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Ten Minute Leahy Hat-trick Wins it for Ton

Joe Leahy scored a magnificent hat-trick in a dominant Ton Pentre performance with the Bulldogs registering a fine victory over Cwmbran Celtic.

Joe Leahy is congratulated by his team-mates after giving Ton the lead.

Ton Pentre 3-1 Cwmbran Celtic
MacWhirter Welsh League Division One
Saturday, 27th April 2013

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Joe Leahy scored a magnificent hat-trick in a dominant Ton Pentre performance with the Bulldogs registering a fine victory over Cwmbran Celtic.

Match Action: A rare Cwmbran Celtic attack is thwarted by Howe.

Match Action: A rare Cwmbran Celtic attack is thwarted by Howe.

The Bulldogs played some of their best football of the season at Ynys Park and despite creating several early chances, it took until the 19th minute before Joe Leahy signalled his intentions with a 20-yard shot that went just over Nicky Church’s crossbar.

Moments later John Edwards saw his header cleared off the line before Lloyd Toghill’s follow-up shot was well saved by Church who punched the ball behind for a corner kick.

Ton Pentre continued to crank up the pressure when in the 28th minute Edwards angled a pass into Lewis Hydes’ path inside the Celtic 18-yard box. Hydes unleashed a shot that was saved by Church, however, the ball was spilled and as Jaymie Wearn attempted to run onto it he was tripped by Dominic Connor. The Referee was quick to award the Bulldogs a penalty and showed Connor a red card for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity, which was debated by Connor and his colleagues but to no avail.

Leahy scores from the penalty spot to give Ton Pentre the lead.

Leahy scores from the penalty spot to give Ton Pentre the lead.

Leahy was was given the responsibility of scoring from the spot and he did so with confidence by sending Church the wrong way.

The Bulldogs looked to capitalise on their one man advantage and they did just that in the 34th minute when a long throw into the box from Toghill was flicked on at the near post to Leahy at the far post. The ball landed at his feet and Leahy fired high into the net making it 2-0.

Two minutes later Cwmbran were given a glimmer of hope when they were awarded a penalty kick by the Assistant Referee as Jonathan Howe came to collect the ball in his box. Howe was judged to have fouled his opponent as he jumped to collect, but the Referee appeared content with his actions until he saw the signal from his Assistant. Neither did the Celtic players appeal for a penalty.

Having received a yellow card for the incident, Howe took his place on his goal line for the penalty kick. Lee Challenger scored but Cwmbran’s hopes were soon dashed as the home team forced in a third.

Challenger scores with a penalty kick to give Cwmbran a glimmer of hope.

Challenger scores with a penalty kick to give Cwmbran a glimmer of hope.

In the 39th minute, while Ton Pentre were on the attack again in Celtic’s 18-yard box, Wearn intricately passed the ball into Leahy’s run. After beating a defender he fired the ball powerfully into the goal to complete a ten minute hat-trick.

The Bulldogs continued to dominate the second-half of the match and could have scored several more goals as the Rhondda outfit certainly created the chances in which to do so.

After hitting the post in the 55th minute the Bulldogs had yet another chance to further their lead in the 70th minute, when Wearn was tripped in the box leading to a penalty kick. It was frustrating for the Bulldogs as Wearn scored just as the Referee blew to award the penalty and Leahy unfortunately missed spot kick following a good save from Church.

Celtic keeper denies Leahy's penalty with a fine save.

Celtic keeper denies Leahy’s penalty with a fine save.

With Cwmbran a man light and attempting to push forward, Ton Pentre were having much joy in the away team’s half of the pitch but despite creating plenty of chances they did not find the back of the net again, however, the damage had been done with Leahy’s hat-trick.

Ton Pentre’s next match is on Saturday, 4th May 2013 at Ynys Park against Monmouth Town, kicking off at 2.30pm. When the Bulldogs visited the Kingfishers earlier in April, the match finished 2-2 with Monmouth equalising in the dying embers of the game.

Ton Pentre: 1. Jonathan Howe, 2. Richard Ingram, 3. Lewis Hydes (81’), 4. Thomas Davies, 5. Ross Porter, 6. Lloyd Toghill (75’), 7. Adam Lewis (Captain), 8. Shane Brewer, 9. Jaymie Wearn, 10. Joe Leahy, 11. John Edwards (70’). Subs: 12. Richard Noyes (75’), 14. Josh Evans (70’), 15. Josh Powell (81’), 16. Dan Marinos.

Goals:
Leahy 29’ (Pen), 34’, 39’.

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