the   left   caused   danger   for   Aberdare   as   it   was   floated   in   and   Nathan   Constance   reached   the   ball   first   but his header went just wide of the post.
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Match Report Aberdare Town 1 Butchers Arms 1
by Ian Pearce
Saturday 17th July 2021 | 14:00 | Aberaman Park
Aberdare 1-1 Butchers Arms Butchers Arms won 4-2 on penalties
None awarded
LINE-UP
1 Joe REGAN 3 Dan Cushion 4 Liam Pryor 5 Niall Jones 6 Scott Reader 7 Sanna Jawo 8 Ellis Whitcombe 9 Will Eastwood 10 Ibby Djilla 11 Noah Searl 17 Simon Grmay
SUBSTITUTES 2 Sam Burns 12 Dan Simms 14 Abs Camara 15 Jon Harding 16 Ryan Boulton REFEREE Daryl Jenkins
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Player of the Match
You   could   sense   the   tide   turning   and   on   31   minutes   the   visitors   got   the   first   goal   of   the   game   as   another   dangerous   free   kick from deep found its way to the back post and Saunders fired home into the top corner from a tight angle. Within   60   seconds   it   could   have   been   game   over   as   another   well   delivered   free   kick   nearly   managed   to   sneak   in   at   the   near post but Regan managed to get down to block and Dan Cushion cleared the danger with Andrew Winslade lurking. Pryor   had   a   last   ditch   tackle   on   Saunders   who   was   getting   too   much   time   and   space   and   from   the   corner   Winslade   almost made contact but Aberdare continued to ride their luck and were still trailing but the solitary goal. The Aberdare   fans   thought   their   side   had   pulled   level   on   40   minutes   as   a   curling   effort   from   Cushion   went   just   over   the   angle   of bar and post.  Followed by a long range effort from both Jawo and Eastwood which failed to trouble Jones. The   second   half   saw   the   temperatures   rise   further   and   it   took   its   toll   on   both   players   as   the   pace   eased   off   and   legs   began   to tire. Aber   did   get   a   deserved   equaliser   on   the   hour   mark   as   substitute   Abs   Camara   cut   inside   from   the   right   and   found   the   top corner with a composed finish to bring the teams level. That   goal   however   didn’t   put   the   life   back   into   the   home   side   and   despite   having   a   goal   ruled   out   for   offside   the   final   whistle blew and for the second week running the game would be decided on penalty kicks. First   up   for   Butchers Arms   was Tom   Laing   who   made   no   mistake   while   Pryor   took   the   first   for Aberdare   put   saw   his   effort   saved by   Jones.      Saunders   comfortably   slotted   home   his   kick   before   Eastwood   saw   his   shot   saved,   only   for   the   ref   to   call   it   back   after Jones had moved too early and the retake found the net to bring it back to 2-1. Brad   Price   converted   for   Butchers   Arms   and   so   did   Sam   Burns   for   Aberdare   before   Nathan   Kitto   saw   his   shot   well   saved   by Regan   to   really   put   Aberdare   back   in   the   game.      Up   stepped   Niall   Jones   to   level   the   scores   but   his   penalty   only   found   the garage behind the goal and it was left to Dan Jones to score the visitors last kick to win the game 4-2. Our best wishes to Butchers Arms on their victory and we wish them well for the rest of the season.
