Pontardawe Town 2-0 Ton Pentre
FAW Welsh Cup Round Two
Saturday, 17th November 2012
Ton Pentre were dumped out of the FAW Welsh Cup in the Second Round at Pontardawe Town following an horrific first ten minutes to the second-half when the home team capitalised by scoring two quick goals.
It had all started so well for the Bulldogs as the Rhondda club applied consistent pressure on Pontardawe Town and their performance deserved to see them in the lead.
Just seven minutes had passed when Joe Leahy and Jaymie Wearn linked well in attack with a one-two that saw them move the ball into the 18-yard box. Wearn however, saw his shot saved well by James Harris. With the Pontardawe keeper unable to hold onto the ball, Leahy followed up with a shot but sent his effort wide whilst under a challenge from a defender.
The Bulldogs were camped in the Pontardawe half of the pitch for the majority of the first-half and in the 22nd minute a short throw-in to Wearn allowed the striker to cut inside and quickly fire a shot at the target. The strike was useful and appeared goalbound until Harris was able to pull off a dramatic one handed save to claw the ball away for a corner.
Pontardawe were limited to a handful of opportunities in the first period and their best chance, whilst against the run of play, saw the ball played out to the right where there was an opportunity to score. However, the eventual shot was hit high over Jonathan Howe’s crossbar.
At halftime the Bulldogs would have been happy with their performance as they had Pontardawe on the backfoot but all of their good work was to be undone as the second-half got underway.
In the 48th minute Harris punted the ball up the pitch where it was knocked down with a header on the edge of the Ton Pentre box to Josh Dorward. The Pontardawe striker hit the ball low and hard from 20-yards into the net with Howe being unable to dive quickly enough to stop it.
Two minutes later Pontardawe nearly scored again when they were through one-on-one with Howe but the Bulldogs keeper smothered the shot and the home team were denied.
Pontardawe Town maintained the pressure on Ton Pentre and in the 55th minute they increased their lead following a cross into the box. As Howe came to collect the ball, the Bulldogs keeper let it slip through his hands which allowed Christian Evans to easily make it 2-0.
Moments later Josh Evans was forced into clearing the ball off the line to stop the Bulldogs from falling even further behind when the home team heaped even more pressure on.
Ton Pentre weathered the storm but despite a goalmouth scramble and a turned down penalty appeal, they were unable to conjure any way back into the match.
Pontardawe Town will now play Goytre (Gwent) in the Third Round of the competition.
Prior to this match, a one minute silence was held for lifelong Bulldogs fan and volunteer, Mark Reynolds, who unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, 13th November. Ton Pentre were also very grateful to Pontardawe Town who published a tribute in their matchday programme.
Ton Pentre’s next match is a tough home encounter with Haverfordwest County on 1st December 2012 at 2.00pm.
Ton Pentre: 1. Jonathan Howe, 2. Richard Ingram (83’), 3. Lewis Hydes, 4. Jason Brewer, 5. Thomas Davies (87’), 6. Shane Brewer, 7. Adam Lewis (Captain), 8. Josh Evans, 9. Jaymie Wearn, 10. Joe Leahy (78’), 11. Ross Porter. Substitutes: 12. Owen Davies, 14. Nyran Bird, 15. Richard Noyes (83’), 16. Josh Powell (87’), 17. Lloyd Toghill (78’).