Port Talbot Town took another massive step towards Welsh Football League Division One survival and therefore entry in to the re-branded FAW Championship South for the 2019/20 season with a win over relegation threatened Goytre AFC.
With not much to shout about in the early proceedings of the match for either side it took a spot kick to open up PTT’s account. Keane Watts had made his way in to the box before being brought down and the ever reliable Jandir Zola made no mistakes to fire the blues in to an early one goal lead.
Goytre began to settle back in to the game as the first half reached it’s conclusion with front man Christian Mbongomasi going dangerously close on more than one occasion. Kris Leek had an opportunity to send the visitors in to the half level with Port Talbot when his side was awarded a free kick on the edge of PTT area. James Harris was at full stretch in goal to catch the attempt and send Mark Pike’s men in to half time one goal to the good.
Port Talbot had the majority of the chances early in the second half and despite some resilient Goytre defending, the pressure was soon enough. Blake Morgan was fouled on the edge of the area and the resulting free kick presented PTT with their second goal. Goalkeeper Adam Queto was first to the ball but wasn’t able to fully clear his lines. Morgan Thomas was next in line and he made no mistake in smashing the ball home in front of the jubilant supporters behind the goal.
The game was settled 10 minutes later when the referee pointed to the spot to award the home side with another penalty. Morgan Thomas continued to cause problems in attack and was brought down by Queto. Zola stepped up and made no mistake once again to send Port Talbot Town in to cruise control.
Amongst the protests from Goytre, Gary Colborne was given his marching orders which made any efforts of a comeback even more of a challenge for the men in red and black. Despite the numerical disadvantage, Goytre had the better chances for the remainder of the game with former blue Kaid Mohammed and Dan McDonald going close with Harris on form once again to collect another clean sheet.
Confidence will be sky high going in to the Sandfields derby this Tuesday where Port Talbot take on neighbours Afan Lido (Tuesday 23rd April – 7:30PM KO). If you’re unable to make this one be sure to check the club’s official twitter feed for live match updates on the day.
Match Images: Russell Morris