Ton Pentre 1-0 AFC Porth
Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One
Friday, 14 March 2014
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Ton Pentre secured a fine win over Rhondda rivals AFC Porth at Ynys Park in their latest Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One match with Thomas Davies scoring the solitary goal.
There was a feisty start to this match, which added to the Rhondda derby atmosphere, and the Bulldogs in particular began aggressively as they looked to get in the faces of their opponents on their home turf.
Ton Pentre played well in the first half and by the time that the Bulldogs had created their best chance of the match in the 28th minute, they had a strong foothold in the game.
Richard Ingram’s in-swinging corner kick saw AFC Porth goalkeeper Giles Cutlan come off his line for the ball. Having missed it, AFC Porth were forced in to clearing off the line from a Ton Pentre header.
The Bulldogs continued to apply pressure and came close to scoring again in 35th minute when Jaymie Wearn broke into the box from a throw-in. The striker’s effort was hit well and it was only a deflection that sent it wide of the post.
From the corner, Ingram sent the ball into the box and Cutlan failed to deal with it effectively, and as a result of his flapping he directed the ball to Thomas Davies on the edge of the box. Davies then curled the ball into the top left-hand corner of the goal to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the Rhondda derby.
The Bulldogs were scrappy for much of the second half and failed to compose themselves on the ball and as a result it allowed AFC Porth to get on top in the match.
The Black Dragons had two great opportunities to score in the 67th minute when they saw one useful effort headed away by a defender inside the 6-yard box and a follow-up shot that was superbly saved at pointblank range by Neil Collins.
During the 73rd minute of play, AFC Porth thought they’d found the equaliser that they were searching for when Collins was beaten by a shot, however, Mark Crutch was on the line to head the ball away to safety.
Moments later, a well hit strike from distance was goal bound but Collins pulled off another fine save to deny AFC Porth.
When Wearn went through on goal in the 77th minute, he looked odds on to increase Ton Pentre’s lead but his effort was denied by Cutlan who managed to block his shot.
With ten minutes of the match remaining, a dangerously positioned AFC Porth free kick was hit on target and looked to have had Collins beaten. Somehow, Collins got down low to his right to pull off a superb save to keep the Bulldogs in the lead.
AFC Porth certainly created plenty of chances to equalise in this match and when the ball broke for Tom McCarthy they had another fantastic opportunity as he went one-on-one with Collins. The Bulldogs goalkeeper won the duel however, as McCarthy’s shot was deflected wide.
An excellent run by Leon Young saw him take the ball forward and through the AFC Porth defence into the box. With just Cutlan to beat Young had a chance to secure the points, however, the Porth goalkeeper somehow saved the strike with his legs.
Ton Pentre comfortably held out for a fantastic Rhondda derby victory with the Bulldogs now having won three of their last four matches.
Up next for the Bulldogs is a visit to Penybont on Friday, 21st March at 7.30pm.
Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One Table