Llwydcoed welcomed promotion candidates Ponty to the Welfare Ground and crashed to another defeat, their third of five games, this after such an excellent display in the first half.
The AFC Llwydcoed Management Team of Lee Williams and Leighton Price gave a full début to Tom Evans and recalled Morgan Andrews to the starting line up.
The match began with Ponty trying to gain the initiative through Aiden Lewis and Bobby Briers, Llwydcoed defenders Liam Jones, Gabriel Williams, Adam Butler and Tom Evans responded clearing the attack. The centre midfield was competitive with Llwydcoed's Leon Bansal, Oliver Roberts and Morgan Andrews covering the threat of Ponty's James Hill, Matthew Hibbs and Andy Smith. The threat of Ponty's play decreased mostly because they over hit all the possession they had gained allowing Llwydcoed to reorganise and build through Liam Price, Morgan Andrews and Christopher Stonelake. A direct ball out of defence by Gabriel Williams almost allowed Ricky Carter to break open the Ponty defence but they cleared the ball with David Allen and Jamal Easter responding. The half time whistle blew with Llwydcoed having an equal share of the play.
The second half started with Llwydcoed looking to build on an excellent first half playing from defence through Adam Butler and Oliver Roberts. Both sets of defences were stopping the various teams attacks and then Ponty began to find more attacking space and opened the scoring with Andy Smith shooting low past Llwydcoed goalkeeper Andy Hargreaves. The hosts responded with Liam Price linking up the attack with Leon Bansal but it was Ponty who scored after introducing substitute Luke Gullick he finished well to give Ponty a two goal cushion. Llwydcoed introduced their substitutes Jay Woodford and Cian Cable and almost reduced the scoreline and the Ponty goalkeeper David Burnett was forced into a rare save another shot struck the post from Jay Woodford. Llwydcoed's belief that they could reduce the scoreline was left in shatters losing possession, Ponty punished them scoring another two goals to gain victory. The young Llwydcoed team can only learn from these types of games.
AFC LLWYDCOED 0
PONTYPRIDD TOWN 4