WF League - 2016/17
Conygar Bridge Meadow
11 Apr, 2017 - 20:00:00
Match Score : 1-1
Ton Pentre AFC
The Bluebirds narrowly failed to register a victory over Ton Pentre on this s cool Tuesday evening when conceding a scrambled goal in injury time.
The first half was a fairly even affair with the Blues having slightly the better of things, especially through the hard working Steffan Williams on the right and the clever Ashley Bevan at centre forward. The Rhondda Bulldogs, however, also had moments as Greg Walters cleared with James Gwilt beaten and with the defence well marshalled by the ever reliable Sean Pemberton. The County defence also welcomed back Steffano Antoniazzi for his first game since injury at the turn of the year, and Spencer Williams at full back.
The game changed just before half time when Ashley Bevan was shown a red card for a rash tackle.
Half Time 0-0
In the second half the 10 man Blues adopted a strategy of leaving Rhys Dalling up front on his own, conceding large amounts of possession to Ton, and relying on Dalling to hold the ball up to allow the midfield of Greg Walters, Ricky Watts and Steffan Williams to join in sporadic attacks. Pemberton and Co simply snuffed out Ton attack after attack and were generally quite comfortable.
Then in the 62nd minute the Blues took the lead. Walters burst from midfield and exchanged passes with Williams and Dalling, who hit a low cross from wide out on the right which flew across the Ton keeper, and there was an onrushing Lee Hudgell to finish superbly at the far post. The tactic of limited but cleverly constructed play had paid off with a splendid goal. The industrious Williams was replaced by veteran Nicky Palmer whose first touch of the ball should have doubled the Blues tally. Again good hold up play by Dalling followed by strong support from Watts and Walters placed the ball in front of Palmer as he galloped into the box with only the keeper to prod the ball past; Nicky's first touch - of the match for him - took the ball too close to the keeper and the chance was gone.
How that was to haunt the Blues! Well into injury time Ton Pentre were awarded a free kick some 30 yards out and immediately shot towards the top corner. The ball was scrambled away, but was not cleared and was bundled over the line in a wild melee of legs.
The final whistle was blown seconds after the restart. Perhaps a fair result in some respects, certainly Ton had most of the possession; but County should have won, were certainly the better footballing team, and were tactically astute only to be let down by wayward finishing.
Full Time 1-1