THE Carmarthenshire Football League beat their counterparts from Pembrokeshire 5-3 in an excellent game last night (Wednesday, October 25), thanks to a hat trick from Carmarthen Stars’ striker Sam Wilson.
The SB Williams Inter League game was played at a fast pace on Carmarthen Town’s 3G pitch and both sides played some excellent football.
The Carmarthenshire League took the lead after ten minutes when the ball was played in to the box and flicked to the back post for Trostre’s Jamie Jenkins to knock in.
However, six minutes later, Pembrokeshire were back level as Nicky Woodrow crossed into the box for Adam John who volleyed the ball home to make it 1-1.
Pembrokeshire had started with three at the back but that didn’t seem to work for them as Carmarthenshire retook the lead only two minutes later.
Llandeilo’s Owen James scored with a stunning strike that rocketed into the top corner of the net leaving keeper Patrick Hannon with no chance.
Pembrokeshire were being caught out on the wings and that led to Carmarthenshire’s Sam Wilson scoring the first of his three goals.
Wilson then grabbed his second goal of the game as he tapped in to make it 4-1 to the home side.
Carmarthenshire fully deserved their half time lead but the visitors changed their formation in the second half to a 4-4-2 system and they played a lot better after the break.
Fifteen minutes in to the second half roles were reversed as the outstanding John crossed into the box for Woodrow who powered his header home.
Chris O’Sullivan held things together well while the introduction of Will Haworth, Gethin Roberts and Henry Durrant was instrumental in tightening things up at the back.
On a couple of occasions, Pembrokeshire’s final ball was lacking and strikers Woodrow and Nathan Greene were unable to make a real difference.
Pembrokeshire did pull a goal back when the referee spotted a hand ball in the box and he pointed to the spot and Woodrow scored to make it 4-3.
Soon after, Wilson completed his hat trick to make it 5-3 and seal the win for the home side.
Pembrokeshire will look to bounce back in their next game in the competition when they take on the Neath League at Briton Ferry on Wednesday, November 29.
Carmarthenshire are also set to take on the Swansea League who currently sit top of the table.