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Baptism of fire for Bluebirds

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Dangerman: Bluebird’s Ricky Watts holds off the dangerous Scott Quigley • Pic: Kevin Bryce

Dangerman: Bluebird’s Ricky Watts holds off the dangerous Scott
Quigley • Pic: Kevin Bryce

Haverfordwest County 0
TNS 4

THE Bluebirds were given a baptism of fire on their return to the Welsh Premier League as they were beaten 4-0 by Welsh Champions TNS.

The New Saints dominated for much of the game at a soaking Bridge Meadow Stadium and almost went ahead after eleven minutes.

Scott Quigley crossed from the left hand side but Michael Wide’s header bounced back off the crossbar.

Connell Rawlinson then saw a shot saved by the busy Bluebirds keeper Scott James.

The Bluebirds offered little going forward and did threaten briefly when Ricky Watts found space down the right but his cross was headed wide by Jack Christopher.

Greg Walters also tried his luck from long range but his shot was deflected away for a corner.

Scott Quigley then saw another shot saved before the Champions broke the deadlock in fine fashion.

Alex Darlington picked the ball up in the middle of the half and ran into the box, beating three County players before firing low into the bottom left corner of the goal.

TNS continued to dominate and with eight minutes to go until half time, Dale Griffiths gave away a free kick in a dangerous position on the edge of the box.

Chris Seargeant looked favourite to take it and he brilliantly curled the ball into the net to double his sides lead.

The second half started much like the first with the only professional team in the Welsh Premier League on top.

Quigley was a constant threat to the Bluebirds and goalkeeper Scott James had to be alert to pull off another save from the striker.

With almost an hour gone, Quigley turned provider as he crossed into the box where Alex Darlington was on hand with a diving header to make it 3-0 to TNS.

Six minutes later TNS were awarded a penalty which Darlington stepped up to take, looking to complete his hat-trick.

However, Scott James guessed the right way and pulled off an excellent save to keep the score at 3-0.

With fifteen minutes to go, Bluebirds sub John Roberts was sent through on goal but he agonisingly lifted his shot into the side netting.

They were made to pay for that miss as two minutes later TNS added their fourth goal of the game.

Aeron Edwards drilled a low shot towards goal which was saved by Scott James but he could do nothing about the rebound as sub Greg Draper pounced to make it 4-0.

More chances followed for the champions who made the perfect start to their campaign while the Bluebirds will be hoping for a better time out in their next match.

The next game for the Bluebirds is on Saturday, August 29, and sees them travel to mid-Wales to take on Newtown AFC, kick off at 2.30pm.

Tough game: Declan Carroll in action in a tough opener for the Bluebirds

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Blues battle to win over Aberaeron in KO Cup

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HAVERFORDWEST booked their place in the quarter finals of the Pembrokeshire KO Cup, where they will meet Pembroke Dock Harlequins, after beating Aberaeron on Wednesday night (Oct 20).

Despite the atrocious weather conditions, which saw rain batter the Pembroke Road playing surface for much of the game, both sides played an excellent game.

In the end it was the Blues who came out on top with a 44-6 win.

Outside Half Jake Morgan got the Blues rolling early on with a penalty and Rhys Baker then scored the game’s first try to make it 8-0.

Second Row Jack Clancy got his name on the score sheet but the conversion was missed.

Aberaeron then got themselves on the board with a penalty but the Blues were soon back on the attack with Will Blackburn next to go over.

That was converted by Morgan to give the home side a 20-3 lead.

Lewis Tingay and Rhys Baker added further tries for the Blues while Aber added a further penalty as the sides went in at half time with the score reading 30-6.

Early in the second half Tingay added his second try of the night and Morgan added the conversion.

That all but ended any hopes the away side had of getting themselves back in the game and the Blues continued to play despite the pouring rain.

Tingay then completed his hat trick with a try under the posts giving Morgan a simple conversion to make it 44-6.

There was no scoring in the final twenty minutes but the Blues had done the job and booked their place in the last eight.

Their quarter final with the Quins will be played on or before January 22.

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Pembrokeshire Schools Under 10s get season up and running

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PEMBROKESHIRE Schools Under 10s played their first game of the new season last Sunday (Oct 17) against a strong OT Academy Squad.

The Pembrokeshire boys played four small sided games, drawing one and losing three. The boys are next in action next month when they hope to play Carmarthenshire Schools.

Pembrokeshire Schools Under 10s: Spencer James (Cleddau Reach), Noah Bicknell (Prendergast), Harri Jones (Holy Name), Jamie Cook (Pembroke Dock), Toby Jones (Holy Name), Isaac Jenkins (Narberth), Iori Williams (Narberth), Cai Price (Ysgol Caer Elen), Celt Edwards (Frenni), Joe Davies (Ysgol Glannau Gwaun), Jaden Petrie (Prendergast), Logan Lewis (Pembroke Dock), Zach Loveridge (Waldo Williams), James Burns (Lamphey).

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League results

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The results for the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League for Saturday, October 16 were as follows:

• Under 12’s:

Chaos Thunder 11-1 Pembroke 2

Players player:

Chaos: Leah Davies

Pembroke: Holly Jones

Sapphires Whites 0-19 Pembroke 1

Players player:

Sapphires: Orla Maulio Martina

Pembroke: Skye Sutton

• Under 14’s:

Chaos Hurricanes 4-20 Sapphires Black

Players player:

Chaos: Bo Davies

Sapphires: Anya Beynon

• Under 16’s:

Chaos Blue 40-7 Pembroke

Players player:

Chaos: Lucy John

Pembroke: Megan Bowen

Sapphires Black 45-12 St David’s

Players player:

Sapphires: Ella Wainwright

St David’s: Skye Bramley

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