Ton Pentre suffered Nathaniel Cars League Cup disappointment in Taffs Well after the Bulldogs were eliminated from the competition following an 8th minute goal. The Rhondda club were also dealt a cruel blow in the 90th minute when their equalising goal was ruled out for offside.
It was a decent display of football from Ton Pentre, who matched a Taffs Well team that has been enjoying a good run of late, and the Bulldogs didn’t deserve to go out in the manner that they did.
With just 8 minutes on the clock, a Taffs Well cross from the left wing provided an opportunity for an attacker to strike the ball at Neil Collins and the Bulldogs goalkeeper appeared to be set for a routine save. The ball however, took an awkward bounce and Collins spilled possession directly into the path of a Taffs Well player who was left with an easy finish to make it 1-0 to the Wellmen. It was uncharacteristic mistake from Collins, who is an exceptional goalkeeper.
Ton Pentre’s best chance to equalise in the first half came from a 21st minute corner when Thomas Davies headed the ball on at the far post to Ryan Jenkins, whose overhead kick had Steve Hall worried until it went wide of the left post.
On the hour mark, Leon Jacka was having some joy up the right and when he opened up space by dummying his way around a defender, he crossed for Jenkins. The former Barry Town player then chipped a little cross in the direction of strike partner Jaymie Wearn, who headed wide of the right post.
During the 62nd minute of play a corner kick nearly brought Ton Pentre an equaliser when Mark Crutch saw his diving header cleared off the line and behind for what the Bulldogs thought was another corner, however, the match officials somehow decided that it should be a goal kick.
The Bulldogs deserved at least an equaliser in this match and in the 90th minute they thought they’d scored it following some pressure in and around the Taffs Well box.
When the ball was crossed into the box, Leon Young knew he wasn’t in a position to score it and so headed it square across the six-yard box where Wearn pounced to head the ball into the back of the net.
As Ton Pentre celebrated, the goal was soon ruled out by the assistant referee’s decision to raise his flag for offside. The Bulldogs argued that the ball had not moved forward but sideways, however, the decision had been made and Ton Pentre were out of the League Cup.
Overall, Bulldogs manager Lee Phillips, will be happy with his team’s display and will look forward to facing his former club as Aberdare Town visit Ynys Park on Saturday, 21 February 2015 at 2:00pm.
1. Neil Collins, 2. Leon Young, 3. Connor Berry, 4. Tom Mouncher, 5. Thomas Davies, 6. Mark Crutch, 7. Andre Griffiths, 8. Leon Jacka, 9. Ryan Jenkins (Andrew Hughes 79’), 10. Shane Davies, 11. Jaymie Wearn.