THOSE who attended the Eric Williams (Eric the Cobbler) memorial match between Burry Port under 14’s and Pontlliw Under 14’s on Sunday (May 29) were treated to a fine display of football from both sides.
The game, which was played at Woodbrook Lane, Burry Port was sponsored by Eric’s daughter Gale in memory of one of the town’s characters.
The game kicked off at 2pm with Burry Port starting well and attacking from the off. Burry Port played some excellent football during the first half and were kept at bay mainly by the wonderful goalkeeping skills by Andre Howells. The young home side found their way through from some great passing and control of the midfield by controlled by Rowan James and Burry Port’s captain Bradley Crossmam.
Burry Port’s first goal was scored by centre forward Lucas Cann when a through ball left him on a one on one with the Pontlliw keeper. On this occasion he was beaten with a belting shot into the right hand corner of the net. from a through ball.
Pontlliw continued to come back at Burry Port before another through ball from number 12 Rowan James was finished by Lucas Cann for the home team’s second goal. From then on it was Burry Port taking control of the game and a third goal third from a powerful strike by Rowan James. Burry Port kept pressing and were rewarded with a fourth and a third goal for Lucas Cann just before half time.
The second half was a much tighter affair with Pontlliw playing some good Football and looking like they might get a goal back. Burry Port were awarded penalty for a trip on the quick footed Rowan James who promptly punished Pontlliw with yet another goal, this time from the penalty spot.
Pontlliw’s man of the match Luke Davies managed to get one goal for the visiting team by running onto a perfectly weighted pass before rounding Burry Port’s keeper and calmly slotting the ball home.
Burry Port’s Toby Williams was denied a goal from a great header, which was brilliantly saved by the very impressive skills of Pontlliw Goalie Andre Howell.
Burry Port got the final goal of the Match when a shot from Burry Port’s man of the match Rowan James deflected into the goal off a Pontlliw defender. The game was refereed by Mr Simon Blacker. The final score was Burry Port 7 – Pontlliw 1