Ton Pentre were left frustrated in their friendly at Aberfan but were able to grab victory when Shane Brewer found the back of the net five minutes from time.
The gulf in class between the two teams was evident as the Bulldogs completely dominated the match and created a multitude of chances but a stoic defensive display from the South Wales Amateur League Division Two club kept Ton Pentre at bay.
The Bulldogs had good build-up play, passed well and were creative in attack but Aberfan worked tirelessly and turned in a heroic performance that was deserving of a draw.
The closest that the home team came to scoring was within the first 15 minutes of play when an Aberfan attacker lobbed the ball over Jonathan Howe. It looked as though the ball was going over the crossbar but it dipped onto it and rebounded to safety.
During the first half, good chances fell to Chris Colvin, Ross Fowler, Gareth Tedstone, Shane Brewer and Richard Ingram but with a mixture of good goalkeeping and some blunt shots Aberfan were able to deny the Bulldogs time after time.
Aberfan’s best period of possession was achieved within the first five minutes of the second half when they put the Ton Pentre defence under pressure. It nearly resulted in a goal but Howe produced a good save.
As the home team began to tire, the Bulldogs continued to press forward and use their trickery to get in behind the defence, however, the majority of their efforts were directed off target with the remainder collected by the goalkeeper.
Ton Pentre scored with just five minutes remaining but the goal came from some confusion over an injured player.
After Colvin had got into the box he was subjected to a fair but hard challenge leaving the Ton striker in a heap on the ground. When the ball was cleared towards midfield it quickly found its way into Ton’s possession. There were calls from several players of the tired Aberfan team to put the ball out of play as Colvin was picking himself up off the floor. Following the call many Aberfan payers stopped and stood still but the Bulldogs continued as the Referee had not halted play and Shane Brewer struck from 25-yards and fired the ball into the goal.
Some Aberfan players and officials protested to the Referee and it led to a feisty final five minutes before the full-time whistle was blown to confirm Ton Pentre’s third pre-season friendly win.
Ton Pentre will be back at Ynys Park on Saturday, 28th July at 2.30pm for the visit of Welsh League Division Two outfit Caerau.