Aber Town to qualify for Europa League

Aberystwyth_Town_FCEUROPA League football beckons for Aberystwyth Town next season as they reached the Welsh Cup final after beating Holywell Town 3-1 at Latham Park on Saturday 5th April.

The Welsh Alliance side Holywell backed by a 500 strong travelling support broke the deadlock. Graeme Williams received the ball after a short corner, and his ball across the 6 yard box somehow found its way past Mike Lewis to give the team from Flintshire a shock lead.

Aber have gone behind in every round of the cup so far and have become accustomed to clawing back to win, and it was Craig Williams who equalised just before half time, with a tidy finish after a cross from Geoff Kellaway.

The second half was end-to-end, with both sides having chances to go ahead late on. Paul Williams had a chance saved by Lewis before ‘The Seasiders’ though they had taken a late lead through Chris Venables, who scored from close range before the effort was ruled out for offside.

However they weren’t left rueing the disallowed goal as with eight minutes to go, a deep cross from Cledan Davies bounced over the head of full back Dafydd Griffith and top-scorer Venables scored from close range.

Aber then made the result safe late on with Kellaway slotting home from just inside the area to give the away side an unassailable lead.

The final will take place on May 3rd at the Racecourse Ground, home to Football Conference side Wrexham.

Qualification for the Europa League will most likely be sealed on Saturday, as Aber’s opponents in the final The New Saints can secure the title and their Champions League qualifying space with a draw against Airbus. The draw for the First Qualifying Round will be held in July.