Cambrian & Clydach Vale 3-0 Ton Pentre
Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One
Saturday, 8th February 2014
Ton Pentre are now without a Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One win in seven matches after Cambrian & Clydach Vale consigned the Bulldogs to their eighth league defeat of the season in the Rhondda derby at their King George V ground.
The Bulldogs started quite brightly and won themselves a few corners in the opening minutes as a result of their attacking play. However, having failed to capitalise on these chances, they were soon on the back foot as Cambrian began to take control of the game.
The home team nearly took the lead in the 20th minute when a long range shot took a deflection on its way to goal. Bulldogs goalkeeper Neil Collins pulled off a fine save to stop the ball from ending up in his net.
Six minutes later Ton Pentre were able to break and when a cross from the right was sent into the Cambrian box, defender Daniel Lever knew he had to deal with it but in doing so he nearly headed the ball into his own net. The ball skimmed over the bar, much to his relief.
As the half-hour mark approached Cambrian got a deserved breakthrough when a blundered defensive header was directed straight to Lever’s feet deep inside the Ton Pentre box, and the defender capitalised on the mistake to fire the ball past Collins to make it 1-0.
Just before half-time Cambrian thought they’d scored again when the ball was struck into the Bulldogs’ net. Fortunately for Ton Pentre, the referee had blown his whistle for an infringement by the home team, cutting their celebrations short.
It had been a disjointed first-half display from the Bulldogs and there was no improvement within the first ten minutes of the second half but before Dean Morris had decided that he needed to change tact, Ton Pentre were 2-0 down. Cambrian took the game to the Bulldogs in the 58th minute and powered their way up the pitch to drill in a deserved second goal.
Moments later, George Daly, Ryan Morgan and Andre Griffiths made way for Richard Ingram, Adam Raymond and Andrew Hughes as Ton Pentre attempted to find a way back into this derby match.
The Bulldogs got the ball in the back of the net in the 63rd minute when some good attacking play resulted in Leon Young shooting past Jarred Howells. However, Young’s goal was incorrectly ruled out for offside after the assistant referee failed to spot his run from deep through the Cambrian defence.
With their two goal lead intact, Cambrian looked comfortable for the remainder of the second-half until Ton Pentre were awarded a free kick 25-yards out from goal in the second minute of added time. A thunderous drive from Raymond had Howells beaten but the shot crashed against the crossbar and bounced out of play for a goal kick.
Cambrian scored a third before the referee eventually blew his whistle when they pressed forward with Josh Ryall firing high into the net, rubbing salt into Ton Pentre’s wounds.
This was a disappointing defeat for the Bulldogs against their local rivals and it leaves Ton Pentre just five points clear of the relegation zone having played between two to four more games than the three teams occupying the bottom places.
Due to Ton & Gelli BGC’s FAW Trophy match now being played at Ynys Park on Saturday, 15th February, Ton Pentre have switched their scheduled home game against West End to their Pri Deri Park home, kick off 2.00pm. The home match against the current Division One champions will now be played at Ynys Park on 12th April 2014. The Bulldogs next home match will be on Friday, 28th February against bottom of the table Aberbargoed Buds.
Ton Pentre AFC: 1. Neil Collins 2. Adam Lewis (Captain) 3. Ross Porter 4. Mark Crutch 5. Thomas Davies 6. George Daly (14. Richard Ingram 60’) 7. Leon Young 8. Andre Griffiths (15. Andrew Hughes 60’) 9. Jaymie Wearn 10. Ryan Morgan (12. Adam Raymond 60’) 11. Dorian Sweet.