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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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Ammanford sign Kurtis Marsh from Lawrenny

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LAWRENNY’S Kurtis Marsh will play for Ammanford Cricket Club in the 2022 season after the two clubs agreed a deal.

Marsh was one of Lawrenny’s stand out performers in Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League this year.

He scored a number of important centuries and fifties as his club just missed out on securing the league title.

In total he scored 1070 runs in 15 innings while his highest score was 140 not out.

He was the Division’s highest scorer by just over 200 runs and was unbeaten in five innings.

On Twitter, Lawrenny Cricket Club said: “Absolutely gutted to lose Kurtis Marsh to Ammanford but he absolutely deserves this opportunity to play at a higher level. An unbelievable player and a top, top bloke. Go and smash it up there Kurt!!”

Marsh will now look forward to testing himself in Division 1 of the South Wales Premier Cricket League.

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Carew and Hakin earn big wins in West Wales Cup

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CAREW and Hakin United were big winners on Saturday (Oct 9) as they booked their places in round two of the West Wales Cup.

Carew travelled to Neath Premier Division side Cilfrew Rovers and it didn’t take them long to settle as James Hinchcliffe scored in the opening minute.

Cilfrew’s task became ever harder three minutes later as Adam Muskett scored to put his side in a strong position.

Matthew Evans pulled a goal back for the Rovers after 16 minutes but with five to go until half time Carew scored their third through Sam Christopher.

Muskett and Hinchcliffe scored in quick succession in the second half to all but seal the win for the Rooks.

Goals continued to come as Muskett completed his hat trick before Shaun Whitfield, a Dylan Morgan penalty and two from sub Jack Christopher took Carew’s score into double figures.

Muskett then got his fourth of the game to make it 11-1 to Carew.

Hakin also made the trip to Neath to face Division 1 side Resolven and, like Carew, they did not have to wait long for the first goal of the game.

It came from Justin Harding after four minutes and it was soon 2-0 as Jaden Chapman scored.

Ben Aldred then scored two goals in the space of two minutes, both assisted by Ryan Wilson, to effectively win the game for the visitors.

Harding added his second and Hakin’s fifth shortly before half time.

Twenty minutes into the second half, the Vikings added a sixth as sub Laurie Haworth found the back of the net.

Aldred and Chapman added to the scoring before Shane Walsh scored with three minutes to go to seal a 9-0 win.

Kilgetty bowed out of the competition as they were beaten 4-2 by Giants Grave. St Ishmaels were also sent packing after they were beaten 7-3 by CKSV.

Merlins Bridge’s game away at Treboeth was postponed because of a positive covid-19 case amongst one of the Neath teams’ players.

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Saints go through to round two

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ST Clears booked their place in the second round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Oct 9) as they beat Llangyfelach 3-0.

The Saints started the game slowly with most of the squad having been at captain Danny Peters’ wedding the day before.

Swansea Senior League Division 2 side Llangyfelach hit the post early on in what was their only real chance of the first half.

The Saints had quite a few chances to take the lead as Steve Thomas hit the bar with a good header from Ben John.

They slowly got on top and and they finally took the lead when the Llangyfelach keeper spilled a corner and Kyran Lewis nodded in from close range.

The second half was tight with more chances coming for the visitors but it was also heated at times with a number of yellow cards shown.

The second goal for the Saints when Nick squire hit a 30 yard effort from outside the box into the top corner, assisted by Martin Thomas.

Shortly before full time, the home side had Michael Matwychuk sent off for an apparent off the ball elbow.

Nick squire scored his second of the game from close range not long after to seal the victory.

The Saints’ reward for their win is a home tie against Felinfoel in the second round.

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