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Woodrow and Harding doubles send Hakin through to Senior Cup final

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HAKIN United will play Clarbeston Road in the final of the Senior Cup as they withstood a second half fightback from Carew to win their Semi-final 4-2 on Tuesday night (Mar 6).

Goals from Justin Harding and Nicky Woodrow had given the Vikings a 3-0 half time lead but Carew hit back in the second half through Ian Derbyshire and Alex Bayley to make it 3-2.

The Rooks poured forward looking for an equaliser but it wasn’t to be as Woodrow scored his second of the night to make it 4-2 and all but seal their passage into the final.

Despite the recent weather, the game was played on an excellent Bridge Meadow surface and a good crowd gathered to watch.

The first real chance of the game fell to Hakin after seven minutes when a cross from the right from Jack Wilson was glanced wide by the head of Nicky Woodrow.

Wilson then ran in from the wing before firing a strong shot towards goal which Carew keeper Tom Davies did well to tip over the bar.

Two minutes later Alex Bayley ran towards the goal but his drive was always going over the bar.

With twenty minutes gone, the ball broke kindly for Sam Christopher but his cross flashed across the face of goal before being kicked out for a corner.

The opening goal of the game came after 25 minutes as Wilson played the ball into the box for Justin Harding who turned well to fire the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.

Carew again came close to scoring but another cross from Christopher was also cleared with players coming in.

Just after the half hour, Hakin doubled their lead as Carew failed to clear a corner and the ball fell to Harding who shot on the turn into the roof of the net from six yards out to make it 2-0.

Carew would have hoped to see the half out with no more goals but Hakin had other ideas and Harding turned provider as his cross flew over the Carew defenders to Woodrow at the back post and he fired the ball back into the bottom right corner.

Shortly before the break, Carew were given a free kick in a dangerous position but Jack Christopher sent the ball just over the bar.

On the stroke of half time Wilson played in Harding once more but this time Carew keeper Davies made a good save to tip the ball over.

The Rooks had a mountain to climb in the second half but they started well and were rewarded thirteen minutes in as Jack Christopher headed the ball towards goal and Ian Derbyshire was on hand to knock the ball home to give his side a way back into the match.

Soon after they pulled a second goal back as an initial shot was saved by Hakin keeper Adrian Devonald but he parried the ball into the path of Alex Bayley who tapped the ball home to make it 3-2.

The Rooks poured forward looking for an equaliser and Iwan Izzard’s cross just had too much on it as it went out before anyone could get a touch.

However, with just over ten minutes to go, Hakin broke from their own half and Harding squared the ball into the box for Woodrow who rounded the keeper to tap into the empty net for 4-2.

Carew had a late chance to pull a goal back but Jack Christopher headed wide from a corner and Hakin saw out the last few minutes to book a first Senior Cup final appearance since 2016.

They will play Clarbeston Road in the final after they beat Merlins Bridge 2-1 in the other semi-final.

The final will again be played at the Bridge Meadow on Saturday, April 21.

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Bluebirds prepare for Pontypridd test

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HAVERFORDWEST County will be looking to progress to the next round of the JD Welsh Cup on Saturday (Dec 8), when they welcome Pontypridd Town to the Bridge Meadow.

The Bluebirds enjoyed a thrilling 4-3 win against Swansea University in the last round having previously beaten STM Sports 2-1 away from home in the first round.

They currently sit third in Welsh League Division 1 with seven wins from their ten games so far this season.

They will also be looking for another cup run having already reached the fourth round of the League Cup.

Visitors Pontypridd also enjoyed a thrilling 6-3 win in their second round game with Goytre and they also won 2-1 away from home against Llanidloes Town in the first round.

They may sit second from bottom in Division 1 of the Welsh Leagues but their cup run has shown that they should not be underestimated.

The game is a repeat of the third round tie from last year which Pontypridd won 3-1 and the Bluebirds will be looking to avenge that defeat.

This is the Bluebirds’ only home game in December so make sure you get down to the Bridge Meadow to show your support.

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Bowen wins Young Sportsman of the Year

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WELSH jockey, James Bowen, 17, has won the Carwyn James Young Sportsman of the Year Award at the Wales Sports Awards on Tuesday, December 4, at The Celtic Manor.

The Awards which are an annual amalgamation of BBC Cymru Wales and Sports Wales to make the biggest Welsh Sporting celebration of the year, it is intended to showcase the best of both elite and grassroot level of sporting achievement.

Speaking to James on his award he said: “It came as a bit of a shock to me, I didn’t realise I had done that well this year”.

