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Goodwick spoil Hakin’s title party

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GOODWICK United ended the season with a 3-2 win over rivals Hakin United at the Obs on Monday night (May 21), but the Vikings still celebrated an 18th league title following an excellent season.

Hakin had won the title with a draw in Thursday’s game at Goodwick and they were keen to end on a high but Goodwick were in no mood to let that happen.

Lee Hudgell gave the visitors the lead in the first half on Monday before Ryan Wilson levelled matters for Hakin.

Justin Harding then came close to putting the home side ahead but he dragged his shot wide of James Gwilt’s goal.

The half time whistle went with the sides still level and the game was still up for grabs.

With barely a minute gone in the second half, Hudgell found Johnny Horgan but he saw his shot saved by Hakin keeper Adrian Devonald.

Two minutes later Goodwick were back in the lead as Horgan’s free kick wide on the right floated in to the net without anyone getting a touch to it.

Jordan Griffiths then came close for the visitors as he juggled the ball inside the box before shooting just over the top.

Goodwick continued to look for a third goal and Gwilt sent the ball up field and the Hakin defenders missed the ball allowing Griffiths in but his shot was saved by Devonald.

Nicky Woodrow was then brought on for the home side and one of his first involvements was to set up Ryan Wilson but he curled his shot over from the edge of the box.

Jack Wilson then crossed into the box from the left but Ben Fawcett was inches away from making contact.

With just over twenty minutes to go, Hakin were back level as Devonald’s whipped free kick came off the head of Anthony Couzens and into the back of the net.

Five minutes later Goodwick were back in the lead as Griffiths saw a shot saved before he played the ball back for Horgan who fired the ball in despite Devonald getting a touch on it.

Hakin pushed forward looking to level the game once more and from a corner Woodrow bounced a shot goalwards before it was cleared from danger.

Jimmy Walker sent a cross into the box with five minutes to go and Gwilt slipped as he came for the ball but no one was able to take advantage as Goodwick again cleared.

Ben Fawcett then crossed into the box and the ball was crying out to be hit but the ball floated wide.

Goodwick then came forward but Walker’s cynical foul gave the visitors a chance to all but seal the points with a free kick just on the edge of the box.

Adam Raymond curled his effort just past the post and moments later the whistle was blown for full time.

It meant a win for Goodwick but after the match Hakin were presented with the Division 1 trophy following a brilliant season.

The Vikings won 21 of their 24 league games, only losing twice and are worthy winners and they also won the Senior Cup making it a memorable double-winning season.

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Greene’s double sinks Swifts

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MERLINS Bridge booked their place in the last 16 of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Dec 8) as they beat Monkton Swifts 3-0 at the Racecourse.

A good crowd gathered to watch the game that was played in blustery conditions which caused problems for both teams throughout the match.

Neither side was able to gain an upper hand in the first half but it was the Wizards who eventually took the lead shortly before half time.

A slip allowed Joe Leahy in and went one-on-one with the Swifts keeper before finding the back of the net.

The windy conditions continued in the second half and Will Haworth came close to doubling the home side’s lead but his shot was saved.

They then made it 2-0 as Haworth crossed from the left for Nathan Greene at the back post who headed low and into the net.

Peter Thomas then played a good one-two with Greene but Thomas sent his shot over the bar.

Greene could have had a second soon after but, after the Swifts keeper had come off his line, he could only send his effort over the bar.

He wasn’t to be denied his second however as a through ball set him up and he fired low into the bottom left corner of the goal to make it 3-0.

On Saturday (Dec 15), Merlins Bridge return to league action with a game against bottom side Milford United at Marble Hall.

Monkton Swifts will look to bounce back as they travel to Herbrandston.

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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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