Port Talbot Town 5-2 Ely Rangers (AET): Blues progress to next round with extra-time win

The Blues’ League Cup campaign began with a 5-2 extra-time win over Division Three Ely Rangers on Tuesday evening.

Ely Rangers began the fixture with a sense of urgency about them, their efforts almost paid off a few times early on. Their hopes of taking an early lead were dashed on the half hour mark, with a red card for a reckless challenge leaving the visitors 10-men down.

The Cardiff-based club took a surprise lead on 39 minutes with a Luke Shawfield volley from 12-yards slipping past Blues keeper Wyn Walters.

Ely’s lead didn’t remain for long however, with a ball into the away penalty area resulting in Ely’s Griffiths tapping the ball into his own net.

Paul Evans’ men looked to have nicked it at the death when a 89th minute strike from Morgan hit the back of the Ely net.

An immediate attack on the Port Talbot goal following the restart saw the Blues defence caught off-guard, allowing for Ely to equalise in the 90th minute, just seconds after going 2-1 down.

Extra-time saw the Blues dominate possession, with a goal from Shaun James in the 95th minute putting them 3-2 up.

James was then brought down in the Ely box five minutes later, with Luke Bowen converting the resulting penalty.

Patrick Finneral made it 5-2 in the dying embers of extra-time, with the youngster catching the away keeper off-guard then slotting home from an acute angle.

The Blues are back in League Cup action on Wednesday, August 23rd with an away clash at Ammanford. Kick off time is yet to be announced, but is likely to be 6.30pm.

Port Talbot XI: Walters, Miller, Whitelock, Buddescombe, Burns, Morgan, Thomas, James, Bowen (C), Llewellyn, Jenkins

Attendance: 96