At half-time it was all looking good for Ton Pentre as the Bulldogs had produced a strong first half showing, creating plenty of chances and controlling the play with Taffs Well looking disorganised. However, the Bulldogs capitulated in the second half and were made to rue their missed chances.
Ton Pentre were lively in the first half and were looking dangerous in their hunt for a goal. Taffs Well kept conceding possession on a difficult playing surface at Ynys Park and there was confusion between goalkeeper Neil Collins and his defence in front of him.
Tom Billing had a good chance to score when Collins committed himself but the striker’s effort curled over. The Bulldogs should have also taken the lead from a corner kick when the ball found its way to Aaron Jewell. The defender was unable to get a clean shot off his boot and his effort went wide of the right post.
Ton Pentre continued to create opportunities throughout the half but were punished for failing to take their chances when Tom McCarthy ran through to make it 1-0 in the 47th minute.
The Bulldogs went in search of an equaliser but were again wasteful in attack by losing possession before unleashing shots in and around the Taffs Well box.
The Wellmen were more clinical in front of goal and Tyrone Toppar made it 2-0 when he was on the end of a ball through the middle.
At this point the Bulldogs were justified in feeling that the score line was harsh, however, the team’s heads were down and in the latter stages of the half their performance levels had slumped to an abysmal level and conceded twice more.
A 90th minute cross into the box was turned in to make it 3-0 despite the protests from Ton Pentre goalkeeper Jarrad Howells, who believed there had been a foul in the box, and a free kick from Tom Burridge during the second minute of added time easily found its way to the back of the Bulldogs net due to a lack of organisation.
The 4-0 defeat is a big setback for the Bulldogs who will need to make sure that they take their chances when bottom of the table Garden Village come to Ynys Park on Saturday, 5 March at 2.30pm.