Match report by Ray Pearce Picture by Beth Kelly Aberdare's final game of the season saw a trip to take on the league leaders who had enjoyed a 2-1 win at Aberaman Park earlier in the season. A sunny afternoon greeted the fine away following as their side made early forays into the home half, Shay Welch doing well to send in a fine ball from the right which was cleared for a fruitless corner. The hosts gradually exerted pressure on their guests, the final pass often running through for Aber goal kicks. Evan Olson and Nicky Rees did well to create an away corner which was extremely close. The 25th minute saw Dylan Pearce tip over an Ely effort but just 2 minutes later the home side took the lead when running through to slot past Pearce. On the half-hour another attack down the middle saw a second home goal. An injury to Sam Weaver saw the introduction of Owen Jones. Just before the break Ely hit the underside of the Aber crossbar but the referee could not award a goal although they protested it had gone over the line. Manager Ryan Betteney must have had an influence as Aber upped their game in the second half, an early corner came to nothing before a fine block by Alex Adshead allowed Pearce to pick up the loose ball. Aberdare continued to work hard with their following now in full voice in appreciation of their side's play. A Leon Jacka free kick was tipped away. Ely had to absorb the pressure and rely on swift counter attacks. A roar greeted Owen Jones, in the 85th minute as he evaded home defenders to place the ball into the far corner for 2-1. A minute from the end of normal time saw Pearce make a super double save to keep his side in with a chance. After various substitutions and injuries the game entered 10 minutes of added time. Sadly, despite their efforts an equalizer did not come as Ely celebrated their victory and subsequent promotion. Particularly on the second half showing, Aberdare showed what they are capable of when playing to their utmost.
Published Saturday 22nd April 2024
Season ends with good performance at title favourites
CERTRUS CONSTRUCTION PLAYER OF THE MATCH -
LINE-UP >> D Pearce J Jones (C Hansford) S Welch (B Davies) S Weaver (O Jones) A Adshead A Rowling L Jacka J Davies N Rees (L Thomas) D Collins E Olson Subs not used… n/a
Photos by Beth Kelly
Match report by Ray Pearce Picture by Beth Kelly Aberdare's final game of the season saw a trip to take on the league leaders who had enjoyed a 2-1 win at Aberaman Park earlier in the season. A sunny afternoon greeted the fine away following as their side made early forays into the home half, Shay Welch doing well to send in a fine ball from the right which was cleared for a fruitless corner. The hosts gradually exerted pressure on their guests, the final pass often running through for Aber goal kicks. Evan Olson and Nicky Rees did well to create an away corner which was extremely close. The 25th minute saw Dylan Pearce tip over an Ely effort but just 2 minutes later the home side took the lead when running through to slot past Pearce. On the half-hour another attack down the middle saw a second home goal. An injury to Sam Weaver saw the introduction of Owen Jones. Just before the break Ely hit the underside of the Aber crossbar but the referee could not award a goal although they protested it had gone over the line. Manager Ryan Betteney must have had an influence as Aber upped their game in the second half, an early corner came to nothing before a fine block by Alex Adshead allowed Pearce to pick up the loose ball. Aberdare continued to work hard with their following now in full voice in appreciation of their side's play. A Leon Jacka free kick was tipped away. Ely had to absorb the pressure and rely on swift counter attacks. A roar greeted Owen Jones, in the 85th minute as he evaded home defenders to place the ball into the far corner for 2-1. A minute from the end of normal time saw Pearce make a super double save to keep his side in with a chance. After various substitutions and injuries the game entered 10 minutes of added time. Sadly, despite their efforts an equalizer did not come as Ely celebrated their victory and subsequent promotion. Particularly on the second half showing, Aberdare showed what they are capable of when playing to their utmost.
Published Saturday 22nd April 2024
Season ends with good performance at title favourites
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CERTRUS CONSTRUCTION PLAYER OF THE MATCH Nicky Rees
LINE-UP >> D Field J Jones B Davies K Webb (J Davies) A Adshead A Rowling L Jacka S Weaver (N Rees) S Welch D Collins E Olson Subs not used… C Hansford C McHale L Thomas
Photos by Beth Kelly