MATCH OF THE DECADE: Afan Lido 2-8 Port Talbot Town: Full Voting Breakdown

To see out the end of the 2010s, the official Port Talbot Town Twitter account ran a series of polls to determine our Match of the Decade. A total of 32 matches from 2010-19 were considered and placed into eight groups with the winner of each advancing to the quarter finals. Here’s the full voting breakdown:

Group 1:
1st– TNS 2-2 Port Talbot Town (3-4 Pens) (27 February 2010, Welsh Cup Quarter Final) 40.9%
2nd– Port Talbot Town 4-1 Bridgend Street (9 November 2019, Welsh League Division One) 36.4%
3rd– Port Talbot Town 4-0 Rhyl (28 March 2016, Welsh Premier League) 13.6%
4th– Port Talbot Town 2-0 Bangor City (7 November 2015) 9.1%

On route to a first Welsh Cup Final, a fine away victory in the quarter finals with Lee Kendall’s penalty heroics at The New Saints topping group 1 and narrowly edging out the recent dominant league victory over Bridgend Street by just 4.5% of the vote. Despite being a victory that secured mathematical WPL safety and a win to the stop the rot in front of the Sgorio cameras and Alan Tate’s first game for the club, wins over Rhyl and Bangor respectively fell well short.

Group 2:

1st– Caerau Ely 1-8 Port Talbot Town (9 September 2017, Welsh League Division One) 37.3%
2nd– Port Talbot Town 2-1 TNS (19 August 2011, Welsh Premier League) 29.4%
3rd– Port Talbot Town 1-0 Carmarthen (11 May 2013, WPL Europa League Playoffs Semi Final) 23.5%
4th– Prestatyn Town 2-4 Port Talbot Town (8 February 2014, Welsh Premier League) 9.8%

There was more of an even split between the top three in Group 2, but it was the resounding 8-1 away win at Caerau Ely that secured top spot with over a third of the vote. A last-minute winner against TNS and a place in the Europa League Playoffs Final were also popular with our Twitter voters, but the sublime 4-2 victory away to Prestatyn Town received less than a tenth of the vote. The ‘Fantastic Four’ will surely have something to say about that.

Group 3:

1st– Afan Lido 0-3 Port Talbot Town (12 January 2014, Welsh Premier League) 38.6%
2nd– Port Talbot Town 4-3 Bala Town (18 January 2015, Welsh Premier League) 31.6%
3rd– Cwmbran Celtic 0-3 Port Talbot Town (16 Septemer 2017, Welsh League Division One) 15.8%
4th– Aberystwyth Town 0-5 Port Talbot Town (8 September 2012, Welsh Premier League) 14%

Group 3 saw two clear favourites with a comfortable January derby victory sealing top spot by 7% over a bonkers 4-3 win over Bala Town that secured a place in the WPL Top 6 in dramatic style. A Cortez Belle hat-trick at Cwmbran Celtic just edged out a thumping 5-0 win at Park Avenue. 

Group 4:

1st– Port Talbot Town 4-2 Cwmbran Celtic (15 December 2018, Welsh League Division One) 34%
2nd– Port Talbot Town 1-0 Prestatyn Town (1 December 2012, Welsh Premier League) 30%
3rd– Port Talbot Town 1-0 Bala Town (18 April 2010, Welsh Cup Semi Final) 26%
4th– Port Talbot Town 2-1 Carmarthen (5 October 2012, Welsh Premier League) 10%

Group 4 was incredibly close with just 8% separating the top three victories. Coming out on top spot with just over a third of the vote was the 4-2 win against Cwmbran Celtic in torrid conditions. It stopped the rot and saw us complete the league double. A crazy 1-0 win over Prestatyn Town ran it close and that is not surprising. The Blues were down to 10 men inside 10 seconds, Danny Thomas scored a wonder goal and then the visitors missed a last-minute penalty. Perhaps surprisingly in third place was the 2010 Welsh Cup Semi Final victory over Bala Town, but this was certainly a tough group! A late 2-1 comeback victory over Carmarthen Town found itself with just a tenth of the vote.

Group 5:

1st– Port Talbot Town 4-0 Afan Lido (8 April 2017, Welsh League Division One) 50%
2nd– Gorseinon Athletic 3-4 Port Talbot Town (14 September 2019, FAW Trophy) 32.8%
3rd– Cwmbran Celtic 1-2 Port Talbot Town (5 March 2016, Welsh Cup Quarter Final) 12.5%
4th– Aberystwyth Town 1-2 Port Talbot Town (20 December 2013, Welsh Premier League) 4.7%

It was a comfortable victory for the 4-0 derby demolition in Group 5, receiving half of the vote. Owen Williams’ stunning 89th minute winner against Gorseinion in the FAW Trophy sees the 4-3 win in Round 2 finish comfortably 2nd. Luke Bowen had a wonder goal of his own to down Cwmbran Celtic in the 2016 Welsh Cup but that didn’t threaten the group, with a stunning late turnaround at Aberysywtyth on a freezing Black Friday also being some way off the pace.

