REPORT BY RICHARD ROWLANDS Goal less matches come in several guises but this was a game providing exhilarating football throughout, providing an excellent afternoon’s fayre for an appreciative audience who gave warm applause to the players as they returned to the dressing rooms with both sides having left nothing out on the pitch. This was STM’S first visit to Aberdare and the rapidly rising East Cardiff outfit left with just one point following two opening wins.  Still missing several regulars, Aberdare were further hit with injuries to several key players but will take great comfort from the performance with several players vying for the man of the match accolade. Elliot Morris and Mitchell Boyce made welcome returns and were soon in the action as Aberdare fashioned several moves with Rhys Tandy and Rhys Jones constant threats from the flanks. Some of the football was a joy to behold and it was only resolute defensive play that kept the home team in check. The visitors, although under the cosh for long periods, were more than capable of producing sharp raids and young Levi Jones had to be alert to rob Dale Gardiner has he prepared to pull the trigger from six yards and keeper Clint Forbes used his feet superbly to block Curtis Scotto who was hareing down on goal. Aberdare’s best chance fell to Seb Haggett who latched onto a clever through ball by Morris to see his shot travel narrowly wide. Half Time: Aberdare Town 0-0 STM Sports Aberdare began the second half strongly with a Richard Ingram corner frantically cleared and a searching through ball from the non-stop Boyce, who is proving to be the find of the season, releasing Haggett who was halted by a brave and what had to be a well- timed stop with his feet by STM keeper, Chris Golton who also saved well from a Tandy effort. The visitors came more into the game as the half moved on but Aberdare were not helped by injuries to the industrious wing back Andrew Ellis from a fiery mistimed challenge, midfield star Luke Jones and to front runner Morris which all forced changes to the set up. As the game progressed Aberdare started to defend deeper and deeper with the three Jones’ Gareth, Levi and man of the match Rhys rocks in defence and the introduction of the inexperienced  Ben Gibbs who was to enjoy this steep ascent in his learning curve held firm. The game was becoming a feisty affair but it was at the STM end that the main talking point of the match was to occur when Haggett, steaming through on goal appeared to be held back by a defender forcing his strike to be mishit but to the consternation of the home fans, referee Walters waved away the strong appeals.  STM brought on Lamin Conteh to freshen up the attack and he was to prove a constant menace with his strong play. Kris Collins had by this time replaced Morris suffering from severe cramp and Sam Phillips for what looked a nasty injury to Luke Jones but still they held out. STM coming closest with an effort crashing against the crossbar from a corner. That was to be the end of the meaningful action and a depleted Aberdare left the field  delighted with the well- earned point. Man of the Match: Rhys Jones
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Team Line-Up 1 Clint FORBES 2 Rhys JONES 3 Andrew ELLIS 4 Levi JONES 5 Gareth JONES 6 Luke JONES 7 Richard INGRAM 8 Mitchell BOYCE 9 Rhys TANDY 10 Elliott MORRIS 11 Seb HAGGETT Substitutes 12 Rikki EVANS 14 Ben GIBBS 15 Kristian COLLINS 16 Sam PHILLIPS 17 Gareth HARBORD
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