After just twenty minutes of this FAW Youth Cup Round Two tie, Ton Pentre looked down and out with Aberdare Town having taken a 2-0 lead. However, the Bulldogs battled back before half-time and booked their place in Round Three during extra-time.
Aberdare looked to be a powerful outfit and after 15 minutes they swept up the right and from the edge of the box the ball was struck high into the net for a splendid goal.
It was quickly 2-0, when five minutes later an Aberdare attacker sneaked through two defenders to score almost unchallenged.
It was evident to see that this goal had hurt Ton Pentre, however, rather than capitulating the Bulldogs showed character and on 28 minutes Tyler Clatworthy forced his way through the Aberdare defence to score the goal that gave the home team a way back into the match.
With practically the last kick of the first half, Ton Pentre equalised through Kurt Hodges after the striker’s powerful shot couldn’t be stopped.
Both teams had chances during the second half but for Ton Pentre, goalkeeper Liam Williams remained strong.
The turning point in this game occurred in the 77th minute when Aberdare were reduced to 10 men as their striker saw red for an attempted headbutt.
The Bulldogs were unable to make the one man advantage count in the final 12 minutes of normal time but did run riot in extra-time.
Connor Berry’s cross in the 92nd minute unexpectedly turned into a shot as it beat the goalkeeper to make it 3-2 to the Bulldogs.
It was 4-2 moments later when Owain Davies’ strike took a heavy deflection off a defender to bypass the Aberdare goalkeeper.
Tyler Clatworthy scored his second goal of the game in the 100th minute when the Aberdare goalkeeper was unable to hold onto his strike.
During the second period of extra-time, the goalscoring was completed when some exquisite skill from Hodges saw him evade several attempts to dispossess him of the ball. The striker then applied a firecracker of a finish for 6-2.
Ton Pentre can now look forward to the Round Three draw of the FAW Youth Cup, in which the likes of Cardiff City, Swansea City and Newport County are all potential opponents.
The next match for the Youth Team is on Monday, 10 November at home to Caerau Ely. The match will kick off at 7:15pm.