West End 1-2 Ton Pentre
Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One
Saturday, 15th February 2014
Goals from Adam Raymond and Leon Young secured a vital victory for Ton Pentre on their visit to West End in the Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One. The Bulldogs had fallen behind in the first-half to a goal against the run of play and had to show real character to win the match following Raymond’s sending-off in the 75th minute.
Moments later Andrew Hughes set-up Jaymie Wearn for a shot from distance and the Bulldogs striker connected well but was unable to avoid the goalkeeper, who beat the ball down into the ground before collecting in his arms.
West End had to wait until the 15th minute for a promising attack and with their first shot of the game, the Swansea-based club took the lead by striking out of Collins’ reach.
Despite the disappointment, Ton Pentre continued to play positively and in the 24th minute Wearn curled a shot towards goal from outside the box. The goalkeeper palmed the ball away for a corner, which West End defended well.
Three minutes later and the Bulldogs looked likely to score again when Hughes broke free of the West End defence. With Wearn in support, Hughes decided to take the shot on himself but got too much underneath the ball and sent it over the crossbar.
Just before the referee blew his whistle for half-time, Leon Young took a quick throw-in to Raymond, who was stood just inside the West End 18-yard box. The midfielder turned his marker and shot but his effort creeped over the bar.
Within the first 15 minutes of the second-half Ton Pentre were fortunate not to fall further behind when West End first fired over the bar, before firing painstakingly wide of the left post.
The home team were then clean through on goal forcing Collins to come off his line on the hour mark. The West End attacker lobbed the ball over the Bulldogs goalkeeper but fortunately for Ton Pentre Adam Lewis had run back to the goal line to clear.
Having survived these early scares the Bulldogs got hold of the game once again and due to the hard work of Hughes, Raymond saw the ball break for him in the West End box in the 66th minute. Raymond made no mistake with his shot as he blasted it past the helpless keeper.
Eight minutes later Raymond was shown a red card by the referee following a melee between the teams. When Raymond challenged an opponent for the ball, the referee appeared to wave advantage to the Bulldogs before awarding a free kick. This sparked a reaction from the West End players and Raymond was clearly stamped upon by an opponent whilst he was still on the ground. Once matters had calmed down, Raymond was quizzically shown a straight red card with the others involved in the fracas receiving yellow cards.
The Bulldogs appeared to have a sense of injustice about this decision and even though they were now playing a man light, showed superb character to take the game to their opponents.
In the 86th minute Wearn was played through on goal and as his pace took him past the last defender on the edge of the West End box, the Ton Pentre striker was clearly tripped to prevent him going any further, however, the referee refused to take any action.
West End failed to make their one man advantage count and when Andre Griffiths played a through pass to Young in the 88th minute, the midfielder scored a dramatic winner by showing composure to avoid one challenge before slotting the ball past the goalkeeper.
Overall this was an excellent performance from Ton Pentre who showed good character throughout the match to change their fortunes and gain three essential points in their bid to avoid a relegation battle.
It’s a tough game for the Bulldogs in their next match as they travel to Taffs Well on Friday, 21st February for a 7.30pm kick off.