Bowen, who has been racing for the past 18 months, at just 16 became the youngest rider to win the Coral Welsh Grand National in 2018 on Raz De Maree. He is no stranger when it comes to awards, recently collecting the Rising Star Award at the inaugural Welsh Horse Racing Awards at Chepstow Racecourse.

On his Rising Star Award James said: “It was exciting to win this award as it’s the first time these awards have been done at the racecourse”.

On his recent career highlights James added: “I would like to thank everybody who has worked with me over the years, and all the trainers who have helped me get here.”

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INSPIRATIONAL achievements in sport by were celebrated in the prestigious Sport Pembrokeshire Awards 2018 on Friday evening.

Fourteen award-winners were announced in a variety of categories, together with the winners of two special awards – the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Special Achievement Award.

Now in its 12th year, the gala ceremony at Folly Farm was hosted by sports journalist Bill Carne and Cllr Huw George and organised by Sport Pembrokeshire, the sport development team at Pembrokeshire County Council.

The event was sponsored by Valero, Sport Pembrokeshire, Western Telegraph, Radio Pembrokeshire and Folly Farm.

The Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Peter and Karen Bowen described by Geoff Williams, Head of Sport at BBC Wales, as a couple ‘at the forefront of British horse racing’.

Presenting them with their award, he said: “Peter and Karen Bowen have transformed a bungalow and a few fields into one of the best yards in the United Kingdom. Their complex at Letterston now boasts over seventy boxes and state-of-the-art all weather facilities.

“But team Bowen is very much a family outfit. Karen was no stranger to the show ring, and is a former champion point-to-pointer. Eldest son Mickey has built a reputation as a successful point-to-point trainer; and Sean and James are both professional jockeys. James became the youngest ever winner of the Welsh Grand National this year, aged just 16.

“They achieved a clean sweep at the recent inaugural Welsh Racing Awards – when Peter won the Welsh Trainer of the Year award; Sean picked up the Welsh Jockey of the Year award and James was honoured as the Rising Star of the Year.

“Incredibly, the stable is now on the verge of achieving a thousand winners.”

The Special Achievement Award, presented by the Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, was presented to 27-year-old footballer Kristian Speake from Crundale.

“The Award is given to a sportsman or woman who has overcome great adversity – and tonight’s winner is certainly no exception,” said Cllr Aden Brinn, Chairman.

“Kristian played for Haverfordwest AFC until last February when he was grievously injured in an incident in the town which resulted in a serious injury to his skull.

“He was in a coma for 24 days in the intensive care unit at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff before being placed on a neurological ward for several weeks.

“Kristian then spent a further six weeks in a special unit in Port Talbot where he underwent extensive physical and cognitive rehabilitation. During this time, he had three eye operations as well as brain surgery in which surgeons fitted a titanium plate in the right side of his head.

“However, there is a happy ending. Though his determination and the support of his family and friends, Kristian has made a miraculous recovery and completed the Cardiff half marathon in October, raising money for the Cardiff and Vale Health Charity as a thank you to all the medical staff involved in his treatment.”

Ben Field, manager of Sport Pembrokeshire, congratulated all the winners, finalists and nominees, and said he was very grateful to the sponsors for their support.

“We received more nominations than ever before this year – 192 – which is a brilliant reflection on how sport is growing and thriving across the county,” he said.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture, added his congratulations and said: “The Sports Awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise the amazing achievements of sportspeople across Pembrokeshire, and the very hard work that takes place behind the scenes.

Sport Pembrokeshire Awards 2018 – Winners

Coach of the Year

Simon Roach (Weightlifting)

Female Sporting Achievement

Caryl Jones (Athletics)

Male Sporting Achievement

Seth Morris (Surfing)

Boys (U16) Sporting Achievement

Alex O’Sullivan (Boxing)

Girls (U16) Sporting Achievement

Ella Wintle (Athletics)

Disability Sport Award

Ryan Foot (Rugby)

Junior (U16) Disability Sport Award

Lily Rice (WCMX – Wheelchair Motocross)

Unsung Hero

William McGarvie (Neyland Judo Club)

Club Organiser of the Year

Kathy Hicks (Narberth Netball Club)

Team Achievement of the Year

Neyland Cricket Club 1st XI 2017/2018

Junior (U16) Team Achievement of the Year

Sir Thomas Picton Inclusive Zone Basketball Team 2018

Contribution to School Sport award

Alfie Wheeler (Haverfordwest High VC School)

Student Contribution to School Sport award

Nichola Hayton (Platinum Young Ambassador)

Club of the Year

Strength Academy Wales

Lifetime Achievement Award

Peter and Karen Bowen (Horse racing)

Chairman’s Special Achievement Award

Kristian Speake (Football)

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