Aberdare   Town   started   their   new   life   in   the   South   Wales   Alliance   Premier   Division   with   a   home   game   against   old Welsh League adversaries Cardiff Corries. With   central   defender   Niall   Jones   missing   Scott   Reader   deputised   at   the   back   and   put   in   a   Harrent   Properties   player   of   the match   performance   after   moving   from   his   more   accustomed   role   in   midfield   while   winger Abs   Camara   came   into   the   starting line-up after scoring in the previous weeks defeat on penalties to Butchers Arms. With   the   young   Aber   squad   coming   up   against   one   of   the   fancied   teams   of   the   division   for   this   season’s   title   it   was   always going   to   be   a   difficult   opening   day   and   the   visitors   showed   their   credentials   in   the   opening   minutes   as   a   long   throw   in   found Chris Hajgato whose header was saved by Joe Regan and fortunatley the rebound was ruled offside. Only   four   minutes   were   on   the   clock   when   the   Corries   opened   the   scoring   as   a   corner   was   powefully   headed   home   by   the towering Gavin Robins which gave Regan no chance. The   goal   could   easily   have   seen   heads   drop   after   the   previous   two   weeks   but   Aberdare   rallied   superbly   and   on   10   minutes Ibby   Djilla   pounced   on   a   mistake   in   midfield,   spread   the   ball   wide   to   Camara   on   the   right   and   he   took   it   foeard   and   fired   a great ball across the box which just evaded the lurking Will Eastwood and narrowly went past the far post. A   mistake   in   the   Corries   midfield   gave Aber   their   next   chance   and   Eastwood’s   effort   from   the   edge   of   the   box   was   comfortably saved by Alex Smith in the visitors goal.
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Match Report Aberdare Town 1 Cardiff Corries 4
by Ian Pearce
Saturday 24th July 2021 | 14:30 | Aberaman Park
Aberdare 1-4 Cardiff Corries
Scott Reader
LINE-UP
1 Joe REGAN 3 Dan Cushion 4 Liam Pryor 5 Scott Reader 6 Ellis Whitcombe 7 Abs Camara 8 Noah Searl 9 Will Eastwood 10 Ibby Djilla 11 Sanna Jawo 17 Simon Grmay
SUBSTITUTES 12 Yusuf Ali 14 Ryan Boulton 15 Dan Simms REFEREE Paul Walters
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Player of the Match
The   Corries   always   looked   dangerous   going   forward   and   after   an   Aberdare   attack   broke   down   the   ball   Clayton   Farrah released   Iwan   Withers   on   the   right   who   cut   inside   but   was   denied   by   a   fine   low   block   by   Regan.   From   the   resulting   corner Robins won the header again in a repeat of the opening goal but this time his header flew over the bar. The   scores   were   level   on   14   minutes   as   a   Liam   Pryor   free   kick   saw   Camara’s   shot   tipped   onto   the   bar   by   Smith   but   Sanna Jawo was on hand to nod home the ball from close range to the delight of the home support. Regan   was   alert   to   deny   Alex   Smith   (not   the   keeper!),   and   Withers   again   with   good   blocks   but   on   38   minutes   he   could   do little to stop Akex Bould from restoring the visitors lead after being given time to turn in the box. It   had   been   a   good   half   for   Aber   but   they   were   undone   again   before   the   break   as   Reader   recovered   superbly   to   deny   what would   have   been   a   clear   scoring   opportunity   as   he   blocked   Dylan   Amin’s   effort   but   sadly   from   the   resulting   corner   Bould headed home Corrie’s third. Regan   straight   after   the   half-time   interval   was   again   on   hand   to   stop   Chris   Worsley   but Aberdare   continued   to   push   and   tried to get back into the game. On   52   minutes   it   was   almost Aber’s   second   as   Smith   saw   a   cross   from   Camara   sail   over   this   head   but   Sanna   could   only   find the side netting coming in at a really difficult acute angle at the far post. The   game   was   put   out   of Aberdare’s   reach   soon   after   as   Kieran   Cotterill   saw   a   shot   only   parried   by   Regan   and   Withers   had the simplest of tap-ins for the Corrie’s fourth of the afternoon. One   thing   that   can’t   be   said   of   this   new Aber   side   is   their   fitness   levels   and   they   continued   to   look   dangerous   going   forward and   on   69   minutes   had   a   massive   chance   to   add   their   second,   as   Djilla   was   released   after   a   fine   run   by   Simon   Grmay   and going   clean   through   on   goal   he   snatched   slightly   at   his   shot   and   the   ball   found   the   side   netting   when   should   have   done better. Apart   from   subsitute   Dan   Simms   effort   from   the   edge   of   the   box   there   were   little   in   the   way   of   clear   cut   chances   and   the visitors headed back to Cardiff with their first, and certainly won’t be their last, three points of the season. For Aber,   a   much   improved   performance   from   the   opening   two   cup   defeats   and   there   were   plenty   of   positives   to   build   upon in   the   coming   weeks   and   with   a   couple   of   additional   players   joining   on   the   horizon   things   will   only   improve   for   the Aberdare faithful.
