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PON­TYPRIDD Town were pushed all the way by a stub­born Pen­coed Ath­letic in the sec­ond round tie at the Ath­letic Ground but ran out 3-1 win­ners thanks to two mo­ments of gen­uine class from fans favourite Danny Hooper.

A 2pm kick-off, swirling wind and par­ti­san home crowd made Pon­typridd strug­gle past Pen­coed and a tight first half in which Ponty took the lead through Hooper on 12 min­utes only to be pegged back by a Richie Lewis equaliser on 15 min­utes.

En­sured an end-to-end first half and al­though the ever de­pend­able Andy Smith made sure Ponty went in 2-1 up against South Wales am­a­teur league Pen­coed the bal­ance of play was del­i­cately poised at the end of 45 min­utes.

Pen­coed weren’t helped by a straight red right at the end of the first half.

De­spite a one-man ad­van­tage for 45 min­utes Pon­typridd could only add a fur­ther one goal through Hooper on 80 min­utes.

And al­though Pen­coed made a de­cent game of it Pon­typridd’s su­pe­rior fit­ness and tal­ent told as the game went on.

Of note was the first team start of El­lis Bel­lamy, son of the Welsh leg­end Craig.

Pon­typridd’s re­ward for over­com­ing Pen­coed is a home draw against cur­rent Welsh League Divi­sion One high­fliers Haver­ford­west County and the for­mer WPL team will be a stiff test if the Dragons can make it to the last 16.

Pon­typridd are back in league ac­tion this com­ing Satur­day with a home game against Di­nas Powys ko 2.30pm.

De­spite re­cent cup ac­tion and a lack of league games Ponty cur­rently sit in third spot with three games in hand on the lead­ers.

Ac­tion from Pen­coed Ath­letic v Pon­typridd Town

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