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Met too good for Aber

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Aberystwyth Town • 0
Cardiff Met • 2

TWO deflected goals, from Joel Edwards and an own goal from Jon McKenna, were enough to confirm Cardiff Met’s victory at Park Avenue last Saturday afternoon (Sept 9), after a difficult task for the Black and Greens had been made even tougher by Joe Culshaw’s sixth minute dismissal.

Bolstered by the return of strikers Craig Hobson, John Owen and Luke Borrelli, Aber looked to make a positive start, but Manager Neville Powell’s plans were thrown into disarray when Culshaw’s reckless tackle on Kyle McCarthy earned the left back a straight red card with barely five minutes on the clock.

Chris Baker fired over for the visitors but a tactical switch to move Kellaway and Owen up front improved Aber’s game immensely and they went on to enjoy a purple patch from the quarter hour mark.

Kellaway surged down the left but his cross just eluded Owen, before the selfsame Kellaway saw a near range lob tipped over by Will Fuller.

Ryan Wollacott then headed just wide from Cledan Davies’ corner, before Kellaway again surged to feed Owen who narrowly missed the target, ruffling the side netting instead.

With Met’s passing going astray, Aber looked to be on top and Fuller again had to punch a rasping shot from Declan Walker wide, before palming on Owen cross to safety.

As in previous games however the hosts were punished for failing to convert, as Met came back into things.

Adam Roscrow curled a shot wide, Elliot Evans sent a free kick straight at Chris Mullock, and then disaster struck as impressive left back Edwards surged into the Aber box and his left wing cross was deflected past Mullock for a soft opener which was harsh on the hosts.

The goal changed the game with Jordan Lam dancing past two home defenders before finding the side netting, Evans hitting the post and McCarthy missing from close range, and the Black and Greens were probably glad to hear the half time whistle having battled hard with ten men to make a game of it.

The hosts created the first chance of the second half as Ashley Young released Kellaway, who burst forward before sending a low effort past the post.

With Aber imposing a high press on the visitors defence things were looking hopeful and an even period ensued, with Evans twice denied by Mullock before Kellaway’s goalbound back header drew an amazing tip over from Fuller, with home supporters howling for a penalty after an Aber player appeared to be hauled to the ground in the box.

With the match in the balance the hosts were again punished as another soft cross from the right wing was deflected past Mullock by McKenna to double Met’s advantage and kill the game.

Borrelli brought yet another save from Fuller with a sweet volley, but back came Met with Adam Roscrow twice going close.

Having made three subs Aber’s nightmare day was completed as John Owen hobbled off to reduce Town to nine men, and from here they did well not to concede further, with Mullock denying Charlie Corsby and Evans again in injury time.

Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for Aber last weekend, and they will be hoping for better luck in front of goal, and elsewhere on the pitch, this Saturday (Sept 16) as they travel to Latham Park to face Newtown (ko 2.30pm).

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Return: Ben Rees-Davies returns to Germany this weekend

CARDIGAN light-welterweight boxer Ben Rees-Davies returns to the scene of his greatest performance this week (Oct 19-22) when he competes in the prestigious Eindhoven Box Cup in Germany.

Seventeen months ago, the talented 25-year-old acquitted himself superbly by winning a bronze medal in a tournament which invariably draws some of the finest amateurs in Europe and the world.

Rees-Davies – a lance corporal in the Royal Welsh Regiment – eventually lost in the semi-finals to Russian number one Arman Zakaryan, the 2015 European champion and an Olympic qualifier.

A series of injuries mean that the former Cardigan ABC man has not boxed since losing in the Welsh Championships quarter-finals in March.

But Rees-Davies says he is now fully fit, fuelled by the nagging belief he has never quite fulfilled his potential – and by the fact he may soon have to hang up his gloves.

“I’m entered into an 18-man strong group with boxers from all over the world, it’s a Commonwealth Games qualifying tournament so there will be a fantastic pedigree of boxers,” he told the Herald.

“I’ve had a few frustrating injuries since the Welsh Championships so I haven’t been active, but if anything it’s made me more hungry to get back in the ring and achieve big things this year.

“For me it’s a massive season, and it could be my last so I’m aiming to achieve as much as I can and show my true potential once and for all.”

Rees-Davies said the time was approaching when he would have to focus wholeheartedly on his Army career.

He explained: “I want to progress with promotion. I love boxing with all my heart, but I have to think of my career also.”

He said he was ‘eternally grateful’ to long-time friend Anthony Studley, of Hair Lounge 4 Men in Cardigan – himself a former Cardigan ABC boxer – for helping him with funding.

“I massively appreciate help from him and he’s a credit to the town,” he said.

