Bryntirion Athletic 1-2 Ton Pentre
MacWhirter Welsh League Division One
Friday, 7th December 2012
A hard working performance from the Bulldogs saw them defeat Bryntirion Athletic after playing an hour of the match with ten men following the sending off of Joe Leahy. The Bulldogs raced into a two goal lead within the first ten minutes and protected their advantage well by defending stoutly, however, Ton Pentre had a nervy end to the match when Bryntirion gave themselves hope in the last five minutes.
Joe Leahy was looking sharp and thought he was going to score only to be denied by a fine save from Bryntirion goalkeeper Wyn Walters. From the resulting corner, Walters was left helpless when Shane Brewer was allowed to have a free header by the Bryntirion defence. The Bulldogs midfielder made a strong connection with the ball to head it into the back of the net for 1-0.
With an injection of confidence, Ton Pentre regained possession quickly from the Bryntirion restart and began spreading the ball across the field. Shane Brewer and Adam Lewis were involved before the ball was eventually played out to the right wing where Lewis Hydes stormed forward deep into the Bryntirion half of the pitch.
With a burst of pace Hydes bypassed several challengers before crossing low into the penalty area where the ball found its way to Jaymie Wearn. The Bulldogs striker showed his class with a cool finish that shell shocked the hosts as Ton Pentre went 2-0 up after eight minutes.
Bryntirion could have pulled a goal back several minutes later when a cross from the left was met by a striker but his headed shot was sent wide of Jonathan Howe’s goal.
On the half-hour mark Leahy and a Bryntirion opponent were involved in a spat on the touchline. The Bulldogs striker reacted to some verbal abuse by nudging the player away from him above the shoulders. The referee decided that his reaction was worthy of a red card leaving the Bulldogs to complete the match with 10 men and Leahy facing a three match suspension.
Following the sending-off Ton Pentre reacted positively and continued to create goalscoring chances. Lewis had an opportunity to shoot but saw his strike from just inside the box turned behind by Walters for a corner. Ingram sent a lovely cross into the box from the corner kick and Jason Brewer headed over Walters but the ball landed on top of the crossbar and bounced behind for a goal kick.
Bryntirion Athletic looked to put Ton Pentre under pressure during the opening exchanges of the second half and they nearly found a way back into the match in the 52nd minute when a striker managed to slip through the defence. Howe was quick off his line to meet the striker but was unable to prevent the player from attempting to lob him. However, due to the pressure that the Ton keeper had applied, the ball was looped high over the bar.
Having weathered Bryntirion’s onslaught the Bulldogs began to create chances again and when Hydes cut-out a pass in midfield he was able to run on towards goal. As he progressed deep into the penalty area he decided to shoot but Bryntirion were saved as the ball went over the bar.
Moments later Ton Pentre hit their opponents on the break with Josh Evans advancing into the Bryntirion danger zone. The Bulldogs midfielder crossed for Wearn but the ball was an inch too high for the striker to connect having been left unmarked.
In the 67th minute Bryntirion applied more pressure via a corner kick from which Lewis was forced to clear the ball off the Ton Pentre goal line.
The game was moving end to end and a minute later Evans was through the defence and into the penalty area where he had enough left in his tank to unleash a shot. Walters looked worried by the effort and was relieved to see the ball go wide of the right post.
Bryntirion felt they should have been awarded a penalty in the 79th minute when during a persistent bombardment of the Ton Pentre box a player tripped over an outstretched leg of Shane Brewer. However, the referee spotted that the home team player purposely looked to make contact with the Ton man.
The Bulldogs could have put the game beyond doubt in the 82nd minute when Lloyd Toghill did very well in challenging for the ball in midfield in order to set Ingram free up the right wing. With Bryntirion having pushed the majority of their team forward, Ingram advanced up the field with considerable ease. It got tougher for Ingram as he approached the box but with his skill he unlocked access for an attempt. His shot was good and strong but the ball painstakingly scraped over the top right-hand corner of the goal.
Ton Pentre’s defensive performance did not deserve to see them concede a goal but football is a dramatic sport and Rob Jones pulled a goal back for Bryntirion in the 88th minute to set-up a nail biting finale.
Deep into injury time Bryntirion were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Ton Pentre box following a foul that the Bulldogs conceded whilst under pressure.
Bryntirion’s hopes of getting something out of the match rested on this free kick. With what was to be the last action of the game, the free kick was blazed over Howe’s crossbar and the Bulldogs picked up three vital points with an impressive display.
Ton Pentre’s next game is at Ynys Park on Friday, 14th December at 7.30pm against AFC Porth in a Rhondda derby match. Porth are currently third place in Welsh League Division One.
Ton Pentre: 1. Jonathan Howe, 2. Richard Ingram (87’), 3. Lewis Hydes, 4. Thomas Davies, 5. Ross Porter, 6. Jason Brewer, 7. Josh Evans (68’), 8. Adam Lewis (Captain), 9. Joe Leahy, 10. Shane Brewer, 11. Jaymie Wearn (77’). Subs: 12. Owen Davies, 14. Richard Noyes (87’), 15. Chris Jones (77’), 16. Nyran Bird, 17. Lloyd Toghill (68’).
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