New Ton Pentre Manager Lee Phillips, got off to a fantastic start in the Ynys Park hot seat after youth team product Connor Berry scored the winning goal against Goytre in the 119th minute of extra-time in the Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Cup.
Phillips was without several first team regulars in Leon Young, Jaymie Wearn, Chris Jones, Ryan Jenkins, Andre Griffiths and Adam Lewis for various reasons, however, the Bulldogs put in a solid display to set up a Quarter-Final tie away at Taffs Well.
Amongst the best of the early exchanges, a Simon Truman shot from 20-yards looked good for Goytre but Neil Collins was alert to the strike and the Bulldogs goalkeeper dived to his right to push the ball away for a fantastic save.
Before half-time, a move that involved Nathan Phillips, Leon Jacka and Shane Davies saw the ball wide to Adam Raymond. The latter’s cross into the box found Berry, who directed his shot just over the bar.
Ton Pentre notched up several good opportunities to score in the second half. One of them was a free kick from Shane Davies that was headed by Mark Crutch. The power and direction was present from Crutch’s effort but the ball was deflected wide. The resulting corner was swung in towards the back post where it appeared to be going straight into the goal until it was headed off the line.
With neither team taking their chances, this League Cup match entered extra-time and within the first five minutes they were dealt a huge blow when Ryan Morgan was shown a red card for serious foul play.
The one man advantage only lasted 4 minutes as an injured Goytre player was forced to leave the pitch without a player to replace him after all available substitutes had already been used.
During the second period of extra-time, Goytre had Brad Dowling sent off for receiving a second yellow card after taking a quick free kick, against the Referees instruction, whilst the Bulldogs were making a substitution.
With the game approaching the 120th minute, Goytre’s nine men thought they’d done enough to take the match to penalties, however, some great work from Shane Davies played Berry through in the box. Berry, who has netted 14 times for the Youth Team this season, scored his first senior team goal with a confident and powerful strike past Goytre goalkeeper Nick Thomas.
Phillips will be pleased with the victory and will now hopefully have a selection headache ahead of the visit to Cardiff Metropolitan University on Saturday, 31 January with the return of the absent first team players. The Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One match against the Students kicks off at 2:00pm.
Meanwhile, Ton Pentre Youth have the biggest game of their season on Sunday, 1 February when they play Bala Town in the FAW Youth Cup Quarter-Finals. The game at Ynys Park kicks off at 2:00pm. Please note that there will be a £2 entry for this game, while 16 years old and under are free.
Ton Pentre Starting XI
1. Neil Collins, 2. Tom Mouncher, 3. Nathan Phillips, 4. Thomas Davies, 5. Ryan Morgan, 6. Mark Crutch (Captain), 7. Adam Raymond, 8. James Dury, 9. Leon Jacka, 10. Shane Davies, 11. Connor Berry.
Ton Pentre Substitutes
12. Callum Emms (for Phillips 75’), 14. Andrew Hughes (for Emms 112’)