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Pembrokeshire claim SB Williams Cup

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THE Pembrokeshire League retained the SB Williams Cup on Tuesday night (Nov 20) as they beat the Carmarthenshire League 4-1.

The game was played at Stebonheath Park in Llanelli and the visitors knew a win would see them retain the trophy and that a loss would have seen the trophy go to the Swansea League.

Manager Nigel Delaney named a strong team for the game but it was the Carmarthenshire League who made the brighter start and they went ahead when Sam Wilson’s shot deceived Pembrokeshire keeper James Gwilt.

However, the Pembrokeshire League equalised soon after when Nicky Woodrow scored, firing a shot into the bottom corner after some good build up.

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Both sides had chances to go ahead but shortly before half time Pembrokeshire were awarded a penalty.

Jordan Griffiths was brought down in the box and Justin Harding stepped up to put his side into a 2-1 lead.

The Pembrokeshire side led 2-1 at the break but knew they would face an early onslaught from their opponents in the second half.

They were able to weather the storm and came close to scoring again before they grabbed their third goal of the game.

Luke Hayward’s free kick found Jordan Griffiths who headed past the Carmarthenshire keeper for a 3-1 lead.

Pembrokeshire continued to press and they made the game all but safe when Harding slotted another penalty home to make it 4-1.

There was still time for them to be awarded a third penalty but this time Harding was unable to complete his hat trick, smashing the ball against the bar.

It mattered little as the referee soon brought the game to a close and Pembrokeshire celebrated retaining the trophy.

After the match, Manager Nigel Delaney told the Herald: “It was a great 4-1 win as the players did as we set them up to do. We played some great football in all games. To throw 20 boys together and perform how they have is a gratitude to themselves. They are an outstanding group of boys and a pleasure for me and sully to work with!”

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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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