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Neyland through in nail biter

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Close: Henry Durrant came close for Neyland in the first half

Close: Henry Durrant came close for Neyland in the first half

Neyland               1

Merlins Bridge   0

NEYLAND are through to the third round of the Pembrokeshire Senior Cup after they beat 10-man Merlins Bridge 1-0 on Tuesday evening.

A good crowd gathered to watch the game in Neyland and they witnessed a tense first half as neither side could create a clear-cut chance and the score was 0-0 at half time.

The goal came twenty minutes from time and Neyland hung on to progress.

The home side went close early on as a long ball was sent into the Neyland box but Wayne Parry headed wide.

Merlins Bridge hit back and Lee Hudgell had a couple of chances as he saw a header go wide before a goal bound effort was blocked wide.

Wayne Parry and Aaron McQuillan both saw shots saved as Neyland began to dominate possession. McQuillan had another chance soon after but he curled a shot wide.

Then with ten minutes to Merlins Bridge were dealt a blow as John Sable was given a straight red for a dangerous challenge.

Neyland had the best chance of the half on the stroke of half time when Henry Durrant shot from 30 yards but his shot cannoned back off the post.

The Nomads had a good chance at the start of the second half as Wayne Parry flicked the ball on for McQuillan but his shot was saved wide.

Despite being down to ten men Merlins Bridge did not give up and they nearly went ahead on the hour mark but Scott Crawford shot over the bar.

A nasty clash of heads between Neyland’s Paul Hannon and Bridge’s Paul Thomas resulted in a lengthy delay as both were cut open. The pair were ok but were later taken off.

With twenty minutes to go Neyland were given a corner which Michael Chandler took and the ball was headed in by Nick Koomen.

They almost doubled their lead moments later but Henry Durrant shot wide.

The Nomads had the wind in their sails and almost scored when Bridge keeper Chris Thomas punched a long ball into the path of Gary Power but his lob went over the bar.

Nathan Warlow passed to Wayne Parry but his shot was saved late on as the home side continued to look for a second goal.

It didn’t come but Neyland held on to progress to the next round where they are expected to play Haverfordwest Cricket Club.

Neyland: Patrick Hannon, Sean Hannon, Gary Power, Nick Koomen, Andrew Kemp, Henry Durrant, Nathan Warlow, Wayne Parry, Paul Hannon, Michael Chandler, Aaron McQuillan. Subs: Phil Bevan, Scott Jones, Oliver Marshall.

Merlins Bridge: Chris Thomas, Chris Ormond, Andrew John, Peter Thomas, Paul Thomas, John Sable, Jordan Raymond, Scott Crawford, Lee Hudgell, Nathan Thomas, Simon Thomas. Subs: Nathan Greene, David Davies, Gethin Roberts.

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Bush qualifies for Paralympic games

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PEMBROKESHIRE’s Para-taekwondo star Matt Bush has qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic games this summer.

At the European Paralympic Qualification tournament, Bush, who is the current world champion, beat Hungary’s Zoltan Kiss 29-1 in the +75kg final.

Para-taekwondo will make its debut at this summer’s Paralympics with the competition set to take place from September 2-4.

Bush, from St Clears, became Britain’s first ever world champion in the sport in 2019 began his latest tournament in fine style, seeing off Roman Ivaniuk of Ukraine 38-2 in the semi-final.

Matt told BBC Sport that it felt ‘so good’ to have secured his spot in the team.

The heavyweight athlete has made quite the mark on the mats. He has medalled at the Korean Open, Oceania Para Taekwondo Championships and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.

The GB team for Tokyo will be officially announced later this summer.

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Lawrenny through in Village Cup

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LAWRENNY are through to the next round of the Village Cup after they beat Llandysul on Sunday (May 9).

Both teams were rained off the previous day but some good work meant that the game was able to go ahead.

Llandysul batted first but were bowled out for 82 in 26.3 overs as Jamie Lewis took five wickets for the visitors.

He went on to finish with figures of 5-22 from his seven overs while the home side’s top scorer was captain Llew Hughes who made a score of 20.

Lawrenny did not have it all their own way in their reply as Rhys Jones bowled well to finish with figures of 3-10.

However, an excellent knock of 52 from Harry Thomas steered Lawrenny to their target inside the 24th over.

Elsewhere, Carew’s game away at Drefach was called off while Cresselly had already received a bye to the next round.

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland

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LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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