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Aber’s Owen in Wales C squad

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THE Football Association of Wales has today (Feb 28) announced the Wales C International Squad to face England C in a friendly match at Jenner Park in Barry on Tuesday, March 20.

Manager Mark Jones has selected a squad of 18 players from the JD Welsh Premier League, plus two players that will train with the squad in the camp before the game.

Aberystwyth Town’s John Owen is one of the attacking players that Jones will have at his disposal having impressed with recent performances.

Reigning Champions The New Saints are represented by Aeron Edwards and Connell Rawlinson. Rawlinson has been with the Saints since 2010, and has won fifteen trophies in that time period, including six Welsh Premier League titles. Team-mate Edwards has one more, having been at the heart of the Saints’ midfield since 2009.

There’s plenty representation from sides in the top half of this season’s table. Bangor City’s Danny Gosset has stood out in his second season at the club with his composed performances in midfield. Joining Gosset is teammate Guto Williams, called up as one of the two players to train with the squad in camp alongside Prestatyn Town’s Noah Edwards.

Noah won’t be the only member of his family in the squad, as brother Kai has also been selected from Connah’s Quay Nomads, alongside defensive partner Mike Pearson and midfielder Jay Owen.

Cefn Druids defender Naim Arsan is no stranger to wearing the red of Wales, having represented his country in Futsal, and has impressed in a Druids side that defied many pundits predictions to finish in the top six as the league split in January.

Bala Town and Cardiff Met will each be represented by two players. For Bala, stalwarts Ashley Morris and Chris Venables have over 500 WPL appearances between them and were both part of last year’s Welsh Cup winning side.

Met duo Adam Roscrow and Eliot Evans have 21 goals between them this season and won the League’s Player of the Month for August and October respectively.

Arsan’s Futsal team-mate, Chris Hugh, is one of four Barry Town United players in with a chance of representing their country at their home ground.

Striker Kayne McLaggon has been terrorising defenders since moving to Barry in the summer, and he joins goalkeeper Mike Lewis and midfielder Jordan Cotterill in the squad.

Newtown defender T. Craig Williams is a veteran of the league, having made over 300 appearancesfor his hometown club, and offers versatility across the back line.

Finishing the squad, and the attacking options at Jones’ disposal, is Llandudno’s Toby Jones, who has also impressed with recent performances.

Tickets for the game are available on www.faw.cymru/tickets and from the clubhouse at Jenner Park. The game will also be streamed online by S4C on the Sgorio Facebook page and on the S4C website.

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Bow Street celebrate 2018/19 season

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AN excellent gathering of players, wives, girlfriends and officials attended the annual Bow Street Football Club dinner at the Marine Hotel in Aberystwyth on May 17, to celebrate the end of the 2018/2019 season.

The season saw both the first and reserve teams consolidate themselves in their respective leagues after indifferent starts. The highlight though was the Under 19 team winning the Mid Wales League Cup and finishing runners up in their league.

All enjoyed a magnificent carvery, and the Chairman, Wyn Lewis thanked the Marine for the superb welcome and warm hospitality.

The Chairman thanked all at the club who had contributed during the season both on and off the field.

He was particularly proud of all the support that the teams had received during the season.

He then announced the first award of the evening – ‘Clubman Of The Year’.

This proved an extremely popular announcement as it was awarded to Richard Lucas, who is stepping down from the first team Management after 5 years.

Richard has contributed fully to the activities of the club for over 20 years as a player, junior coach and coordinator and as part of the senior team management.

Sion Manley and Rhys Evans the Under 19 Managers then introduced the awards for a team which had exceeded all expectations by winning the prestigious League Cup.

The popular management duo of Rhodri Jones and Leighton Reynolds introduced the awards in relation to the Reserve team, and Barry Williams, Richard Lucas and Amlyn Ifans, the First team management, announced the awards relating to the senior team.

The final award of the evening was the Pat Evans Memorial Award, which was given to the ‘Supporters’ Player Of The Year’ – winner being Tomos Wyn Roberts.

The evening, concluded with short speeches from Dylan Roberts on behalf of the sponsors and Allan ‘Baba’ Evans, vice president of the club.

