REPORT BY RICHARD ROWLANDS
After the battling midweek showing against championship chasing Llantwit Major, Aberdare approached this true six-pointer with quiet
confidence but this was found to be completely misplaced as they suffered an embarrassing defeat to fellow relegation candidates who for
the last thirty minutes played with ten men following the dismissal of their goal keeper.
This setback results in Dinas reducing the gap to eight points and as importantly will give them renewed hope and confidence that they can
escape the trap door as we enter the business end of the season.
As for Aberdare they now face a run of games which includes three against strong promotion contenders and the management team of
Wayne Powell and Gareth Harbord have tough decisions to make if they are to stabilize matters .
This was a game displaying some toothless attacking and at times shambolic defending which combined to make it a disconsolate journey
home for the large band of away supporters.
Without regular keeper James Harris, Dai Gregory took over between the sticks and there was a return for Tomos Morris to midfield.
Aberdare began brightly with the visitors winning some early corners but it took fifteen minutes before Aberdare produced a worthwhile effort
with a twenty yard screamer from Killian Kingston superbly saved by Jake Keating in the Dinas goal.
Elliot Morris brought him into action again with a crisp effort from twelve yards and there followed a series of corners which came to
nothing. Rhys Tandy was beginning to cause the home defence some problems but Dinas were well in the game notwithstanding limited
possession but with midfielders Vince Wattleworth and Jordan Martin creating some dangerous moments for the defence.
But Aberdare continued to dictate matters and a fine through ball from Jon Phillips found Elliot Morris only to see his effort desperately
cleared and Luke Davies, up from defence rose well from a corner but saw his header fly over but overall threatening attacks were
intermittent and the home back line reasonably comfortable with Aberdare producing little venom
Half Time: Dinas Powys 0-0 Aberdare Town
Scoreless at half time but with the hope that Aberdare would finally find that elusive goal was to prove groundless as Dinas started
purposefully and a Martin shot was well held by Gregory and Luke Davies had to be alert to head clear a goal bound effort.
The pressure was to tell and a Jon Phillips hand ball saw referee Taylor point to the spot to see Jordan Martin fire home for a one goal lead.
Aberdare raised the tempo as they strove for parity and their fans had room for optimism on the hour.
Seb Haggett broke clear of a high line defence but Keating spotting the danger rushed out of goal and collided with the striker a few yards
outside the box and immediately saw red .
Could Aberdare now make the advantage count as home striker Isaac Morrison took over the goal keeping duties.
Well those realistic hopes were soon to be dashed as ironically the player replacing him up front, Rhys Palmer slotted home after an
innocuous ball into the heart of the Town defence caused unforeseen havoc.
This is what no one in the crowd including the home supporters were expecting but after some sustained Town pressure but with absolutely
no cutting edge even more red faces were on show as Palmer pounced on yet another mess up in defence to rifle home for a three goal
lead leaving Town supporters nonplussed and the home support in raptures.
Aberdare huffed and puffed but quite honestly never looked like loosening a slate in their attempt to blow the opposition house down and
the game meandered to the finishing line though substitute Rhys Harries did show up well in the latter stages and to the eyes of most
thought to have earned a penalty after a blistering run into the penalty box appeared to see him upended. Even if they had got the penalty
and scored it would have been no more than a consolation goal .
The final whistle saw celebrations erupt amongst players and home supporters alike and the can look forward to their next game with
renewed hope after what has been a dismal season to date.
As for Aberdare games now come thick and fast beginning with a midweek home game against Aberbargoed Buds and a weekend trip west
to promotion candidates, Ammanford.
The character of the team is now going to be rigorously tested and one hopes that they can bounce back quickly from this ignominious
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