Match Report - 04 Sep 2010, Ammanford AFC Firsts lost to Ton Pentre
from Ton Pentre FC
An excellent second half performance from Ton Pentre secured their first competitive win of the season as debutantes Christopher Vardon and Lee Phillips made a scoring start for the Bulldogs.
Ton Pentre were rather poor in the first half as they consistently conceded possession through misplaced passes and lapses in concentration. However, the Bulldogs should have been a goal to the good inside the first minute when a devastating attack saw Ryan Prosser play the ball through the defence so that he could run onto it himself. As he passed the last man he chipped the ball over Stuart Lloyd, the Ammanford goalkeeper, but his goal was ruled out as the assistant referee had flagged the striker offside. It was an apparent incorrect decision that denied the Bulldogs a rightful lead.
Ammanford’s best chance in the first half came during the 44th minute of play. The home team had won two corners in succession and on each occasion they executed a useful ball into the box. Ton Pentre were forced to frantically defend against this danger and on the second corner they had to desperately boot the ball out of the six-yard box.
Ton Pentre started the second half with real determination and when Prosser played Christopher Vardon in one-on-one with Lloyd during the first minute, the new Bulldogs striker looked set to give his new club the lead but he struck the ball embarrassingly wide of the left post.
The frustration from this miss was short felt when Ton took the lead through a penalty two minutes later.
After challenging for the ball Andrew Hughes missed out with his header as Lloyd caught it in the air. When he landed the keeper cheekily left his elbow outstretched to catch the Bulldogs midfielder. Garwyn Davies, the match referee, spotted this infringement and awarded Ton a penalty kick. Prosser scored from the spot to give Ton a 1-0 lead.
Vardon made up for his earlier miss in the 53rd minute when he headed in a debut goal from Phil Clarke’s superb cross into the box. Clarke had picked the striker out with excellent vision after beating a defender on the right to open up space.
Ton were piling on the pressure and when they won a 63rd minute corner they went three goals in front. Wayne Antoniazzi sent a lovely ball into the box for Lee Phillips to powerfully head into the back of net for his debut goal.
Six minutes later Ammanford pulled a goal back through a stunning strike from the boot of Stuart Rees when the ball came into his possession about 20-yards out from goal. His half volley hit the crossbar on its way into the net leaving Lee Rudall with no chance of making a save.
Ammanford were reduced to ten men in the 86th minute after Jamie Evans picked up his second yellow card after fouling Antoniazzi just inside the Bulldogs half. Despite only having four minutes left on the clock, Ton Pentre did make the one man advantage count when pressure on the Ammanford defence resulted in Leon Young being fouled a yard away from the D on the edge of the box. Defender Phillips took responsibility for the free kick and he rifled the ball into the top left-hand corner for an outstanding goal.
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