AFTER two long DIGS seasons in the Bundesliga, Toke City and CPD y Geltaidd headed into the Friday night Aber Town Cup Final confident with a calm Aberystwyth evening welcoming both sides to Park Avenue, home to Aberystwyth Town FC. In a final which took over two hours of football and, as described by DIGS Officer Morgan Nock, “will undoubtedly go down as the best ever”, there was a red card and a nail biting shoot-out in front of a green smoked filled DIAS stand as Gwion Llwyd scored Y Geltaidd’s fourth and winning penalty.
The first shot on goal was attempted by Y Geltaidd’s captain Matthew Evans, who would later go on to score the injury time equalizer and would be sent to the stand for his celebration with the omnipresent green machine of the Geltaidd Street Elite (The GSE). Just over half an hour of play had been played, before Toke City’s first worthwhile chance; man of the match and striker Jack Thomas broke through Y Geltaidd’s defence, but his shot was saved comfortably by Gwyn Rosser. The biggest chance of the open first half fell to Tom Davies as John Weathers dropped the ball in the Toke penalty box, but Davies failed to pounce on the fumble. It was a good first half, with enough chances as Jack Thomas caused Hopcyn Matthews and Steffan Williams problems running the channels well, but the over-riding feeling that one goal could change the game for the better was as present as the GSE’s singing.
As the second half kicked off, the floodlights at Park Avenue were turned on, and within five minutes Y Geltaidd claimed a penalty, first year student Carwyn Eckley’s effort was parried away with ease by Weathers. The penalty save invigorated Toke City, led by Alban Fernandez, as they scored 3 unanswered goals in the following half an hour of play. The first would come through Sean Dinning, the second shortly after and the third, from substitute James Thomas. Toke City held the 3 goal advantage with five minutes of normal time to play, but including a long period of additional period, Y Geltaidd would bring them back level. Firstly, Carwyn Eckley scoring with a lob, then Eckley claiming his second, making right from the spot after his earlier mistake and after 8 minutes of injury time had been played, captain Matthew Evans scored one of the finest goal Park Avenue has seen all season, despite one of Europe top goals scorer’s, Chris Venables, efforts. An over-head kick, outside the over-stretching arm of John Weathers, his celebration, along with the rest of his team in the DIAS Stand saw him sent to the stand by referee Tony Bickley.
Extra-Time came, with Carwyn Geraint taking over the captain’s armband and both sides were feeling the two hours of play. Penalties were needed; Joseph Byrne missed Toke City’s fourth, and it was all up to midfielder Llwyd. He stepped up and calmly stroked the ball passed John Weathers, and his celebrations, along with his team’s and the GSE’s celebrations overflowed to the field. In an end-to-end final it was a perfect example of DIGS football, Morgan Nock saying afterwards “I couldn’t have asked for a better final game” and Matthew Evans lifted the Aber Town Cup for CPD Y Geltaidd.
Toke City F.C: John Weathers (GK), Dylan Thomas, James Davies, Joseph Byrne, Alban Fernandez (captain), Jack Thomas, Alex Avery, Ianto Jones, Sean Dinning, William Fuller, Dan Knott. SUBS: Dave Montgomery, Michael Goni-Matthews, Jack Potter, Roc Breathrach, Gilbert Foster, James Thomas
CPD Y G: Gwyn Rosser (GK), Sion Saynor, Steffan Williams, Hopcyn Matthews, Gruff Jones, Gwion Williams, Matthew Evans (captain), Carwyn Eckley, Tom Davies, Ynyr James, Garem Jones. SUBS: Iwan Jones, Carwyn Geraint, Gutun Lake, Jac Davies, Marc Bowen, Lewys Wyn.