Match report by Richard Rowlands The   opening   fixture   of   2018      saw Aberdare   still   reeling   from   the   aftermath   of   the   departure   of   several   players   and   going   into   this   fixture   with   Dai   Gregory   getting   a   late   call up as a fill-in keeper and Manager Wayne Powell giving new signings,  local product Mario Scaccia and ex Risca United’s Killian Kingston their debuts in midfield.   All three were to provide excellent performances in what turned out to be a thrilling encounter with no little controversy. Central   defender   Matt   Flynn   started   up   front   in   this   rejigged   line   up   and   things   started   well   with   who   was   to   be   man   of   the   match,   Rhys   Tandy   making   now   one   of   his   familiar   right   flank raids and crossing for Elliot Morris to steer home. But as was to be the theme of the day,  the visitors were soon level with Breig Matthews converting from the spot after Elliot Gowan had been brought down in the box. A third goal within five minutes was to arrive when from a Seb Haggett corner the ball found its way to Morris who smashed home past the helpless Lewis Gibbs in the West End goal. Minutes later there was a chance for a quick fire hat trick but his shot from a free kick flashed past the post. The   assault   continued   with   debutants   Sciacca   and   Kingston   showing   up   well   and   it   was   the   latter   who   got   himself   on   the   score   sheet   when   a   measured   cross   from   that   man   Tandy found him at the far post powerfully heading home for a two goal cushion. With   only   a   half   hour   on   the   clock,   back   came   the   visitors   with   a   second   penalty.   Rhys   Williams   was   adjudged   to   have   handled   in   the   area   and   Matthews   was   rather   fortunate   to celebrate his second with Gregory’s great effort partially saving the spot kick only to see it squirm over the line as he desperately attempted to clutch.  Controversy   was   to   reign   at   the   other   end   when   Tandy   flummoxed   three   defenders   and   as   he   prepared   to   fire   appeared   to   be   tripped. Amid   howls   of   protest   referee,   Hollyoake   yellow carded the winger for simulation. This was to prove one of two pivotal decisions both detrimental to Aberdare’s hopes in this pulsating match . Half Time: Aberdare Town 3-2 West End Supporters   of   both   sides   had   been   provided   with   an   exhilarating   first   half   and   were   treated   to   even   more   dramas   in   an   equally   thrilling   second   period   which   opened   positively   for   the hosts. An   early   corner   found   the   West   End   defence   wanting   and Tandy   in   a   melee   of   players   found   Phillips,   who   had   celebrated   the   birth   of   a   daughter   just   before   Christmas,   joyously   hook   in for a two goal cushion.  Just   ten   minutes   later   the   second   vital   decision   was   to   come   about   following   a   mid-   field   “handbags”   incident   but   with   the Assistant   referee   intervening   resulting   in   a   rapid   second   yellow for Matt Flynn and a sending off.  From   what   had   appeared   was   going   to   be   a   comfortable   home   win,   West   End   now   found   renewed   energy   and   Elliot   Gowan   should   have   reduced   the   arrears   blasting   over   from   only five yards out.  Just past the hour the visitors did, with Matthews sneaking in to score after the defence had failed to deal with a looping ball into the box.  The last half hour saw Aberdare comfortably holding their own but with the pitch becoming more and more sticky legs began to tire as the ten men held out. Ex Cardiff Met player Tom Rees came on for his debut and Cory Thomas for Seb Haggett who had ran himself to a standstill in his lone striker role following the dismissal of Flynn. Calamity   came   a   minute   into   injury   time   when   Phillips   bundled   over   a   player   who   appeared   to   be   going   nowhere   and   Mr   Hollyoake   pointed   to   the   spot   yet   again   and   Matthews   gratefully struck home his third spot kick and overall a fourth for a day he will long remember. There   was   still   time   for   the   visitors   to   construct   another   dangerous   move   and   there   were   clear   calls   for   another   penalty   as   Gregory   collided   with   Matthews   with   the   ball   flying   over   the crossbar. With the final whistle fans of both teams applauded the players off the field  though may be not so warmly the officials. Man of the Match: Rhys Tandy Team: Dai Gregory, Matthew Glassey, Phil Clark, Rhys Williams, John Phillips, Killian Kingston, Elliott Morris, Mario Scaccia, Matthew Flynn, Seb Haggett, Rhys Tandy Subs used: Tom Rees, Cory Thomas Subs not used:   Ben Gibbs, Scott Griffiths, Rhys Harries
