Kane proves he’s an able leader

Glamorgan Gazette - - Sport - TONY POOLE sport@waleson­line.co.uk

PENY­BONT boss Rhys Grif­fiths turned the spot­light on youth last Satur­day, and they shone through in reach­ing the Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Cup quar­ter-fi­nals

Bont came late to gain a 2-1 win over Cw­mam­man United at Grenig Park with three 17-year-old play­ers in­cluded in de­fence. Fine dis­plays came from goal­keeper Evan Penny and Brid­gend Col­lege cen­tre-back Evan Thomas, who both hail from Maesteg, along with home-bred MacKen­sie Kay.

Pol­ished left-back Kane Owen took the cap­tain’s arm­band, and he played in a solid back four along­side bustling Billy Borge.

Bont led via a 15th-minute goal from top scorer Cullen Kinsella – his eighth this term – and it sep­a­rated the sides at the break. But the Car­marthen­shire side then won a penalty on the hour after Ash­leigh Curtis was taken out on the edge of the box.

Though young Penny got a hand on the spot kick from Ryan Thomas, it pos­sessed too much power and went in.

With the score still on 1-1 and ex­tra­time loom­ing, sub­sti­tute Curtis Hut­son de­liv­ered a pin­point cross into the box.

It trav­elled to­wards Stephen Mor­ris, who was lurk­ing on the back post, and the Span­ish im­port duly got the match win­ner.

They will now go in to the hat for the quar­ter-fi­nal draw on Mon­day along with Di­vi­sion One ri­vals Haver­ford­west County, Port Tal­bot Town and Undy Ath­letic to­gether with four clubs from the lower di­vi­sions – STM Sports, Peny­dar­ren, Trefe­lin and Ynysygerwn.

This Satur­day man­ager Grif­fiths, who was un­avail­able to travel to Cw­mam­man United and placed as­sis­tant Mar­tyn Giles in charge, is likely to re­vert back to proven stars for the J D Welsh Cup show­down at Aber­bar­goed Buds (1.30pm).

It’s likely to in­volve re­calls for cap­tain and goal­keeper Rhys Wil­son, de­fend­ers Sam Rodon and Olly Dal­ton along with proven scorer Mar­cus Grif­fiths.

Though Buds bowed out of the League Cup last Satur­day, los­ing 2-0 at Port Tal­bot Town, they are un­beaten in Di­vi­sion Two and are ex­pected to give Bont a se­vere Bed­wellty ex­am­i­na­tion.

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