GOODWICK United bounced back from their 3-2 defeat at home to Pennar Robins last weekend to register an excellent 1-0 midweek triumph over West Dragons in the Manderwood Pembrokeshire League division one on Tuesday night.
An impressive performance from the team brought their disappointing run to an end and delivered a huge blow to the Dragons’ title hopes.
Despite playing into a strong wind, Goodwick were on the attack from the start with Jonny Horgan and Steven Dockerty causing problems on the wings, and Tony Evans superb in the centre.
The back four were dominant in front of Casey Walters, and in midfield Adam Raymond, Karl Hedley and Jordan Griffiths fed the forwards.
Walters’ accurate lengthy kicks enabled the Phoenix lads to attack deep into the Dragons’ half.
Scott Delaney gave Goodwick a deserved lead on the half hour. A Raymond free kick fell to Delaney, who fired a right-footed shot past Peter Blain in the Dragons goal for the opening goal.
Griffiths should have doubled the lead, but his effort from six yards went over the crossbar.
The Dragons, however, improved in the second half and gradually came more into the game.
With 20 minutes left, Scott Crawford raced onto a Nathan Greene header and his shot beat Walters, but went wide of Walters’ right hand post.
As the Dragons pushed forward, they left gaps at the back, and Evans shot over from inside the box, and Blain bravely blocked a Griffiths effort.
The Dragons nearly levelled at the death when a corner was missed by Hayes at the near post, and went right across goal and just out of the reach of two Dragon players, as Goodwick held firm.
Last weekend, Goodwick’s disappointing run of form continued as Pennar Robins completed a league double over them with a 3-2 away win.
The game was very competitive, with Pennar taking the lead in the 20th minute when the defence failed to clear the ball and Jason Donohue slipped the ball past Casey Walters into the net.
Goodwick, however, replied when a free kick found Scott Delaney unmarked and his shot found the back of keeper Stuart James’ net.
Pennar then regained the lead in the 60th minute when a corner dropped to Craig Asparassa, whose left footed shot whistled into the net.
The Robins doubled the lead when Donohue raced onto a through ball and cleverly lifted the ball over keeper Walters into the net, and things got worse for Goodwick when Delaney was dismissed for disputing ref Tom Bevan’s decision.
With 10 minutes left Jordan Griffiths beat a couple of players on the edge and hit a left foot shot across James into the far corner of the net, but Goodwick were unable to force and equaliser.
West Dragons kept themselves in the race for the title last weekend by thrashing Narberth 5-0 at the Pavilion. Morgan Thomas scored a terrific brace alongside goals for Simon Gilderdale, Ashley Williams and an own goal.
League leaders Hakin United hammered Angle 8-1 at Windmill Lane to move the Vikings three points clear, with six games to go. Nicky Woodrow bagged four goals, alongside a brace apiece for Alex Ouzman and Adam ‘Titch’ John. Angle’s scorer was James Potter.
Monkton Swifts narrowly lost 2-3 against second placed Merlins Bridge at Monkton Lane. Dan Scourfield and a penalty by Ryan Griffiths scored for The Swifts, but The Wizards wrapped up the points with goals by Joe Leahy, Luke Hayward and Stephen McNabney.
Neyland lost 2-4 against Lamphey at Athletic Ground. Wayne Parry and Nathan Warlow netted for The Nomads, but the visitors secured victory with a brace by Josh Sture and goals for Dano Kitts and Mikey Davis.
Manderwood Pembrokeshire League Results:
Saturday, 1 April: Division One: Angle 1 Hakin United 8; Goodwick United 2 Pennar Robins 3; Monkton Swifts 2 Merlins Bridge 3; Neyland 2 Lamphey 4; Tenby P Milford United P; West Dragons 5 Narberth 0. Division Two: Hundleton 1 Solva 1; Prendergast Villa 1 Herbrandston 4; Hakin United II 1 Fishguard Sports 2; Saundersfoot Sports P Letterston P; St Clears 3 Merlins Bridge II 2. Division Three: Broad Haven P Kilgetty P; Carew II 3 Milford Athletic 0; Pendine P Llangwm P. Division Four: Fishguard Sports II 6 Hubberston 1; Solva II 1 Pennar Robins III 4; Prendergast Villa II 1 West Dragons II 3. Division Five: Kilgetty II 2 Milford United III 0; Letterston II 2 Carew III 2.