Baglan Dragons 0-5 Penydarren BGC – Miners hit Baglan for five as they near top spot
Penydarren closed the gap on leaders Ynyshir Albions to just three points, after a convincing victory over mid-table Baglan Dragons.
Penydarren started the game on the front foot with an early opportunity for Connor Keating who was through on goal from a fantastic pass by Asa Lloyd but it was only to be a shot dragged wide. No troubles for Baglan goalkeeper Dan James. Penydarren continued their dominance within the first 15 minutes with another chance for Pen. This time Ben Jones with the effort but he could only blaze a shot over the bar.
Soon after though the deadlock was broken at the Evens Bevens Field, the visitors taking the lead. Winger Ben Jones who calmly composed a great finish past goalkeeper James into the back of the net after a phenomenal through ball from midfielder Asa Lloyd.
As the game approached half-time, a mistake from the Baglan midfield led a counter attack for Penydarren. After a great pass down the byline from Ben Jones to Christopher Colvin Owens who crossed the ball to the back post only to be deflected off Baglan Defender Dan Williams, which fell into the path of striker Connor Keating who tucked away his 12th goal of the season putting Penydarren BGC in a strong position going into the break.
The second half started much more different to the first with Baglan coming out of the blocks with some early chances through striker Luke Duggan who forced Penydarren goalkeeper Joshua Brogden making a save. But it was Penydarren who snatched the opening goal of the half after an Adam Lewis corner, it was Pen skipper Alex Lloyd who rose highest in the box to guide his header past goalkeeper James into the bottom left-hand corner.
Penydarren continued to create chances in the second half who were tearing Baglan,s defence ragged after some great spells of possession, it was left back Sam Gamble who tried his luck from 35 yards out who narrowly skimmed the upright from an audacious free kick. As much as Baglan were trying to find a breakthrough it was hard to stop the flow of Penydarren’s attack, which led to Pen finding their fourth of the game. Ben Jones the scorer who found his second of the game, after he cut inside past full-back Tom Jones to guide a fantastic strike into the far left corner.
Penydarren then found their fifth of the game and what a goal it was. The three seventeen-year-olds combining. A great through ball from substitute midfielder Harri Moyle and then it was substitute left-back Kieran Edwards who delivered a peach of a cross which was finished by substitute Keston Edwards who finished into the back of the net from six yards out.
Penydarren then continued to dominate the last stages of the game to make sure they took all three points back to Merthyr. The referee then blew the final whistle.