Awards:

Bow Street FC Firsts

Players player of the year: Matthew Pemberthy & Tom Wyn Roberts

Supporters player of the year: Tom Wyn Roberts

Top Goalscorer: Tomos Williams

Manager’s player of the year: Matthew Pemberthy

Young player of the year: Ryan Evans

Most improved young player: Bradley Walsh

Bow Street Reserves

Managers Player of the Year: Jac Williams

Player of the year: Neil Davies & Shaun Jones

Top goalscorer: Shaun Jones

Under 19

Top goalscorer: Shaun Jones

Players Player: Siencyn Jones

Managers Player: Harry Turner

Clubman Of The Year: Richard Lucas

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Bow Street reveal new Football Festival sponsor

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THE prestigious Bow Street FC Junior festival celebrates its 17th anniversary on July 13-14 this year, and the club are delighted to reveal their new event sponsor.

Castell Howell Foods, firmly established as one of the UK’s leading independent food wholesalers, has agreed to sponsor the extremely popular event for the next two years.

Bow Street FC Chairman Wyn Lewis said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Brian Jones and Castell Howell Foods on board as our tournament sponsors.

“Castell Howell are well known for their commitment to community-based activities especially junior sport, and we appreciate the faith they have shown in us by agreeing to become our new partners.

“Brian Jones is a hugely respected figure in Welsh life and having been fortunate to meet him on a few occasions, it is obvious he has a huge passion for supporting youngsters and grass roots organisations.

“Our well-established Junior football festival is now supported by teams from across Wales and we believe that our new partnership demonstrates both its profile and the Club’s values and aspirations.”

Castell Howell’s Managing Director, Brian Jones said: “May I say how delighted, happy and proud we are to be associated with this now very well established, popular and hugely successful Junior Football Festival organised by Bow Street FC.

“We at Castell Howell are big supporters of communities and believe greatly in giving our youngsters opportunities and we are delighted to support this superb event in Bow Street.”

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Under 19s retain National League trophy

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ABERYSTWYTH Town’s Black and Green Under 19s retained their National League Trophy on Monday night (May 6) at Newtown with a well deserved 2-1 victory over Northern Champions Cefn Druids, thanks to goals from Lee Jenkins (36 mins) and captain Tom Evans, whose 75th minute strike won the match following Lewis George’s injury time equaliser for the Ancients.

Looking to repeat their first of last season by winning the Club’s first ever National League Trophy, Bari Morgan’s team started well with Dylan Benjamin and Tom Evans prominent down the right, and Harri Rowe impressing on the left side.

A number of opportunities were created with Liam Doherty and Niall Coleridge amongst others going close, but then nine minutes before the break Welsh Schools Captain Jenkins rose like a salmon to power home a header and give the Ceredigion side a priceless lead.

Oli Farebrother did brilliantly to deny George in a one on one but then in the third minute of injury time George sneaked in at the back post to equalise, leaving the game in the balance.

In truth Aber had dominated the first half without taking all their opportunities, and that pattern was repeated in the second half with Town’s back four of Rowe, Jenkins, Ryan Evans and Benjamin looking solid, Liam Berner, Carwyn Morgan and the tricky Niall Coleridge controlling the midfield and the front three of Steff Gittins, Doherty and Evans always looking dangerous.

Finally with a quarter hour remaining Evans down the right was played in by Doherty, and he expertly spun his man before blasting the winner low into the corner of the net.

Druids’ Ryan Davies was sent off with eight minutes to go and Aber saw the game out comfortably to ensure another hugely impressive triumph.

Captain Tom Evans received the Trophy amid joyous scenes and Manager Bari Morgan, Assistant Stefano Antoniazzi and Goalkeeping Coach Dave Owen were proud men as their young side celebrated another remarkable triumph.

They have a chance to earn a third Trophy of the season on Friday night at Machynlleth when they face Llanidloes Town in the Central Wales FA Youth Cup Final.

Everyone at the Club congratulates the entire squad on a wonderful achievement, which bodes well for the future of Aberystwyth Town FC and football in Ceredigion.

Photo by Colin Ewart

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