Pontypridd Town FC players walk out for their JD Sports Welsh Cup tie against Goytre.

Rhondda Bulldogs’ Ton Pentre In Welsh Cup Heaven

Lee Price scored two first half goals in Ton Pentre’s JD Welsh Cup win against Cwmbran Town at Ynys Park.

It was a second round tie between two Welsh League clubs with strong links to the late Tony Wilcox.

Former Cwmbran Town manager Wilcox, who led the Gwent club to success during 11 years in charge, passed away in 2003 while he was on his 40’s.

It was at Ton Pentre that his playing career came to an end through injury.

Wilcox was appointed Cwmbran manager in 1991 and the Crows were first winners of the League of Wales title during 1992/93 first Welsh club to compete in the Uefa Champions League.

Over the next decade Cwmbran established themselves among the leading clubs in Welsh domestic football.

Rhondda Bulldogs Ton Pentre opened a 2-0 lead against Cwmbran thanks to goals from Price just after the half hour and then on 36 minutes.

Cwmbran pulled a goal back, but Ton held on for victory.

Two other tier five clubs, Cwmbran Town and Sully Sports went out. Town lost 2-1 at Ton, Sports were beaten 3-1 by Cwmbran Celtic.

Ynysddu Welfare are a tier five club on the charge and they sealed a place in the Welsh Cup third round thanks to a 3-1 win at Monmouth Town.

The Gwent County League side fell behind in the second minute through Leo Ross, but responded with two first half goals from Ethan Shide and Lewis Barnett. Holding Monmouth at bay during the second half, they eventually wrapped things up through Leigh Sharp’s late penalty.

Sully Sports, a third tier five club along with Cwmbran Town and Ynysddu, went down 3-1 against Cwmbran Celtic.

Haverfordwest County won 4-3 against Swansea University with Ben Fawcett (2), Lee Trundle and Sean Pemberton the scorers.

The students fought back from two goals down to make it 2-2, but went in at half-time 3-2 down.

University had also missed a penalty.

County found themselves level again at 3-3 with 15 minutes left, but Pemberton netted a winner following a long throw after 89 minutes.

There were six different scorers for Pontypridd Town, who beat Goytre 6-3, while Pontyclun lost 1-0 at Goytre United with Chris Bell scoring an own goal.

In the northern section, eight-times winners Bangor City came from behind to beat Cefn Albion 6-1 and Alex Darlington scoring four goals.

Six Airbus UK Broughton players were on the scoresheet in their 9-1 win over Llay Welfare, while Prestatyn Town defeated Berriew 6-3.

Dyffryn Nanttle Vale led 2-0 and 3-1, but lost 4-3 at Guilsfield as Jack Harris scored an injury time winner from the penalty spot for the mid-Wales side.

Llangefni Town were the only non-Huws Gray Alliance side to progress from the north. The Welsh Alliance leaders put five past St. Asaph City.

Holyhead Hotspur won 3-1 against Ruthin Town, while Denbigh Town won by the same scoreline away at Buckley Town.

Kristian Pierce (penalty, 43 mins), Joe Sullivan (63) and Reece Fairhurst (65) scored for Rhyl in their 3-1 win against a spirited Caersws.

Rhydian Davies replied for Caersws after 84 minutes, but that was no more than a consolation and Rhyl extended their winning run to five matches.

Sullivan made his full first team debut and showed a lot of promise.

Porthmadog booked their place in Monday’s draw with a 4-1 win away at Llanfair United, while Flint Town United defeated Gresford 3-2.

Flint’s midfield trio of Richie Folks, Brandon Burrows and Ryan Smith were a driving forceful the Silkmen, but Gresford went ahead after 36 minutes. The Colliers were awarded a corner and when Flint failed to clear Owen Roberts scored with goalkeeper Aaron Jones unable to get there.

That proved the only goal of the first half and captain Richie Folks scored from the spot to make it 1-1.

Sam Hart and Jacques Welsh were strong in defence for Flint, who went ahead when substitute Jack Higgins scored.

The JD Sports Welsh Cup.

The match was going into injury time when a Gresford defender slipped and Socrates Martins raced away, stayed composed and finished clinically to put Flint 3-1 ahead.

Joe Davies headed in soon after, but that proved no more than a consolation.

Three ties were postponed: Cwmamman United v Blaenrhondda, Treharris Athletic Western v Briton Ferry Llansawel and Aberbargoed Buds v Penybont. All three will be played next weekend.

Welsh Cup second round:

PRESTATYN TOWN 6, BERRIEW 3

RHYL 3, CAERSWS 1

GOYTRE UNITED 1, PONTYCLUN 0

HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY 4, SWANSEA UNIVERSITY 3

AIRBUS UK BROUGHTON 9, LLAY WELFARE 1

BANGOR CITY 6, CEFN ALBION 1

PONTYPRIDD TOWN 6, GOYTRE 3

BUCKLEY TOWN 1, DENBIGH TOWN 3

FLINT TOWN UNITED 3, GRESFORD ATHLETIC 2

GUILSFIELD 4, DYFFRYN NANTLLE VALE 3

HOLYHEAD HOTSPURS 3, RUTHIN TOWN 1

LLANGEFNI TOWN 5, ST ASAPH CITY 1

ABERBARGOED BUDS v PENYBONT, postponed

CWMAMMAN UNITED v BLAENRHONDDA, postponed

CWMBRAN TOWN 1, TON PENTRE 2

MONMOUTH TOWN 1, YNYSDDU WELFARE 3

TREHARRIS WESTERN ATHLETIC v BRITON FERRY LLANSAWEL, postponed

SULLY SPORTS 1, CWMBRAN CELTIC 3

LLANFAIR UNITED 1, PORTHMADOG 4

CALDICOT TOWN 2, CAMBRIAN & CLYDACH BGC 3

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