WELSH CUP SECOND ROUND
PENCOED ATHLETIC ... 1 PONTYPRIDD TOWN ... 3
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