HONOURS ended even in the driving wind and rain as well over 200 hardy souls braved Storm Callum to see Aberystwyth battle out a goalless draw with Caernarfon at Park Avenue on Friday.
Cambrian News reported “In a truly engrossing game, which rained chances, neither side managed to find the breakthrough – although the hosts did end up numerically on top after Noah Edwards’ late red card dismissal.
The tempo was set from the start as Declan Walker, who was moved to the right wing, fired wide, and then at the other end Matthew Jones cleared off the line.
A Nathan Craig corner was then met by defender Rhys Roberts, whose goalbound header was hooked from away, and Danny Brookwell directed his side-footed effort directly into the hands of the keeper.
For the Seasiders, the superb Paolo Mendes curled in a fantastic ball to Ashley Ruane, who fell in the box before managing to pull the trigger, but referee Mark Petch waved away appeals for a penalty.
The chances continued at both ends as Breese and Brookwell had further half chances saved, whilst striker Rio Ahmadi hit the side-netting for the home side.
Walker also flashed a shot past the post and Ruane had a low effort parried away in Aber’s late rally, but both defences were still on top after an exciting first half.
Into the second period the chances kept coming, and Ryan Edwards, who was dancing down the wing all night, had Aber’s first effort, before Alan Goodall made the tackle of the night to deny livewire Breese after he had gone through on goal.
A nice move from Aber saw Mendes burst through the middle, but his shot skewed wide, before McCormick was again called into action to superbly tip over Brookwell’s shot from the left side.
Walker saw another attempt go off-target, and then Ruane, who had been terrorising Ryan Williams all night, finally got goal side, but saw his goalbound effort go narrowly wide of the target.
Walker tested Alex Ramsey in Caernarfon’s goal with a free kick, before Gareth Evans came close when he hit the post with a curling effort from inside the area.
In the driving rain, the chances still kept coming, with Ryan Edwards and Mendes the next to shoot in vain, and then, with nine minutes remaining Caernarfon’s Noah Edwards was shown a straight red card for a late lunge at Declan Walker.
The ball rolled to Sion Bradley, who cut inside and lashed the ball into the top corner net, but referee Mark Petch blew his whistle just as Bradley struck, and called the play back, before showing Edwards a straight red card for the ugly challenge.
The hosts dominated the last 10 minutes with sub Joe Phillips twice being denied by Ramsey, but in truth the draw was fair, and both sets of players should feel proud at having put on a good evening’s entertainment in the awful conditions.
ABERYSTWYTH TOWN: T McCormick, S Edwards, A Goodall, R Wollacott, J Rimmer (J Phillips 71 minutes), P Mendes, P Ahmadi, D Walker, R Edwards, M Jones, A Ruane. Substitutes, not used: G Kellaway, L Jenkins, N Blake, H Rowe, N Coleridge, C Morgan.
CAERNARFON TOWN: A Ramsey, J Williams, N Craig, R Roberts, G Evans, J Crowther (R Stephens 78 minutes), J Breese (B Maher 86’), D Thomas, D Brookwell (S Bradley 74’), R Williams, N Edwards. Substitutes not used: K Roberts, D Owen, C Jones. Att: 229″ here.