Tata Steel 2-2 Ton Pentre
MacWhirter Welsh League Division One
Tuesday, 9th April 2013
Jaymie Wearn scored a vital equaliser for Ton Pentre with the last kick of the game against a Tata Steel team who currently lie second from bottom in the MacWhirter Welsh League Division One table. Of late the Bulldogs have been keeping a watchful eye on the bottom end of the table as they look to prevent themselves from slipping into the relegation dogfight.
Both teams finished finished this match with ten men after the referee raised his red card twice during the first-half of play. Shane Brewer was the Ton Pentre player who harshly got his marching orders for a second yellow card and will now miss the Bulldogs next match at Caerleon (Saturday, 13th April).
Ton Pentre did not perform well during the first half and should have found themselves behind in the 21st minute after Lewis Hydes turned into danger, which saw him dispossessed allowing Tata Steel to attack. Jonathan Howe blocked the home team’s first attempt and a Tata Steel striker had a gaping goal to aim at on the rebound but the ball hit the jagged dry ground and somehow went wide of the left post.
Joe Leahy had the best chance to score for the Bulldogs during the first-half when he took a long shot at goal from around 25-yards. Tata Steel goalkeeper Matthew Stanton scrambled across his line to dive and stop the shot from ending up in the back of the net.
A minute later the home team were dealt a blow when one of their defenders was dismissed when the Referee judged that he had swung an elbow into the face of Shane Brewer when challenging for the ball.
The Bulldogs began to take advantage of having an extra man and when Josh Powell crossed from the left into Lloyd Toghill, the Ton Pentre midfielder hit a sweet strike from the edge of the box. Once again Stanton was agile and dived to push the ball away for a corner.
This one man advantage wasn’t to last long as the Referee levelled the teams when he produced a harsh second yellow card for Brewer. The Ton Pentre player had received his first yellow card in the 22nd minute and received his second for an innocuous challenge on an opponent. Everyone looked on in disbelief when the Referee produced the red card.
It was to get worse for the Bulldogs in first-half injury time when a back pass from captain Adam Lewis to Jonathan Howe saw the Ton Pentre goalkeeper caught in possession, which resulted in Tata Steel taking a 1-0 lead into the half-time interval.
Ton Pentre produced a much better display in the second-half and dominated throughout and it all started when Thomas Davies played the ball up the right wing to Toghill. The former Taffs Well player then ran the ball into the box where he squared a pass inside to Leahy who powerfully shot just just off target. It was however, a fine passage of play and a good chance to equalise.
The equalising goal was to come in the 58th minute with Jaymie Wearn ensuring that the ball crossed the line at the back post following a long throw into the box by Toghill. The ball had been met at the front post by Thomas Davies who helped it on to Wearn with flicked header.
Ton Pentre looked the more likely team to go on and win from here as they dominated possession but Tata Steel looked determined to defend resolutely.
The Port Talbot based club sprung a surprise on the Bulldogs in the 86th minute when they advanced forward into the Ton Pentre half of the pitch. It was a decisive break that saw Tata Steel circumvent the defence to make it 2-1.
From here Tata Steel looked certain for the win, but when the ball was put out of play high up the pitch for a throw-in deep into injury time, it presented the Bulldogs with an opportunity to flood the box.
Toghill threw long into the penalty area and the ball found its way to Wearn, who swiveled his body into a position that allowed him to squeeze in a dramatic equaliser past Stanton. The referee blew his full-time whistle at the restart with Tata Steel knowing that they had thrown away all three points.
The Bulldogs would have wanted all three points for themselves, however, they can take courage from the way that they continued to fight until the very end in this match and must take their second half performance into the whole 90 minutes in their next match at Caerleon on Saturday, 13th April 2013 at 2.30pm.
Ton Pentre: 1. Jonathan Howe, 2. Owen Davies, 3. Lewis Hydes, 4. Ross Porter, 5. Thomas Davies (42’), 6. Lloyd Toghill, 7. Shane Brewer, 8. Adam Lewis (Captain), 9. Joe Leahy, 10. Jaymie Wearn, 11. Josh Powell (74’). Subs: 12. Richard Ingram (42’), 14. Richard Noyes (74’), 15. Dan Marinos, 16. Dean Morris.
Wearn 58’, 90+3’
Welsh League Division One Results – 9th April 2013:
AFC Porth 0-3 Bridgend Town
Caerleon 0-3 West End
Cwmbran Celtic 1-2 Aberdare Town
Goytre United 1-0 Taffs Well
Pontardawe Town 0- 1 Bryntirion Athletic
Tata Steel 2-2 Ton Pentre
Welsh League Division One Table