Date: Sat 15 Sep 2018

Ashley wins it for Aber at the Avenue

Seasiders edge Bala in frenetic clash on west coast.

Aberystwyth Town 3-2 Bala Town
Park Avenue
Aber Goals: Geoff Kellaway 23', Rio Ahmadi 76', Ashley Ruane 87'
Bala Goals: Mike Hayes 68, Henry Jones 90+1' (PEN)

Aberystwyth moved up the table with a thrilling 3-2 win over Bala at Park Avenue.

A game which failed to spark much in the first half came to life in the final quarter, with both teams throwing caution to the wind and going for the win in a frenetic finish.

The visitors had arguable started the brighter of the two sides before Geoff Kellaway put Aber in front midway through the first half. His cross evaded Ashley Ruane, but also sailed past everyone else and into the corner of the goal.

Henry Jones went close a number of times to drawing Bala level before the break, forcing Leigh Jenkins to parry a corner direct on target before sending another flashing across the goal. Jones also had a chance just before the break, finding space on the edge of the area but firing wide with his weaker foot.

The midfielder then also forced Jenkins into another good save in first half stoppage time, as he tipped over a shot from 25 yards.

Bala came out rejuvenated after the break but again missed several chances to level. Jenkins was on hand to deny Steven Tames' close range header, which Ian Sheridan couldn't quite get on the end of the rebound. He then turned away a Jones free kick, before Tames headed over from three yards as he just couldn't quite get under the ball.

The equaliser did eventually come though, sub Mike Hayes latching onto a through header from Stuart Smith before sumptuously chipping Jenkins.

Having been on top for most of the half, Bala then went behind again eight minutes later. Rio Ahmadi, also on as a sub like Hayes, collected a great cross from Matthew Jones before crisply finishing past Morris.

Ruane then looked to have sealed the win with a goal three minutes from time, as the Bala defence again failed to deal with a cross.

There was still time for late drama though. Henry Jones was tripped in the box as the game went into injury time, and he stepped up to slot the resulting spot kick home.

Time however wound down on the Lakesiders, who still remain pointless on their travels this season. Aber meanwhile move up to seventh, having secured their third home win of the campaign.

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