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Barry Town United
Aberystwyth Town
R Newman (27')
Full time
Sun 13 Aug 17:15 - Dafabet Welsh Premier League - Premier Division Attendance 902

Barry 1 Aberystwyth 1

Newman opener cancelled out in the big TV kick-off

A controversial equaliser denied Barry Town United a dream start to their JD Welsh Premier League campaign, as the hosts and visitors Aberystwyth played out a competitive 1-1 draw at Jenner Park.

Watched by a lively crowd of over 900, Barry took a 26th minute lead when WPL debutant Ryan Newman slotted home from a rebound, following an explosive surge forward and shot from Kayne McLaggon.

The Welsh League Division One champions though would be reliant on their goalkeeper to keep their advantage at the break; with the one-time Aberystwyth #1 Mike Lewis denying his former club in one of several important moments, clawing Jason Borrelli’s effort from the line in stoppage time.

After the interval, the Seasiders’ pursuit of an equaliser intensified, although Barry were comfortable enough in soaking up the pressure, holding their slender lead as the game entered its final phase.

Nevertheless, with eight minutes remaining the moment arrived that turned the match on its head.

After a dangerous in-swinging corner forced Lewis into action, Aber’s Jonny Spittle reacted quickly with a close-range effort, which the impressive Barry goalkeeper appeared to stop on the goal line.

However, the assistant referee’s flag would shoot up in a heartbeat, prompting referee Bryn Markham-Jones to award the late equaliser, in spite of the howls of the home support.

With cries of a foul on the fallen Lewis similarly in vain, Barry might have felt aggrieved at not taking all three points, though Aberystwyth were worthy of a draw for their efforts and could well have been awarded a late penalty, after newcomer Christian Langos became entangled with Chris Hugh.

Hugh’s performance on the evening was enough to secure the full-back Sgorio’s Man of the Match award, while enterprising teammate Tyrrell Webbe entered a similarly strong showing, carrying the ball forward with pace and power to delight the bulk of the near four-figure attendance.

As Barry’s Gavin Chesterfield and Abersytwyth’s Neville Powell each fielded a number of competitive debutants, it remains to be seen what fortunes await their respective Towns this season.

Sunday evening though offered signs of encouragement to fans on both (sea)sides, ahead of an already tantalising Matchday 2 this weekend.

Watch Sgorio's full coverage of the Barry vs Abersytwyth match here.

Key moments

Goal Ryan Newman scores for Barry Town United

Videos and photos

MD1: Aberystwyth Town
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MD1: Aberystwyth Town
Sgorio: Aberystwyth
Sgorio: Aberystwyth


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89:00 Sub On
Sam Jones is substituted on for Barry Town United
89:00 Sub Off
Drew Fahiya is substituted off for Barry Town United
78:00 Sub Off
Ryan Newman is substituted off for Barry Town United
78:00 Sub On
Callum Sainty is substituted on for Barry Town United
70:00 Sub On
TJ Nagi is substituted on for Barry Town United
70:00 Sub Off
Kayne McLaggon is substituted off for Barry Town United
End of period 1
27:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ryan Newman scores for Barry Town United
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Barry Town United
  • Aberystwyth Town
  • 0
  • Ryan Newman Goal 27:00'
  • TJ Nagi Sub On 70:00'
  • Kayne McLaggon Sub Off 70:00'
  • Ryan Newman Sub Off 78:00'
  • Callum Sainty Sub On 78:00'
  • Sam Jones Sub On 89:00'
  • Drew Fahiya Sub Off 89:00'

Team selection

Lewis, Mike Lewis, Mike
Morgan, Paul Morgan, Paul
Hugh, Chris Hugh, Chris
Evans, Ryan Evans, Ryan
Cooper, Luke Cooper, Luke
Fahiya, Drew Fahiya, Drew
Webbe, Tyrrell Webbe, Tyrrell
Saddler, James Saddler, James
Greening, Troy Greening, Troy
Newman, Ryan Newman, Ryan
McLaggon, Kayne McLaggon, Kayne


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Cardiff Met 35 45
9. Carmarthen Town 35 39
10. Aberystwyth Town 36 39
11. Rhyl 32 30
12. Airbus UK Broughton 32 21
13. Barry Town United 12 14
14. Prestatyn Town 4 4

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