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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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Collins’ stunner earns win for Veterans

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A STUNNING strike from Hakin left back Adam Collins ensured that the Veteran Vikings earned maximum points and remain top of the Welsh Veterans League after a hard fought 4-3 win at home to Coedeva Athletic last Sunday (Feb 17).

However, on a very windy day, the Vikings found themselves behind early on as Gareth Hinwood scored from the penalty spot.

Hakin were soon level though, when Stuart MacDonald set up Matthew Price to score from close range.

Richard Nash gave Hakin the lead scoring via a deflection and Paul Andrews levelled matters for Coedeva before the break, as his shot from distance also took a deflection.

Early in the second half, Michael McCarthy beat the Coedeva keeper to a ball to make it 3-2 from close range and almost immediately, Coedeva were level after another Gareth Hinwood penalty.

Inside the final quarter, a stunning left footed strike from Adam Collins found the top corner from distance to give Hakin the win.

Hakin next play on Sunday, March 3, at home to Swansea University in the semi-final of the Welsh Veterans Cup.

Hakin United: Jason Morgan, Nigel Armstrong, Richard Bland, Nigel Delaney, Adam Collins, Shaun Mills, Richard Nash, Stuart MacDonald, Michael McCarthy, Matthew Price, Leighton Edwards. Subs: Leigh Walters, Simon Rocke, Jamie Phillips, Gary Dawes.

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Saints do the double

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ST CLEARS completed the double over Neyland as they earned a 4-0 win on Saturday (Feb 16).

The Saints, who were forced into a re-shuffle at the back and without one of their midfielders, had beaten them 5-2 at home the previous week and Neyland would have been looking for some revenge.

However, it was the Saints who started strongly and took a deserved lead from a short corner. Jonny Thomas found Steve Thomas unmarked in the box and he headed home.

Both teams had chances to score but Saints keeper James Dickson made a few good saves to keep their 1-0 lead in tact.

The visitors eventually got the second goal of the game following good individual play by Will Evans.

Evans then added his second directly from a free kick to make it 3-0. They then rounded off a good day as Sean Seymour Davies latched onto a long ball to score and make it 4-0.

On Saturday (Feb 23), Neyland are away to Goodwick while St Clears welcome Merlins Bridge.

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Jones’ late drop goal earns win for Blues

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HAVERFORDWEST moved up to second place in League 3 West A on Saturday (Feb 16), as they beat Neyland with a late drop goal.

It was a tight game with both sides battling well but it was the Blues who went ahead early on as Craig Barnett scored a penalty.

Barnett then scored another soon after to put the visitors into a 0-6 lead and it remained that way until the half time whistle.

Early in the second half Neyland were back in it as they scored a penalty to make the score 3-6.

Mark Riley then put Neyland ahead as he was credited with a pushover try but the conversion was missed and the All Blacks led by two points.

Haverfordwest pushed on looking for a winning score and when a try wasn’t forthcoming the ball was sent back to Mikey Jones who kept calm to send a drop goal through the posts.

That put the Blues one point ahead at 8-9 and there was little time for the home side to respond.

The All Blacks do pick up the consolation of a losing bonus point but that will not do much to lift their spirits after they were dropped to fourth in the table following other results.

The Blues now sit second with Aberaeron breathing down their necks having played three games less.

There is no game on Saturday (Feb 23), as Wales take on England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

The sides return to action on Saturday, March 2, when Haverfordwest host Llanybydder and Neyland host St Davids.

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