In what would be the final Friday night game of the season for PTT, Briton Ferry continued their fine league form with an impressive victory over Port Talbot.
Ferry wasted no time from kick off with numerous attacks coming close to the target without necessarily worrying Walters who had replaced McCreesh in goals for this away fixture.
Some solid defending from Craig Jones and Rhys Owen meant that a number of early crosses we’re cut out and cleared. Port Talbot managed to muster up the away side’s first chance on goal when one of these clearances caught out the Reds back line resulting in a one-on-one chance for Patrick Finneral. The assistant referee deemed Finneral offside in what could have been an early turning point in the game.
Following the resulting free kick, Ferry attacked down the right flank and Stephen Davey’s cross come shot caught Wyn Walters out. The ball missed everybody and found it’s way over to the far post of the net. The circumstances of the goal might have been questionable but you couldn’t question Ferry’s value for a deserved early lead.
Conceding didn’t do much to change the mentality of PTT and if anything only resulted in a larger show of strength from the home side. Rhys Owen was yet again relied on for defensive stops which resulted in an injury around the 20th minute. Owen appeared to have picked up a knock on the hip but was able to continue for the remainder of the game.
With Briton Ferry continuing to attack the wings and deliver some neat crosses, Lewis Holmes made a critical stop to a shot from around 12 yards out likely to double the lead at this point. Wyn Walters was called in to action again minutes later. A finger tip save was required 25 minutes in to the game. A tap in looked certain for Briton Ferry if it wasn’t for Jay Williams who’s impeccably timed challenge kept the Blues in the fixture.
Half hour had gone on the clock before Finneral tested Luke Probert in goal again for the Ferry. The home side countered from this opportunity with another attack down the wing. This time Gareth Jones was there to tap home and double the lead for Briton Ferry.
Despite the deficit, the Blues were starting to look more confident and this showed on the 41st minute. A free kick was hit high over the top from half way and was controlled excellently by Finneral. With a touch or two later he found himself six yards out from goal and calmly slotted the ball in to the bottom corner to bring Port Talbot back in to the game at 2-1.
The two goal home advantage however was quickly restored. Briton Ferry made great use of their wide play again and another well placed cross met the head of Tom Da Silva who made it 3-1 going in to half-time.
Both sides came out in to the second half with no changes and was reflected in both sides performances. Ferry looked strong and didn’t wait long when they increased their lead three minutes in to the second half.
A misplaced clearance from the blues defence ricocheted off a PT back and the ball fell to the feet of Stephen Davey who had all the time in the world. Davey placed the ball in to the bottom-left hand corner of the goal to put the home side 4-1 up with well over an hour of the game left.
The onslaught continued and if wasn’t for Kieran Miller, a goal would have been conceded minutes after Ferry’s forth. Miller was placed on the back post for a Ferry corner and cleared the ball off the line and well away from danger.
Chris Keane’s ball on the 63rd minute nearly made it’s way to Finneral who was through on goal but was beaten too it by the onrushing keeper. Dylan Llewellyn nearly caught the home side out from distance but his shot went agonisingly wide.
Port Talbot’s chances were few and far between and could have easily been punished again. Minutes after their last opportunity and after some ‘ping-pong’ football in the PTT box, Briton Ferry came close again after an acrobatic effort was cleared away from the top corner by Rhys Owen’s head.
Ferry continued to apply the pressure and even hit the woodwork with about 15 minutes left to play. A fifth goal felt imminent and eventually came when Tyler Brook got on the scoresheet for the Reds. A ball over the top beat the Blues’ back line and Brook rounded Walters neatly to well and truly put this contest to a close.
Port Talbot picked up a consolation goal with minutes to spare when a penalty was awarded. Craig Jones stepped up and converted, sending the keeper the wrong way in the process.
With the game nearly at an end, a freak injury occurred when the home keeper cleared the ball up field from his hands. The game was immediately stopped and Probert was stretchered off the pitch with suspected ligament damage.
Sam Baker replaced Probert but the Blues were unable to test the outfield player when the referee blew for full-time only minutes later. Ferry had now put five goals past PTT in both league fixtures and the home side might have even felt hard done by with only five goals.
Following Undy’s victory over Llanelli on Saturday, the Blues slipped down to 9th in the Welsh League division one table. The young side will be looking to wipe Friday’s performance from memory where they entertain Cambrian & Clydach at Victoria Road (KO 2:30pm)
Port Talbot XI: Walters, Williams, Owen, Holmes, Miller, Jones, Llewellyn, Keane, Finneral, Thomas, Elliot