Check out our roundup of an exhilarating Matchday One in the 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier Season!
Flint Town United 1-0 Newtown AFC
A 22-year wait for a return to JD Cymru Premier football by Flint Town United May almost have seemed worth it given the way they marked their return to the top flight with a battling victory against such an established and talent-laden side as Newtown on the opening day of the season.
A fine start to the game by the Silkmen saw Connor Harwood and Mark Cadwallader have good chances for the home side early on, before debutant Nathan Craig tucked away a free-kick after 33 minutes to make it 1-0 to Niall McGuinness’ side - a lead which they held until the interval.
Coming back out for the second half, Flint will have wanted to hold things steady and consolidate their lead, but a straight red card for Rob Hughes after 50 minutes meant Flint face a battle to hold onto their lead for the majority of the second half.
Newtown battled and did everything possible to make their man advantage count, but the home side held on and managed to secure a dream start to life back at the top level of Welsh football.
Aberystwyth Town 2-3 Cardiff Metropolitan
Games between these two sides are historically very exciting, as both the Seasiders and the Archers have secured big results at the other’s expense in recent years and, although it was only Matchday One, this felt like a big result for Met who have had an overhaul of sorts in their squad over the summer.
Aberystwyth started the match brightest and were ahead after 13 minutes through Jonny Evans who belted a fine finish into the top corner of Alex Lang’s net. Such was the nature of the game, either side looked as likely as the other to score the next goal but it was Met who bagged an equaliser to make it 1-1 midway through the second half via Eliot Evans.
Aber responded quickly to make it 2-1 through Rhys Davies, but Met refused to quit and a late brace by debutant Ollie Hulbert bagged Met a valuable three points with a great comeback in the opening game of the season.
Barry Town United 0-3 The New Saints
Two of the JD Cymru Premier’s European representatives over the last summer faced off at Jenner Park on Saturday afternoon as the Dragons welcomed the Saints to Barry for this opening day fixture.
Both sides looked sharp as a result of their European adventures and had chances early in the game to score the opening goal, but it wasn’t until the 48th minute that the deadlock was broken as Adrian Cieslewicz made it 1-0 almost immediately after the restart.
Leo Smith - who seems to love a debut goal for TNS, having netted on his European debut for the Saints recently - made it 2-0 soon afterwards for his first league goal for Scott Ruscoe’s side, before Cieslewicz bagged his brace to round off a 3-0 win for the 2018/19 Cymru Premier champions.
Caernarfon Town 1-1 Penybont
Up at The Oval, Huw Griffiths welcomed Rhys Griffiths and his Penybont side to Gwynedd for this opening day fixture.
Neither side could be separated in the tightly contested game as new signings got on the scoresheet for both teams - Mael Davies opening the scoring for the visitors, before Mike Hayes equalised for the visitors late on to see both sides share the spoils.
Connah's Quay Nomads 1-1 Bala Town FC (Live on Sgorio)
Well our first live game of the 2020/21 season did not disappoint in the slightest, did it!?
Two European heavyweights who left it all out there on the pitch after a gruelling 90+ minutes could not be separated in this fixture, as Nathan Peate's debut goal in the first half for the visitors was cancelled out by Sameron Dool's thunderbolt of a strike deep into second half stoppage time to see both sides deservedly share the spoils.
Both teams head into European fixtures in midweek as Connah's Quay face Dinamo Tblisi at The Racecourse in Wrexham and Bala Town head out to Belgium to face Standard Liege in a glamour tie - both games are in the UEFA Europa League.
Good luck to both of them as they represent the JD Cymru Premier on the European stage!