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Abertillery Bluebirds
Pontardawe Town AFC
Unknown (15', 83', 90')
Full time
K Rees (61'), L Griffiths (68', 93'), C Davies (75'), O Schofield (108')
Sat 24 Nov 13:30 - Cup

A Battle But Town March On In The FAW Trophy

An Extra Time Win After A Tough Encounter At Abertillery Bluebirds

It was pretty damp and dark at Abertillery Sports Centre but we were afforded a good welcome by Gwent league leaders Abertillery Bluebirds on their 3G surface

A decent size, and very vocal crowd, witnessed a game between two good attacking sides with the home side having the best of the first half but Town fought back and should have won it in normal time but had to battle for another 30 minutes to secure a 5th Round place

The home side took the lead as early as 15 minutes when, after a couple of early scares, Town failed to deal with a cross and Owain Goodenough scored a goal that their start deserved (1-0). Town didn't seem comfortable with the 3G Pitch or the home side's physicality and could have gone further behind if it wasn't for Steven Reeve in the Town goal. Town also lost Tom Grey to injury and this meant Tim Georgievsky dropped into defence with Kurtis Rees coming off the bench.

The second half was a much better affair from a Town perspective and early on both Liam Griffiths and Tom Blizzard had chances. But it was substitute Kurtis Rees with an excellent strike that levelled the scores (1-1). Six minutes later after a great run down the left by Declan Evans who linked up with Tom Blizzard and centre forward Liam Griffiths bundled the ball home. A great move and a deserved lead (1-2)

The game was starting to get a little feisty and was threatening to boil over following an incident between Goodenough and Town captain Craig Davies. The aggrieved Davies had the final word though with a great header which gave Bluebirds keeper Williams no chance (1-3)

Town should have put this game to bed now but fair play to the home side they never gave up and Matty Fowler scored twice in the last 10 minutes to take the game to extra time with his second a back heel over the keeper on 90 minutes (3-3)

Extra Time belonged to Town as firstly on 93 minutes Liam Griffiths scored (3-4) and then young Olly Schofield got his first goal for the Senior Team on 108 minutes (3-5). The Bluebirds worked hard to pull the game back but it was Town who go through into Monday's draw

We wish Abertillery Bluebirds all the very best for the rest of the season

Liam Griffiths

Player of the Match

Liam Griffiths

Key moments

15:00
Goal Goal for Abertillery Bluebirds
61:00
Goal Kurtis Rees scores for Pontardawe Town AFC
68:00
Goal Liam Griffiths scores for Pontardawe Town AFC
75:00
Goal Craig Davies scores for Pontardawe Town AFC
83:00
Goal Goal for Abertillery Bluebirds
90:00
Goal Goal for Abertillery Bluebirds
90:00 +3:00
Goal Liam Griffiths scores for Pontardawe Town AFC
90:00 +18:00
Goal Oliver Schofield scores for Pontardawe Town AFC

Highlights

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90:00 +30:00 Player of the Match
Liam Griffiths is awarded player of the match for Pontardawe Town AFC
90:00 +18:00 Goal 3 - 5
Oliver Schofield scores for Pontardawe Town AFC
90:00 +3:00 Goal 3 - 4
Liam Griffiths scores for Pontardawe Town AFC
90:00 Goal 3 - 3
Goal for Abertillery Bluebirds
83:00 Goal 2 - 3
Goal for Abertillery Bluebirds
75:00 Goal 1 - 3
Craig Davies scores for Pontardawe Town AFC
68:00 Goal 1 - 2
Liam Griffiths scores for Pontardawe Town AFC
61:00 Goal 1 - 1
Kurtis Rees scores for Pontardawe Town AFC
End of period 1
15:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Abertillery Bluebirds
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Abertillery Bluebirds
  • Pontardawe Town AFC
  • 0
  • Goal 15:00'
  • Kurtis Rees Goal 61:00'
  • Liam Griffiths Goal 68:00'
  • Craig Davies Goal 75:00'
  • Goal 83:00'
  • Goal 90:00'
  • Liam Griffiths Goal 90:00 +3:00'
  • Oliver Schofield Goal 90:00 +18:00'

Team selection

Reeve, Steven Reeve, Steven
Aylward, Tyler Aylward, Tyler
Grey, Tom Grey, Tom
Briggs, Dan Briggs, Dan
Davies, Craig Davies, Craig
Horgan-Evans, Declan Horgan-Evans, Declan
Schofield, Oliver Schofield, Oliver
Taylor, Garry Taylor, Garry
Griffiths, Liam Griffiths, Liam
Blizzard, Tomos Blizzard, Tomos
Georgievsky, Tim Georgievsky, Tim

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