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Goodwick dominate Johnston

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goodwick unitedGOODWICK UNITED beat Johnston 3-0 on Saturday to move up to sixth in the league. Johnston were not helped by an injury to their keeper and an early second half goal deflated the Tigers. In the 15th minute Karl Hedley tackled Chris Phillips and the ball broke to Rob Morgans.

Morgans played a defence splitting ball to Stephen Evans who held off two defenders and lifted the ball over Joel Codd, the Johnston keeper, and into the net. Goodwick maintained their workrate and consequently James Gwilt had very little to do in their goal. Tigers keeper Joel Codd was injured soon after and this would affect his movement for the rest of the game. Johnston responded well but could not convert chances and it stayed 1-0 until half time.

Manager Jamie Picton encouraged his team to make a quick start to the second half but just two minutes Goodwick scored a second goal. Within three minutes of the second half Goodwick doubled their lead when Darren Devonald won the ball in midfield an accurate pass was collected by Evans who blasted the ball into the net. Goodwick were now swarming all over Johnston and hit the post four times as the Johnston net led a charmed life.

The Tigers came back into it but they could find a route to goal and Goodwick killed the game off with a third goal fifteen minutes from time. Jonny Horgan broke free on the left and his cross found Hedley who shot right footed into the net. Jordan Griffiths came on for Evans, to make his first team debut, and the 16 year old performed well. Next week Goodwick play Wales Tartan away in the West Wales Cup third round. Johnston will stay in league action as they travel to Monkton to take on the Swifts.

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Saints revolution the real deal

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St Davids rugby club have always had a good junior set up, a good club house and a brilliant team spirit and culture off the pitch. However for the past decade the teams performances on the field were lacking, languishing at the bottom of division three west, hoping for a win or two a season. How times have changed!

This season they are in excellent form and sit fifth place in the league, above clubs who’ve sat above them in this league and leagues above very recently. Last Saturday saw the Saints host Pembroke, who last season were playing the likes of Llanelli Wanderers and Llangennech. However Saints are no longer a team clubs look forward to playing and they proved this once again Saturday coming out 31-24 winners.

Players such as Jack Jones, George Raymond, Ben Joyce and Morgan Griffiths are just a selection of the quality players at the Saints disposal this year. Under the guidance of club legend Jack Dudley the Saints are absolutely flying in comparison to what they’ve become accustomed to over the past decade.

Off the field the clubhouse is always welcoming and there’s always a good atmosphere in there post game win or lose. The junior section is strong and all in all the future for our county’s only city rugby club looks very bright. It’s a credit to all involved with the club as we well know it takes so much work to keep a small club alive. I’m sure there have been numerous challenges over the years including covid and struggling for players. It’s times like that when the club’s characters really come to the fore and I’m sure everyone involved with the club is prouder than ever of their teams on field performance.

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Goodwick win again as Mice hammer Cosh

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Most games fell foul to the weather last weekend with pitches saturated after all the rain we’ve had. Five games however did go ahead, including two senior cup ties. As Goodwick booked their place in the next round after another impressive win.

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Goodwick United 5-0 Herbrandston

Will Haworths excellent hat-rick put the tie to bed for the hosts before half time. Despite having a good season in division two Herbie were unable to pose any real threat to Goodwick senior cup run. Jones and Delaney added two more for O’Sullivans men in the second half. The excellent form continues and we await to see who they’ll face in the next round.

Camrose 2-3 Johnston

A five thriller goal thriller between two mid table division two teams, ended with the Tigers progressing to the next round. The visitors came back after finding themselves 2-0 down after a Chalmers brace for the hosts. Joey George started the late comeback with a goal after 79 minutes, Richards soon added the equaliser, before Kieran Blundell got the vital goal to send his team into the next round.

Elsewhere in league action St Ishmaels hammered Cosheston who’s recent form has been good. Brennan Devonald was the man of the match with a hat-rick for the Mice. Tish’ league form in 2024 is now three wins out of three and they climb to sixth with a fair amount of games in hand over the teams above them.

In the third division Morgan Elliott’s hat-rick kept Solva’s promotion charge on track. The hosts beat St Florence 3-1, and Solva now sit second just two points off table toppers Lawrenny. In the fourth division Angle came out on top of an eight goal thriller when they hosted St Ishmaels reverses. A brace a piece for Niall Brunton and James Potter ensured the points for the hosts, which leaves them in fourth place and with an outside shot of promotion as it stands.

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The Magic of the Cup

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Cup competitions are always exciting, no matter what round or fixture, there’s something special about the cup. We are now getting into the latter stages of the senior cup and teams will be dreaming of a final at Bridge Meadow. Will there be upsets? Who will want to rewrite the script?
Here’s our preview of this weekends cup ties –

Senior Cup Fixtures 17/02/24 –

Fishguard Sports vs Clarbeston Road

The cup will be a welcome release for Fishguard who are deep in a relegation battle in the league. However they have picked up some decent results in cup competitions this season and will be without pressure or expectation in this fixture. Matthew Fox’ Clarby will be firm favourites not only for this tie but to get to the semi final stages at least. An impressive season so far for Clarby and cup success would really be the icing on the cake.

Milford United vs Neyland

There won’t be many teams in the county with more confidence than Steve Parks’ Milford United right now. A brilliant win last week at the Obs and definitely a dark horse for this competition. They’ll see the cup as an opportunity to potentially get some silverware this year. Neyland have struggled in the league and are in real relegation trouble but are still a dangerous team on their day.

Pennar Robins vs Tenby

Two teams who are safely in mid table in the league and really have no relegation fears. Cup success would be a huge achievement for either of these sides and both have the quality to be a danger in this competition. A evenly matched tie here which will likely be a close game.

Camrose vs Johnston

Two second division teams who have absolutely nothing to lose in this competition. Camrose have really impressed on their return to division two and would love to progress to the next stages of the cup. The Tigers are a strong outfit and physical team, not an easy opponent for anyone. With experience in their ranks they’ll be chomping at the bit for cup success.

Goodwick United vs Herbrandston

Firm favourites to win this competition Goodwick United host Herbrandston. Herbie started the season on fire but have late have been inconsistent. They are second in the second division and have real quality in midfield mixed with youngsters with bags of potential. A real test here for the village, who’ll be relishing the challenge.

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