Ton Pentre 3-2 Goytre United l MacWhirter Welsh League Division One
Tuesday, 17th April 2012 l Ynys Park
A valiant performance by Ton Pentre saw the Rhondda outfit overcome the odds to beat Goytre United at Ynys Park. The Bulldogs controversially had their captain, Adam Lewis, dismissed from the field of play in the 16th minute with Geza Hajgato also seeing red for the home team during the 65th minute of play. Despite playing the majority of the match with a disadvantage, Ton Pentre controlled the play.
Goytre United were under strength coming into this match as a result of suspensions and unavailability but although some of their team were inexperienced, the Goyts will be disappointed that they didn’t do more against the nine men of Ton Pentre despite their late fightback.
From early on the Bulldogs identified a vulnerability in the Goytre defence and this was evident during the 10th minute of play.
Leon Young advanced down the left flank and after knocking the ball past a Goytre defender, the Bulldogs midfielder did well to keep it in play at the byline. Young squared the ball into the box and it rolled along the goal line, through the goalkeeper’s legs before clipping the far post. A defender, who had retreated the line, failed to clear the ball and Josh Evans ran onto it giving Ton Pentre a 1-0 lead.
Six minutes later Goytre sent a long ball forward that their striker and Adam Lewis challenged to gain possession of. Lewis watched the ball, timed his jump and headed the danger away. The referee’s delayed response to the challenge was to blow for a foul against the Bulldogs captain, and following another short delay he controversially showed Lewis a red card alleging that he had elbowed his opponent. Ynys Park was left in complete shock.
The Bulldogs reorganised well and although the one man advantage allowed Goytre to create the rare chance on goal, each effort was saved well by Jonathan Howe.
Within two minutes of the second-half Ton Pentre increased their lead after a long through ball was launched over the Goytre defence for Chris Colvin to latch onto. Having timed his run well, he brought the ball under control, cut back inside the defender attempting to dispossess him and fired the ball high into goal without hardly a reaction from the goalkeeper.
Colvin nearly increased the lead further on the hour when he brought the ball down in the box before firing painstakingly wide of the post, much to the goalkeeper’s relief.
During the 65th minute of play Goytre were on the attack, and when in the box, their player went to ground in the hope of being awarded a penalty by the referee. He waved away the player’s protest and Ton were awarded a goal kick.
Some of the Bulldogs players took exception to what they believed was simulation and protested to the referee. This led to an argument between several players and after Geza Hajgato had his feet stamped on by an opponent, he nudged him away with a push in the back. The referee sent Hajgato off for the incident with the Goytre player escaping any punishment.
Despite now having to complete the game with nine men, the Bulldogs scored again shortly after as Colvin ran clear to make it 3-0 in the 72nd minute with another good finish that left the goalkeeper helpless between his posts.
Ton Pentre began to tire as the game progressed and in the 82nd minute Richard Ryan gave Goytre some hope when he pulled a goal back.
In the 87th minute Colvin thought he had made victory a certainty when he unleashed a shot from 25-yards. The keeper was beaten and the ball looked as though it was going to drop in behind him but the effort grazed the top of crossbar.
Less than a minute later it was Goytre’s turn to attack but some resolute defending saw a Bulldogs defender attempt to clear the ball up the pitch. As he did so, the ball hit a Goytre attacker and more favourably went out of play for a goal kick, or so the Bulldogs thought, as the referee controversially awarded Goytre a corner kick.
When the ball was swung into the box from the resulting corner it was turned into the net making it 3-2 and giving the away team belief that they could snatch an equaliser.
Deep inside injury time, with the Bulldogs defending valiantly, Howe booted the ball to safety high up the pitch. The ball dropped in behind the Goytre defence and Colvin’s predatory instincts saw him run onto the loose ball.
As the keeper came off his line in a vain attempt to bring the ball into his possession, Colvin was too quick and headed the ball over him. The ball failed drop in time and fell onto the top of the net but despite not scoring, the passage of play helped to relieve pressure and whittle down injury time.
The Bulldogs held on for a fantastic victory but were left to count the cost of some controversial decisions as they plan for their final two games of the season. Ton Pentre play away at Pontardawe Town on Tuesday, 24th April at 6.30pm before finishing the season off at home to Cardiff Corinthians on Saturday, 28th April at 2.30pm.
Ton Pentre: 1. Howe, 2. Hajgato, 3. S.Brewer, 4. Lewis (Captain), 5. Porter, 6. T.Davies, 7. O.Davies, 8. Evans, 9. Young, 10. Ingram, 11. Colvin. Subs: 12. Jago (for 8 on 45′)’ 14. J.Brewer (for 10 on 70′), 15. Bird (for 7 on 70′).
Goals: Evans 10′, Colvin 47′, 72′.
Bookings: Evans 18′.
Sent-off: Lewis 16′, Hajgato 65′.
Referee: Mr D Gallacher (Cardiff).