Ton Pentre 2-0 Goytre United
MacWhirter Welsh League Division One
Friday, 4th January 2012
Match ball sponsor l Ken & Gaynor Dowling
The Bulldogs of Ton Pentre kicked off 2013 with a fine 2-0 victory over Goytre United at their Ynys Park home.
It was sweet revenge for Ton Pentre manager Dean Morris who had seen his side slump to a 4-1 defeat at Goytre United earlier in the season.
The Goyts are struggling this season and are currently languishing second from bottom in the MacWhirter Welsh League Division One table, however, on paper the Port Talbot based club have a team littered with quality and experience but the former champions are unable to break their losing habit.
This latest match between the two clubs was their first for around a month following the deluge of rain that has fallen across the country wiping out fixtures.
Despite the enforced winter break, both Ton Pentre and Goytre United were able to entertain during the opening exchanges of this match as they quickly blew away the cobwebs.
Goytre should have taken the lead in the fifth minute when Paul Jones met the ball from a left-wing cross into the box, however, his shot back across goal went wide of the goalpost.
Just under ten minutes later it was Ton Pentre’s turn to apply pressure and when Jaymie Wearn brought the ball down in the box, the striker flicked it up off his boot so that he could produce an overhead kick. The skilful effort was useful and Goytre goalkeeper Leighton James was forced into tipping the ball over the crossbar.
From the resulting corner, James was able to punch the ball away from the six-yard box to the far side of the 18-yard area. Shane Brewer took command of the ball and chipped it back into the danger zone rather than taking the shot on himself. It was the correct decision as Wearn scored with an unchallenged bullet header past the keeper. It was a well worked goal from the Bulldogs.
On the half hour mark, the referee had cause to reprimand Goytre’s Stephen Hughes following a foul tackle and due to his protests Craig Steins was also shown a yellow card for dissent.
Steins involvement in the game was to only last a further four minutes after he was shown a second yellow card following a dangerous tackle on Ton Pentre defender Thomas Davies.
Although Goytre were now a man light, they were able to threaten the Bulldogs goal before the teams entered the dressing rooms for half-time. From a corner kick, Ton Pentre were forced to clear the ball off the goal line when a Goytre player thought he was going to grab an equaliser for the visitors.
In the second half Ton Pentre always looked reasonably comfortable against the 10-men of Goytre and when they did threaten through Jones in the 70th minute, Jonathan Howe was able to save the player’s attempt well.
The Bulldogs secured the points in the 77th minute when striker Chris Jones was presented with the easiest goal scoring chance of his career following a defensive mix up and a failed clearance by James in the Goytre goals.
With Jones failing to give up on what would normally have been a lost cause, the striker took full advantage of James missing the ball when he attempted to clear, to run through unchallenged at an open Goytre goal to make it 2-0.
With this win the Bulldogs moved seven points clear of the relegation zone in a tight Division One league table.
Ton Pentre have some tough matches coming up as they travel to second placed Taffs Well on Friday, 11th January before welcoming Monmouth Town to Ynys Park on Saturday, 19th January.
For all the latest news and fixtures you’ll find the Bulldogs online home at www.tonpentreafc.com. You will also find updates at www.facebook.com/TonPentreAFC and by following the club on Twitter, @TonPentreFC.
Ton Pentre: 1. Jonathan Howe, 2. Richard Noyes, 3. Lewis Hydes, 4. Thomas Davies, 5. Ross Porter, 6. Lloyd Toghill (72’), 7. Shane Brewer, 8. Josh Evans (87’), 9. Jaymie Wearn, 10. Chris Jones, 11. Richard Ingram (66’). Subs: 12. Owen Davies (66’), 14. Josh Powell (72’), 15. Dan Marinos (87’).