Ton Pentre relieved some pressure in this encounter with title-chasing Cardiff Met University, as their 2-1 win saw them pull away from the bottom three. It was a remarkable result, particularly since Bulldogs goalkeeper Neil Collins was forced to save twice from the penalty spot.
The Bulldogs know that they need to secure several more positive results to safeguard their Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One status but having taken six points from their last three matches against top four clubs has certainly helped their cause.
Ton Pentre got off to a bad start in this game when they found themselves 1-0 down after just six minutes when Neil Collins did all that he could to stop the ball from hitting the back of the net with some fine saves, however, on a rebound Charlie Corsby scored for Cardiff Met.
The Bulldogs nearly equalised four minutes later when from a throw-in the ball landed at Dan Richard’s feet in the box. He had time to shoot but the effort was saved by Will Fuller.
Before half-time the Students were wasteful in front of goal when they got themselves into a two-on-one situation. Corsby seemed to have too much time on his hands and really should have shot when he was deep inside the box, instead, he elected to pass the ball to Adam Roscrow. The pass sent the Cardiff Met striker wide and he fired into the side netting to squander a brilliant chance.
Ton Pentre were much better in the second half and some lovely play by Steve Williams up the right saw him advance deep into the Cardiff Met half of the pitch. With his experience he beat the left-back and whipped in a sublime low cross that Sam Danby allowed to roll through his legs for Richard to slot past Fuller. The score was now 1-1 due to the beautiful equaliser.
The Bulldogs were now well positioned in this game but they seemed intent on throwing their chances of a win away.
With 70 minutes played, a Cardiff Met player was hacked down in the box leaving the referee no option but to award a penalty. Corsby stepped up but was denied by Collins, who dived to his right to push the ball away.
Ton Pentre capitalised on this good fortune and in the 84th minute Shane Davies latched on to a poor back pass and fired in the goal that made it 2-1 to the Bulldogs.
During the remainder of the match, Cardiff Met applied as much pressure as they could and when they swung a corner into the box that eluded Collins, they thought they’d found their chance for an equaliser when Mark Crutch handled with a natural reaction.
Once again Collins saved Cardiff Met’s penalty kick by diving to his left to secure three incredibly valuable points for the Bulldogs.
You can listen to post match reaction from manager Lee Phillips, Steve Williams and Neil Collins on RadioTon below:
Ton Pentre can look forward to a Rhondda Derby match at Ynys Park on Tuesday, 7 April with the visit of AFC Porth. Kick off is at 7:30pm. The Bulldogs are then home again on Saturday, 11 April against Garden Village. This game kicks off at 2:30pm.
Ton Pentre Starting XI
1. Neil Collins; 2. Steve Williams; 3. Tom Mouncher; 4. Adam Lewis; 5. Thomas Davies (Captain); 6. Mark Crutch; 7. Andre Griffiths; 8. Shane Davies; 9. Sam Danby; 10. Dan Richard; 11. Leon Jacka.
Ton Pentre Substitutes
12. Ryan Morgan; 14. Adam Raymond; 15. Ryan Jenkins; 16. Jaymie Wearn (for Richard 83’); 17. Connor Ray
Richard 53’; S.Davies 84’
Mouncher 29’; Griffiths 90+2′