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Bulldogs Win Thriller at Ynys Park

Ton Pentre won a thrilling MacWhirter Welsh League Division One encounter at Ynys Park on Friday, 8th March against top of the table Taffs Well.

After Taffs Well took a 2-0 lead in the first-half through a stunning long range effort from Liam Williams and a header from Jamal Roberts, the Bulldogs looked completely out of contention.

Ton Pentre 4-3 Taffs Well
MacWhirter Welsh League Division One
Friday, 8th March 2013

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Ton Pentre won a thrilling MacWhirter Welsh League Division One encounter at Ynys Park on Friday, 8th March against top of the table Taffs Well.

After Taffs Well took a 2-0 lead in the first-half through a stunning long range effort from Liam Williams and a header from Jamal Roberts, the Bulldogs looked completely out of contention.

However, when Taffs Well goalkeeper Rhys Wilson gave away a penalty it helped spark a comeback for Ton Pentre with Joe Leahy making it 2-1 from the spot.

Over the next three minutes, Leahy and Jaymie Wearn hit the back of the net in tandem for an amazing turnaround to put the Bulldogs 3-2 up.

Playing with confidence Ton Pentre looked a completely different team to the one that had capitulated early on and some superb goalkeeping from Bulldogs legend and veteran Marty Ellacott, alongside some resolute defending from Ross Porter, Tom Davies and Adam Lewis, kept Taffs Well locked out.

That was until the visitors managed to sneak in a flicked header from a free kick that was sent into the box during the second half following some sustained pressure by Taffs Well. The score was now level at 3-3.

Just as Taffs Well could envisage a dramatic comeback of their own, more glorious defending with last ditch blocks and committed tackles prevented this from happening.

The Bulldogs dug deep again and when they settled themselves after conceding the equaliser, they looked to move the ball as quickly as they could up field to apply pressure on Taffs Well.

From a corner kick they did just that as Wilson came to collect the ball in a crowded penalty area and the goalkeeper buckled under pressure and was unable to make full contact with the ball. Recent Bulldogs acquisition, striker John Edwards, was positioned well to volley the ball through the crowd to give Ton Pentre a dramatic 4-3 lead with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Taffs Well threw all they could at Ton Pentre but the Bulldogs played sensible diagonal balls into the corners of the Taffs Well half to protect their lead. Upon hearing the full-time whistle, Ton Pentre knew they had achieved an unlikely victory against a Taffs Well team that has improved season upon season to become title challengers.

The Bulldogs will hope that the confidence gained from this victory, and the way in which they achieved it, will be taken into their next match as Ton Pentre visit Monmouth Town on Saturday, 16th March 2013. Kick off at Monmouth Sports Ground is at 2.30pm.

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