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Cullen scores twice as Swans sink Forest in FA Cup

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SWANSEA City’s Liam Cullen scored twice on Saturday as he helped his side to a 5-1 thrashing over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

It also set up a fifth round tie with Premier League giants Manchester City after they overcame their opponents Cheltenham Town.

Cullen, born in Tenby, netted the opener in the first half and added his second after half time.

He was denied the chance to go for an FA Cup hat-trick however as he limped off late on with an ankle injury.

Forest, perhaps with one eye on maintaining their Championship status, made ten changes for the game and featured two players that had recently returned from injury.

Swansea gave a debut to new signing Conor Hourihane

The game was only seven minutes old when Wayne Routledge crossed from the right and Cullen volleyed the ball back across goal and into the bottom corner, wrong-footing Forest’s stand-in keeper Jordan Smith.

Routledge was then forced off with an injury but his replacement was the in-from Jamal Lowe.

He almost made an instant impact as he was sent through on goal but his touch let him down and Smith was able to claim the ball.

Forest threatened briefly when Joe Lolley crossed into the box but the Swans were able to clear before Anthony Knockaert could get on the end of it.

The Swans were almost two ahead when Forest defender Joe Worrall headed the ball towards his own goal but from the resulting corner they doubled their lead in stunning fashion.

The corner was cleared but the home side played the ball to Matt Grimes, captain for the game, who unleashed an unstoppable shot that flew past Smith and into the top right corner.

Connor Roberts then came close with a header and he also had the ball in the net a minute later but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Forest made two subs at the start of the second half and came out the better side. Joe Lolley went close but his shot was saved by Swans keeper Woodman.

Then, shortly before the hour mark, the Reds were back in it. Lolley gathered the ball in the box but when he was brought down the ball fell to Knockaert who fired in to make it 2-1.

However, any hopes Forest had of mounting a comeback were soon dashed as two minutes later the Swans were awarded a penalty.

Joe Worrall was adjudged to have fouled Ryan Manning although replays suggested Manning stuck his foot towards Worrall’s leg to win the foul.

Grimes sent the keeper the wrong way to score his second of the afternoon and put the Swans 3-1 ahead.

Manning also came close to scoring but Smith was able to palm away his effort.

He then turned provider as he crossed into the box for Cullen who shot low into the bottom left corner to make it 4-1.

The Swans had already made their five substitutions before Cullen went off injured but that didn’t stop them.

With five minutes to go Jamal Lowe saw his shot blocked but the ball fell to sub Ollie Cooper whose shot squirmed in despite Smith’s best efforts.

It was an excellent display from the Swans who will now look forward to their fifth round tie with Manchester City.

Before that though they face two crucial Championship games, at home to Brentford on Wednesday before a trip to Rotherham on Saturday.

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Saundersfoot claim first win

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SAUNDERSFOOT claimed their first win of the season on Saturday (Jun 12) as they beat St Ishmaels by nine wickets.

Saundersfoot won the toss and elected to field and that proved to be a good decision as they were able to bowl Tish out for 108 inside 29 overs.

Sam Frankin finished with excellent figures of 6-22 and he made the breakthrough as he had Daniel Richards caught by Danny Caine.

Franklin also had Harry Nicholas caught by Tudor Hurle before Franklin returned again to trap Philip Cockburn leg before.

That left Tish on 15-3 before Brennan Devonald and Jack Nicholas shared 35 runs as they looked to get their side going again.

However, Franklin then had Devonald caught by Yannic Parker on a score of 14 to reduce Tish to 50-4.

Nicholas and Andrew Pawlett then added another 20 runs to the total but it was Franklin again who brought the partnership to an end as he bowled Pawlett on a score of 17.

Franklin then claimed his sixth as he bowled Ieuan Hawkins.

Nicholas and Robbie Thomas added 21 runs for the seventh wicket but this time it was Hurle who made the breakthrough as he had Nicholas caught by Tom Mansbridge.

Nicholas had hit five fours and a six in a score of 35 and wickets continued to fall once he departed.