Photo by Ian Pearce
Aberdare   Town   started   their   new   life   in   the   South Wales   Alliance   Premier   Division   with   a   home   game against     old     Welsh     League     adversaries     Cardiff Corries. With   central   defender   Niall   Jones   missing   Scott   Reader deputised   at   the   back   and   put   in   a   Harrent   Properties player   of   the   match   performance   after   moving   from   his more    accustomed    role    in    midfield    while    winger    Abs Camara   came   into   the   starting   line-up   after   scoring   in the    previous    weeks    defeat    on    penalties    to    Butchers Arms. With   the   young   Aber   squad   coming   up   against   one   of the   fancied   teams   of   the   division   for   this   season’s   title   it was   always   going   to   be   a   difficult   opening   day   and   the visitors   showed   their   credentials   in   the   opening   minutes as   a   long   throw   in   found   Chris   Hajgato   whose   header was   saved   by   Joe   Regan   and   fortunatley   the   rebound was ruled offside. Only   four   minutes   were   on   the   clock   when   the   Corries opened   the   scoring   as   a   corner   was   powefully   headed home   by   the   towering   Gavin   Robins   which   gave   Regan no chance. The   goal   could   easily   have   seen   heads   drop   after   the previous   two   weeks   but   Aberdare   rallied   superbly   and on    10    minutes    Ibby    Djilla    pounced    on    a    mistake    in midfield,   spread   the   ball   wide   to   Camara   on   the   right and   he   took   it   foeard   and   fired   a   great   ball   across   the box   which   just   evaded   the   lurking   Will   Eastwood   and narrowly went past the far post.
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Match Report Aberdare Town 1 Cardiff Corries 4
by Ian Pearce
Saturday 24th July 2021 | 14:30 | Aberaman Park
Aberdare 1-4 Cardiff Corries
Scott Reader
Player of the Match
LINE-UP
1 Joe REGAN 3 Dan Cushion 4 Liam Pryor 5 Scott Reader 6 Ellis Whitcombe 7 Abs Camara 8 Noah Searl 9 Will Eastwood 10 Ibby Djilla 11 Sanna Jawo 17 Simon Grmay
SUBSTITUTES 12 Yusuf Ali 14 Ryan Boulton 15 Dan Simms REFEREE Paul Walters
A   mistake   in   the   Corries   midfield   gave   Aber   their   next chance   and   Eastwood’s   effort   from   the   edge   of   the   box was    comfortably    saved    by   Alex    Smith    in    the    visitors goal. The    Corries    always    looked    dangerous    going    forward and    after    an    Aberdare    attack    broke    down    the    ball Clayton   Farrah   released   Iwan   Withers   on   the   right   who cut   inside   but   was   denied   by   a   fine   low   block   by   Regan. From   the   resulting   corner   Robins   won   the   header   again in   a   repeat   of   the   opening   goal   but   this   time   his   header flew over the bar. The   scores   were   level   on   14   minutes   as   a   Liam   Pryor free   kick   saw   Camara’s   shot   tipped   onto   the   bar   by Smith   but   Sanna   Jawo   was   on   hand   to   nod   home   the ball from close range to the delight of the home support. Regan   was   alert   to   deny   Alex   Smith   (not   the   keeper!), and   Withers   again   with   good   blocks   but   on   38   minutes he   could   do   little   to   stop   Akex   Bould   from   restoring   the visitors lead after being given time to turn in the box. It   had   been   a   good   half   for   Aber   but   they   were   undone again   before   the   break   as   Reader   recovered   superbly   to deny   what   would   have   been   a   clear   scoring   opportunity as   he   blocked   Dylan   Amin’s   effort   but   sadly   from   the resulting corner Bould headed home Corrie’s third. Regan   straight   after   the   half-time   interval   was   again   on hand   to   stop   Chris   Worsley   but   Aberdare   continued   to push and tried to get back into the game. On   52   minutes   it   was   almost   Aber’s   second   as   Smith saw   a   cross   from   Camara   sail   over   this   head   but   Sanna could   only   find   the   side   netting   coming   in   at   a   really difficult acute angle at the far post. The   game   was   put   out   of Aberdare’s   reach   soon   after   as Kieran   Cotterill   saw   a   shot   only   parried   by   Regan   and Withers    had    the    simplest    of    tap-ins    for    the    Corrie’s fourth of the afternoon. One   thing   that   can’t   be   said   of   this   new Aber   side   is   their fitness    levels    and    they    continued    to    look    dangerous going   forward   and   on   69   minutes   had   a   massive   chance to   add   their   second,   as   Djilla   was   released   after   a   fine run   by   Simon   Grmay   and   going   clean   through   on   goal he   snatched   slightly   at   his   shot   and   the   ball   found   the side netting when should have done better. Apart   from   subsitute   Dan   Simms   effort   from   the   edge   of the   box   there   were   little   in   the   way   of   clear   cut   chances and   the   visitors   headed   back   to   Cardiff   with   their   first, and    certainly    won’t    be    their    last,    three    points    of    the season. For    Aber,    a    much    improved    performance    from    the opening    two    cup    defeats    and    there    were    plenty    of positives   to   build   upon   in   the   coming   weeks   and   with   a couple   of   additional   players   joining   on   the   horizon   things will only improve for the Aberdare faithful.
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