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Swans still sweet on Premier League survival

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By Jonathan Twigg

SWANSEA’s clamber through the trials and tribulations of the Premier League can be compared to that of a child running amok in a sweet shop, so many tantalising favourites to devour, with the occasional reminder that not all sweets are sweet.

A retro walk down the Bridge Meadow Lane would have taken a child past the shop run by Connie Clarke, renowned for her welcome on the bell clanging. Supporters of Haverfordwest County and their opponents on match day, welcomed with few words but with the knowledge her confectionary delights never failed to deliver.

Following Saturday’s (Apr 14) 1-1 draw with Everton, who arrived without former Swans stars Ashley Williams and Gylfi Sigurdsson in their line-up, supporters left knowing the sweet taste of success held by the Premier League is still within their grasp.

With two of the bottom three to visit the Liberty in the final week of the season this point is one gained in search of extending their Premier League status to an eighth season, although manager Carlos Carvalhal nearly led his side to five consecutive home wins, something no other manager has done since the heady days of John Toshack in 1981.

Swansea welcomed Jordan Ayew back from a three game suspension to partner elder brother Andre as Bolton based referee Lee Mason began the game in front of 20,933, the returning brother setting the tone alongside Andy King at a sun drenched Liberty Stadium.

Carvalhal has worked some magic since his arrival on the cusp of Christmas, tactically leaving opposite number former England supremo Sam Allerdyce to venture to the touchline with his pocket ball side kick Sammy Lee to stem the tide; the blues were overrun in midfield, Jordan Ayew having a wonderful chance cleared off the line as was captain Frederico Fernadez header from the resultant corner, before Andre’s sight of goal was saved by England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Alfie Mawson has grown to be imperial at the back for the Swans, attracting the interest of Manchester United, one of those mints that the longer you savour, the better it lingers. Luciano Narsingh however can be likened more to a quickly dissolving peppermint cream, releasing the taste with speed, rousing the Jack Army with an immediate hit, succulent whilst it lasts, inspiring the Swans to drive forward.

Former England captain Wayne Rooney had one of those games, like an aniseed ball, many unable to relish his taste as he left his mark, literally with some raking tackles; his class, undoubted, when it finally came to the fore.

An opening goal came with the aid of goal line technology, just before half time, Lucas Fabianski brilliantly making a double save from Bolasie, before a ricochet off Kyle Naughton and a half time lead, Fabianski thankfully however saving from Cenk Tosun a minute later.

Jordan became the first recipient of a yellow card in the second half, substitute Nathan Dyer creating a stir as the game went up by a level with a sugar surge, the vocal chords tingled with honey from a locket, in the form of striker Tammy Abraham’s arrival.

Full backs McNaughton and Martin Olsson created chances, Tom Carroll serving buckets of sweet balls, to no avail; Dyer driving forward over from twenty yards, Abraham and the Ayews creating half chances, Mawson’s header cleared off the line before the full quarter was served, Jordan levelling the game with a right foot half volley.

The final fifteen minutes rocked the stadium once more, after dinner mints were all Swansea’s, although Seamus Coleman thundered a shot against the woodwork, Abraham missed a gilt edged opportunity at the other end, whilst a tall and well positioned defensive wall directed Rooney’s set piece opportunity over the bar.

Extra strong mints were needed, alas unavailable as the toffees held firm, not fudging their lines with Beni Baningime taking a yellow card for the team, the games conclusion seeing a share of the spoils.

Carvalhal’s magic stars will have to be at their best to out fox and unwrap three points on Sunday (Apr 22) when opponents Manchester City will have champagne liquor chocolates on hand, having been crowned Premier League champions.

Swansea then have the opportunity to welcome Chelsea to ‘fortress’ Liberty the week after; wispa it quietly, as many have their eyes on the final weeks’ trio of games, starting with a trip to the South Coast in search of the bounty available at Dean Park, Bournemouth, before a starburst performance at home to Southampton on the Tuesday and Stoke City for a final day picnic. There can be no wine gums on show, just the everlasting gobstopper which is Premier League football.

