Garden Village 1-0 Ton Pentre
The Nathaniel Cars League Cup Round Three
Saturday, 30th November 2013
Despite producing a good display of football, Ton Pentre were dumped out of the Nathaniel Cars League Cup Third Round by Welsh League Division Two outfit Garden Village, after the Bulldogs failed to capitalise on the chances that they had created.
The home team were well organised in defence, however, this did not prevent the Bulldogs from getting through on goal multiple times.
In the 19th minute following some fine play, a Jaymie Wearn cross from the left picked out strike partner Rameer Outlaw. The former Afan Lido forward looked good for the goal but he sent his effort wide of the post.
Moments later a lively looking Outlaw was through on goal again and on this occasion his shot was cleared off the line by a Garden Village defender.
With 32 minutes of the match having been played, the Bulldogs inflicted pressure upon themselves when they lost the ball in midfield. However, the Ton Pentre defence stood firm and counter attacked effectively with Leon Young taking the ball forward before playing a through ball for Outlaw to run onto. Taking the ball into the box, Outlaw squared it to Wearn. The pass was hard and Wearn was unable to connect despite beating his marker into space.
By the half time interval Ton Pentre could and should have been several goals up in this cup tie but having seen the Bulldogs miss their guilt edge chances, Garden Village knew that they still had a chance of progression in the League Cup.
Somewhat against the run of play, Garden Village took the lead at Stafford Common in the 68th minute following the award of a free kick when Sam Small was adjudged to have been bundled to the ground out on the left wing.
The ball was guided to the back post where a Garden Village player was able to head it down to Hayden who took his opportunity by hitting the back of the net.
As a result of their fine win, Garden Village go into the draw for the next round along with Aberbargoed Buds, Risca United, AFC Porth, Goytre United, Cwmamman United, Penbybont and Pontardawe Town.
In their next match, the Bulldogs face a tough test at the Conygar Bridge Meadow Stadium, home of Haverfordwest County, on Saturday, 7th December 2013. The game against the second placed team in Division One kicks off at 2.00pm.