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Following a disappointing second half performance, Ton Pentre can count themselves lucky that they avoided an embarrassing defeat against Monmouth Town thanks to the woodwork at their Ynys Park ground.
It had been a fairly even first half in this MacWhirter Welsh League Division One match despite Monmouth Town taking the lead through a lovely movement in the 38th minute. However, the second period was dominated by the Kingfishers who added a second goal but should have scored many more were it not for the goalposts and the crossbar.
Ton Pentre nearly took the lead early on in the match when Joe Leahy’s effort was parried by Monmouth goalkeeper Keiron Blackburn into Richard Ingram’s path. The Bulldogs midfielder struck the ball on the half-volley but Blackburn got his body behind the shot and saved the powerful effort well.
Bulldogs goalkeeper Jonathan Howe kept the scores level later in the half when a shot from outside the crowded box meant that the shot stopper saw the ball late. Howe reacted well and tipped the ball over the bar.
Monmouth were beginning to find their stride and following some fluid play they used the width of the pitch to move the ball around the Ton Pentre players. The ball was eventually passed into the back of the net in a movement that was so quick Howe was left motionless with absolutely no chance of making a save.
With an hour of the match played, the Kingfishers doubled their lead with a shot from outside the box that went straight through the Bulldogs goalkeeper.
Ton Pentre nearly replied soon after with two opportunities to score. Shane Brewer and Lloyd Toghill linked before cueing the ball up for Leahy to shoot. The former Merthyr Town man hit a useful shot but Blackburn was able to watch the ball go wide of his left post.
Moments later, hard work from Leahy saw him win the ball and pass to Josh Evans. The midfielder then skipped past a defender and squared the ball for Ingram to shoot. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, Ingram’s shot also went wide of the post.
With these two misses went Ton Pentre’s hopes of getting back into the match and after losing their vigour the Bulldogs also lacked organisation and this allowed Monmouth to dominate the remainder of the second half.
The Bulldogs became spectators in the match with Monmouth hitting the crossbar and goalposts on at least eight occasions leaving Ton Pentre acutely aware that the result in this game should have been far more convincing for the visitors.
Ton Pentre have just two games left to the 2012/2013 season, both of which are against Barry Town. The Bulldogs travel to Jenner Park on Tuesday, 7th May (7.45pm) before welcoming Barry to Ynys Park for the last game of the season on Saturday, 11th May at 2.30pm.
Ton Pentre: 1. Jonathan Howe, 2. Richard Noyes, 3. Richard Ingram, 4. Ross Porter, 5. Thomas Davies (53’), 6. Lloyd Toghill (68’), 7. Adam Lewis (Captain), 8. Shane Brewer, 9. Jaymie Wearn, 10. Joe Leahy, 11. John Edwards (68’). Subs: 12. Owen Davies (68’), 14. Josh Evans (53’), 15. Dan Marinos (68’).