Life   in   the   South   Wales   Alliance   Premier   League   has   been   a   difficult   start   for   the   young   &   inexperienced   Aberdare squad   as   a   heavy   home   defeat   left   the   team   pointless   after   the   first   three   matches   and   leaves   them   rooted   to   the   foot of the table. There   was   a   couple   of   changes   from   Saturday’s   defeat   at   Cefn   Cribwr   with   Dan   Cushion   moved   onto   the   bench   with   his   spot filled by winger Sanna Jawo while Yusuf Ali came in for his first start. Merthyr   settled   quickly   and   straight   out   the   blocks   could   have   found   themselves   ahead   in   the   first   minute   as   Morgan Andrews was denied by Liam Pryor in the home goal. On   10   minutes   the   visitors   missed   a   golden   chance   to   break   the   deadlock   as   Andrews   played   a   fine   ball   across   the   box   but Charlie Loss shot tamely at Pryor who clutched the ball gratefuly to his chest. Aberdare   began   to   play   themselves   into   the   game   after   the   nervy   opening   and   after   increasing   the   tempo   and   hunting   down their opponents when they were on the ball started to force them into mistakes. Ibby   Djilla   could   have   given   the   hosts   the   lead   but   for   an   offside   decision   after   a   good   through   ball   by   Noah   Searl   but   as   they came   more   into   the   game   but   a   lapse   in   concentration   for   just   a   moment   meant   that   they   fell   behind   as   a   simple   through   ball in the 22nd minute gave Andrews time and space to advance on Pryor and find the net for the opener. Aberdare   fought   back   immediatley   and   within   a   minute   were   back   on   level   terms   as   Djilla   and   Will   Eastwood   combined
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Match Report Aberdare Town 1 Merthyr Saints 6
by Ian Pearce
Wednesday 4 August 2021 | 19:00 | Aberaman Park
Aberdare 1-6 Merthyr Saints
Will Eastwood
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1 Liam Pryor 3 Sanna Jawo 4 Arran Finlayson 5 Scott Reader 6 Ellis Whitcombe 7 Abs Camara 8 Noah Searl 9 Will Eastwood 10 Ibby Djilla 11 Yusuf Ali 17 Simon Grmay
SUBSTITUTES 12 Nial Jones 14 Aaron Rees 15 Dylan Jones 16 Dan Cushion 18 Adam Jones REFEREE Michael Pickett
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superly   and   the   later   scored   with   a   composed   finish   for   his   first   goal   for   the   Club.      It   was   no   more   than   the   team   deserved   for their play. Djilla   was   causing   plenty   of   problems   on   the   right   and   after   breaking   the   offside   trap   found   himself   clean   through   on   goal   and with only Jonathan Green to beat he delayed just too long and the keeper managed to block. Moments   later,   and   with   Aberdare   now   on   top,   another   brilliant   opportunity   avaded   the   hosts   as   Djilla   again   burst   in   on   the right   after   once   again   beating   offside   calls   and,   with Ali   unmarked   in   the   centre   leaving   a   2   on   1   with   Green,   the   forward   was caught in two minds to either shoot or square the ball and in the end saw a tame shot saved. Jack   Carlick   missed   a   simple   chance   for   Saints   before   disaster   struck   just   before   the   break   as   a   slick   move   saw   a   long range   effort   deflect   off   the   referee   and   instead   of   calling   it   back   for   a   drop   ball   play   continued   and   Pryor   made   a   fantastic save after being wrong footed but Loss was on hand to knock in the loose ball. It   was   a   devasting   blow   for   Aber   which   took   the   wind   out   of   their   sales   and   moments   after   the   second   half   re-started   they went   3-1   ahead   as   they   failed   to   clear   their   lines   in   defence,   Finlayson   appeared   to   be   pushed   over   and   with   play   going   on Connor Keating found the net. Aberdare   almost   got   back   into   it   on   51   minutes   as   Eastwood   escaped   down   the   left,   cut   into   the   box   and   sent   a   thunderbolt of a shot towards the roof of the net only for Green to get a touch on the ball tipping it onto the bar. Ten   minutes   later   and   another   golden   chance   went   begging   as   a   poor   backpass   by Ashley   Davies   put Ali   through   on   goal   but he didn’t connect properly at all and Green again was grateful to claim. After   that   miss   it   went   downhill   rapidly   for   Aberdare   as   Loss   notched   his   second   after   a   spill   by   Pryor   and   then   substitute Cavan Williams netted their fifth after being given too much time and space in the area. The   rout   was   complete   with   12   minutes   to   go   as   another   substitute   Kallum   Thomas   scored   the   sixth   to   leave   the   Aberdare faithful,   who   had   turned   out   in   good   numbers,   to   reflect   on   what   might   have   been   if   the   first   half   performance   had   continued into the second period. A   tough   game   away   to   Pencoed   awaits   on   Saturday   and   points   are   needed   urgently   to   halt   the   worrying   slide   and   to   move away from the foot of the table towards safety.
