PENYBONT .................... 3 TAFFS WELL ................. 1
TWO goals from last season’s top scorer Marcus Griffiths sent Penybont down the road to a muchneeded win over Taffs Well at the Kymco Stadium, writes Tony Poole.
Having lost their last two league outings – against Llanelli Town and Goytre (Mon) – this win enabled Bont to get back on track.
It took Griffiths just three minutes to strike, latching on to a ball played into the box to beat goalkeeper Anthony Burnett.
The Well men nearly levelled on the half-hour mark when Sam Johnson missed out one on one with goalkeeper Rhys Wilson.
But six minutes later, Bont lost player-manager Rhys Griffiths to an ankle injury with Ben Symons taking his place.
And the visitors levelled just ahead of half-time when Aaron Thomas got the better of a one-on-one with goalkeeper Wilson.
During the opening stages of the second half, Marcus Griffiths twice just missed out with headers.
But the Bridgend super club clawed back the lead on the hour in bizarre circumstances.
Owain Warlow had a shot saved by Burnett only for the ball to fall for Marcus Griffiths to have a pop at goal.
Though his shot clipped the cross bar, he followed up and made no mistake with a second bite of the cherry.
It was the turn of Ben Symons to bring out the best in Burnett in the 63rd minute, and five minutes later James Parry almost netted on the end of a Kane Owen flag kick.
But Bont made things safe in the 79th minute when awarded a free kick just to the left of goal.
And from 30 metres, an unstoppable Kane Owen effort flew in to goal to sig- nal the destination of the points.
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The Riders made a purposeful start, the midfield men displaying good movement, and it led to them causing some anxious moments in front of goal for the Neath village side.
And it was against the run of play when Ynys took a 35th-minute lead when the referee seemingly failed to award Cefn a free kick.
Play was allowed to continue, and Michael Evans went on to nudge the Welsh League side in front.
But the setback failed to dampen Cefn spirits with the midfield trio of Jason Cave, Curtis Grant and on Ferry Llansawel at Old Road, writes Tony Poole.
Ferry led 2-0 at the break, Mark Tancock and Sam Davies with the goals, but the Bridgend super club were right back in it when golden boy Jerry Silva netted on 65 minutes.
But Ioan Emanuel then conceded a handball penalty that led to him seeing pulled on the gloves and did a decent job between the sticks.
But there’s no substitute for a recognised stopper, as Garw found to their cost at Sketty Lane.
That said, two players went the extra mile on the day for Ryan Blanche’s crack side – Tondu cricket star Jimmy Hardwick and top scorer Dale Evans.
But generally Garw gave es it was merely a case of Bont clinging on to what they had achieved, and ex-Penybont star Kieran Davies continuing to call the shots.
More composure in front of goal was called for after the break, but once more good scoring chances went begging.
And Cefn were taught the art of priceless finishing power when a superb Jonny Evans strike doubled the lead on 65 minutes.
But the Riders responded with Gwyn Thomas lashing home a sizzling 77th-minute goal to set up a grandstand finish.
During final knockings, Ynys paid Cefn a massive complement in adopting time-wasting tactics which proved frustrating.
But as far as the Neath red and Rob Cann converted the spot kick.
Bont have now won two and lost two of their four opening league matches.
In the Ivy Court Cottages Welsh Youth League last Sunday, Penybont U19s defeated Risca United, 2-1, at the Kymco Stadium.
It was goal-less at half second best against a side that down the years possesses a superb record in this competition.
The Garw goals on the day came from Harry Davies while Ryan PennyHughes also cashed in.
So, this was another cup tournament that Garw can cross off their list for another season.
It leaves them with only one possible front in by this stage the sting had gone out of the Taffs Well challenge. village side were concerned it served purpose, as their name went in the hat last Monday for the draw. time and the deadlock was eventually broken on the hour when Cefn Cribwr starlet Ioan Clatworthy shot the Bont Babes in front.
Soon after coming off the bench, Jamie Apperley doubled the lead in the 70th minute on the end of a pass from fellow substitute Bleddyn Webster.
Though Mason Collins which to gain any cup glory this season – the South Wales Alliance W J Owen Open Cup.
And next Saturday the first round of the competition is being staged with Garw receiving a bye into round two.
This means they resume duties in Highadmit South Wales Alliance Division One on Saturday at home to rock bottom Treforest.
Penybont are away on Friday night to Briton Ferry Llansawel.
On Saturday, Cefn Cribwr remain in cup mode, welcoming Graig FC to Cae Gof in the Alliance W J Owen Open Cup. pulled a goal back, it was Bont who exited with all three points.
In the Welsh Over-50s League, Penybont triumphed 5-1 at Nelson with Vincent Lewis getting four of the goals.
Bont led 2-0 at the break and the other strike was down to goal machine Steve Dalton.
Having only picked up a point from their three opening league matches, wins over three high-flying clubs – Cornelly Utd, AFC Whitchurch and FC Cwmaman – have since righted a rocking Blandy boat.
But the visitors on Saturday, Treforest, have lost all five league matches, and this means they will be desperate to open their seasonal account.
Penybont went on to win against Taffs Well at the Kymco Stadium
Cefn Cribwr BC captain Tom Harris on the attack