Penybont came back twice to capture a much needed point against Goytre. However they did so at the cost of two players being sent off. One of the players red carded was player manager Rhys Griffiths.
The pitch of the KYMCO was as beautiful as usual and its surface was one that enabled the best quality football. However the two sides approached the game defensively and the skill involved wasn’t the most adequate. But it was still an interesting clash, as shown in the final score. Penybont were in royal blue and white, while Goytre played in black and red.
The game began with no side emerging as the better of the two. Both sides were certantly not solid at the back. This was demonstrated 2 minutes in when Goytre broke the deadlock. Oliver Dolten was the scorer. It was one of the goals of the season. He received the ball 30 yards out on the left hand side, cut inside and took an ambitious shot. It was an exquisite finish indeed. His shot was fired towards the top right corner and dipped over the keeper. Goytre’s lead lasted no longer then 3 minutes…
It was Tyler Roche who put away a rapid equalizer for Penybont. Tim Georgievsky, who proved an annoyance for Goytre’s back line for most of the match, produced a teasing cross. The ball wasn’t dealt with and eventually fell to Roche who finished with composure. It was not sweet, but it was simple.
The match was pretty even in the first half, each team hesitant to attack. Bad news struck Goytre on the 37th minute as captain Gary Coulbourne went off with an injury. The Bont had the best chance to take the lead in the first half. Danger man Tyler Roche played a ball across goal which was met by the head of Warlow. His effort hit the crossbar and ricocheted to Adam Carpenter who, with an open goal in front of him, volleyed it over.
The second half was quite similar. Goytre took the lead again and Penybont equalized again. However, this all happened in a dramatic fashion. Goytre didn’t have much in the way of chances in the first half and were eager to change that. They came out with confidence, which was reflected in their goal as they got a penalty early on in the half. In the 55th minute Bont defender Wharton was adjudged to have fouled his man in the box by headbutting him. After Wharton received a yellow card Dan MacDonald stepped up to the spot for Goytre and tucked away his spot kick. That was his 12th goal of the season.
Things got worse for the hosts as their player manager, Rhys Griffiths was sent off. Setting a terrible example to his players and teammates, he blatantly kicked his opponent in front of the touch judge. The ref, Alex Mclnch, had no other choice but to send him off. Being a goal up and a man up Goytre seemed comfortable. But as many know, a team is never in the clear if they only have a one goal lead. Although Penybont seemed to have run out of options, the 3 points were not in the bag yet.
With 5 minutes left, the hosts finally started to show urgency and applied high pressure to the visiting defense. They tried everything, desperately searching for the key to unlock their opponents defense. The search continued until the 90th minute. The door was finally unlocked, and was done so with style and skill. Kieran Howard was the home fans’ hero. A speculative long ball dropped in front of him on the edge of the box. On the half volley, he blasted it into the top right corner. The drama did not finish there. At 2 – 2, with 2 minutes of added time left, there was still a chance for a winner. Goytre had the last chance of the game as Penybont went down to 9 men after Dave Allen received a second yellow from the debuting referee. The free kick came to nothing however and the game came to an end with both teams rather disappointed with the outcome.
Goytre picked up their first draw of the season. As for table positions, Goytre remain in 6th, but still have an advantage on teams above because of their games in hand. One of the teams above are of course Penybont who drop below Cambrian & Clydach into 4th. They too have games in hand on the teams above.