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Neyland through to Welsh Cup semi-finals

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NEYLAND are through to the Semi-finals of the Welsh Cup, where they will play Ynysygerwn, after beating Penarth by nine runs on Sunday (Aug 12).

South Wales Premier League side Penarth won the toss and chose to field first in the game that was reduced to thirty overs aside following rain earlier in the day.

Neyland lost opener Nic Koomen early on when he was bowled by Nathan Piddock for a score of 2.

Andrew Miller joined Gregg Miller at the crease and the pair shared 60 runs for the second wicket as they got their side going.

Richard Skone made the breakthrough for Penarth as he bowled Gregg on a score of 35 which included four boundaries.

Ashley Sutton only scored three before he was back in the hut as he was stumped by Jack Thomas off the bowling of Skone.

Miller then shared another 29 runs with Henry Durrant before the latter was caught by Thomas off the bowling of Morgan Humphreys on a score of 14.

Miller hit three fours in his score of 42 but he was then caught by Ryan Sylvester off the bowling of Skone leaving Neyland on 119-5.

The remainder of Neyland’s batsmen could only add another 23 runs between them as Skone returned to take his fourth wicket when he caught and bowled Scott Jones on a score of 9. He later added to his four wickets with the run out of George Evans (7).

Stephen Murray scored 1 before he fell to the bowling of Humphreys while Sean Hannon scored 6 before he was bowled by Sylvester.

Alex Langrish wrapped up the innings as he had Callum Power stumped by Jack Thomas to leave Neyland all out on 142, with Mr Extras contributing 19 of those runs.

Neyland knew they would need to do well to defend their total and they made a good start as Jack Thomas and Ryan Sylvester both found themselves back in the pavilion early on.

Thomas was caught by George Evans off the bowling of Sean Hannon while Sylvester was caught by Andrew Miller off the bowling of Henry Durrant.

That left Penarth on 11-2 but Richard Skone and Nick Morgan shared 32 runs for the third wicket as they looked to hit back.

Hannon made the breakthrough as he had Morgan caught by Andrew Miller on a score of 13. He then struck again as he had Jonathan Davies caught by Nic Koomen on a score of 6.

Geraint Rees then picked up his first wicket as he had Tom Sidford caught by Hannon and Penarth were reduced to 59-5.

Skone and Jamie Hitchen shared 26 runs for the sixth wicket as they tried to swing the game in their favour but Hitchen was then caught and bowled by Andrew Miller on a score of 15.

Skone and Alex Langrish added 19 runs but Miller again made the breakthrough as he had Langrish caught by Ashley Sutton on a score of 8.

Soon after Skone, who had made his way to a score of 40 with two fours, was caught by Gregg Miller off the bowling of Nic Koomen and Penarth slipped to 105-8.

Rees then bowled Morgan Humphreys on a score of 1 and although Will Skone and Nathan Piddock finished not out on scores of 15 and 9 respectively, Neyland had done enough to win the game as Penarth finished short on 133-9.

Neyland will now play Ynysygerwn in the semi-final at the Atheltic Ground on Sunday (Aug 19), with the winner going on to play either Ammanford or Cardiff in the final.

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Goodwick open season with Jubilee Cup win

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LAST season’s West Wales Cup winners Goodwick United had too much for Senior Cup winners Hakin United on Tuesday night (Aug 14) as they won the Jubilee Cup, the annual curtain-raiser to the new league season.

The game was played at the Bridge Meadow in Haverfordwest and the good crowd in attendance did not have long to wait to see the first goal.

Top scorer for last season Jordan Griffiths provided the assist as he sent Lee Hudgell through on goal and he slipped the ball back across goal and into the net.

Goodwick almost scored again soon after before Hakin had their first chance when Shane Walsh was denied by the legs of stand-in keeper Patrick Hughes.

Griffiths then had another chance when he was set up by Johnny Horgan but his effort was wayward.

Justin Harding also came close for the Vikings as he saw a shot go inches past the post and he then shot over the bar following a scramble.

Hakin keeper James Manson had to be at his best to deny Goodwick further goals as he saved well from Griffiths shortly before half time.

Ten minutes into the second half Goodwick finally doubled their advantage as Hudgell passed to Griffiths who fired high into the net on the turn.

Griffiths again came close to a second but his free kick went just wide while at the other end Harding again saw a shot saved.

Hakin continued to look for a way back into the game but Walsh again saw his effort saved.

With five minutes to go Goodwick all but sealed the Jubilee Cup as Steven Dockerty played the ball through for Griffiths whose shot went in after Manson got a hand on the ball.

To Hakin’s credit they did not give up and with time almost up, Harding sent an excellent 25-yard free kick into the top corner to make it 3-1.

That was just a consolation for the Vikings as Goodwick captain Steffan Hayes was presented with the Jubilee Cup by Steve Briers, Chairman of the Pembrokeshire League.

Both sides will now be gearing up for their first game of the season next Tuesday as Hakin take on Milford United while Goodwick travel to Clarbeston Road.

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Town edge Whitland as Cresselly and Neyland win

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BEFORE the Harrison Allen Final, League cricket made its return after a one week break and in Division 1, Haverfordwest dealt Whitland’s title hopes a blow as they beat them by three wickets.

Whitland batted first but despite a score of 70 not out from Geraint Jones, they were bowled out for just 134.

Simon Holliday took four wickets for Town and Adam James took two in two balls to dismiss the Borderers cheaply.

Iestyn Scourfield then took five wickets for Whitland as they did their best to claim victory but a score of 43 not out from Dai Davies saw them over the line.

Cresselly are now just two points behind leaders Haverfordwest after they beat Burton by nine wickets.

Burton were all out for 158 with Luke Hayman finishing not out on 55. Cresselly’s bowlers all chipped in with wickets.

Morgan Scale claimed the wicket of Dan Sutton on a score of 78 but 69 not out from Adam Chandler saw the home side to victory.

Neyland remain in third place after they eased to an eight wicket win over Kilgetty.

Kilgetty were all out for 134 despite a score of 61 from Kyle Marsh and 28 from Kurtis Marsh.

Geraint Rees was in fine form for the All Whites as he took six wickets for the loss of only 15 runs.

Ashley Sutton then scored 54 before Nic Koomen finished not out on 56 to see Neyland to a comfortable win.

Lawrenny are now ten points behind fourth placed Whitland as they thumped relegated Johnston by seven wickets.

Chris Goodridge scored 32 for Johnston but they were all out for 67 as Jamie Lewis and Simon Cole each took three wickets.

Harry Thomas also took two wickets and then finished not out on 28 to guide Lawrenny over the line.

St Ishmaels all but secured their place in Division 1 for 2019 as they beat Llangwm by 49 runs at Pill Parks.

Tish batted first but were all out for 145 following scores of 40 from Peter Bradshaw and 32 from Daniel Richards.

Phil Llewellyn took three wickets for Llangwm while three other bowlers each took two wickets.

Noah Davies then scored 21 for Llangwm in their reply and although Ollie Davies finished not out on 35, they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Brennan Devonald was also in fine form taking five wickets for the loss of nine runs to help bowl Llangwm out for just 96.

On Saturday, August 11, Burton face a crucial game in their bid to get out of the bottom two as they host Llangwm.

Kilgetty face Johnston knowing that a win could secure their Division 1 status for next season.

Lawrenny are at home to Neyland while leaders Haverfordwest travel to St Ishmaels.

Finally, second placed Cresselly travel to Whitland in what will be a keenly contested game between two good teams.

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