December 8, 2013 Leave a comment
GRIFFITHS STRIKE UNABLE TO SPARK PORT TALBOT FIGHTBACK
PORT Talbot Town were eliminated from the Welsh Cup third round after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Carmarthen Town.
Rhys Griffiths gave Port Talbot hope of rescuing the tie as he came off the bench to reduce a two-goal deficit, after a brace from Jordan Follows had given Carmarthen a commanding lead.
Griffiths’ point-blank header gave Scott Young’s side fresh impetus for the final 20-minutes but the Old Gold were able to rally through the late onslaught of Port Talbot pressure to advance into round four.
Goalkeeper Steven Hall gave Port Talbot the perfect platform on which to build, early on, after diving low to his left to deny Jordan Follows from the penalty spot, after Lee Surman had handballed.
But Carmarthen were able to build on their strong start when former Port skipper Cortez Belle knocked the ball down from Kyle Bassett’s corner, for Follows to stab the ball home on 38-minutes.
With the game between the two Welsh Premier rivals played with a strong competitive edge throughout, Carmarthen captain Carl Evans escaped with just a yellow card for a strong challenge on Gethin Jones shortly before the break.
Carmarthen looked the most livelier in front of goal after the restart with Follows twice testing Hall, whilst Port Talbot were restricted to a 25-yard strike from David Brooks and an ambitious drive from Ashely Evans which both sailed wide.
On 63-minutes Jordan Follows grabbed his second of the afternoon, as he slipped through the Port Talbot defence to finish comfortably past Hall – much to the frustration of the visiting dug-out who were left furious when a technicality resulted in defender Lee Surman being off the field of play as the goal was the scored.
A swift Carmarthen breakaway almost saw the Old Gold further extend their lead five minutes later but a tame shot from Kyle Bassett allowed Hall to make a comfortable save, after being put through by Follows.
Port Talbot broke immediately up field, quickly working the ball into the Carmarthen box and substitute Rhys Griffiths was well-placed to apply a close range header to set up a lively finale.
A minute later, Sacha Walters’ angled pass into the area deceived both sets of players with Martin Rose unable to make the decisive touch to steer the ball in at goal as Port Talbot enjoyed their best spell of the game.
With both side’s looking to attack in the final stages, Brook’s free-kick sparked scenes of desperate defending inside the Carmarthen box with the ball finally finding its way to Rose, who was unable to get a clear sight of goal and quickly saw his attempt charged down.
Port Talbot battled fiercely in the middle of the park in an attempt for force their way back on level terms with a steely display from Adie Harris leading the way.
But Mark Aizlewood’s Carmarthen side defiantly remained resilient with David Brooks’ off-target free-kick signalling the end of Port Talbot’s chances deep into added time.