Kick off:14:00 Saturday, 28 Aug 2010
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Lee Evans
Aberystwyth Town could have no complaints about their first defeat in the newly formed Welsh Premier League Super 12 after they were out-played, out-muscled, and out-thought by an impressive looking Airbus UK Broughton side.
The game was dominated by a strong wind, which was in Aber's face for the first half, and to be fair to the Seasiders they dealt with it reasonably well.
Town keeper Steve Cann was called into action early on, as defender Matty Woodward hit a 25 yard screamer which brought an acrobatic save from Cann. 4 minutes later and striker Carl Owen brought another tidy save from Cann, as Owen outmuscled his defender and struck a fierce shot from the edge of the box, which led to Cann having to dive low to prevent the ex-Porthmadog striker.
Phil Clarke also went close for Airbus with another long range effort and Andy Moran should have opened the scoring. A long kick up-field from keeper Kristian Rodgers evaded everyone and the ball fell kindly to Moran, but he couldn't connect with the ball and the opportunity was wasted. Abers only real chance of the first half fell to midfielder Luke Sherbon, but his effort on the half-volley went over.
On the 45 minute mark Airbus were awarded a dubious penalty. Luke Sherbon was adjudged to have brought Danny Desormeaux down in the area, and the referee pointed to the spot. Carl Owen stepped up to take it and Aber 'keeper Steve Cann saved the penalty and sent it out for a corner. From the resulting corner, Airbus were awarded another penalty. This time Luke Sherbon handled in the area and Airbus were awarded two penalties in the space of one-minute. It was Moran who took the penalty this time, and he made no mistake as he coolly sent Steve Cann the wrong way.
The second half started in the same vein as the first ended. Carl Owen went through one on one with Steve Cann, and the keeper pulled off a fine save to deny the striker. On 50 minutes Aber had a great chance to equalize; Lewis Codling came on for Ricky Evans at half time and he almost made an immediate impression. Codling was put through on goal, and he then rounded keeper Kristian Rodgers but it was a fine last ditch goal-line clearance from Matty Woodward that prevented the Liverpudlian from opening his Seasiders account. On 55 minutes Carl Owen finally got the goal he deserved by racing through a lacklustre Aberystwyth defence and finishing with an exquisite strike into the bottom corner.
Then, on 65 minutes, Airbus got the decisive goal, and it came from captain Mark Allen. Aber failed to clear a corner and the ball fell kindly to Allen, who then hammered home from close range to guarantee that the three points would be staying in Flintshire. The Aberystwyth defence were carved open yet again on 73 minutes; it was 4 on 1 for Airbus and they really should have done better with the opportunity. Much to Abers credit they kept going, and pushed defender Aneurin Thomas up front, and this seemed to pay dividends. Lewis Codling went on a weavy run and shot from the edge of the box, but a wild ricochet fell to Aneuin and he hammered his volley into the bottom corner to restore some parity to the scoreline.