Ton Pentre produced a fantastic all round team performance on their visit to Goytre United, who were undefeated coming into this Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One match.
The Bulldogs were expecting a tough test at Glenhafod Park Stadium but they were full of confidence following a 6-1 midweek victory over Rhondda rivals AFC Porth.
This confidence was evident straight from kick off when after just 27 seconds of the match, Ton Pentre took the lead. The Bulldogs went straight on the offensive from the Referee’s whistle and when the ball was played up to Ryan Jenkins he tickled it around a Goytre United defender to put Dan Richards through on goal. With just the goalkeeper to beat, Richards slotted the ball into the net out of Luke Martin’s reach.
The Bulldogs continued to attack and six minutes later Shane Davies tried his luck from outside the box with a useful looking effort but Goytre United were relieved to see the ball go wide of the post.
Not even ten minutes had been played before Ton Pentre had another excellent chance to increase their lead when Jenkins and Richards combined again for the latter to go through one-on-one with Martin. On this occasion the goalkeeper came out on top with a fine save to deny Richards.
Goytre United were creating very little in front of goal due to the exceptional teamwork of the Bulldogs defence from goalkeeper Neil Collins to Mark Crutch, Ross Porter and Thomas Davies. As a result, Ton Pentre had a pretty stress free first half protecting their 1-0 lead well.
For the opening five minutes in the second half, Goytre United attempted to pressurise the Ton Pentre defence, but after some panic the Bulldogs settled well and signalled their intentions in the 53rd minute.
Shane Davies gained possession of the ball deep inside the Goytre United half of the pitch and the midfielder’s instinct was to go on the attack alone. Davies ran through four defenders but despite the harrying of the players around him, the midfielder entered the 18-yard box and fired the ball past Martin to make it 2-0. It was a superb goal.
During the 63rd minute of play the Bulldogs found themselves 3-0 up with another wonderful goal when Shane Davies provided Richards with a pass that allowed the striker to bypass a defender into space and strike the ball into the top right-hand corner of the goal from the edge of the box.
Goytre United were now completely shellshocked and Ton Pentre took full advantage when they scored a fourth goal in the 65th minute.
After Richards reacted quickly to tap a loose ball around a Goytre United defender, the striker slid the ball to Jenkins, who applied a neat finish sending the ball into the net off the inside of the lefthand post.
With the score now 4-0, Ton Pentre were desperate to achieve a clean sheet but it was not to be as Goytre United were awarded a penalty kick in the 85th minute after an attacker was felled in the box by Porter.
Moments later, a one-two between Adam Raymond and Liam Hutchinson nearly increased Ton Pentre’s lead further but the latter’s shot, whilst one-on-one, was saved well by the Goytre United goalkeeper who spread his body to block the shot.
This was an excellent win for the Bulldogs as Goytre United is never an easy place to visit and many would not have expected such an emphatic win. Ton Pentre’s team performance was the key to their success as the hard work put in by the players saw Goytre United run out of ideas in the match.
Ton Pentre have now scored 10 goals in two matches and will look forward for their trip to Goytre (Gwent) on Saturday, 6 September 2014 in their next match. Kick off is at 2:30pm. Meanwhile, Ton Pentre Youth begin the Ivy Cottages Welsh League Youth Division East season at Ynys Park on Monday, 8 September against Barry Town Youth.
1. Neil Collins; 2. Leon Young (Captain); 3. Lewis Hydes; 4. Mark Crutch; 5. Ross Porter; 6. Thomas Davies; 7. Liam Hutchinson; 8. Andre Griffiths; 9. Ryan Jenkins 10. Shane Davies; 11. Dan Richards (12. Adam Raymond 71’)
Richards 1’, 63’; S.Davies 53’; Jenkins 65’
Griffiths 42’; Crutch 52’; T.Davies 77’