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Horgan’s goal retains Cup for Goodwick

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Goodwick United 2

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Save: Bevan’s effort is saved by Goodwick keeper Gwilt

Save: Bevan’s effort is saved by Goodwick keeper Gwilt

GOODWICK UNITED retained the Senior Cup as they beat 10-man Hakin United at a packed Bridge Meadow Stadium on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Over 1500 fans gathered in Haverfordwest and they were treated to an excellent match which could have gone either way.

Goodwick came out of the blocks quickest and had a penalty shout in the first minute when Rob Morgans went down but after thinking about it, referee Angus Scourfield waved away the appeals.

With eight minutes gone it was Goodwick who had the first real chance of the game when Rhys Dalling cut inside but his shot was palmed away by the Hakin keeper but he could not get the rebound under control and the chance had gone.

James Stanmore came close for Hakin but his shot was pushed away by Goodwick keeper James Gwilt.

The opening goal came midway through the first half when Dalling picked up the loose ball before running on and firing a low shot into the bottom right corner of the net.

It wasn’t long before Hakin responded as, with just over half an hour gone, Ashley Bevan found Nicky Woodrow who slotted the ball past Gwilt to level the scores.

Dalling came close for Goodwick again but James Manson in the Hakin goal made an excellent save to tip his shot wide.

Shortly before half time Hakin had the ball in the net but Jonty Bennett’s header was ruled out for offside.

A minute later, there was a flashpoint when Hakin’s Ewan Findlay appeared to push a Goodwick player back to the ground after the pair had each gone for the ball and the referee showed Findlay a straight red, a big blow to Hakin’s chances of winning the cup.

On the stroke of half time Goodwick had a chance to take the lead when Dalling beat his man on the right wing before running along the byline and after he was tackled the ball fell to Adam Raymond on the edge of the box but his shot went over the bar.

Despite being down to ten men it was Hakin who made the better start to the second half.

Ashley Bevan raced through on goal but his effort was blocked by Goodwick’s keeper.

Gwilt then had to be at his best as a blocked shot appeared to be looping in but the keeper did well to get back and push the ball away for corner.

Bevan was free again in the box soon after but Scott Delaney got back to slide in and take the ball away from his feet.

Matthew Broome sent in a free kick ten minutes into the half but Bevan’s header was wide.

Ben Steele provided a chance for the ever-present Bevan but his flick rebounded back off the post and into the keeper’s arms.

Having soaked up all the pressure, Goodwick attacked and Johnny Horgan’s cross-cum-shot from the right flew over everyone and into the top left corner of the net to make it 2-1.

That left Hakin with twenty minutes to try and find an equaliser but it was Goodwick who continued to attack.

Dalling was sent through again with fifteen minutes left but Hakin keeper James Manson left his area to confront Dalling and he blocked his effort with his chest.

Bevan turned provider for Hakin when he crossed for Woodrow but his effort was blocked.

With ten minutes to go Stanmore came close for the Vikings but his free kick went just wide.

Woodrow came close in the closing minutes when he curled a shot towards goal but Gwilt did well to tip the ball over.

Goodwick held on and the final whistle sparked jubilant scenes among the players and club officials.

Rhys Dalling was voted man of the match for his excellent display and it was left to captain Wayne O’Sullivan to pick up the trophy for a second year running.

Goodwick United: James Gwilt, Steffan Hayes, Wayne O’Sullivan, Scott Delaney, Anthony Couzens, Adam Raymond, Chris O’Sullivan, Kieran O’Brien, Rob Morgans, Rhys Dalling, Jonny Horgan.

Subs: Darren Devonald, Jordan Griffiths, Jac Pepper.

Hakin United: James Manson, Matthew Broome, Ewan Findlay, Gareth Fawcett, Mark Jones, Jonathan Bennett, Ben Steele, Nicky Woodrow, Ashley Bevan, Steven Mathias, James Stanmore.

Subs: Adam Davies, Daniel Armstrong, Ricky Diamond.

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction

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FOLLOWING a winning start to the Six Nations Tournament, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scored a winning try for the RNLI, gifting six signed rugby shirts to help save lives at sea.

Each rugby shirt has been signed by the full WRU squad and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication – a winning prize for any Welsh rugby fan.

To avoid a ruck for the WRU shirts the charity has placed all six signed shirts on an online auction, ensuring a fair game for all who wish to win the golden prize. The auction will be live until Wednesday, March 31, which allows plenty of time for supporters to bid for the team in red.

Each signed shirt includes Wales Captain, Mumbles RNLI supporter and the most capped international player of all time Alun Wyn Jones; as well as Louis Rees-Zammit, the Man of the Match in the nail-biting Scotland v Wales game.

Nick Evans, RNLI Fundraising and Partnership Lead said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to say a big thank you to the Welsh Rugby Union for donating these fantastic prizes to the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are on call 24-7 and are often called away from important events such as family celebrations – or international rugby tournaments – to respond to the pager if someone is in trouble at sea.

‘Like all charities, 2020 was a challenging year for the RNLI when all traditional fundraising had to stop – all our shops were closed, there were no collections and all events had to be cancelled. This is why we at the RNLI are so grateful to all the team at WRU for their ongoing support. The auction is now live and we would like to encourage all Wales rugby supporters to throw the RNLI a lifeline and place their bid for the winning prize.’

To place a bid or find out more about the charity auction please visit https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/rnliwru.

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs

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THE FAW’s National Leagues Board has confirmed that JD Cymru Premier clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in matches, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, until the end of the 2020-21 top-flight season.

FIFA extended the use of the rule, which was first introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “player welfare” as part of the reason for the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

FIFA stated that “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.”

“For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”

With the JD Cymru Premier set to restart on March 2, the National Leagues Board has approved the use of the rule in the JD Cymru Premier until the end of the current campaign.

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Haverfordwest County’s remaining phase 1 fixtures released

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HAVERFORDWEST County will return to action on Saturday, March 6, with a home game against Cardiff Met University.

The JD Cymru Premier has been granted elite status by the National Sports Group once again and the FAW has announced the rescheduled fixtures.

The first fixture upon the return will see Newtown AFC host Penybont on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 live on Facebook via Sgorio’s platforms.

Bala Town travel to The New Saints on Sgorio on March 6, 2021 with a 5pm kick off.

This will be followed by a full host of fixtures on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The new calendar sees clubs play their final six matches of Phase One, which is now due to be completed on April 4, 2021.

Haverfordwest County’s remaining fixtures for phase 1 are listed below.

March 6 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v Cardiff Met University FC

March 9 – 19:45

Aberystwyth Town FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 13 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v The New Saints FC

March 20 – 14:30

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 27 – 14:30

Newtown AFC v Haverfordwest County FC

April 2 – 17:00

Penybont FC v Haverfordwest County FC

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