Aberystwyth Town update: Europa League and redevelopment plans

ABERYSTWYTH Town has recently competed in their first competitive tie in three years, while also at this time redevelopment plans for Park Avenue are underway.

Europa League adventure ends in defeat

europaOn Thursday the 3rd of July the Green and Blacks headed to Derry, Northern Ireland in a Europa League First Qualifying Round First Leg tie. It was Aberystwyth’s first competitive tie in 3 years. With the team profited with this by throwing some social media punches at Manchester United. Town published a tweet asking which stadium, Park Avenue or Old Trafford would hold European football this year in a reaction to United’s poor season under David Moyes.

It wasn’t to be a successful trip to the Emerald Isle as the Candystripes of Derry City won resoundingly by 4 goals to 0. Their goals came through Pat McEleney, Rory Patterson, Mark Timlin and Barry McNamee. Patterson’s goal was a penalty that resulted from Town’s goalkeeper Mike Lewis committing a foul for which he was sent off for. Former Aberystwyth University FC player Phil Draper replaced him between the sticks and according to BBC Northern Ireland “Derry could have won the first leg by even more as substitute keeper Philip Draper made a string of saves”.

The return leg on Thursday the 10th at Park Avenue kicked-off at 6:45pm. Derry held a 4 goal lead and an away goal would put any hope of qualification for Ian Hughes’ men to bed. Tickets were available for £12 a head. The match however did not get off to a good start with Michael Duffy and Barry McNamme hitting the target in the opening 15 minutes. Rory Patterson went on to score a hat trick , leading Derry City to victory 5-0. This meant the final result was 9-0 aggregate to Derry City. This was the first time that a Derry City had scored a hat-trick in Europe and was also the clubs biggest away victory in Europe.

Park Avenue redevelopment plans underway

10441419_678922738829496_4630458584414332824_nRecently the club held an open evening for the public to see and review the redevelopment plans for Park Avenue. The redevelopment will be funded by Tai Ceredigion with the ground’s capacity being raised mainly due to the reconstruction of the main stand and its facilities.

The development includes build flats behind the stand, an astro turf pitch, replacing the main pitch with a 3G surface and a dedicated youth academy building. All this means that the club you use less and less of the Sport’s Centre’s facilities which will free up slots for the University teams and individuals to use both the full-size astroturf pitch and the 3G pitch beside it. The work at Coedlan y Parc will start in September.

You can find the full set of images released for the development here.