Neil Powling had the wickets of James Hall and Peter Thomas while John Mansbridge caught and bowled Thomas on a score of 20 to bring the innings to a close.

It meant that Saundersfoot would need 109 to win and they made a great start to their reply.

Tom Mansbridge and Danny Caine shared 71 runs for the first wicket to set up the win for their side.

Mansbridge hit five fours in a score of 27 but he was then caught by Ieuan Hawkins off the bowling of Robbie Thomas.

They were unable to take any further wickets though as Caine and Sam Franklin saw the home side over the line.

Franklin finished unbeaten on 10 while Caine hit six fours and three sixes in a score of 60 not out.

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Banner and Sutton steer Neyland to win

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NATHAN Banner and Ashley Sutton maintained Neyland’s unbeaten start to the 2021 league season as they helped their side beat Cresselly on Saturday (Jun 12).

Neyland won the toss and elected to field first and they were able to bowl Cresselly out for 181.

Cresselly’s Simon Cole top scored with 73 while Ryan Lewis fell three runs short of a half century on 47.

Banner finished with good figures of 3-24 from his overs while Nick Koomen also claimed two wickets.

Cresselly claimed the wickets of openers Koomen and Patrick Bellerby to leave Neyland on 14-2 but that was as good as it got for the visitors.

Tom Murphy had Koomen caught by Matthew Morgan while Ryan Lewis bowled Patrick Bellerby.

Banner and Sutton shared an excellent stand worth 168 runs to send the home side to victory.

Sutton hit nine fours and a six as he scored 66 while Banner was his side’s top scorer with nine fours and two sixes in his knock of 89.

The win sees Neyland increase their lead over Cresselly in the table to 19 points.

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Lawrenny end Neyland’s Duggie dominance with quarter final win

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LAWRENNY are through to the semi-finals of the Duggie Morris Cup after beating Neyland by seven wickets on Friday night (Jun 11).

It means there will be a new name on the trophy for the first time since 2017 after Neyland won the 2018 and 2019 tournaments. The Duggie Morris was not played in 2020.

Rain had caused the game to be postponed on Thursday and it was no surprise when Lawrenny elected to field on winning the toss on Friday.

Jamie Lewis had Nick Koomen caught early on and Rob Williams bowled Ashley Sutton on an unlucky 13.

It left the holders on 18-2 but Gregg Miller and Nathan Banner rebuilt the innings with a fine stand of 72 for the third wicket.

Miller hit four fours and a six in a score of 40 from 32 balls but he was then caught by Joe Kidney off the bowling of Kurtis Marsh.

That sparked a mini-collapse as Neyland soon found themselves on 93-5.

Banner had hit two fours and a six in his score of 30 but he was caught off the bowling of Ryan Morton and soon after, Ross Hardy fell in similar fashion.

The runs seemed to dry up for Neyland and Morton soon claimed the wickets of Brad McDermott-Jenkins and Sean Hannon to take the score to 110-7. Morton’s excellent bowling saw him claim figures of 4-31.

Patrick Hannon and George Evans finished not out on scores of 5 and 8 respectively as they helped Neyland to 123-7 from their 20 overs.

In reply, Harry Thomas and Kurtis Marsh shared an opening stand of 50 runs to put the home side in a strong position.

Brad McDermott-Jenkins made the breakthrough for Neyland as he had Thomas caught by Nathan Banner on a score of 24.

Ross Hardy then trapped James Phillips leg before for a second ball duck to take the score to 51-2.

Marsh and Steve Lewis then shared another 43 runs as they edged Lawrenny towards their target.

Marsh reached his half century but then saw Lewis caught by Banner off the bowling of Jack John on a score of 11.

That was as good as it got for Neyland as Marsh and Ryan Morton took Lawrenny to victory.

Morton hit two fours and a six in a score of 20 from 18 balls but Marsh was the star of the innings with nine fours and a six in a score of 65 from 45 balls.

Lawrenny will now play Llangwm in the semi-final at Pembroke Dock in the week commencing June 28.

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