TWO late goals downed Aberystwyth University as close rivals Hay St Mary’s staged a late fightback in to take the honours in a keenly-fought Spar Mid Wales League division two battle on Saturday.
The Cambrian news reported “The 3-2 victory saw Hay move joint third along with the students who, after twice taking the lead, ran out of steam as goals from Matty Tong and Jack Biggs, with a brace, ultimately secured victory.
The game started at a lively pace and both sides had half chances, with Jack Biggs seeing a header saved by the legs of the keeper, while Hay’s number one was threatened a few times from distance.
As the first half progressed the students side got more on top, and they took the lead on 22 minutes as George Taylor diverted a Sam Chapman shot into the net.
The visitors stepped up after the interval, with some good crosses from Tom Landon and Will Goodwin from the right, with Matty Tong and Darren Horrigan both going close to forcing an equaliser.
Jack Biggs and Callum Maddy started dictating the midfield for the Saints, and they got their reward after 62 minutes.
A pass from midfield was sliced by a University player into the path of Matty Tong, who turned quickly and slotted home brilliantly past the goalkeeper.
The students, however, regained the lead out of the blue, with a superb curling 25-yard strike from Dylan Price, which beat the visiting keeper from 25 yards.
Heavy snow came down for the last 20 minutes, and the students defended well until the Saints got a deserved equaliser when Biggs fired in from 18 yards out.
The game was heading for a draw with three minutes left to play, when the Saints snatched victory with a last-gasp winner.
Jamie Howard played the ball down the line to substitute Harry Ratcliffe, who knocked the ball past two defenders with pace, got to the byline and cut the ball back nicely to Biggs running into the box, and he made no mistake from 12 yards.
Dolgellau came out on top on a bitterly cold afternoon at Montgomery Town, as goals from Kieran Jones, Darrell Johns and Jasper Jones secured a solid 3-1 away win.
Luke Williams saw an early effort come back off the woodwork for Monty, with Dion Jones firing wide at the other end, but on 25 minutes it was the visitors who managed to open the scoring.
A cross was delivered into the penalty box, and the ball fell to Kieron Jones 12 yards out, to score at the far post.
Rob Hartshorn broke into the Dolgellau area, but saw his shot well saved by Darren Andrews, as the visitors held a 1-0 interval lead.
In tricky conditions, Dolgellau almost made it 2-0 on 59 minutes when John Sutton’s header from a corner was brilliantly turned over.
The visitors did double their lead on 66 minutes, however, as a good passing move found Darrell Johns on the edge of the box, and he curled a left-footed shot into the top corner of the net.
Andrews twice denied Coleman with point-blank saves, but Dolgellau made the game safe on 83 minutes when Jasper Jones’ superb volley from fully 20 yards whistled into the home net.
The home side never gave up and grabbed a consolation goal two minutes from time when a corner from the right fell to James Coleman, who netted from close in.
A Glyn Hobbs winning goal meanwhile earned Brecon Northcote a hard-earned 4-3 win at Newbridge-on-Wye to maintain their top five position in the division.
Joel Evans scored twice to earn the visiting team a two-goal lead at the interval, but Newbridge came out fighting to reduce the arrears in the second period.
Hobbs made it 3-1, but Newbridge responded with two quick goals to level matters, before the keeper parried Corey Evans’ free-kick and Hobbs was on hand to slot home their crucial winning goal.
Goals from Ollie Woods, with a brace, and Alf Stonefield were not quite enough for fourth-from-bottom Newbridge.
Dyffryn Banw meanwhile proved too strong for lowly-placed Talgarth Town as they ran out as convincing 5-0 winners at home. Jamie Huxley, Gerallt Evans, Rhodri Davies, Gerallt Davies and own goal secured their seventh league success” here.