ABERAERON booked a place in this season’s Central Wales Senior Challenge Cup Final as first half goals from Matty Davies and Sion Clarke earned a 2-1 win over Cymru Alliance side Penrhyncoch in a pulsating semi-final at Park Avenue.
Aberaeron started at a ferocious pace, with Davies firing over the bar in the first minute, before good movement created a couple of chances from outside the box.
The Spar Mid Wales League side made the breakthrough when captain Sion Clarke rose above everyone else to powerfully head home Mickey Gornall’s corner.
Penrhyncoch stepped things up and from what looked like a simple clearance for the Aberaeron defence, Daf Carruthers pounced on the chance to level the scores.
Aberaeron worked some good combinations around the pitch, and when hard working midfielder Dan James disrupted the ball with a tackle, it broke to James Hemmings, who played in Mattie Davies to fire across the keeper and into the net.
Penrhyn began to play more direct to their forwards, but the Aeron defence stood firm, with custodian Barry Edwards making only a few rudimentary saves.
The Roosters passed the ball around with more purpose in the second half, and controlled possession in their own half as they looked to draw out their opponents.
Aberaeron continued to harass, with brothers David and Gareth Evans, Dan James and front man Mattie Davies covering an enormous amount of ground to deny the Roosters the time and space.
They exchanged attack for attack, but gaps started to appear at the back as keeper Edwards was forced into making some crucial saves to keep his side in front.
Holding midfielders James Hemming and Mikey Gornall held their positions, allowing midfield partner Dan James to join the attack when the chance arose.
Gareth Evans received a nasty injury as challenges intensified, with Thomas Jones being introduced on the right of midfield.
The tricky winger was a soon in the thick of it, running clear only for his cross to elude forward Davies at the back post.
Penrhyn’s pressure was building, with cross after cross dealt with by Dan Bourne and centre back partner Sion Clarke.
Aberaeron keeper Edwards produced some fine saves and right back Anthony Evans also made some crucial interceptions as Aberaron held firm, for a showdown against either Rhayader Town or Caersws in this year’s showpiece final.