The 100% league record the Taffs youngsters have this season has come in style having scored 5 goals in every game. Playing on the same day was their biggest early threat to the championship. The team that trail them, Afan Lido, are the only other team who have had a perfect start, and they had scored 20 goals in 3 league games after their 11 – 0 victory on the weekend over local rivals Caerau. The weekend before, the Wellman had narrowly defeated Lido in the youth cup and so came into this one with fiery confidence. The young Bulldogs were another undefeated team looking to upset the giants and establish themselves as challengers.
The Ton men were in all blue while their opponents were of course in their yellow and black Borussia Dortmund like kit. The first bit of action came inside 10 minutes when Ton Pentre’s striker was set free, one on one and taken down by the keeper. Loud and vast penalty shouts would not persuade the ref to give the hosts a spot kick as he waved off any claims. Taffs grew into the game after that early warning and took it by the scruff of the neck, controlling the match and dominating the chances. A pattern with their league encounters this season has been that once Taffs take command, there is no stopping them. And soon enough, they took the lead in the first. Ton Pentre’s defence had worked extremely hardly and to their misfortune, a deflection off their defender from a cross on the right saw the ball wrong foot their keeper the visitors take the lead through an own goal.
In their first 3 games, Taffs had gone on to win from positions like this with no hassle. But not against these boys. Despite defensive heartbreak early on, Ton would fight back and equalise. Their man up front who had been their best attacking option, got round his man on the turn on the edge of the box and was taken out as he galloped into the area. There was no question… it was a definite penalty this time. The taker tucked away the spot kick with his right into the bottom left. The keeper had no chance. At half time, 1 – 1 was a fair scoreline you could say, considering the luck involved in the Taffs goal.
Things turned into a cricket match in the second half however. Kieron Proctor kicked it off with great interplay between him and Carey on the edge of the box ending with a sliding finish from the on form number 7. It was unstoppable and Taffs had certainly turned up their quality. Could it get any better then that goal? Of course it could.
He got the third through a free kick against Lido on the weekend before in the cup, and Keiron Proctor did the same on Monday. It was even better. Taffs Well’s Ronaldo curved one with his right from around 25 yards out. The Ton keeper could only stand, confused as to how Procter could find such a quality finish to his top right. Even the home fans were applauding.
As the home side tried to fight back, Taffs found more and more space. A menacing counter lead by the Taffs left winger saw Ton cracked open. He cut inside on his right and the keeper blocked the shot with a great save initially. But the speechless Ton defence could not get back quick enough to clear the rebound and he was able to slot the loose ball home on his second attempt.
It was all over now. But as Taffs have done on the opening three games this season, they went on to score their 5th. A two on two situation saw Justin. P take on his man, breezing past him on the left. He then skipped past the helpless keeper and tapped home his side’s 20th goal in 4 matches. That’s 12 points out of 12 for the flying Taffs now, and having already defeated Lido in the cup, they will be confident going into their vital match against the side in second next Monday. Taffs Well will host their division rivals in the league very soon. Who will come out on top this time? Its the two sides’ perfect 2018/19 league record on the line as the Wellmen youth take on the Lido youngsters.