Photo by Jack Sweet
Aberdare   Town   crashed   out   of   this   season’s   FAW Amateur   Trophy   at   the   first   hurdle   against   Aberdare Valley   League   side   The   Butchers   Arms   (playing   out of Mountain Ash). Following    last    weekends    disappointing    penalty    shoot out    defeat    to    Cwmbach    Royal    Stars    manager    Terry Fitzpatrick   made   several   changes   with   Liam   Pryor   and Niall   Jones   both   back   in   defence,   which   allowed   Scott Reader   to   move   forward   into   more   familiar   territory   of midfield and there was a return from injury of Ibby Djilla. Aberdare,   as   expected,   started   the   stronger   with   Will Eastwood    seeing    his    9th    minute    long    range    freekick superbly   saved   by   ‘keeper   Andrew   Jones   as   he   tipped the effort over the bar. Just   moments   later   Jones   was   well   beaten   as   a   30   yard thunderbolt   by   Pryor   smashed   against   the   cross   bar   and then   seconds   after   that   Sanna   Jawo   saw   an   acrobatic overhead kick just evade the target. However,    with    Aber    not    managing    to    get    the    all important   break   through   the   visitors   began   to   play   their way   into   the   game   while   snuffling   out   Aberdare   raids and forcing them into unforced errors. As   the   teams   were   heading   towards   a   much   needed water   break   in   sweltering   conditions   the   Butchers   Arms had   their   first   cut   clear   chance   as   a   ball   down   the   right saw    Matthew    Saunders    fire    a    cross    in    which    Simon Grmay   had   to   react   too   and   swept   it   away   for   a   corner.     From   the   resulting   set   piece   Aber’s   keeper   Joe   Regan claimed the cross right under his own bar. A   free   kick   out   on   the   left   caused   danger   for   Aberdare as   it   was   floated   in   and   Nathan   Constance   reached   the ball first but his header went just wide of the post. You   could   sense   the   tide   turning   and   on   31   minutes   the
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Match Report Aberdare Town 1 Butchers Arms 1
by Ian Pearce
Saturday 17th July 2021 | 14:00 | Aberaman Park
Aberdare 1-1 Butchers Arms Butchers Arms won 4-2 on penalties
None awarded
Player of the Match
LINE-UP
1 Joe REGAN 3 Dan Cushion 4 Liam Pryor 5 Niall Jones 6 Scott Reader 7 Sanna Jawo 8 Ellis Whitcombe 9 Will Eastwood 10 Ibby Djilla 11 Noah Searl 17 Simon Grmay
SUBSTITUTES 2 Sam Burns 12 Dan Simms 14 Abs Camara 15 Jon Harding 16 Ryan Boulton REFEREE Daryl Jenkins
visitors    got    the    first    goal    of    the    game    as    another dangerous   free   kick   from   deep   found   its   way   to   the   back post   and   Saunders   fired   home   into   the   top   corner   from   a tight angle. Within   60   seconds   it   could   have   been   game   over   as another   well   delivered   free   kick   nearly   managed   to   sneak in   at   the   near   post   but   Regan   managed   to   get   down   to block   and   Dan   Cushion   cleared   the   danger   with   Andrew Winslade lurking. Pryor    had    a    last    ditch    tackle    on    Saunders    who    was getting   too   much   time   and   space   and   from   the   corner Winslade   almost   made   contact   but   Aberdare   continued to   ride   their   luck   and   were   still   trailing   but   the   solitary goal. The Aberdare   fans   thought   their   side   had   pulled   level   on 40   minutes   as   a   curling   effort   from   Cushion   went   just over   the   angle   of   bar   and   post.      Followed   by   a   long range   effort   from   both   Jawo   and   Eastwood   which   failed to trouble Jones. The   second   half   saw   the   temperatures   rise   further   and   it took   its   toll   on   both   players   as   the   pace   eased   off   and legs began to tire. Aber   did   get   a   deserved   equaliser   on   the   hour   mark   as substitute   Abs    Camara    cut    inside    from    the    right    and found   the   top   corner   with   a   composed   finish   to   bring   the teams level. That   goal   however   didn’t   put   the   life   back   into   the   home side   and   despite   having   a   goal   ruled   out   for   offside   the final   whistle   blew   and   for   the   second   week   running   the game would be decided on penalty kicks. First   up   for   Butchers Arms   was   Tom   Laing   who   made   no mistake   while   Pryor   took   the   first   for   Aberdare   put   saw his   effort   saved   by   Jones.      Saunders   comfortably   slotted home   his   kick   before   Eastwood   saw   his   shot   saved,   only for   the   ref   to   call   it   back   after   Jones   had   moved   too   early and the retake found the net to bring it back to 2-1. Brad   Price   converted   for   Butchers Arms   and   so   did   Sam Burns   for Aberdare   before   Nathan   Kitto   saw   his   shot   well saved   by   Regan   to   really   put Aberdare   back   in   the   game.     Up    stepped    Niall    Jones    to    level    the    scores    but    his penalty   only   found   the   garage   behind   the   goal   and   it   was left   to   Dan   Jones   to   score   the   visitors   last   kick   to   win   the game 4-2. Our   best   wishes   to   Butchers   Arms   on   their   victory   and we wish them well for the rest of the season.
Photo by Jack Sweet