Kick off:19:30 Friday, 24 Aug 2012
at Park Avenue, Aberystwyth
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Richard Harrington
Marc Connolly score the equaliser
Aberystwyth Town came within three minutes of a memorable victory this evening at Park Avenue, before a hotly debated penalty, converted by Mark Connolly, earned ten man Bala Town a draw (reports ATFC.org.uk)
Kick off for the game was delayed due to a car breakdown, and young goalkeeper James Wood made his debut in goal for the Black and Greens. The first half was a very tight affair with two well organised sides mainly cancelling each other out. For the hosts Cledan Davies twice went close, as did Declan Carroll who was impressive in centre midfield, while for the visitors Stephen Brown’s cross shot was tipped onto the bar by Wood.
The second half started in the same vein, but did eventually open up. Connolly fired just wide, and then angled a header just past the post from Stuart Jones’ free kick, but at the other end Gavin Cadwallader’s header grazed the crossbar. Adam Worton’s corner then caused consternation in Bala’s box, Wyn Thomas clipped the ball back in, and when it deflected out to Jordan Follows, he scored with a superb low drive from 20 yards out, and Aber had the lead just before the hour. After 74 minutes Bala’s Conall Murtagh was sent off for a second yellow card, and Aber tried to see the game out, but the ten men did well to stay in the game. Sub Ryan Jones scraped the crossbar with a shot, and then Ian Sheridan collided with Liam James in the box, and the referee pointed to the spot. Connolly equalised for the Lakesiders, and although Follows and sub Glyndwr Hughes went close for the Black and Greens in injury time, the game ended all square.