Penydarren BGC 3-0 AFC Porth: Brogden bags a brace as Miners cruise to victory
Penydarren Boys & Girls Club moved up the table in Division Three after a convincing victory over AFC Porth.
A brace from Joshua Brogden and a goal from Christopher Colvin-Owen gave the Merthyr club the win over The Black Dragons.
It was The Miners who came out on top when last season these two sides were separated by two divisions.
Penydarren are now 12 points ahead of opponents AFC Porth and are seven points behind Trethomas Bluebirds who occupy the final promotion spot. Penydarren has seven games in hand over Trethomas.
Kerry Mullins’ side started on the front foot looking sharp from the outset against a steady formed AFC Porth side.
The deadlock was broken at The Bont Playing Fields in the early stages of the game. Penydarren captain Alex Lloyd played a neat pass into the feet of Joshua Brogden. Brogden turned his man inside the box to remarkably fire past the AFC Porth goalkeeper into the bottom right-hand corner.
The home side continued to dominate the opening exchanges of the match creating more and more chances but failed to add to their tally.
Things didn’t get any better for Ryan Betteney’s side as they gave away a penalty in the 25th minute after Asa Lloyd was brought down inside the area. From the resulting penalty, Penydarren BGC striker Joshua Brogden calmly slotted home his 12th goal of the season to extend the lead for the hosts.
Just minutes later Penydarren had another great chance to extend their lead after Christopher Colvin-Owen played a lovely ball over the top of the AFC Porth defence towards the back post but winger Alex Long could only manage to fire his shot wide of the post.
Brogden continued to look a threat for Penydarren but was unable to add to his brace in the first half as Penydarren went into the break with a two-goal lead.
The second period was much more of the same as Penydarren continued their dominance with a lot of possession but failed to find the cutting edge within the final third.
Penydarren BGC did further add to their goal tally three minutes from time. The third coming on a breakaway as Penydarren successfully defended a Porth corner.
Ben Gibbons played a through ball into the path of Christopher Colvin-Owen who finished composedly into the bottom left-hand corner to round off a resounding victory
STARTING XI – PENYDARREN BGC
Stephen Price, Scott Pike, Sam Gamble, Alex Lloyd(C), Ben Gibbons, Adam Lewis, Kyle Sullivan, Asa Lloyd, Alex Long, Joshua Brogden, Christopher Colvin-Owen.
STARTING XI – AFC PORTH
Morgan Davies, Alex Adshead, Chris Lewis, Josh Jenkins, Brad Williams, Cael Griffiths, Josh Davies, Jarrad Walters, Aled Mogg, Jacob Whitfield, Dan Collins.