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Goodwick and Hakin earn place in fifth round

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GOODWICK United and Hakin United both kept the Pembrokeshire flag flying high on Saturday (Nov 18), as they booked their places in the fifth round of the FAW Trophy.

The Pembrokeshire League rivals have both been in excellent form so far this season and were well deserving of their fourth round victories.

Hakin United beat Caerphilly Athletic 3-2 thanks to two goals from Justin Harding and another from Ben Steele.

Goodwick United also won away beating Ynysddu Welfare 1-0 thanks to a goal from Adam Raymond.

The Vikings reached the fourth round after an 8-1 away to Cwmcarn Athletic after earlier wins against Pencoed Athletic and Bonymaen Colts.

Goodwick United beat Swansea League side Penlan 3-2 in the third round following wins over Rockspur and Ynystawe in the first two rounds.

The draw for the fifth round was made on Monday and saw Goodwick drawn at home while Hakin will play away once more.

Goodwick United were drawn at home to Penydarren BGC of the South Wales Alliance League.

Hakin United were drawn away to Llangefni Town who are currently top of the Welsh Alliance League.

Those ties will be played on Saturday, January 13, 2018.

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St Clears earn bonus-point win over Neyland

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ST CLEARS kept up their winning start to the season with a 38-19 win away at Neyland on Saturday (Sept 24).

The Saints were ahead after just two minutes as Ifan Davies touched the ball down. The conversion was missed.

Neyland hit back though and Ollie Rothero scored the try before adding the extras to put the home side ahead.

St Clears scored next though as Jac Howells went over and Dan Griffiths added the extras.

Shortly before the break the Saints had their thirdy try as Ifan Davies went over for his second and Griffiths added the extras once more to make it 19-7 at the break.

They soon had their bonus point in the second half as Tom Williams scored the try and Griffiths added the conversion to stretch the lead to 26-7.

Gareth Jones then scored again for the Saints to make it 31-7. The conversion was missed.

Straigt from kick off, Neyland hit back with a try from Andrew Slark but the conversion was missed.

Jones then scored his second try for the Saints and Griffiths added the extras again to take the score to 38-12.

Neyland had the final say though as Mark Jones touched down and Ollie Rothero added the extras to make it 38-19.

On Saturday, October 1, Neyland travel to Lampeter Town while St Clears host table toppers Pembroke Dock Quins.

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Quins prove too strong for Llangwm

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PEMBROKE DOCK Quins kept up their 100% start to the season with an emphatic win over a Llangwm side who were well in it at half time, trailing by just 17-5.

The Quins got off to a blistering start scoring twice in the opening five minutes. First, Flanker Hywel Baker forced his way over from close range after two minutes, and then, virtually straight from the restart, Centre Gethin Bradney followed up a speculative kick to touch down. Scrum Half Morgan Rogers added the extras to both tries.

If the Quins thought they would have it easy after such a fine start they were cruelly mistaken, as the Wasps started to dominate both territory and possession.

The Quins did add a penalty through Morgan Rogers for good measure to push the score out to 17-0, but it was the visitors who were well on top. It was no surprise when Llangwm Full Back Luke Dyer crossed for an unconverted try wide out.The teams went in at the break with the visitors in the ascendancy.

The Quins had to step up after struggling at the back end of the first half, and, just as they had done the previous week at Vardre, they hit the Wasps within minutes with a try from No8 and Captain Jack Brown which was converted by Morgan Rogers.

It was now all about the bonus point try, and that was not long in coming when replacement Harry Owen powered over for the all important score, which was again converted by Morgan Rogers.

The game was now safe for the Quins and it was a question of how many points they would score.

Hywel Baker soon added his second try and the Quins fifth. A powerful 35-yard run from Flanker Jack Millitte set up a second try for Harry Owen which Ben Hathaway goaled.

The Quins then turned on the afterburners with three tries in the final 10 minutes as they attacked from everywhere scoring through Sam James, Gethin Bradney for his second, and Harry Owen to complete his hat trick, all were converted by Ben Hathaway.

The Quins were 100% with their goal kicks, 10 out of 10, which is a remarkable effort at any level.

Next week the Quins are away at one of the League favourites St Clears.

TEAM: Kerion Machin, Kobie Thomas, Gethin Bradney, Adam Jones, Tom Donovan, Euan MacDonald, Morgan Rogers, Jack Brown (Capt), Jack Millitte, Hywel Baker, Ben Gibby, Sam James, Dan McLeod, Jayden Webber, Conor Kolmel. Replacements: Ben Hathaway, Sam RASHER James, Harry Owen, Josh Brown, Jack Byrne.

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Wales suffer Nations League relegation after defeat to Poland

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WALES were relegated from Group A of the Nations League on Sunday night (Sept 25) as they were beaten 1-0 by Poland.

They needed a win to stay in the top tier but, despite plenty of chances, they were unable to recover after going behind midway through the second half.

Gareth Bale started for Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium, after only being used a sub in the defeat to Belgium.

There was an early error from Wayne Hennessey as he recieved the ball but almost let it roll over the line before kicking the ball away.

With just over half an hour gone, Dan James ran towards goal and he could have passed to Brennan Johnson but chose to shoot instead and saw his shot saved. James then got the ball back but his cross was blocked by Szczesny and was cleared.

Shortly before the break there was another chance for Johnson but after he brought the ball down well, he saw his shot deflect wide off Dan James.

The whistle went for half time with the score at 0-0 and Wales knew they would need to come out well at the start of the second half to give themselves a chance of staying in Group A.

Neither side was able to create any real chances at the start of the second period. There were a couple of half chances from free kicks but they came to nothing.

There was a shout for foul on Dan James as he appeared to be elbowed off the ball by the edge of the box but the referee gave a goal kick to Poland.

On 57 minutes though it was the Poles who took the lead. The ball was played to Robert Lewandowski on the edge of the box and his exquisite flick fell into the path of Swiderski who shot under the legs of Hennessey and into the net.

Kieffer Moore was brought on in the aftermath of the goal to give Wales more options up front.

Two minutes later there was a chance for Wales as Brennan Johnson cut inside from the right but his shot was tipped wide the Polish keeper.

With thirteen minutes to go, Dan James sent a cross into the box and it bounced in front of Szczesny forcing him to push the ball wide for a corner.

Sub Ruben Colwill looked to make an impact but his cross was too close to the Polish keeper.

Moore and Colwill both saw shots blocked as five minutes of added time were shown.

Sorba Thomas then sent a cross into the box but Gareth Bale’s powerful header smacked the bar.

In the sixth minute of time added on Wales had a free kick on the edge of the box. Bale whipped it in but no one could get on the end of it and that was the last chance for Wales.

Despite the loss, Wales will still be looking forward to the World Cup, with their first game coming against the USA on November 21.

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