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Aber knocked out by Reds

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Battle: Aberaeron and Llanelli players go for the ball​

Aberaeron • 1
Llanelli Town • 6
JD Welsh Cup

LLANELLI T​OWN proved too strong for Aberaeron ​last Saturday (Oct 7), as they were knocked out of the JD Welsh Cup by their Welsh League Division 1 opponents.

With the pitch looking immaculate the scene was set for a memorable cup tie but unfortunately that dream only lasted five minutes.

Aberaeron, who have regularly conceded easy goals from lost possession​,​ were left in no doubt that it should be safety first.

A cleared defensive header from an early corner for Llanelli should have been dealt with but possession was lost and a quick cross was easily headed in to the net.

Before Aberaeron could settle, Llanelli’s star player Lee Trundle beat three players to give himself a sight on goal and he thundered an unstoppable shot in off the underside of the bar.

Aberaeron woke up and Matty Davies was twice through on goal but no end product. Llanelli were passing well and Lee Trundle found himself one on one against Sion Clark. He turned cleverly leaving the defender in his wake and was unceremoniously upended for a clear penalty. Trundle drove it hard to the keeper’s left for number three.

Once more Aberaeron came in to the game, but passes were awry and often intercepted. A long clearance from Llanelli was not caught by Edwards, the Aberaeron keeper and the ball was easily tapped in to an empty net​.​

The second half was an attempt at a pride salvaging operation and Aberaeron gave a good account of themselves without finding the opponents net.

Trundle was kept at bay for the majority of the half but his trickery once more led to him being fouled in the box and he, once more, slammed the ball to the keeper’s left for five nil.

Aberaeron did get a consolation goal from the penalty spot from Matty Davies before another calamitous defending error gave Llanelli a sixth.

The score did not truly reflect the game but it reflects the ruthlessness of an ex professional striker who, clearly writes his own headlines- quite deservedly.

For Aberaeron, these are worrying times and the next three fixtures are ‘must wins’.

If Aberaeron cannot eradicate the problem of losing simple possession then it’s going to a long and very difficult season.

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Aber climb off the bottom

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Chance: Ryan Wade comes close with a chance for Aber

Aberystwyth Town • 0
Barry Town • 0

ABERYSTWYTH TOWN earned themselves a point to climb off the bottom of the JD Welsh Premier League table last Saturday afternoon (Oct 7), as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Barry Town United at Park Avenue.

Both sides missed good opportunities to win the game in the second half, but the game ended in stalemate as both managers settled for a point apiece.

Aber manager Nev Powell made one change to the starting line-up from Tuesday’s Nathaniel MG Cup defeat to Airbus UK Broughton, with John Owen replacing Cledan Davies, which meant Mathew Jones started at left back for the first time in his Black and Greens’ career.

Both sides started the game cautiously, with the game lacking any real rhythm through the first 15 minutes. Barry came closest to opening the scoring on 16 minutes, as Chris Mullock somehow pulled off an instinctive point-blank save from Kayne Mclaggon’s close range shot.

Mclaggon was forced off through injury shortly afterwards, and Macauley Southam fired a long-range effort over the bar for the visitors.

Aber continued to struggle to get any threatening attacking play going, with Ryan Wade shooting well wide of the post on separate occasions.

The half time whistle could not come soon enough for the 233 spectators at Park Avenue.

The first 15 minutes of the second half again proved to be rather uninspiring for the neutrals, as both sides struggled to create clear-cut chances.

On 60 minutes, Aber’s midfield maestro Malcolm Melvin, and soon after striker Craig Hobson were introduced in place of Ryan Wollacott and Joe Phillips, with manager Nev Powell looking for some fresh impetus from his side.

Aber began to slowly crank up the pressure on the visitors’ rear guard, as Ryan Wade shot straight at Barry keeper Mike Lewis, before Hobson almost converted an in-swinging Ashley Young free kick.

Barry themselves continues to look dangerous on the counter attack with the pace of wide men Tyrrell Webbe and Drew Fahiya, but on 87 minutes Aber again came close to the breakthrough as Hobson headed Wade’s cross into the side-netting.

Aber looked for one last chance as the game headed into three minutes of added time, and they very nearly found the winner in the dying seconds as right back Declan Walker brought the ball down from the sky and fired a low shot towards goal, only for it to hit the outside of the post.

This was another occasion where Aber have to settle for a point when it could so easily have been three, but manager Nev Powell will take encouragement from the organisation and defensive qualities his side showed today, keeping their first clean sheet in the league this season.

Town now turn their attentions to their next JD Welsh Premier League fixture away to Llandudno, on Saturday (Oct 14).

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