Port Talbot 3-5 Briton Ferry: Visitors come from behind to seal dramatic late win

Friday evening saw one of the most memorable games in recent years unfold at a rainy Victoria Road Stadium. A first-half hat-trick from Luke Bowen saw the Blues enter the break with a 3-1 lead.

A sending off for both sides and four second-half goals for the visitors saw Briton Ferry pull off a miraculous comeback, stunting the Blues’ hopes of finishing the evening sitting 2nd in the Division One table.

A strong Port Talbot start saw them take the lead after just 7 minutes, with a free-kick from the byline finding the run of Luke Bowen who headed home.

The Blues were 2-0 up on 24 minutes after a brilliantly timed through-ball from Anthony Rawlings slotted Bowen through on-goal, who struck past Elsey in the Ferry goal.

The vistiors made it 2-1 five minutes from the half-time whistle, when a forward was sent flying following a tackle by McCreesh. The referee played on, with Scott Keynon slotting home.

Bowen got on the end of another cross just before the break, hitting an effort past Elsey to secure a 3-1 lead at half-time.

The tide turned after the break, with Ferry pegging one back through a Stephen Davey strike.

Red cards for David Brown and Luke Bowen in the 70th and 72nd minute for unsporting conduct left both sides down to 10 men.

A Rory Healey strike in the 80th minute made it 3-3. Ferry were 4-3 up eight minutes later, with Davey getting his second of the match.

The 90th minute saw Port Talbot’s fate sealed with another strike evading the grasps of McCreesh in the Port Talbot goal.

The Blues are back in Division One action next Saturday when they travel to Cambrian & Clydach. For a more detailed reports of the game, check out To The Whistle’s in-depth report of the fixture.

Port Talbot XI: Rory McCreesh; Craig Jones, Aaron Bidderscombe, Ryan Morgan, Rhys Owen; Owen Williams, Jonathan Hood, Adam Jenkins; Anthony Rawlings, Luke Bowen (C), Jack Hurley.

Briton Ferry XI: Ashley Elsey; Sam Baker, Daniel Kingdom, Rory Healey (C), Luke Harris; David Brown, Thomas Da Silva, Scott Keynon, Matthew Hughes; Gareth Jones, Stephen Davey.

Attendance: 524

Images courtesy of Lewis Mitchell.

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