Caerau Ely 2-2 Ton Pentre
Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One
Saturday, 11th January 2014
In this game, it appeared as though Ton Pentre were heading towards their eighth league defeat of the season, however, following an excellent second half the Bulldogs scored twice in the final five minutes of the match for a deserved point.
Ton Pentre’s entire performance was a huge improvement on their 4-0 defeat to Cwmbran Celtic the week previous, but within 12 minutes of the match at Caerau Ely, they were 1-0 down.
The Bulldogs had started well in this match and could have been a goal to the good themselves inside the first 10 minutes when Jaymie Wearn ran through on goal. Instead of taking the shot himself, the striker looked to pick out a pass to a teammate in support and the chance had passed.
Caerau Ely were capable of playing some exquisite football and looked very threatening when on the counter attack.
It was such play that resulted in the home team being awarded a penalty kick when they ploughed forward into the box. As Bulldogs goalkeeper Neil Collins came off his line to make a save, he brought down a Caerau attacker and Darren Adie, the match referee, quickly awarded a penalty kick. Collins came close to saving the penalty when he dived to his left, but the ball was too quick and rippled the net giving Caerau Ely a 1-0 lead.
This was a frustrating moment for the Bulldogs who were clearly disappointed following a good start to the match. Ton Pentre wobbled a little and Caerau Ely grew in confidence and nearly scored again in the 28th minute.
Collins had to pull off a truly outstanding save to deny Caerau Ely, who thought they had scored. The home team had advanced the ball up the left-hand side of the pitch before sending a cross towards the back post. The ball was met with a header that appeared to be out of Collins’ reach, however, the Bulldogs goalkeeper showed incredible agility to stop the effort from crossing the line. The Bulldogs were still not out of danger though as two follow-up strikes were blocked on the line by Ton Pentre defenders.
A minute later Wearn was through into the 18-yard box again and probably should have taken a strike himself, however, he spotted Leon Young’s run into the box and looked to square the ball to him. Young was unable to comfortably get on the end of the ball as he still had some distance to quickly cover in order to meet Wearn’s pass, and as a result a key chance to equalise had passed.
With 39 minutes played, Caerau broke free from their own half with gusto and the way with which the home team passed the ball around saw them open up space on the edge of the box to shoot from and score, making it 2-0.
It nearly got worse for the Bulldogs just before half-time when similar play presented another golden chance for the Cardiff-based club. On this occasion, Collins pulled off yet another marvellous save to keep Ton Pentre in the match.
The first action of the second half saw a Caerau Ely player shoot from distance but his 25-yard effort was tipped over the crossbar by an alert Collins for another fine save.
From this point on it was the Bulldogs who commanded the match and the players demonstrated their determination with wave after wave of attacking football.
Ton Pentre thought they had found a way back into the match in the 66th minute when Wearn breached the Caerau Ely defence. With the goalkeeper looking to narrow the angle, the striker took the correct decision to take a shot himself. Wearn looked to place it in the bottom left-hand corner of the goal but at the very last second the ball bounced the wrong side of the post and went out of play for a goal kick.
It appeared as though Ton Pentre’s best chance of getting something from the game had gone with Wearn’s strike, however, that was until Adam Raymond came off the bench in the 73rd minute and took ownership of the ball in the 85th minute when the Buldogs were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box.
Raymond took a short run-up and blasted the ball into the top right-hand corner of the goal, dumfounding his opponents and sending his teammates into a goal celebrating frenzy.
With the pressure of getting a goal now lifted, the Bulldogs were determined to find an equaliser in the few minutes that remained.
Caerau Ely were looking nervous and making mistakes and their vulnerability was capitalised upon by Ton Pentre in injury time when an all out attack resulted in an opportunity for Andrew Hughes to cross the ball into a packed penalty area.
Ton Pentre’s first two attempts to hit the back of the net were denied by blocks but there was nothing Caerau Ely could do when Thomas Davies brought the ball down into his control on the edge of the 6-yard box. The Bulldogs defender turned and put his laces through the ball, scoring an injury time equaliser.
The Bulldogs will now take the confidence that they gained from this match into their next game at Tata Steel on Saturday, 18th January at 2.00pm.
Ton Pentre AFC: 1. Neil Collins 2. Adam Lewis 3. Lewis Hydes 4. Ross Porter 5. Thomas Davies 6. Andrew Hughes 7. Ryan Morgan 8. George Daly (14. Adam Raymond 73’) 9. Rameer Outlaw (12. Andre Griffiths 58’) 10. Jaymie Wearn 11. Leon Young. Sub not used: 15. Gavin Rees.
Goals: Raymond 85’, T.Davies 90+2’.