United commenced the match brightly, and on four minutes should have taken the lead. Striker Rhys Roberts
won the ball with a strong tackle in midfield, passed the ball to David Noel Williams
, who realised Mathew Phillips
through on goal. Phillips rounded the Canaries advancing goalkeeper Neil Perkins
, but covering defender Geraint Mitchell cleared Phillips effort on goal off the line for a corner. From the resulting corner United had a good shout for a penalty for a handball offence, but Holywell based referee Mike Gillham to everybody’s amazement waved play on.
On nine minutes United took a deserved lead, midfielder Carl Griffiths
advanced down the right flank, passed the ball inside to Mathew Phillips
, who instantly flicked the ball into the path of striker Rhys Roberts
to fire the ball into the back of the Canaries net from twelve yards out.
United doubled their advantage on thirty seven minutes, midfielder Carl Griifths combined well down United’s left flank with David Noel Williams
, Griffiths turned sharply and his fine cross was headed into the net by United’s captain Eifion Williams
United upped the tempo following the interval and within three minutes of the resumption midfielder Carl Griffiths
turned sharply just outside the Canaries penalty area and unleashed a thunderous shot which goalkeeper Neil Perkins
tipped on to his own bar and for United corner.
On fifty three minutes midfielder Mathew Phillips
fine through ball realised striker Rhys Roberts
through on goal, Roberts cleverly tried to lift the ball over the Canaries advancing goalkeeper Neil Perkins
, but the Perkins pulled off a fine save, and a covering defender cleared the ball for a United corner. From the resulting corner kick United were awarded a penalty, for a handball offence by Canaries left back Jack Jones. Midfielder David Noel Williams
made no mistake from the resulting spot kick to increase United’s advantage.
On seventy eight minutes United were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Canaries penalty area, when left back Gwion Williams
was impeded following a fine run. The free kick was superbly executed by midfielder David Noel Williams
, curling the ball beyond the Canaries wall and into the bottom corner of the net, for his one hundredth goal for United from two hundred and two appearances, a fine goal per match ratio for a midfielder.
Youngster Sion Phillips
replaced United’s central defender and captain Eifion Williams
on eighty minutes, Williams had to been withdrawn due to an injury. Within three minutes Sion Phillips
fine through ball realised older brother Mathew through on goal, unselfishly Mathew squared the ball for Carl Griffiths
to thump the ball into the back of the net to round off a fine afternoon for the United faithful.
A superb win for United with the whole squad contributing with heart and desire. Football is an incredible game, sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable.
Next up for United is a Welsh Alliance League encounter at Bodedern Athletic this coming Saturday 17th March kick-off 2:30pm.
United’s Line Up: Dave Ball
, Gethin Phillips
, Gwion Williams
, Ceirion Williams
, Liam Robertson
, Eifion Williams
(capt) (Sion Phillips
83mins), Andrew Garlick
, David Noel Williams
86mins), Rhys Roberts
88mins), Carl Griffiths
, Mathew Phillips
Man of The Match: Rhys Roberts