Cambrian & Clydach Vale 3-0 Ton Pentre: Second half showing secures
Cambrian & Clydach scored three second-half goals as they claimed victory over fierce rivals Ton Pentre.
Goals from Josh Maksimovic, Kyle Jones and Liam Reed meant the three points went to Tonypandy in the first Rhondda Derby of the season.
It’s a second defeat of the season for Kevin Richards’ side, whilst Dane Williams picks up his first win as Cam boss.
Cambrian threatened early on. Cam Strinati drilled in a corner and Ed Hewitson was forced to palm Sam Jones’ header off the line.
Ton Pentre had their own opportunity. Connor Ray earned a free-kick off of Joe Evans and Jacka’s free-kick strayed just wide of the goal.
A key chance for Cambrian came when a ball was lofted over the top to Liam Reed. He had Hewitson to beat but the young shot-stopper blocked it with his body.
From the save, Ton Pentre broke and Ray put a shot just over the bar.
Both teams were forced into early changes. Kyle Jones replaced Andre Griffiths and Kieran Davies replaced Phil Draper. In the wet conditions, Ton Pentre was edging it physically.
The crossbar was rattled by Cambrian approaching halftime. Mark Crutch stretched to force an effort on to the crossbar before Hewitson saved an effort on the rebound.
It remained goalless going into the break, with Strinati and Shephard both missing free-kicks for Cambrian.
Play resumed and Ton Pentre went close. Josh Luker strayed an effort just wide of the goal.
Substitute Kyle Jones went close for Cambrian, rising above everyone, but heading over the bar. Keane Thomas was forced into a goal-line clearance, denying Cory Shephard the opener.
The deadlock was broken through as Jones scored this time. He powered an effort past Hewitson from the corner, despite Ton Pentre’s best efforts.
Bulldogs striker Ray went for an immediate reply, stinging the palms of Dan Bradley with an effort outside the box. Jacka then went close, forcing a save from Bradley’s legs as he attempted an effort from the far side of the box. From the resulting corner, Shane Davies saw a goal-bound effort cleared before Ray shot over the bar on the rebound.
After a spell from Ton Pentre, Sam Jones went for Cambrian’s second, putting a shot just wide of Hewitson’s post. It should have been two, as Crutch was presented with a good opportunity after Jones’ header was blocked, blazing it over from close range.
It was two. Liam Reed held the ball up well and he laid it off to Josh Maksimovic who tucked it home from close range with an easy finish.
Reed was in search of his own goal and forced Hewitson into a save from a cross-hit shot.
Cambrian had the ball in the back of the net as Strinati found Reed, but he was denied for offside.
In the last kick of the game, Reed did have his goal. Hewitson was unable to deal with Reed’s shot and Cambrian had three.
Bradley, Welsh, C.Thomas, Crutch (C), Evans, D. Thomas, Griffiths, Shephard, Strinati, Reed, S.Jones
K.Jones, Matthews, Maximovic, Owen, Keetch.
Hewitson, Draper, Bassett, Hardy, Dima, S. Davies (C), Phillips, Thomas, Jacka, Ray, Luker
A.Davies, Rose-Miles, Mogg, Thomas, K.Davies
(Featured Image: Will Cheshire)