Pontypridd pounce to deny Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth Town 1-2 Pontypridd United

from Aberystwyth Town Women Media Team (28/2/23)

Above: Bethan Roberts (green and black) chases possession for Aberystwyth Town on Sunday. Photo: Steve Williams.

Aberystwyth Town began the second half of the Genero Adran Premier campaign in less than ideal fashion with a last-gasp defeat at the hands of Pontypridd United, falling 2-1 at Park Avenue.

After two cup losses in a row, Gav Allen’s side were keen to get back to league action. Tania Wylde opened the scoring with a thumping penalty after 12 minutes following a foul on Amy Jenkins. But Olivia Francis notched an equaliser just before the half-hour.

There were great chances for the hard-working Gwenllian Jones and Emily Thomas and one particularly fine save from Aber goalkeeper Elen Valentine, back from Wales U19 duty, using her feet brilliantly to deny Carys Bufton.

Above: Elen Valentine makes one of many great saves for Aberystwyth Town against Pontypridd United. Photo: Steve Williams.

But Bufton would ultimately prevail, scoring with two minutes left on the clock to seal all three points for the visitors.

The second half also marked a home debut for 15-year-old Modlen Gwynne, coming on in the 74th minute; she made her first senior start in the Genero Adran Trophy semi-final defeat to Cardiff Met two weeks ago.

Above: Modlen Gwynne (7) on her home debut for Aberystwyth Town. Photo: Steve Williams.

The Seasiders are back at home next Sunday as they face Barry Town United at Park Avenue (kick-off 2pm).

Teams: ABERYSTWYTH TOWN: Valentine, Gwilt, Mathias, Roberts, E.Thomas, Isaac, Chambers, Evans, Jones, Wylde, Jenkins. Substitutes: K.Thomas, Gwynne, Challinor, Mawle, Baker.

Scorer: Wylde (pen) 12′.

PONTYPRIDD UNITED: Jones, Greenway, Daley, Broad, Bayliss, Trinci, Pervin-Davies, Francis, Jones, Hughes, Bufton. Substitutes: Brooke (GK), Gunney, Turner, Jones.

Scorers: Francis 28, Bufton 88′.

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