AFC Porth 1-1 Ton Pentre
Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One
Saturday, 25th January 2014
This Rhondda Derby match was played in difficult conditions at AFC Porth’s Dinas Park, however, both the Black Dragons and Ton Pentre did their best to provide entertainment in this Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One fixture.
Coming into this game, neither teams form had been particularly good making this Rhondda Derby an unpredictable affair.
Ton Pentre were the first team to have a scoring chance when in the 9th minute Jaymie Wearn ran through the AFC Porth defence. The Bulldogs striker sensibly looked to square the ball across the face of goal to his teammates in support. However, Porth defended well and cleared the ball away from danger.
AFC Porth looked certain to score in the 22nd minute when an attacker was allowed to run completely clean through into the Ton Pentre box. Against the odds, Bulldogs goalkeeper Neil Collins denied the shot with a superb save to stop his team from falling behind.
Collins was forced into pulling off another fine save seconds later when he tipped a powerful effort, struck from outside the box, over the cross bar to deny the Black Dragons once again.
In one of these saves, Collins injured his hand and required treatment. Despite clearly looking uncomfortable, the Bulldogs keeper played on through the pain barrier.
From these scares, the Bulldogs were probably the dominant force for the remainder of the first half and in the 24th minute Andre Griffiths nearly gave Ton Pentre the lead but his shot was cleared off the line by a Porth defender.
In the 33rd minute Porth conceded a needless corner kick through a sloppy back pass. Ton Pentre nearly took full advantage from the gift when Andrew Hughes swung the ball into the penalty area. The head of a Bulldogs player connected with the ball but the effort hit the top of the crossbar.
During the 40th minute of play Leon Young chased the ball down towards the right-hand edge of the 18-yrd box. Young cut inside and teed Griffiths up for a shot. The Bulldogs midfielder made good connection with the ball but sent his shot just wide of the post.
A few moments later Hughes linked well with Griffiths and the latter was able to get a snap shot at goal but again he edged his effort wide of the post.
At half-time in this match there was a horrendous deluge of rain amongst strong winds, which completely soddened the pitch making the conditions for the second half even more laborious.
Despite the conditions however, Ton Pentre began the second period much like the way they had finished the first.
In the 47th minute the Bulldogs felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Young appeared to be taken out by the goalkeeper whilst attempting to head the ball. Ton Pentre’s protests were dismissed by the referee and play continued.
AFC Porth conceded a 53rd minute free kick on the edge of their box which provided Ton Pentre with an excellent opportunity. Hughes skilfully chipped the ball into the near post from the left sided position of the free kick. The ball was met by Wearn who scored to give the Bulldogs advantage in this Rhondda Derby match.
The goal appeared to motivate AFC Porth and they went in search of an equaliser. Whilst in the ascendency they got it when a Porth attacker was given too much time and space inside the box to fire in past Collins during the 66th minute.
With 76 minutes played, Porth could have won the game through Adam Wright but he was denied by a well positioned Thomas Davies, who cleared the ball of the line.
A draw was a fair result for both teams in what was a very difficult Rhondda Derby match due to the conditions.
The Bulldogs are without a game on Saturday, 1st February due to Monmouth Town’s involvement in the FAW Welsh Cup. As a result, Ton Pentre’s next match is another Rhondda Derby game at Cambrian & Clydach Vale on Saturday, 8th February, kick off 2.00pm.
Ton Pentre AFC: 1. Neil Collins 2. Adam Lewis (Captain) 3. Ross Porter 4. Mark Crutch 5. Thomas Davies 6. George Daly 7. Ryan Morgan (17. Adam Raymond 82’) 8. Andre Griffiths (16. Lewis Hydes 71’) 9. Leon Young 10. Andrew Hughes 11. Jaymie Wearn (16. Dorian Sweet 82’). Subs not used: Richard Ingram, Rameer Outlaw.
Goal: Wearn 53’