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Vikings survive late comeback to lift Jubilee Cup

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Winners: Hakin won the Jubilee Cup after beating Merlins Bridge 3-2

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HAKIN UNITED survived a late comeback from Merlins Bridge to lift the Jubilee Cup at the Bridge Meadow Stadium on Tuesday (Aug 15).

The League champions were three goals up thanks to two goals from Ryan Wilson and another from Nicky Woodrow but Nathan Greene and Luke Hayward scored for the Senior Cup winners inside the final ten minutes to set up a tense finale.

Hakin held on to lift the Jubilee Cup, the annual curtain-raiser to the start of the Pembrokeshire Football league.

Merlins Bridge had the best chance to go ahead after ten minutes after some good play in the box. First, Will Haworth cut inside but despite losing his footing, he was still able to get the ball to Nathan Greene who ran to the edge of the six yard box but checked back to come around the keeper only for Hakin’s defenders to come to the rescue and block his shot on the line.

The danger wasn’t cleared and the ball fell kindly but two Bridge players both went for the ball and got in each other’s way allowing the Vikings to escape.

There were a couple of strong tackles in what was a hotly-contested game but referee Roy Boswell controlled the game well giving out a number of yellow cards.

Midway through the first half the Vikings took the lead after Nicky Woodrow’s shot was blocked and the ball fell to Ryan Wilson whose shot deflected in past Bridge keeper Gary Thomas.

Ashley Beck came close for the Wizards but his shot went just over the bar.

With five minutes to go until half time Hakin doubled their lead as Woodrow flicked the ball up to get away from the defender and volley the ball into the net for a stunning goal.

Early in the second half, Woodrow tried his luck with a similar effort but this time his shot went over.

Adam John then won the ball on the edge of the box but his shot hit the side netting with the Hakin supporters on the other side of the ground thinking it had gone in.

With just over 20 minutes to go Hakin got their third to all but secure victory as Ryan Wilson superbly volleyed the ball into the top right corner.

Adam Hawkins came close to scoring for the Wizards soon after but his effort was blocked.

With ten minutes to go Hawkins did well to win the ball back but he was fouled by Brad Barrett giving the Wizards a free kick wide on the right.

The ball was floated in and Luke Hayward did enough to head the ball into the net despite the best efforts of keeper Adrian Devonald to keep the ball out.

Two minutes later it was 3-2 as Hawkins again did well on the right before crossing into the box where Nathan Greene arrived to smash the ball home.

That set up a nervous final five minutes but Hakin United held on to win the Jubilee Cup.

Both teams will now be busy preparing for the start of the league season with Hakin taking on Herbrandston and Merlins Bridge facing West Dragons this coming Tuesday (Aug 22).

Elsewhere on the opening day, Angle play Lamphey, Goodwick host newly promoted Clarbeston Road, Monkton take on local rivals Pennar Robins and Neyland face Milford United.

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Free multi-sports events for 5-7 year-olds in Haverfordwest

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SPORTS mad youngsters aged 5-7 and those looking to try out new sports and activities are invited to free multi-sport sessions in Haverfordwest.

The sessions run from 4.15pm to 5pm every Thursday during term time and are based on the Tennis Courts at Haverfordwest High VC School.

All sessions are free and there are a wide range of activities to try.

The sessions are run by Sport Pembrokeshire Staff and assisted by Young Ambassadors from Haverfordwest High

Local clubs also take part to run sessions and provide information on how to continue with any sport.

Parents/Carers who would like to sign children up for the session are required to complete the online form.

Dan Bellis of Sport Pembrokeshire, said: “It is great to see so many young people enjoying Sport and being physically active.

“The multi-sport sessions are great as they allow youngsters to try out so many different games and activities which really helps them to learn and develop.”

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Bike It 100: Kilgetty gears up for charity cycling event

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CYCLISTS from across the country are gearing up for the Kilgetty Bike It 100, a charity non-competitive cycling sportive set to take place on Sunday, 28th July 2024. Organised to support the Paul Sartori Foundation and Haverfordwest High School’s South Africa Rugby Tour 2025, the event promises a fun, friendly, and challenging day on the bike.

Participants can choose from three scenic routes of varying difficulty: 50.5 miles with an elevation of 3,400 feet, 77.8 miles with an elevation of 5,284 feet, and the full century route at 101.7 miles, climbing a total of 7,428 feet. Each route is meticulously planned with GPS guidance, direction markers, and designated water stops to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.

Early bird entries are priced at £35 and are available until 31st May. Post this date, if slots remain, the entry fee will increase to £45. All participants will receive a commemorative Welsh slate medal upon completion. In addition to the ride, the event features organised outdoor BBQs, coffee stops, and well-earned drinks available for purchase at the finish, courtesy of Kilgetty Sports & Social Club.

The sportive has been a tremendous success in previous years, raising £12,000 in 2021 and 2023. Organisers hope to exceed this amount in 2024, bolstered by the community’s continued support and enthusiasm.

For more details and to register, participants can visit the British Cycling website or scan the QR code on the event poster. Queries can also be directed to [email protected].

Join us for a day of cycling through the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, all while supporting two fantastic causes. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to ride, enjoy, and make a difference. Secure your spot today!

For more information, visit British Cycling Event Details.

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Pembrokeshire street footballers to represent Wales

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A WALES team full of Pembrokeshire footballers is heading to Dublin with their eyes on a major international prize.

Street Football Team Wales is taking part in the Irish Homeless Street League 20th Anniversary International Tournament between June 7th and 10th.

As well as a squad full of Pembrokeshire players, the Head Coach is also from the county.

Jo Price is a former Arsenal and Wales goalkeeper and now works as a Community Regeneration Officer for Pembrokeshire County Council.

Jo is a big advocate for Street Football, run through social inclusion charity Street Football Wales.

The squad train at The Garth Youth Project, known as the Hive, in Haverfordwest.

The national team training sessions have been taking place since February to prepare for the tournament.

Jo said: “It is always an honour to play for your country and to have a Wales team made up entirely of Pembrokeshire players is such a wonderful achievement for our county.

“Each of the players is an inspiration but a special shout-out must go to Captain Marie Tilley who has overcome cancer to lead her country.

“Last week the players were surprised with the news that when they take to the pitch in Dublin they will be wearing the official Wales football kit, their faces were a picture and our thanks goes to the Football Association of Wales who are also providing training and travel kit.”

Wales will take on Ireland, Spain, Romania, Poland and Scotland during the tournament.

Representing Wales are: Marie Tilley (C), Cerys Phillips, Freya Marshall, Niamh Mathias, Bryony Davies, Claire Mantripp, Shauna Bennett, Kayleigh Summers and Megan Tinley.

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