REPORT BY RICHARD ROWLANDS Aberdare produced a fine team effort with this vital victory over fellow struggler’s Dinas Powys, setting themselves well for this weekend’s derby encounter with AFC Llwydcoed.  A minutes’ silence was held before kick off in memory of Aberdare Valley football stalwart, Danny Evans made even more moving with his son Lee running the line and Danny’s widow Carol and daughter Carole Anne in attendance. Aberdare were immediately out of their stalls and two goals up within ten minutes. Levi Jones enjoying his position in midfield held up the ball well just outside the penalty area and delayed his pass to great effect, threading an exquisite through ball to Rhys Tandy, cutting in from the right, before delivering a cross to the feet of John Phillips who drilled home for a superbly crafted opener. Six minutes later and recent signing Killian Kingston stepped up and with his left foot hammered in a free kick from the edge of the box, giving Dinas keeper, Elliot Matthews no chance. This had been the ideal start and it took the visitors over 20 minutes before they created a worthwhile attack with Jordan Coles having to be alert to deflect a strike on goal from mere feet out. Ex Port Talbot keeper James Harris has proved a great acquisition with his mere presence and communication a great bonus on top of his basic skills. One such attribute is the length of his kicks and this came to the fore in the 20th minute when a kick of some 70 yards saw the Dinas defence at sea allowing the quick thinking Jon Phillips to skip through and hit a screamer past the helpless Matthews Phillips. Man of the Match Phillips was again in the action minutes later this time seeing his free kick well saved by Matthews who also did well to smother a Haggett effort. Moments later he was collecting the ball from the inside of his net. Good work by Haggett saw him earn a corner which was desperately cleared by the defence only to fall to Rhys Tandy who on the half volley fired home for what surely now would be an unassailable lead. With the defence of Coles, Rhys Williams Matthew Glassey and Phil Clark dealing solidly with the rare threats on goal. Town supporters enjoyed their half time cuppas looking for more goal mouth incident in the second half. Half Time: Aberdare Town 4-0 Dinas Powys With the pitch cutting up and the going getting heavier Aberdare were content to hold on to what they had and leave the visitors chase the game. To this end, Dinas made wholesale changes in one go with three substitutions on the hour mark. Midfielder John Young fought bravely with Isaac Morrison their stand out performer but neither was able to unlock the door with Jones, Elliot Morris and Tandy producing similar in that compartment for Aberdare. A Tandy cover tackle to deny a shot on goal was typical of their endeavours on what was now  a very sticky surface and Phil Clarke defying his years broke from his defensive duties to find Haggett with a sweet cross but Matthews saving well. Morris went agonizingly close from an effort across goal from a Phillips pass and minutes after Haggett delivered to Phillips who was denied by a most outstanding Matthews save, certainly the best seen at the Park this season. But for the brilliance of the keeper this would have capped Phillips’ day when his passing, composure and heading abilities were all to the fore producing a complete performance. This victory moves Aberdare another step away from the bottom two but continuing in this vein will soon see Town clear of any relegation fears.  Man of the Match: John Phillips
Team Line-Up 1 James HARRIS 2 Matthew GLASSEY 3 Phil CLARK 4 Rhys WILLIAMS 5 Jordan COLES 6 Levi JONES 7 Elliott MORRIS 8 Killian KINGSTON 9 John PHILLIPS 10 Seb HAGGETT 11 Rhys TANDY Substitutes 12 Tom REES 14 Ben GIBBS 15 Scott GRIFFITHS 16 Rhys HARRIES 17 Dai GREGORY
Dinas Powys
Aberdare Town
Welsh League Div 2
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