Aberaeron welcomed high flying Radnor to wet and windy conditions which, unfortunately effected the game somewhat. Aberaeron created the early opportunities and tested the visiting keeper on a few occasions. Lost possession in midfield saw Radnor ‘shift’ the ball ad quickly as possible to their excellent striker, Joey Price, who was able to hold off a couple of defenders and fire low under the keeper. A cruel blow, but Aberaeron as is their nature, responded well and took a firm grip of the game. The Radnor keeper was having ‘one of those days’ and made terrific saves one after another. The best was a thunderous thirty yard shot by Gareth Severs which was destined to hit the back of the net but was saved brilliantly. Aberaeron could not believe that they did not score in the first half, particularly as the strong wind was behind them.
It was going to be a tall order to create chances in the second half, however Aberaeron kept the ball on the floor and played excellent football, again creating chances which were all saved excellently.
Disaster happened after fifteen minutes when striker Wilkins was shown the yellow card for the second time and was sent off. The huge task had now become even bigger! Aberaeron, however reacted really well and took a strong hold on the game and were dominant. On twenty five minutes Ifan Burrell cleverly cut in from the right and played a great ball to midfielder Dan James who had timed his run to perfection to blast the ball in to the roof of the net to the home spectator’s delight. They continued to dominate and again were thwarted by the visiting keeper who was clearly Man of the Match. Radnor, however took the lead in an exact copy of the first goal with Joey Price running beyond the home defence and scoring comfortably. This was another cruel blow and even though Aberaeron tried to equalise the visitors finished strongly where Price might have scored another two goals but was thwarted by a brilliant tackle by Dafydd Roberts and a cleared header off the line.
Although downbeat after the game Aberaeron should be rightly proud of their performance against the team of the season so far. They will take strength from this performance and, hopefully take it to the next game.