Rhys Griffiths’ Penybont ran out the victors in this Nathaniel Car Sales Welsh League Cup quarter-final tie at the expense of Port Talbot Town in this Saturday’s rearranged cup tie.
The visitors were not going to hang about either and looked to make a mark on the proceedings very early on. Three minutes in to the game they found themselves 1-0 in the lead. Following a goalmouth scramble in the Port Talbot Town box, Jaye Bowen was on hand to tap in from close range and provide Penybont with the early lead.
Port Talbot had some early chances of their own when Morgan Thomas latched on to a ball on the left flank dashing past Rhys Griffiths in the process. Thomas squared the ball across to Keane Watts but an onrushing Rhys Wilson in goal for the away side made sure any danger was dealt with reading the situation well.
Watts finally got his first chance in on goal aiming low in to Wilson’s goal. The keeper was at full stretch to tip this one just wide of his goal forcing a Port Talbot Town corner. The resulting corner was punished by the away side as they counter attacked and picked up a second goal for the day. Curtis Hudson rounding James Harris on this occasion to coolly slot home in to the empty net.
A third goal came for Penybont with a little over 15 minutes of the game played as it started to feel like the floodgates had been opened for Pike’s men. Cullen Kinsella collected the ball in the centre of the park, carried the ball 20 yards and fired low under Harris to bring the scores at 3-0.
There was further pressure from Kinsella before PTT got the break they had been looking for when the referee pointed to the spot. Morgan Thomas was brought down on the edge of the area as Dylan Thomas stepped up to fire home from 12 yards and bring the home side back in to the contest.
It started to feel like the metaphorical tide was beginning to turn when the blues picked up their second. Morgan Thomas received the ball in the penalty area after Kieran Miller’s defence splitting through ball allowed Thomas time and space to compose himself. Thomas lifted the ball across goal and over Wilson to bring the deficit back to just the one goal.
There were further chances for Port Talbot to going in at half time level with Blake Morgan going close on two occasions before referee Benjamin Williams’ whistle brought proceedings to a halt and a much needed half time break for both sides and supporters following an action packed first 45 minutes.
The second half
was not to be as entertaining but there were still plenty of chances for either
side. Jackson Hall was called in to action early on at centre half to block
Bowen’s shot and a likely goal for the visitors. Miller had PTT’s most notable
chance early on to proceedings on the hour mark when he intercepted a breaking
pass in midfield. Miller made it in to the final third before getting a shot
away for it to be saved comfortably by Wilson.
It should have been a forth for Penybont minutes later following substitute Kane Owen’s free kick. A wonderful delivery in to the six yard area needed the slightest of touches for an almost certain goal. The home side was not to let this deter them however and there was nearly an equaliser when Watts’ ‘rabonna’ cross had to be cleared away by the away side’s defence.
Jordan Pike managed to clear a ball of the line with minutes left in the game with a terrific defensive effort before Ioan Emmanuel’s headed effort went wide when Emmanuel had plenty of time to probably direct his effort on target.
The last effort of note for PTT came with five to play when substitute Shaun James’ half volley on the edge of the box forced a great save out of Wilson in goal but it wasn’t to be the last bit of action of the afternoon. A penalty was awarded late on to Penybont as Kane Owen killed any comeback hopes after converting his kick past Harris from the spot.
In what turned out to be an entertaining game for everybody in attendance, it was league leaders Penybont advancing in to the semi-final as the only representative left from the top tier of the Welsh Football League.
Port Talbot Town turn their attentions to Goytre AFC and a long overdue away game this coming Saturday (16th Feb). If you are unable to make the trip, be sure to follow the official club Twitter for your live match updates.