PONTARDAWE TOWN 3 LLANELLI TOWN 0
The Reds have had better away days than that endured at ParcYnysderw against opponents who prior to kick-off were just three points ahead of them in the table having played five more games.
A below-par performance by the visitors saw them struggle to breach a resolute home defence resulting in Steve Reeve in the Ponty goal seldom being called into action, particularly in the first half.
After the interval, the Reds did at least show some attacking intent which had been woefully lacking, but the nearest they came to a goal was a Bruno Forkuoh header which struck the top of the bar.
Alex Ramsay made his debut in the Reds` goal in place of Craig Richards, and with Liam Samuel serving a three match suspension following his red card versus AFCPorth, Steve Berry was named in the starting line-up with Luke Jones on the bench.
Perhaps an early indication of how events were to unfold for the visitors came when the influential Richard Lewis was forced off injured after just 15 minutes following a tackle in midfield with Forkuoh coming on, and leading to a reshuffle in the back four.
Despite their ineffective start, the Reds were thrown a lifeline after 26 minutes with the award of a penalty following the flooring of Declan John in the box when he pursued a ball by Forkuoh, but Matthew Hughes drove his kick wide and a golden opportunity was lost – one which they would come to regret.
If this had been taken the outcome could well have been different, but as it was their opponents were the ones who took heart from the let off with Kieron Howells heading just wide from a Mark Jones corner.
Reeve at the other end easily held a scuffed shot by Forkuoh following a John free kick, but two minutes from the break the hosts took the lead when another Jones corner led to a melee in front of goal before Rob Shannon got the final connection to force the ball home.
The home striker threatened to increase the lead early in the second period, being stopped only by a saving tackle from Robert Thomas, and he was presented with another chance following a long downfield clearance set him up, but his finish rebounded off Ian Evans before the danger was cleared.
The Reds were showing some more attacking options than they had in the first half with Reeve making a couple of important blocks on target, while Nathan Logan drove his attempt at the keeper following a turn in the box.
However this more attacking approach were leaving gaps at the back which the home side almost exploited ,and a run down the left by Dan Williams culminated in Ramsay getting down to divert his shot on to the bar where it dropped for Shannon but once again he failed to take advantage to put his side further ahead.
With time running out, some indecisive defending by the visitors allowed Liam Griffiths to volley his finish past Ramsay from the edge of the area in the 88th minute, and the same player might well have scored again when he was clean through but somehow managed to steer the ball wide of a gaping goal.
In stoppage time, a miserable afternoon for the Reds was compounded when Ponty grabbed a third, with Williams getting past Evans before crossing into the middle where Josh Roberts was in acres of space to slot beyond a helpless Ramsay.
A bad day a the office for the visitors who have an opportunity to get their season back on track with the visit of West End to Stebonheath next Saturday, kick off 2 p.m.
PONTYPRIDD TOWN; Reeve ©; Jeffries; L. Roberts; J. Roberts; E. Thomas; M. Jones (N. Thomas, 90+3); Williams; Howells; Shannon (I. Jones, 87); Griffiths; Dorward; Subs. not used; Harries; Blizzard;Huischmidt.
LLANELLI TOWN; Ramsay; I. Evans; Lewis (Forkuoh, 15); Berry (Zola, 77); J. Evans; Bevan ©; Thomas; John; Logan; Wade (Jones, 55); Hughes; Subs. not used; Harries; Owens.
SCORERS; Pontypridd Town – Shannon, 43; Griffiths, 88; J. Roberts, 90+2.
YELLOW CARDS; Pontypridd Town – Williams.
Llanelli Town – Berry; Logan.
REFEREE; Wayne Neil (Garnant).