Llandudno's European Hopes Shattered
Llandudno's Chances Of Earning European Football Next Season Look Slim To None After 2-0 Home Defeat To Aberystwyth.
It was a battle of the Seasiders at the Giant Hospitality Stadium as Llandudno welcomed Aberystwyth for a Sunday afternoon game live on the Sgorio cameras. Three points would put Llandudno just two points behind 7th placed Newtown, turning up the heat in the race for European play-offs.
Llandudno started brightly, always looking forward and playing positive football. An early penalty appeal was waved away as Gareth Evans burst into the box and ended up on the ground, but the referee said no foul.
Aberystwyth took the lead against the run of play through Mark Jones on 12 minutes. Jones bundled the ball through a group of Town players, knocked the ball past the onrushing Dave Roberts, and rolled it into the corner.
Llandudno tried to find an equaliser and almost had it when Danny Shaw met a good cross from the left, but his effort was inches over the crossbar. That was the only real chance Llandudno managed for the remainder of the half, and the two sides went in with Aber leading 1-0.
Another lively start in the second half for Town as they looked for a way back into the game. Danny Taylor hit a low cross into the box and Lee Thomas almost got on the end of it, but some desperate defending form Aber was enough to get rid of the ball.
Llandudno went on to have another two strong penalty appeals dismissed. The first saw Jamie Reed brought down, and the Town players were outraged by the decision not to award a penalty. The second appeal saw Marc Williams booked for supposedly diving, although it seemed clear he was impeded.
With Llandudno unable to muster any threatening chances, Aberystwyth managed to double their lead in the 76th minute via Malcolm Melvin. Mark Jones beat Taylor in the middle of the park, and as he took on the Llandudno centre backs the ball fell to Melvin who slotted past Roberts.
Young Owain Jones made an impact off the bench, taking on players for fun. He managed to get a shot away after a brilliant run down the right and into the box, but Chris Mullock saved smartly.
And that was all as the referee brought an end to what can only be described as a poor performance overall from Llandudno in their final home game of the season. It could be argued that with three strong penalty appeals dismissed that the officials' decisions went against us, but having said that the performance from the players wasn't worth of a win today.