Match report by Ray Pearce Picture by Ian Pearce A tough JD Welsh cup tie at Ardal South West League side Ynysygerwn saw Aberdare in their first competitive game of the season. The first line-up of the season was similar to that of what had been a successful last campaign for Aber with the only change being the returning Morgan Rowling taking his place at the heart of the defence. Youth team product Cameron McHale found himself on the bench alongside new Brazilian signing Wilhan Pratti. On a breezy but mainly dry afternoon, the visitors saw Leon Jacka's drive well tipped over by the home 'keeper. After the first resulting corner was cleared a second from Jacka saw Jordan Jones rifle in a low shot from the left side of the box to send the considerable Aber following into raptures. It got even better on 26 minutes as Jacka's corner was headed against the post by Certrus Construction Player of the Match Owen Jones, Dan Collins knocking in the rebound. 2-0 to the visitors but the hosts soon put in some attacks, 3 chances in 3 minutes going close with Callum Dunning having to be equal to the home striker with a brave block. Both sides continued to build well with Dunning doing well again just before the break to thwart the home attacker when 1 on 1. It was likely that the next goal was going to be vital, the hosts easily tapping in a right wing cross on 48 minutes. Dunning did well to tip over a 53rd minute effort while his opposite number made an excellent save from substitute Shay Welch just 10 minutes later. The hard-working away side made some fine last ditch tackles as their opponents exerted more pressure. Sadly for Aberdare an 88th minute cross from the right was headed in for the equaliser. And so straight to penalties, as everyone knows you do not always get what you deserve from the previous 90 plus minutes. With neither 'keeper able to keep out any penalty with Leon Jacka, Jordan Jones and Owen Jones all converting and the hosts responding accordingly. Kellan Webb missed his kick and with the hosts then taking the lead Connor Berry converted meaning it was down to the last Ynys penalty which they converted and the home side prevailed 5-4. Obvious disappointment for all concerned with Aberdare. However to have competed brilliantly at a team from 2 divisions higher should show what the new league season may bring. TEAM: Callum Dunning, Jordan Jones, Brychan Davies (Kellan Webb), Owen Jones, Morgan Rowling, Aaron Rowling, Leon Jacka ©, Josh Davies (Shay Welch), Connor Berry, Dan Collins, Jayden Davies Subs not used: Wilhan Pratti, Harri Jones, Cameron McHale
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Published Saturday 29th July 2023
Unlucky Town lose on penalties in JD Welsh Cup
ABERDARE TOWN Football Club
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“Where toil the Cymry deep in sunless pits and emptying all their hills to warm the world”
W.H.Davies
Match report by Ray Pearce Picture by Ian Pearce A tough JD Welsh cup tie at Ardal South West League side Ynysygerwn saw Aberdare in their first competitive game of the season. The first line-up of the season was similar to that of what had been a successful last campaign for Aber with the only change being the returning Morgan Rowling taking his place at the heart of the defence. Youth team product Cameron McHale found himself on the bench alongside new Brazilian signing Wilhan Pratti. On a breezy but mainly dry afternoon, the visitors saw Leon Jacka's drive well tipped over by the home 'keeper. After the first resulting corner was cleared a second from Jacka saw Jordan Jones rifle in a low shot from the left side of the box to send the considerable Aber following into raptures. It got even better on 26 minutes as Jacka's corner was headed against the post by Certrus Construction Player of the Match Owen Jones, Dan Collins knocking in the rebound. 2-0 to the visitors but the hosts soon put in some attacks, 3 chances in 3 minutes going close with Callum Dunning having to be equal to the home striker with a brave block. Both sides continued to build well with Dunning doing well again just before the break to thwart the home attacker when 1 on 1. It was likely that the next goal was going to be vital, the hosts easily tapping in a right wing cross on 48 minutes. Dunning did well to tip over a 53rd minute effort while his opposite number made an excellent save from substitute Shay Welch just 10 minutes later. The hard-working away side made some fine last ditch tackles as their opponents exerted more pressure. Sadly for Aberdare an 88th minute cross from the right was headed in for the equaliser. And so straight to penalties, as everyone knows you do not always get what you deserve from the previous 90 plus minutes. With neither 'keeper able to keep out any penalty with Leon Jacka, Jordan Jones and Owen Jones all converting and the hosts responding accordingly. Kellan Webb missed his kick and with the hosts then taking the lead Connor Berry converted meaning it was down to the last Ynys penalty which they converted and the home side prevailed 5-4. Obvious disappointment for all concerned with Aberdare. However to have competed brilliantly at a team from 2 divisions higher should show what the new league season may bring. TEAM: Callum Dunning, Jordan Jones, Brychan Davies (Kellan Webb), Owen Jones, Morgan Rowling, Aaron Rowling, Leon Jacka ©, Josh Davies (Shay Welch), Connor Berry, Dan Collins, Jayden Davies Subs not used: Wilhan Pratti, Harri Jones, Cameron McHale
Published Saturday 29th July 2023
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Unlucky Town lose on penalties in JD Welsh Cup
© 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”