WITH the majority of games falling foul of the weather, Goodwick United’s committee and ground staff were rewarded for their hard work with a well deserved three points.
With Narberth flying high at the top of the league, this was always going to be a tough encounter for the Phoenix lads, but anyone that watched the game will have enjoyed a full-blooded, 100% committed, end-to-end game of football.
Narberth started strongly and had the lion’s share of possession, but never really threatened James Gwilt’s goal in the first half hour.
Goodwick created a couple of chances on the counter attack, and took the lead five minutes before half time, when Aled Rees turned the full back inside out and rolled the ball in to Rhys Dalling, who skipped past the defender and finished from a tight angle.
Goodwick needed to get to half time without conceding, but Narberth equalised within minutes as the home side failed to clear their lines, and the advancing Adi Jones latched on to it and struck it well from 20 yards out.
The second half was end-to-end stuff, with both teams contributing to a cracking match, and if anything Goodwick looked the more likely to score. Narberth nearly went ahead as a superbly struck free kick from 30 yards that smashed against the crossbar, but the better chances fell to Goodwick, Rhys Dalling going close with a far post header, and Kieran O’Brien denied from close range as he broke through the defence with some fancy footwork,but saw his shot well blocked by the keeper.
It looked as if this was going to end in a draw, but with less than five minutes remaining, a free kick from Rhys Dalling was met by the eyebrows of skipper Wayne O’Sullivan, and the ball looped over the oncoming goalie.
Goodwick also had a penalty shout turned down, as the Narberth defender looked to handle the rebound from O’Brien’s shot, but in fairness to the referee Alan Boswell there were plenty of bodies in the way so a tough one to give.
A well earned victory for Goodwick against the top of the table side, and a superb effort from every player in the side.