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Ten man Swifts defeat table toppers

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By Jonathan Twigg

TABLE TOPPING Goodwick United fell to their first league defeat of the season on Saturday (Feb 17) when ten man Monkton Swifts deservedly left with a 3-2 victory in a game which saw Clarbeston Road referee Tom Bevan issue one red and seven yellow cards.

The Swifts opened the scoring just before the half hour mark when vociferous centre forward James Russell converted a penalty after Llyr Tobin was cautioned for a trip in the box.

Jordan Griffiths equalised before half time as he neatly finished, the striker having only recently returned from injury combining well with skipper Adam Raymond and teenage midfielder Matty Delaney.

Swifts winger Luke Hendry restored the lead before half time, capitalising on some hesitation in the home defence and taking advantage of the sticky conditions to plant the ball beyond the despairing dive of goalkeeper James Gwilt.

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Striker Patrick MacDonnagh extended the blues lead with a clinical finish after an hour and as the game entered the final quarter, the heavy conditions and tired limbs accounted for numerous free kicks leading the game to lose momentum.

Goodwick were handed a lifeline with ten minutes remaining, Griffiths sending goalkeeper Michael Murray the wrong way from the penalty spot following Shaun Jones dismissal for a second yellow card as he clattered centre half Scott Delaney in the box.

Midfielder Kieran O’Brien had opportunities to equalise and Bevans, strong in his decision making with both sides committed to their cause.

Substitute winger Johnny Horgan and teenage full back Steffan Hayes delivered crosses into the danger zone with all the players camped in the Swifts half as a key moment in the Division 1 title race panned out in the gloomy conditions.

The result sets up the finale of the season as six teams vie for pole position, the Swifts heading to the Knock playing Field to take on Clarbeston Road next, whilst the red and blacks take their trip to relegation haunted Herbrandston to put the train back on the tracks.

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New Radio series on remarkable rise of women’s football

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FROM hand-me-downs to heroes, a new three-part show celebrates the incredible growth of women’s football in Wales

BBC Radio Wales has today announced a new series Iconic: The Rise of the Women in Red, documenting the rise of women’s football in Wales. 

Presented by Jess Fishlock, Wales’ most capped footballer, the series offers an unprecedented look into the evolution of women’s football from its humble beginnings to its current status as a sporting phenomenon. With exclusive access to the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the series features in-depth interviews with prominent figures in the sport, including Welsh captain Sophie Ingle and midfield star Angharad James.

The series delves into the early days of women’s football when players wore hand-me-down kits from the men’s teams and played in front of modest crowds. It tells of the struggles of those who paved the way for the current generation of female footballers, to the present day where thousands of fans flock to stadiums to watch women’s football, and even more tune in to the television and radio coverage.

Jess Fishlock says, “I’m really excited that our story’s finally getting told and people can see how far this game has gone but also what has been sacrificed to get us to where we are right now in the women’s game.”

Carolyn Hitt, Head of BBC Radio Wales says “The series highlights how more women and girls than ever before are taking up the sport – as fans and as players.  It really showcases the FAW’s efforts to foster this growth and support the women’s game at all levels.  Jess Fishlock’s unique perspective and engaging storytelling brings to life the triumphs, challenges, and aspirations of the team whilst also providing a candid look at the professional journeys of these women.”

Sue Butler, Managing Editor, BBC Wales Sport, says “In the run-up to these crucial play-offs for UEFA Women’s Euro 2025, the series is a timely celebration of the progress and potential of Welsh women’s football. It will inspire and energize fans and players alike as the national team prepares for one of its most significant challenges yet.”

This three-part series will premiere on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Sounds this October.

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A new era for sport and health tech innovation in Wales

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SWANSEA UNIVERSITY has launched the National Network for Innovation In Sport and Health (NNIISH), a new initiative aimed at transforming the landscape of health and sport technology in Wales.

Led by the University and supported by Swansea Bay City Deal and local health boards, NNIISH aims to accelerate the growth of sport tech, med tech and healthcare innovation in the Swansea Bay City Region by bringing together local, national and multinational expertise.

NNIISH is set to be a constantly evolving, collaborative partnership between academia, industry and the NHS.  Its aim is to strengthen existing partnerships and forge new alliances, attracting talent and encouraging investment in order to boost the local economy and make Swansea a global leader in medical and sports technology innovation.   

Professor Keith Lloyd, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science told Herald.Wales: “We are excited to introduce NNIISH, a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to enhancing sport and wellbeing across Wales and beyond. By fostering a community across sport, health and technology, we aim to drive forward innovative solutions that will revolutionise the sector.”

Anyone working in sports-tech, med-tech or healthcare who would like to be part of the NNIISH vision –to transform the landscape of health and sport technology in Wales – can sign up to the NNIISH mailing list now.  

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Pembrokeshire teenager to represent Wales in Golf – again!

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JEMMA NAND-LALN, a talented 16-year-old golfer from Tenby, has once again been selected to represent Wales in the Wales Schools squad. This marks the second consecutive year Jemma will don the Welsh colors, a testament to her skill and determination on the golf course.

Jemma will compete against the England Schools team at Stoke Rochford Golf Club in Lincolnshire in early September. This opportunity comes as a significant boost for Jemma, who has recently recovered from major surgery over the winter. Her selection also follows her recognition as the top girl player in Dyfed for 2023.

Her journey reflects not only her personal resilience but also her unwavering commitment to the sport she loves. Jemma’s family, friends, and local supporters are all thrilled with her accomplishment and will be cheering her on as she competes at the national level.

Jemma Nand-Lal’s story is an inspiration to many young athletes, demonstrating that with hard work and dedication, overcoming obstacles and achieving great success is possible.

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