Ton Pentre 4-1 West End
MacWhirter Welsh League Division One
Saturday, 11th August 2012
Match Ball Sponsor l Richard Bebb from Portmahomack, Scotland
An excellent second half display saw Ton Pentre begin the new season in style as the Bulldogs comfortably beat West End at their Ynys Park home.
Bulldogs manager, Dean Morris, had guided Ton Pentre through a challenging pre-season friendly schedule and will be pleased with the response of his players in the first competitive match of the season.
Chris Colvin began proceedings by causing West End problems and within the first ten minutes of the match he nearly scored with a spectacular effort. The Bulldogs striker shot from a wide right position and 25-yards out from goal but as the ball was dipping into the net, the West End goalkeeper pulled off a fine save to tip the effort over the bar.
Soon after, Colvin was beyond the defence and bearing down at goal but was forced wide by the goalkeeper. Colvin shot at the unattended goal from an acute angle but the striker was unable to guide the ball over the line as it rolled past both goalposts.
Before half-time, West End nearly found themselves in the lead when a midfielder broke through the Ton Pentre defence to have a free shot at goal. The effort was wasted as the ball ended up in the back of the stand.
In the second half, the Bulldogs burst into life and gave West End a torrid time as they fully utilised their pace and when, in the 57th minute Colvin delivered a super through ball into Josh Evans’ run, Ton Pentre were 1-0 up. Evans was one-on-one with the keeper and kept his cool to slot the ball into the net.
Ten minutes later Colvin started an attacking movement when he released Tom McCarthy up the left. When he cut inside he played the ball back to Colvin in the 18-yard box. Unselfishly, Colvin set-up Lloyd Toghill, who smashed the ball into the goal off the right-hand post.
In the 73rd minute Ynys Park was treated to more brilliance from Colvin when he weaved in and out of West End challengers before opening up space to shoot. He deserved to score and thought he had when he powerfully struck the ball over the keeper but it crashed back off the bar.
A third goal however, was to be scored and it came from the boot of Ross Fowler, who had replaced McCarthy in attack. A determined Fowler beat the offside trap to finish well for 3-0 in the 76th minute.
West End were awarded an 82nd minute penalty following a rash challenge from Jason Brewer in the 18-yard box. It was an easy decision for the referee to make but the visitors did not find it as easy to score because Jonathan Howe dived to his left to beat the ball away for a fine penalty save.
Despite Howe’s heroics, West End were able to deny the Bulldogs goalkeeper a clean sheet when the Swansea based club scored a consolation goal five minutes later.
The Bulldogs rounded off their fine performance with a fourth goal after Fraser Williams came off the bench to score.
Fowler had supplied a pass to Williams on the outskirts of the West End box and the substitute’s immediate reaction was to hit the ball low and hard into the back of the goal to complete a 4-1 score line.
A confident Ton Pentre will now travel to Aberdare Town (formerly Aberaman Athletic) on Tuesday, 14th August at 7.30pm.
1. Jonathan Howe, 2. Leon Young, 3. Ross Porter, 4. Jason Brewer, 5. Nyran Bird, 6. Lloyd Toghill, 7. Josh Evans (65’), 8. Shane Brewer, 9. Gareth Tedstone, 10. Tom McCarthy (69’), 11. Christopher Colvin (78’).
12. Richard Ingram (65’), 14. Lewis Hydes, 15. Richard Noyes, 16. Fraser Williams (78’), 17. Fowler (69’).
MacWhirter Welsh League Division One