Llandudno Victorious In Battle Of The Seasiders
Goals From Shaw And Hughes Seal Away Victory
Llandudno came away with a 2-0 win at Park Avenue in what was extremely testing conditions in mid-Wales.
Aberystwyth won the toss and opted to have the wind behind them for the opening half, and duly notched up the first chance of the game as former Llandudno man John Owen ran through the midfield and blazed an effort well over Dave Robert’s goal.
Credit to both teams as they tried to play football in the conditions but naturally not too many clear cut chances were able to be produced in the opening quarter of an hour.
It was the home side who had the first real opportunity to put the ball in the back of the net as a dangerous free kick was whipped in from their right hand side, but luckily for Llandudno it evaded everyone and went out for a goal kick.
It was Aberystwyth again on the half hour mark who tried to threaten as John Owen broke away from the defence and was running in on goal, but a great recovering tackle from Danny Taylor prevented the forward from producing anything and conceded a corner instead.
It was Danny Taylor who saved Llandudno again from the resulting corner as the delivery whips past Dave Roberts and is goalbound, only for Taylor to produce a fine headed clearance off the line, not the first time that Taylor has pulled off a goal-line clearance!
Llandudno continued to try and football against the wind and James Joyce and Toby Jones linked up well and worked the ball down the field before the former picked out Ryan Edwards at the far post, but the angle was far too tight and he couldn’t direct his effort goalwards.
Despite the conditions Llandudno produced a very good half of football and deserved credit for keeping Aber at bay to keep it at 0-0 half time.
Second half and the conditions improved so no real advantage to Llandudno this half with the wind supposedly with them, a toss well won for Aberystwyth in that respect.
Both teams looked for a goal early in the second half with John Owen forcing a save from Dave Roberts, but Llandudno looked the most likely to get the breakthrough, and they did just that in the 54th minute.
Toby Jones whipped in a delivery from the left hand side and Danny Shaw who had travelled up-field flicked the ball on, only for it to loop over Chris Mullock in the Aber goal and nestle in to the back of the net, 1-0 Llandudno.
With a goal to the good Llandudno looked more confident going forward and knew a second goal may be required, with Ryan Edwards nearly on the scoresheet minutes later after he fizzed a free kick towards the top corner of the goal, only for Mullock to pull off a great save to keep it at 0-1.
Marc Williams and Danny Hughes then saw efforts blocked in and around the Aber penalty area as they threw bodies in front of their respective efforts to defend the goal, but Tom Dix finally managed to evade the defenders and drilled one through the Aber defence, only to see it go inches wide of the post.
With Llandudno looking the likeliest to score the second of the game it was Aberystwyth who should really have equalised through Geoff Kellaway as he stole the ball in between Shaw and the on-rushing Roberts before rounding the pair of them and found himself with an open goal, Kellaway pulled the trigger and from nowhere Danny Shaw managed to make a recovery and pull off a last ditch lunge to block Kellaway’s goalbound effort, impressive from the defender.
Shaun Cavanagh had now taken to the field in place of Toby Jones with 15mins remaining, and he very nearly replicated last week by getting on the scoresheet within minutes when Marc Williams picks him out completely free in the Aber box, only to see his snapshot go just wide of Mullock’s upright.
With the clock now running down Llandudno continued to search for a second and put the tie to bed while Aber were desperately trying to produce a chance for themselves.
After some solid defending from Llandudno to keep Aber at bay it was a break of our own that resulted in that second goal. Shaun Cavanagh laid the ball back to Danny Hughes who hit one from 20 yards and wrong footed Mullock finding the bottom corner, a good display by the midfielder over 90mins and deserved to get on the scoresheet in consecutive visits to Park Avenue.
Aberystwyth 0 - 2 Llandudno