Cardiff Metropolitan University 2-3 Aberystwyth Town – Ruane strikes late to complete memorable Aber comeback
A second-half resurgence saw Aberystwyth Town collect a valuable three points at Cyncoed Campus, as Neville Powell’s men recovered from a two-goal deficit at half-time to beat Cardiff Metropolitan 3-2.
The Archers were quick out of the traps, with Will Evans storming through an Aberystwyth defence that were slow to react.
The midfielder beat the challenge of three would-be tacklers and fired past Terry McCormick to give the Archers an early lead.
A quick switch of play found Joe Phillips with only one man to beat in Emlyn Lewis. A lightning fast step-over created the space, but his clipped effort flew just wide of a diving Alex Lang’s net.
Christian Edwards’ side doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark.
A lofted ball from Adam Roscrow found Sam Snaith in the area. The forward headed powerfully, with McCormick making a good initial save, but the spin of the ball proved to be too much, with the referee ruling that the ball had crossed the line.
The game took some time to get going after the restart but fired straight back into life just after the hour mark.
Substitute Ashley Ruane crafted some space down the left, and sent a cross into the area which picked out captain Declan Walker. The Aber captain rose above the defence, and his powerful header flew past Alex Lang to halve the deficit.
Ryan Edwards looked lively, cutting in from the right-hand side to fire a long-distance effort at goal. The wide man caught Alex Lang off guard, but the Met stopper pushed the ball away to safety before reclaiming the effort.
With less than 10 minutes to play, Ruane fired a snapshot at goal which was well plucked out of the air by Lang.
The visitors kept coming, and with four minutes to go they found the equaliser.
A corner swung into the middle was not dealt with by the Archers, scrambling around the penalty area only to fall into the path of Ryan Wollacott, who made no mistake to bring his side level.
The game would only get worse for the Archers, with substitute Rhys Thomas collecting his second yellow after another needless challenge; leaving the home side with ten men in the dying embers of the game.
The Green and White’s would make their man advantage count, as Ruane got on the end of a through ball to smash into the centre of the goal and spark wild celebrations from the travelling Aber fans.
The dramatic win sees Neville Powell’s men remain in sixth place, now six points clear of the Archers; who stay in eighth place on 17 points.
(Featured image: Jordan Jones)