A DISASTROUS last 10 minutes at Park Avenue turned a competitive match into an embarrassing 6-1 defeat for the Seasiders at home to Welsh Premier League leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads.
Cambrian News reported “Quay had gone ahead through a Callum Morris penalty and Andy Owens, but Porya Ahmadi’s cultured finish six minutes later saw Aber threaten a comeback.
Michael Wilde, however, restored Quay’s two goal lead, and then strikes from Michael Bakare on 79 minutes, and Michael Parker and Rob Hughes in injury time saw the Deesiders home.
Their fifth successive league defeat ended Aberystwyth’s hopes of qualifying for a top six position, with just one game to go before the league split at high-flying Barry Town United on Saturday.
On a crisp and clear night, the visitors started at a high tempo and Owens blasted over twice in the first few minutes – but at the other end Geoff Kellaway’s pace was a good outlet for the hosts.
Nomads enjoyed a bit of good fortune as a penalty was awarded after Owens entangled himself with Ryan Wollacott, and Morris scored the opener off the far post.
Aber responded as Wollacott side-footed a great opening into John Danby’s hands, before Ahmadi also had a shot saved before being brought down in the box.
Wilde headed wide for Quay, before Owens added a scrappy second past Terry McCormick, who had done well to parry earlier efforts.
Ryan Wignall hit the post, but then a tactical switch paid dividends for Aber when Ahmadi scored with a sumptuous finish from the edge of the area, after a cute move spearheaded by Kellaway’s run down the right.
Kellaway then set up Ryan Edwards, who curled a shot just wide of the far post.
Jack Rimmer did well to clear Ryan Wignall’s effort off the line, but then a strong finish to the half from Aber, including a strike from Wes Baynes, saw the visitors pegged back and glad to be a goal to the good at the break.
The impact of Aber’s response was evident after the break as Connah’s Quay changed their tactics to sit very deep, thus allowing the hosts to control the ball.
Matthew Jones’ dangerous ball in from the left was taken off Kellaway’s head by a defender, but otherwise chances were few and far between.
Quay threatened occasionally on the break with Owens lobbing over from distance, but just as the hosts were dreaming of a heroic comeback a long throw from Quay landed at the feet of Wilde, who turned to lash home.
Aber substitute Joe Phillips fired over for the hosts, but all hopes of a comeback were dashed when Bakare’s deflected low shot made it 4-1.
Wollacott sent a ball in that Paolo Mendes fired wide, but two further Nomads goals in injury time from Parker and Hughes rubbed salt into the wounds for the Seasiders.
ABERYSTWYTH: T McCormick, W Baynes, A Goodall (J Phillips 71’), R Wollacott, J Rimmer (L Jenkins 46’), G Kellaway (A Ruane 64’), P Mendes, P Ahmadi, D Walker, R Edwards, M Jones. Subs: N Blake, H Rowe.
CONNAH’S QUAY: J Danby, J Disney, G Horan (D Poole 26’[R Hughes 73’]), D Holmes, C Morris, J Owen, R Wignall (J Spittle 46’), M Bakare, M Wilde, A Owens, M Parker. Not used: E Green (gk), D Elsey-McHugh, N Woolfe, J Kenny. Att: 209″ here.