Ton Pentre 0-1 Haverfordwest County
MacWhirter Welsh League Division One
Saturday, 24th August 2013
Match Ball Sponsor l Ken Jones
The Bulldogs were left bitterly disappointed at Ynys Park after Haverfordwest County edged to a 1-0 victory in a very close MacWhirter Welsh League Division One encounter.
Early on in this match, both teams tested each other with various passages of play but their defences remained resolute.
During the first-half, Ton Pentre should potentially have been awarded a penalty kick when Jaymie Wearn broke free of the defence. As goalkeeper Chris Curtis rushed from his line, the Bulldogs striker neatly chipped it over his sprawling body. As Wearn attempted to hurdle Curtis, the Bluebirds goalkeeper tripped the Ton man but the referee waved away the appeals.
With 38 minutes of the match played, the visitors had a wonderful opportunity to score but Dale Griffiths saw his effort cleared off the line by a well positioned Richard Ingram.
Wearn had a glorious chance to secure the lead for Ton Pentre in the 52nd minute when he utilised his skill and trickery to beat the Haverfordwest defence. With his knack of opening up space to shoot, Wearn curled a wonderful strike towards to top left-hand corner of the goal. With Curtis beaten it looked inevitable that it would end up in the net, however, the ball failed to dip enough and it crashed back off the crossbar.
Moments later it was Haverfordwest’s turn to threaten but Chris O’Sullivan’s low driven strike was dealt with by Adam Lewis on the goal line, who cleared the ball to safety.
As the half progressed, it appeared evident that this match could very well end in a stalemate, however, Haverfordwest had other ideas and when the ball was sent forward into the Ton Pentre box by Ricky Watts in the 75th minute, Sean Pemberton beat Bulldogs keeper Neil Collins to the ball with a header to make it 1-0.
Former Ton Pentre striker Joe Leahy came close in the 86th minute to increase Haverfordwest’s lead but his shot was saved well by Collins who tipped the effort over the crossbar.
With only a few minutes left on the clock, the Bulldogs had another penalty appeal turned down when a shot in the Haverfordwest County box appeared to be well saved by a defender’s hand but once again Ton Pentre’s appeals were ignored by the referee.
The Bulldogs will feel disappointed with just three points from their first three games, however, they will be eager to get back into the action when they visit Aberdare Town on Wednesday, 28th August 2013 at 7.30pm. Following that match, Ton Pentre are home again on Saturday, 31st August against Pontardawe Town. This game will kick off at 2.30pm.