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TON PENTRE 3-0 CAERLEON
MacWhirter Welsh League Division One
Saturday, 16th February 2013
Ton Pentre registered a convincing three goal win at Ynys Park against a Caerleon team who sit third from bottom in the MacWhirter Welsh League Division One table.
Before the match, the Rhondda Bulldogs knew that a win for Caerleon would have seen them close the gap on Ton Pentre and in the process potentially drag them into the relegation dogfight.
However, in a tight Division One table this win, along with several other results going Ton Pentre’s way, now sees the Bulldogs eight points clear of the relegation zone.
The football that was played by both teams in the early stages of this match was quite poor despite Ton Pentre and Caerleon having several chances to score.
Tom Davies came close to giving the Bulldogs the lead in the 15th minute when the home team had won a corner. The ball found its way to Tom Davies who, under pressure, headed an effort painstakingly over the crossbar.
On the half-hour, Lloyd Toghill worked hard in midfield and dribbled the ball out towards the right wing. From this position he crossed into the box and despite the ball taking a small deflection off a Cearleon defender, it landed in front of striker Jaymie Wearn.
Wearn hit the ball with power and although the Caerleon goalkeeper got his hand to the shot, he was unable to prevent it from going into the back of the net. Having taken a 1-0 lead the Bulldogs began to play much better.
A few minutes later Joe Leahy, returning to his forward role following a three match suspension, was having a good game and played a lovely through ball for strike partner Wearn. Hitting the ball with the outside of his right boot, Wearn looked as though he was going to increase the lead for the Bulldogs, however, his shot went just wide of the left post.
Within the first 10 minutes of the second half, Leahy had several opportunities to increase Ton’s lead during a scramble in the the Caerleon 6-yard box. Eventually the Caerleon keeper managed to get his hand to the ball on the goal line following several failed attempts by the Caerleon defence to clear the ball.
In the 60th minute Ton Pentre deservedly doubled their lead when a long throw into the box by Toghill saw Leahy lay the ball off to Josh Evans on the edge of the 18-yard box. From here Evans hit a shot low and hard through the box. The ball went into the goal off the left-hand post to make it 2-0.
Four minutes later Josh Powell used his trickery to advance the ball up the left wing. He sent a cross into the box, which was more accurate than intended as the ball hit the crossbar before being cleared behind for a corner kick.
The resulting corner was sent directly into the box and from the edge of the 6-yard area, Tom Davies ran onto the ball and powerfully headed it into the goal for 3-0.
Caerleon nearly pulled a goal back in the 75th minute following an uncharacteristic mistake in defence by Ross Porter, which allowed an attacker to run clear on goal. Jonathan Howe saved the Caerleon strike from point-blank range to prevent Ton Pentre from conceding.
The Bulldogs should have increased their lead further during the 77th minute of play when Lewis Hydes stormed up the left before playing an excellent pass in-field to Leahy. The former Merthyr Town front-man turned on the ball outwitting his marker and opening up space to shoot. His effort was on target but was matched by an excellent save from the Caerleon keeper who did well to dive low and stop the ball from hitting the back of the net.
With the win, Ton Pentre moved up one place to 9th in the Division One table and will now play 12th placed Cwmbran Celtic on Saturday, 23rd February 2013. Kick off at Celtic Park is 2.00pm.
Ton Pentre’s next home match at Ynys Park will be on 2nd March 2013 when Pontardawe Town will be the visitors.
For fixtures, news and more, please visit TonPentreAFC.com.
Ton Pentre: 1. Jonathan Howe, 2. Richard Noyes, 3. Lewis Hydes, 4. Thomas Davies, 5. Ross Porter, 6. Josh Evans (73’), 7. Shane Brewer (Captain), 8. Lloyd Toghill, 9. Joe Leahy (79’), 10. Jaymie Wearn (70’), 11. Josh Powell. Subs: 12. Owen Davies (73’), 14. Dan Marinos (79’), 15. Richard Ingram (70’).
T Davies 65’
Saturday’s MacWhirter Welsh League Division One Results:
AFC Porth 1-2 Haverfordwest County
Barry Town 5- 2 Bridgend Town
Goytre United 2-1 Cwmbran Celtic
Monmouth Town 2-1 Cambrian & Clydach
Pontardawe Town 2-3 Aberdare Town
Tata Steel 1-3 West End
Ton Pentre 3-0 Caerleon
MacWhirter Welsh League Division One Table: