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Clarbeston Road v Hakin United: Senior Cup Final Preview

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THIS Saturday (Apr 21), sees Hakin United and Clarbeston Road battle it out for the biggest prize in Pembrokeshire Football as they take to the field for the Senior Cup Final.

The game will be played at the Bridge Meadow Stadium in Haverfordwest and another big crowd is expected.

Clarbeston Road were beaten in last year’s final by Merlins Bridge but having beaten them in the semi-final, the Road will be eager to pick up the trophy on Saturday.

For Hakin, it is a first final since 2016 when they were beaten by Goodwick United and they will also be keen to regain the trophy they last won in 2012.

The two side met in the league back in October, 2017, and on that occasion it was Hakin United who came out on top with a 2-1 victory at the Obs.

The Vikings come into this game top of Division 1 following a 5-2 win over Pennar Robins on Saturday (Apr 14) which saw danger man Nicky Woodrow scoring a hat trick.

Clarbeston Road eased to victory as they beat Angle 13-1 with league top scorer Jason Griffiths scoring seven of their goals.

Those seven goals put Jason way out in front with 34 goals in the league so far this season and he will be keen to get on the score sheet once again.

Path to the final

Clarbeston Road began their route to the final with a 6-1 win at home to St Clears back in September with Griffiths scoring four of the goals in that game.

That was followed by victory over Fishguard Sports in the second round thanks to goals from Mathew Davies and Josh Wood.

In the third round, Clarbeston Road overcame a determined Hundleton side with Griffiths scoring a hat trick, the third of which came in injury time.

That put them in to the semi-finals where they played Merlins Bridge in a repeat of the 2017 final.

The Bridge won that game 2-1 but on this occasion it was Clarby who went through by the same scoreline with goals coming from Tom Ruebens and Ieuan Cooke.

Hakin United began their Senior Cup campaign with a 4-1 win away to Camrose which saw Nicky Woodrow score a hat trick.

In the second round, the Vikings made it through with a 5-1 over Narberth as Justin Harding scored twice.

The quarter final saw them take on Neyland and after a tense battle, they came out on top with a 2-0 win.

That set up a semi-final with Carew but an excellent first half saw them lead 3-0 courtesy of goals from Justin Harding and Nicky Woodrow.

Carew hit back but Woodrow scored a second to send Hakin through to the final with a 4-2 win.

What the teams say?

Hakin United manager Kristian Bennet told the Herald: “The boys trained on Monday and they are ready for the game and excited for it.

“For a few of the boys it is their first Senior Cup Final and we also have a few boys that have done it before.

“We will give Clarbeston Road all the respect, they reached the final last year and we only beat them by one goal in the league in October so we are expecting another tough game.

“We will be approaching the game like a normal game as we’ll meet at the club as usual on the day before heading up to the Bridge Meadow.”

Clarbeston Road’s Matthew Ellis said: “All at the club are looking forward to the game Saturday and are hoping that we can go one step further this season and lift the cup.

“We have no injury concerns and should all be fresh after a free midweek schedule.

“Our plans for the day are the same as last year, breakfast in the Cross and a bus to the ground.

“The bus is then collecting supporters from around Clarbeston Road, the support last year was outstanding. Hopefully the weather will be as good as it was last season.

“We will approach the game as we always do and give 100%”.

Club captain Jason Griffiths added: “I think as a team we should all be proud of reaching the last two finals. Last season we were huge underdogs being in the second division and only having two players with senior cup final experience but this season we are very much equals and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

“We are aware of how good a side Hakin are but having already played them in the league we can see where we can beat them.

“Everyone in the squad is very much looking forward to it and will all have huge roles to play on the day and hopefully get a memorable victory!”

Good luck to both sides and may the best team win!

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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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