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Fairfield Are Valiant But Ton Progress

Fairfield United had billed this FAW Welsh Cup Round One match against Ton Pentre as the biggest game in the club’s history and the Gwent County League Division One outfit put in a valiant performance on their visit to the Rhondda, despite losing the encounter.

Craig Reddy runs away celebrating after scoring Ton Pentre's third goal.

Ton Pentre 3-0 Fairfield United
FAW Welsh Cup Round One
Saturday, 12th October 2013

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Fairfield United had billed this FAW Welsh Cup Round One match against Ton Pentre as the biggest game in the club’s history and the Gwent County League Division One outfit put in a valiant performance on their visit to the Rhondda, despite losing the encounter.

Craig Reddy runs away celebrating after scoring Ton Pentre's third goal.

Craig Reddy runs away celebrating after scoring Ton Pentre’s third goal.

The magic of the FAW Welsh Cup was evident at Ynys Park as the large away contingent gave the Fairfield United players their unequivocal support for the whole 90 minutes.

It was clear to see from kick-off that Ton Pentre were the better team, however, Fairfield United made life difficult for the Bulldogs.

It was a professional performance from Ton Pentre and the Rhondda club deserved to reach Round Two after goals from George Daly, Leon Young and Craig Reddy secured a convincing 3-0 win.

The Bulldogs were quick to usurp authority in this match with Fairfield United having to defend deep from early on and the first goal scoring opportunity occurred after just 4 minutes, when from distance, Daly hit a powerful shot that appeared goal bound. However, Fairfield United goalkeeper Mark Randell was quick to dive across his goalmouth to push the ball away with agility.

Moments later Daly was in an attacking position once again but on this occasion he was bundled over by a defender before having a strike on target. The resulting free kick looked useful from Adam Raymond but the ball edged off target.

It seemed inevitable that the Bulldogs would score as a result of their pressure and in the 12th minute of play they did just that when they found the back of the net.

Ton Pentre won a throw-in parallel to the 18-yard box and Bulldogs midfielder Lloyd Toghill threw the ball long into the penalty area. Daly brought the ball down into his possession, turned and fired the ball into the goal making it 1-0.

Conceding appeared to make Fairfield United more determined and the Gwent club thought they had equalised in the 14th minute when they hit the back of the net. Fairfield’s celebrations were cruelly cut short when the goal was ruled out with the assistant referee having raised his flag to signal offside.

Fairfield grew in confidence following this chance and Leigh Williams rounded off a useful 33rd minute attack with a well taken shot. The effort looked likely to bring Fairfield level with the Bulldogs but a brilliant save from Ryan Betteney denied Williams some glory.

In the 38th minute Lewis Hydes was released up the left wing and when he rounded a defender the ball was crossed into the box where it found Ross Fowler. The Bulldogs striker unleashed a good shot but the ball hit the post and Young was available to net the rebound. This gave Ton Pentre a good 2-0 lead at the half-time interval.

Fairfield United got Ton Pentre on the back-foot in the second half and really should have pulled a goal back in the 50th minute.

When Niall Yeates saw his free kick saved well by Betteney, Daniel Jenkins headed over the bar from the rebound. His disappointment was evident with his body language as the striker knew that this was a glorious opportunity to have got his team back into the match.

In the 58th minute Dean Morris made a triple substitution with Fowler, Toghill and Richard Ingram making way for Jaymie Wearn, Josh Powell and Craig Reddy.

After Jenkins shrugged off a challenge from Bulldogs defender Thomas Davies, the Fairfield player missed another opportunity to give his team a route back into the match when he sent his shot wide.

Fairfield were to rue that missed chance as the Bulldogs put the game beyond their opponents in the 65th minute when great work from Young saw him maintain possession under pressure, in order to play a through ball for Wearn. The Ton Pentre striker got his effort on target but Randell managed to get his fingertips on the ball to stop it from reaching the net, however, the Fairfield keeper could do nothing about the ball landing in Reddy’s path, who made it 3-0.

A 71st minute free kick outside the Ton Pentre box provided Fairfield with another chance of getting a goal and Yeates came close with his curling effort but the ball travelled just wide of the left post.

Ten minutes later Fairfield had another wonderful opportunity to grab a goal when a cross from the right saw Jenkins’ header beat Betteney but crash against the post.

Ton Pentre could have scored a couple of more goals before the full-time whistle, but had they done so it would have been harsh on the efforts of the Fairfield United players who had done their club proud.

It’s more cup action for the Bulldogs in their next match on Saturday, 19th October 2013 as they visit Ammanford in the Second Round of the Nathaniel Cars League Cup. Kick off is at 2.00pm.

Ton Pentre AFC: 1. Ryan Betteney 2. Richard Ingram (16. Josh Powell 58’) 3. Lewis Hydes 4. Adam Lewis (Captain) 5. Thomas Davies 6. George Daly 7. Adam Raymond 8. Lloyd Toghill (12. Craig Reddy 58’) 9. Ross Fowler (15. Jaymie Wearn 58’) 10. Craig Rees 11. Leon Young. Sub not used: 14. Ross Porter

Goals: Daly 12’, Young 38’, Reddy 65’

Fairfield United: 1. Mark Randell 2. Ross Stokes 3. David Jenkins 4. Niall Yeates 5. Michael Davies 6. Elliott Knox 7. Jonathan Hanratty 8. Joshua Evans 9. Daniel Jenkins 10. Ben Walker 11. Leigh Williams. Subs: 12. Lee Jones 14. Steven Cave 15. Rory Wayne 16. Jonathan McCarthy 17. Simon Taylor.

Match Officials: Referee – R.N Stephens (Penarth) Assistants – J.K Burgess (Maesteg) and K. Shaw (Barry).

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