Match report by Ray Pearce Picture by Beth Kelly A drizzly afternoon welcomed the visitors who had already been involved in some high scoring games this season, but, all away from home. Dylan Pearce came into the starting line-up in goal in place of Callum Dunning who was ill and there was a call up to the bench for Under 16s player Corey Hansford as well as the chance to see recent signing Jack Bethell. Pearce made his first stop after only 3 minutes while Aberdare replied with a chance which went past the Aberfan post. The eighth minute saw an away corner headed over, the hosts not able to get their normal fluid game going. Player of the Match Pearce again thwarted the dangerous Aberfan attacks, coming out well to halt an away foray on 34 minutes and again just before the break when tipping away for a corner. The hosts mounted some attacks but did not seriously trouble the away No. 1 A rare 0-0 at the interval with Aberdare needing to up their game. They did this on 49 minutes as a ball into the visitors box was not cleared and Leon Jacka sent a low shot into the net from the edge of the area. Aberfan thought they had equalised on 55 minutes but were adjudged offside before a home move down their left saw Dan Collins strike for 2-0. This was just after an away player was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle. 64 minutes saw an Aberfan effort palmed away by Pearce only for an attacker to head home. The vociferous crowd knew it was game on a knife edge, Aberdare immediately going 3-1 ahead as Shay Welch evaded the defenders to slot home. Sadly, Brychan Davies was dismissed for a second yellow to leave it at 10 men apiece. A home close range header from Connor Berry was ruled out for offside and, although the away team made several forward moves, full-time saw a hard fought Aberdare victory. TEAM: Dylan Pearce, Jordan Jones, Brychan Davies, Alex Adshead, Sam Weaver, Aaron Rowling, Leon Jacka (Corey Hansford ‘91), Josh Davies (Jack Bethell ‘57), Connor Berry, Dan Collins, Shay Welch Sub not used: Cameron McHale
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Published Saturday 30th September 2023
Ten man Town hold on to solid home Aberfan win
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“Where toil the Cymry deep in sunless pits and emptying all their hills to warm the world”
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Match report by Ray Pearce Picture by Beth Kelly A drizzly afternoon welcomed the visitors who had already been involved in some high scoring games this season, but, all away from home. Dylan Pearce came into the starting line-up in goal in place of Callum Dunning who was ill and there was a call up to the bench for Under 16s player Corey Hansford as well as the chance to see recent signing Jack Bethell. Pearce made his first stop after only 3 minutes while Aberdare replied with a chance which went past the Aberfan post. The eighth minute saw an away corner headed over, the hosts not able to get their normal fluid game going. Player of the Match Pearce again thwarted the dangerous Aberfan attacks, coming out well to halt an away foray on 34 minutes and again just before the break when tipping away for a corner. The hosts mounted some attacks but did not seriously trouble the away No. 1 A rare 0-0 at the interval with Aberdare needing to up their game. They did this on 49 minutes as a ball into the visitors box was not cleared and Leon Jacka sent a low shot into the net from the edge of the area. Aberfan thought they had equalised on 55 minutes but were adjudged offside before a home move down their left saw Dan Collins strike for 2-0. This was just after an away player was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle. 64 minutes saw an Aberfan effort palmed away by Pearce only for an attacker to head home. The vociferous crowd knew it was game on a knife edge, Aberdare immediately going 3-1 ahead as Shay Welch evaded the defenders to slot home. Sadly, Brychan Davies was dismissed for a second yellow to leave it at 10 men apiece. A home close range header from Connor Berry was ruled out for offside and, although the away team made several forward moves, full-time saw a hard fought Aberdare victory. TEAM: Dylan Pearce, Jordan Jones, Brychan Davies, Alex Adshead, Sam Weaver, Aaron Rowling, Leon Jacka (Corey Hansford ‘91), Josh Davies (Jack Bethell ‘57), Connor Berry, Dan Collins, Shay Welch Sub not used: Cameron McHale
Published Saturday 30th September 2023
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Ten man Town hold on to solid home Aberfan win
© Copyright 2023 - The official website of Aberdare Town FC
ABERDARE TOWN Football Club
W.H.Davies
“Where toil the Cymry deep in sunless pits and emptying all their hills to warm the world”
Dylan is kindly sponsored by…
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Player of Match sponsored by…
PLAYER
MATCH
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Dylan PEARCE
Photos by Beth Kelly