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Life   in   the   South   Wales Alliance   Premier   League   has been   a   difficult   start   for   the   young   &   inexperienced Aberdare    squad    as    a    heavy    home    defeat    left    the team    pointless    after    the    first    three    matches    and leaves them rooted to the foot of the table. There   was   a   couple   of   changes   from   Saturday’s   defeat at   Cefn   Cribwr   with   Dan   Cushion   moved   onto   the   bench with   his   spot   filled   by   winger   Sanna   Jawo   while Yusuf Ali came in for his first start. Merthyr   settled   quickly   and   straight   out   the   blocks   could have    found    themselves    ahead    in    the    first    minute    as Morgan Andrews   was   denied   by   Liam   Pryor   in   the   home goal. On   10   minutes   the   visitors   missed   a   golden   chance   to break   the   deadlock   as Andrews   played   a   fine   ball   across the    box    but    Charlie    Loss    shot    tamely    at    Pryor    who clutched the ball gratefuly to his chest. Aberdare   began   to   play   themselves   into   the   game   after the   nervy   opening   and   after   increasing   the   tempo   and hunting   down   their   opponents   when   they   were   on   the ball started to force them into mistakes. Ibby   Djilla   could   have   given   the   hosts   the   lead   but   for   an offside   decision   after   a   good   through   ball   by   Noah   Searl but   as   they   came   more   into   the   game   but   a   lapse   in concentration    for    just    a    moment    meant    that    they    fell behind   as   a   simple   through   ball   in   the   22nd   minute   gave Andrews   time   and   space   to   advance   on   Pryor   and   find the net for the opener.
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Match Report Aberdare Town 1 Merthyr Saints 6
by Ian Pearce
Wednesday 4 August 2021 | 19:00 | Aberaman Park
Aberdare 1-6 Merthyr Saints
Will Eastwood
Player of the Match
LINE-UP
1 Liam Pryor 3 Sanna Jawo 4 Arran Finlayson 5 Scott Reader 6 Ellis Whitcombe 7 Abs Camara 8 Noah Searl 9 Will Eastwood 10 Ibby Djilla 11 Yusuf Ali 17 Simon Grmay
SUBSTITUTES 12 Nial Jones 14 Aaron Rees 15 Dylan Jones 16 Dan Cushion 18 Adam Jones REFEREE Michael Pickett
Aberdare   fought   back   immediatley   and   within   a   minute were   back   on   level   terms   as   Djilla   and   Will   Eastwood combined   superly   and   the   later   scored   with   a   composed finish   for   his   first   goal   for   the   Club.      It   was   no   more   than the team deserved for their play. Djilla   was   causing   plenty   of   problems   on   the   right   and after    breaking    the    offside    trap    found    himself    clean through   on   goal   and   with   only   Jonathan   Green   to   beat he   delayed   just   too   long   and   the   keeper   managed   to block. Moments   later,   and   with   Aberdare   now   on   top,   another brilliant    opportunity    avaded    the    hosts    as    Djilla    again burst   in   on   the   right   after   once   again   beating   offside calls   and,   with Ali   unmarked   in   the   centre   leaving   a   2   on 1   with   Green,   the   forward   was   caught   in   two   minds   to either   shoot   or   square   the   ball   and   in   the   end   saw   a tame shot saved. Jack   Carlick   missed   a   simple   chance   for   Saints   before disaster   struck   just   before   the   break   as   a   slick   move saw    a    long    range    effort    deflect    off    the    referee    and instead   of   calling   it   back   for   a   drop   ball   play   continued and    Pryor    made    a    fantastic    save    after    being    wrong footed but Loss was on hand to knock in the loose ball. It   was   a   devasting   blow   for Aber   which   took   the   wind   out of   their   sales   and   moments   after   the   second   half   re- started   they   went   3-1   ahead   as   they   failed   to   clear   their lines   in   defence,   Finlayson   appeared   to   be   pushed   over and with play going on Connor Keating found the net. Aberdare    almost    got    back    into    it    on    51    minutes    as Eastwood   escaped   down   the   left,   cut   into   the   box   and sent   a   thunderbolt   of   a   shot   towards   the   roof   of   the   net only   for   Green   to   get   a   touch   on   the   ball   tipping   it   onto the bar. Ten    minutes    later    and    another    golden    chance    went begging   as   a   poor   backpass   by   Ashley   Davies   put   Ali through   on   goal   but   he   didn’t   connect   properly   at   all   and Green again was grateful to claim. After   that   miss   it   went   downhill   rapidly   for   Aberdare   as Loss   notched   his   second   after   a   spill   by   Pryor   and   then substitute   Cavan   Williams   netted   their   fifth   after   being given too much time and space in the area. The   rout   was   complete   with   12   minutes   to   go   as   another substitute   Kallum   Thomas   scored   the   sixth   to   leave   the Aberdare   faithful,   who   had   turned   out   in   good   numbers, to    reflect    on    what    might    have    been    if    the    first    half performance had continued into the second period. A   tough   game   away   to   Pencoed   awaits   on   Saturday   and points   are   needed   urgently   to   halt   the   worrying   slide   and to move away from the foot of the table towards safety.
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