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Match report by Richard Rowlands The    opening    fixture    of    2018        saw    Aberdare    still    reeling    from    the aftermath    of    the    departure    of    several    players    and    going    into    this fixture   with   Dai   Gregory   getting   a   late   call   up   as   a   fill-in   keeper   and Manager    Wayne    Powell    giving    new    signings,        local    product    Mario Scaccia    and    ex    Risca    United’s    Killian    Kingston    their    debuts    in midfield.   All   three   were   to   provide   excellent   performances   in   what   turned   out   to   be   a thrilling encounter with no little controversy. Central   defender   Matt   Flynn   started   up   front   in   this   rejigged   line   up   and things   started   well   with   who   was   to   be   man   of   the   match,   Rhys   Tandy making   now   one   of   his   familiar   right   flank   raids   and   crossing   for   Elliot   Morris to steer home. But   as   was   to   be   the   theme   of   the   day,      the   visitors   were   soon   level   with Breig    Matthews    converting    from    the    spot    after    Elliot    Gowan    had    been brought down in the box. A   third   goal   within   five   minutes   was   to   arrive   when   from   a   Seb   Haggett corner    the    ball    found    its    way    to    Morris    who    smashed    home    past    the helpless Lewis Gibbs in the West End goal. Minutes   later   there   was   a   chance   for   a   quick   fire   hat   trick   but   his   shot   from   a free kick flashed past the post. The   assault   continued   with   debutants   Sciacca   and   Kingston   showing   up well   and   it   was   the   latter   who   got   himself   on   the   score   sheet   when   a measured   cross   from   that   man   Tandy   found   him   at   the   far   post   powerfully heading home for a two goal cushion. With   only   a   half   hour   on   the   clock,   back   came   the   visitors   with   a   second penalty.   Rhys   Williams   was   adjudged   to   have   handled   in   the   area   and Matthews   was   rather   fortunate   to   celebrate   his   second   with   Gregory’s   great effort   partially   saving   the   spot   kick   only   to   see   it   squirm   over   the   line   as   he desperately attempted to clutch.  Controversy   was   to   reign   at   the   other   end   when   Tandy   flummoxed   three defenders   and   as   he   prepared   to   fire   appeared   to   be   tripped. Amid   howls   of protest   referee,   Hollyoake   yellow   carded   the   winger   for   simulation. This   was to   prove   one   of   two   pivotal   decisions   both   detrimental   to   Aberdare’s   hopes in this pulsating match . Half Time: Aberdare Town 3-2 West End Supporters   of   both   sides   had   been   provided   with   an   exhilarating   first   half and   were   treated   to   even   more   dramas   in   an   equally   thrilling   second   period which opened positively for the hosts. An   early   corner   found   the   West   End   defence   wanting   and   Tandy   in   a   melee of   players   found   Phillips,   who   had   celebrated   the   birth   of   a   daughter   just before Christmas, joyously hook in for a two goal cushion.  Just   ten   minutes   later   the   second   vital   decision   was   to   come   about   following a   mid-   field   “handbags”   incident   but   with   the   Assistant   referee   intervening resulting in a rapid second yellow for Matt Flynn and a sending off.  From   what   had   appeared   was   going   to   be   a   comfortable   home   win,   West End   now   found   renewed   energy   and   Elliot   Gowan   should   have   reduced   the arrears blasting over from only five yards out.  Just   past   the   hour   the   visitors   did,   with   Matthews   sneaking   in   to   score   after the defence had failed to deal with a looping ball into the box.  The   last   half   hour   saw   Aberdare   comfortably   holding   their   own   but   with   the pitch   becoming   more   and   more   sticky   legs   began   to   tire   as   the   ten   men   held out. Ex   Cardiff   Met   player   Tom   Rees   came   on   for   his   debut   and   Cory   Thomas for   Seb   Haggett   who   had   ran   himself   to   a   standstill   in   his   lone   striker   role following the dismissal of Flynn. Calamity   came   a   minute   into   injury   time   when   Phillips   bundled   over   a   player who   appeared   to   be   going   nowhere   and   Mr   Hollyoake   pointed   to   the   spot yet    again    and    Matthews    gratefully    struck    home    his    third    spot    kick    and overall a fourth for a day he will long remember. There   was   still   time   for   the   visitors   to   construct   another   dangerous   move and   there   were   clear   calls   for   another   penalty   as   Gregory   collided   with Matthews with the ball flying over the crossbar. With   the   final   whistle   fans   of   both   teams   applauded   the   players   off   the   field     though may be not so warmly the officials. Man of the Match: Rhys Tandy Team:   Dai   Gregory,   Matthew   Glassey,   Phil   Clark,   Rhys   Williams,   John Phillips,   Killian   Kingston,   Elliott   Morris,   Mario   Scaccia,   Matthew   Flynn,   Seb Haggett, Rhys Tandy Subs used: Tom Rees, Cory Thomas Subs not used:   Ben Gibbs, Scott Griffiths, Rhys Harries
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