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Hakin claim title and cup double with draw in Goodwick

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HAKIN United are the Champions of Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League after they came from behind to draw 4-4 with West Wales Cup Champions Goodwick United on Thursday night (May 17) in a game that just about had it all.

Going into the game Goodwick were six points behind with two games left to play and knew they needed to win to keep their title hopes alive.

Anything less would mean that Hakin would be crowned champions with a game still to come and it seemed the Vikings were determined to get the job done on Thursday.

The draw means Hakin have sealed a League and Senior Cup double, the first time they have done so since the 2010/11 season.

Hakin took the lead early as Justin Harding poked the ball home from close range.

Goodwick’s hopes of getting back into the game were then dealt a blow as Kieran O’Brien was sent off.

Harding then grabbed his second goal of the game as he scored to give the Vikings one hand on the title.

The visitors continued to press and it was soon 3-0 as Nicky Woodrow scored with a delightful chip over Goodwick keeper James Gwilt.

It remained 3-0 at half time and it seemed there was no way back for Goodwick, but no one told them that.

Moments after the restart the ball was sent into the box and after an almighty scramble the ball eventually nestled in the net, seemingly coming off a Hakin player last.

The home side were then awarded a penalty and Adam Raymond stepped up to take it, scoring to make it 3-2.

The Pheonix Boys were then level as the ball fell kindly for top scorer Jordan Griffiths who volleyed the ball home.

Their remarkable comeback was complete as Adam Raymond slotted another penalty into the net to put the home side into the lead for the first time at 4-3.

Hakin knew that they only needed one goal to claim the title and they came agonisingly close when Ryan Wilson’s close range shot cannoned back off the bar.

Just as it looked like Hakin might have to wait until Monday for the title, Shane Walsh popped up in injury time, like he did against Merlins Bridge the previous week, to score the equalising goal.

It was an excellent game from both sides and a fantastic advert for Pembrokeshire football.

Goodwick’s comeback from 3-0 down was the stuff of champions but Hakin showed why they have been up at the top for so long to get the point they needed to seal the title.

The two teams must do it all again now on Monday (May 21), as they play the reverse fixture at the Obs in the final game of the season, with Hakin receiving the title following the game.

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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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