Geoff Kellaway (31)
A first-half goal from Geoff Kellaway sentenced Airbus to defeat in their second game of the season at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium.
In a generally sub-par performance, the Wingmakers were a shade unlucky not to take a share of the spoils after hitting the woodwork three times, but failed to break down a resolute visiting defence.
Matty McGinn was forced to clear a Luke Sherbon shot off the line in the early exchanges before Ryan Wollacott denied Tony Gray a close range shot from a Kevin Monteiro cross.
McGinn was well wide with a 30-yard effort and the visitors went straight down the other end with Luke Borrelli forcing a save from Ryan Neild.
Gray hammered his shot against the foot of the near post from a well-rehearsed corner kick while Borrelli responded by firing over and then sending a dangerous cross across the box which failed to find a team-mate.
Kellaway found the net on 32 minutes with a well-taken shot into the far corner after latching-on to a good long ball from Joe Clarke to send his side into the break with their tails up.
Debutant loanee Blake Davies went through on goal for Aber after the interval but was denied by a good one-on-one save by Neild before Kellaway rattled the home crossbar with a good effort.
Airbus were dominating the second period but were let down by their work in the final third, with Gray swivelling but firing over.
The hosts pressured for an equaliser in stoppage time with Ryan Fraughan seeing his cross hit the angle and Jonny Spittle's follow-up shot hitting a post and then being cleared off the line by Wollacott. And Gray's goal-bound header was superbly tipped over the bar by Dominic Richards as the Seasiders held out.
Wes Baynes (2), Callum Morris (21)
Two first half goals from the visitors are enough to inflict City's first loss of the Dafabet WPL season.
Andy Legg's new look Citizens suffered their first defeat of the new Dafabet WPL season after conceding two early goals against Gap Connah's Quay.
The Nomads went ahead in the third minute, courtesy of a well struck free kick from right-back Wes Baynes. The visitors doubled their advantage on twenty minutes, with former Citizen Callum Morris finishing from close range.
Anthony Stephens (19 pen)
During an exciting encounter Cardiff Met dominated their big spending visitors. Although possession and territory were the Met’s, Bala took home the three points. In wet and windy conditions, the students set the early pace with the lively Jordan Lam going close with a long range shot. Bala however, had their own share of possession in the opening exchanges with the industrious Mark Connolly threading neat passes through the home defence. The deadlock was broken after 18 minutes when on a counter attack, Connolly slipped a pass through the Met back line for Ian Sheridan. The pacey forward raced into the 18 yard box but was brought down by Cardiff Met’s Emlyn Lewis. The resulting penalty was converted by Antony Stephens.
The goal however, only seemed to spur the young Met team on. Large spells of possession eventually had Bala pinned in their own half but the students couldn’t find the killer pass. When chances did arrive they were wasted with burley striker John Littlemore guilty of missing with a header from 5 yards. The half ended with the visitors holding on to their narrow lead.
The second half was played out in the visitors half. Cardiff Met’s neat passing game caused the Bala team no end of trouble. The impressive Jordan Lam ran riot with weaving run after weaving run leaving the visiting defence on the back foot. Although possession was all the Met’s, Bala did have a couple of chances to double their lead. New signing Chris Venables wasteful in front of goal on more than on occasion. This said, the Met were now causing trouble with impressive pace and structure. A penalty claim was waved away after Bala defender Jones seemed to handle in his own area. Substitute Gwion Howell scuffed his late shot with the goal at his mercy while Jordan lam was keeping the Bala goal keep Lynch’s hands warm with a few lively shots. In added time Met were constantly peppering the Bala defence and goal but were frustratingly denied. With moments to go, man of the match Jordan Lam beat four defenders and then Lynch the goal keeper to place a shot in the bottom right hand corner but he was denied by Wade who cleared off his own line.
Despite their dominance in the second half Met lost out to Bala 1-0 but the signs are encouraging for the months ahead.
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