A last minute winner from Connor Ray sealed a 3-2 victory for Ton Pentre over Merthyr Town at Ynys Park in Round One of the Welsh League Youth Cup.
The Bulldogs had been behind twice in this Cup encounter, but the determination of the players saw them continue to fight in order to overcome the deficit and eventually score the dramatic winner.
Merthyr Town had taken the lead through Curtis Cotto before the Bulldogs equalised through an own-goal.
The young Martyrs restored their lead five minutes before half-time to make it 2-1 at the interval.
Ton Pentre drew level after some considerable pressure on the Merthyr defence saw the Referee award the Bulldogs a penalty following a trip in the box.
Ray scored from the spot by sending the Merthyr goalkeeper the wrong way.
Extra-time beckoned as the game ticked towards 90 minutes but Ray used his blistering pace to outrun the Merthyr defence before applying a splendid finish to make it 3-2.
Less than a minute later Ray set off on another direct run at goal and looked certain to score when he went clear but the Ton Pentre striker was hacked down by a desperate defender. This resulted in some fisticuffs between the two teams, for which Ray and an opponent were red carded for their actions.
Following this excellent victory, midfielder Dan Kinsey and manager Ryan Betteney discussed the Cup win with RadioTon:
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This match provided an excellent test for the Bulldogs and the players will hopefully take their confidence into the next match against Newport YMCA on Monday, 27 October 2014 at Ynys Park. This Ivy Court Welsh League Youth Division East match kicks off at 7:15pm