Group 6:

1st– Afan Lido 0-1 Port Talbot Town (11 December 2016, Welsh League Division One) 51%
2nd– Port Talbot Town 3-0 Goytre (20 April 2019, Welsh League Division One) 22.4%
3rd– Llanelli Town 0-1 Port Talbot Town (27 October 2012, Welsh Premier League) 18.4%
4th– Aberystwyth Town 0-3 Port Talbot Town (20 December 2014, Welsh Premier League) 8.2%

There was another comfortable derby victory in Group 6, with the 1-0 win at Afan Lido in December 2016 earning over half of the vote. The recent 3-0 win over Goytre that secured mathematical WFL1 safety was surely marred by hindsight and the administrative errors that came after it, with Danny Thomas’ last minute winner at Llanelli perhaps surprisingly only finishing third.

Group 7:

1st– Port Talbot Town 1-0 Taffs Well (24 September 2016, Welsh League Division One) 39.5%
2nd– Afan Lido 0-3 Port Talbot Town (26 December 2012, Welsh Premier League) 23.7%
=3rd– Gwalchmai 1-4 Port Talbot Town (6 November 2010, Welsh Cup) 18.4%
=3rd– Cwmbran Celtic 1-2 Port Talbot Town (18 August 2018, Welsh League Division One) 18.4%

Things were slightly more even in Group 7, but it was a crazy last-minute winner against Taffs Well with 9 men that took this one. The nature of Aaron Bidderscombe’s goal that day will also have helped give this one nearly 40% of the votes. Another away derby victory performed well, with away wins at Gwalchmai and Cwmbran Celtic unable to be separated to provide the first joint placings of the group stage.

Group 8:

1st– Afan Lido 2-8 Port Talbot Town (14 March 2014, Welsh Premier League) 58.3%
2nd– Garden Village 0-5 Port Talbot Town (5 October 2019, Welsh League Division One) 29.2%
=3rd– Port Talbot Town 6-1 Afan Lido (29 December 2012, Welsh Premier League) 6.3%
=3rd– Carmarthen Town 2-3 Port Talbot Town (25 March 2016, Welsh Premier League) 6.3%

There was no doubt about the winner in Group 8, with the record-breaking 8-2 derby victory over Afan Lido earning well over half of the vote. The 5-0 demolition at Garden Village three months ago was a comfortable second, with just 6.3% each for a huge home win over Afan Lido and breaking the duck at Carmarthen Town’s Richmond Park respectively.

Quarter Finals:

WINNER: Afan Lido 0-1 Port Talbot Town (11 December 2016, Welsh League Division One) 77.4%
RUNNER UP: TNS 2-2 Port Talbot Town (3-4 Pens) (27 February 2010, Welsh Cup Quarter Final) 22.6%

WINNER: Afan Lido 2-8 Port Talbot Town (14 March 2014, Welsh Premier League) 87%
RUNNER UP: Caerau Ely 1-8 Port Talbot Town (9 September 2017, Welsh League Division One) 13%

WINNER: Afan Lido 0-3 Port Talbot Town (12 January 2014, Welsh Premier League) 51.5%
RUNNER UP: Port Talbot Town 1-0 Taffs Well (24 September 2016, Welsh League Division One) 48.5%

WINNER: Port Talbot Town 4-0 Afan Lido (8 April 2017, Welsh League Division One) 82.9%
RUNNER UP: Port Talbot Town 4-2 Cwmbran Celtic (15 December 2018, Welsh League Division One) 17.1%

The quarter finals were all about derby victories. With the draw keeping them all apart, a clear theme was obvious regarding what matches Port Talbot Town fans enjoyed most over the last decade. The 9-man heroics over Taffs Well came closest to getting into the last four, but it was the magic of the derby that prevailed in this round.

SEMI FINALS:

WINNER: Afan Lido 2-8 Port Talbot Town (14 March 2014, Welsh Premier League) 95.7%
RUNNER UP: Afan Lido 0-3 Port Talbot Town (12 January 2014, Welsh Premier League) 4.3%

WINNER: Port Talbot Town 4-0 Afan Lido (8 April 2017, Welsh League Division One) 66.7%
RUNNER UP: Afan Lido 0-1 Port Talbot Town (11 December 2016, Welsh League Division One) 33.3%

There were emphatic wins for two derby victories in the semi-final stages, as the 8-2 win in March 2014 demolished the 3-0 triumph of two months previously with a staggering 95.7% of the vote and Jon Hood’s hat-trick overcoming his long-range winner with two-thirds of votes.

FINAL

MATCH OF THE DECADE: Afan Lido 2-8 Port Talbot Town (14 March 2014, Welsh Premier League) 69.2%
RUNNER UP: Port Talbot Town 4-0 Afan Lido (8 April 2017, Welsh League Division One) 30.8%

After romping its way home to the final, Afan Lido 2-8 Port Talbot Town was crowned Match of the Decade with nearly 70% of votes. It was an incredible night at the Marstons Stadium that any Port Talbot Town is unlikely to forget in a long time. The supporters still sing about it to this day and although the years are passing, they will never forget when Rhys Griffiths broke that goalscoring record. With 10 men and a Jon Hood hat-trick sealing a memorable 4-0 win and league double, the April 2017 victory is a deserved runner up, but there was no stopping the 8-2. It was the clear favourite amongst the 700+ voters. 

Check out the Sgorio highlights from the Match of the Decade here: http://www.s4c.cymru/sgorio/e_/gem/lido-afan-port-talbot-4/