Ton Pentre Youth were held to a home draw against Bridgend Street in the Ivy Court Welsh League Youth Division East as Connor Ray came off the substitutes bench to fire in the Bulldogs goal.
Bridgend Street were a well organised outfit and Ton Pentre struggled to break them down but the Bulldogs probably created the best of the goal scoring chances in the match.
However, it was Bridgend Street who took the lead when in the 55th minute they capitalised on a mistake by goalkeeper Liam Williams. After under-hitting a kick up field, the ball landed at the feet of an attacker. Williams made a good recovery save to deny the initial effort but Osian Actie hit the back of the net on the follow-up to make it 1-0.
The lead was short lived and after coming off the bench, Connor Ray was terrorising the Bridgend Street defence with both his pace and skill. During the 63rd minute of play, the striker was fouled about 25-yards out from goal as he was about to run clean through.
Ray decided to take a quick free kick and struck the ball past the visiting goalkeeper by beating him low at the left post. Ray had demonstrated excellent awareness in taking the shot and took full advantage of a lack of concentration in the Bridgend Street players.
In conclusion, a point was probably a good result for both teams.
The young Bulldogs are in FAW Youth Cup Round Three action on Sunday, 30 November at 2:30pm against Briton Ferry Llansawel.