Ton Pentre 0-1 Sully Sports
FAW Welsh Cup Round Two
Saturday, 9th November 2013
Sully Sports pulled off the shock result of Round Two in the FAW Welsh Cup with the South Wales Senior League outfit deserving their 0-1 victory at Ynys Park against Ton Pentre.
The lowest ranked team left in the competition can now look forward to the Third Round draw, where they have the possibility of meeting a Welsh Premier League team.
It was an abysmal performance from Ton Pentre resulting in it being one of the worst results in the club’s history, with 51 league places separating the clubs prior to kick-off.
Not only did the result significantly reduce Ton Pentre’s financial reward for progression in the competition, more importantly, it also prevented the Bulldogs from being in the Third Round draw with the likes of The New Saints and Bangor City, an opportunity to be back amongst the elite of Welsh domestic football and a chance to perform in front of Sgorio’s television cameras.
Those opportunities were exterminated for Ton Pentre after 56 minutes when Sully Sports pulled the Bulldogs apart with some nice play throughout the length of the pitch. After Dan Lawler put the ball past a hapless Neil Collins in the Ton Pentre goals, there was a collective groan at Ynys Park resulting in a downbeat atmosphere and a lack of confidence that the Bulldogs could get themselves back into the match.
The lower league visitors to Ynys Park appeared to be a capable outfit from kick off in this FAW Welsh Cup Round Two match, they were also well organised and enjoyed some early possession as they looked to take the game to their Rhondda hosts.
Ton Pentre had to wait until the 34th minute until they produced any real threat on Sully’s goal when a series of Adam Raymond corners made the defence creak under pressure, however, the Ynys Park visitors survived the scare and on the third attempt cleared the ball to safety.
Ten minutes later Sully looked as though they had taken the lead from a free kick when a debatable foul 20-yards out from goal resulted in an excellent opportunity from a set-piece. The ball was hit with venom and Collins had to get a strong arm to it in order to tip it over the crossbar.
In the 45th minute Sully had another opportunity to take the lead when the ball broke for their striker in the penalty area. With only Collins to beat, the shot was walloped over the bar.
The Bulldogs offered very little in the second half and Lawler’s 56th minute goal didn’t come as a surprise when he hit the back of the net to make himself Sully’s hero.
Disappointingly, Ton Pentre lacked character after going a goal behind and didn’t appear to have the hunger to pull themselves back into this match.
As a result, Sully Sports deservedly pulled off a huge FAW Welsh Cup upset at the expense of Ton Pentre and can now look forward to a potential dream draw in Round Three in the third oldest cup competition in the world.
The Bulldogs will be eager to put this disappointment behind them but face a very tough test in their next match as they welcome Taffs Well to Ynys Park on Friday, 15th November at 7.30pm in the Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One.
Ton Pentre AFC: 1. Neil Collins 2. Richard Ingram (14. Rameer Outlaw) 3. Josh Powell 4. Thomas Davies 5. Leon Young 6. Lloyd Toghill (Captain) (12. George Daly) 7. Adam Raymond 8. Craig Reddy (15. Andre Griffiths) 9. Ross Fowler 10. Jaymie Wearn 11. Craig Rees.