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Bluebirds shot down by Druids



JD Cymru Premier

Cefn Druids 4 – Haverfordwest County 1

THE BLUEBIRDS fell to defeat in North Wales as three second-half goals from Cefn Druids saw off the visitors’ challenge.

The first shot of the game came from Alex Darlington who fired wide of Gajda’s goal in the 2nd minute from a Druids free-kick. The Bluebirds’ first attempt of the game came from an Elliot Scotcher free-kick, who sent his 35 yard strike just wide of the post.

After a bright opening, the match tightened up, with neither team able to take control of the ball.

Such half chances as were created during the opening period fell to the Druids.

Edge, for the home team, got the best chance early on. He won the ball back just outside the Bluebirds box but fired his chance high and wide.

 Shortly after though, Haverfordwest created a very good chance as a ball over the top saw forward Mark Jones in on goal by Druids keeper and skipper Michael Jones produced a fantastic reaction save down low to deny him, and the follow up was blasted over by Marcus Griffiths after some frantic defending by Druids.

Druids then took the lead as Arsan crossed from the left for Cody Ruberto to finish to put the home side ahead.

Shortly after, Gajda kept the Bluebirds in the game as he got down to stop an Edge strike from point-blank range.

Gajda was called upon again as Darlington fired a volley towards goal from the edge of the box, but it was straight at the Haverfordwest stopper.

The Druids continued to apply pressure as soon as the second half began.

Alex Darlington had the first chance of the second half as he raced through on goal, but as he was one-on-one with Gajda he dragged his shot wide. Druids then doubled their lead, Gajda made a smart stop from an Azimale header but the same man poked in the rebound.

Azimale almost made it 3 to the home side but his strike from close range was well-saved by Gajda.

The Bluebirds continued to try and break down the home side.

Marcus Griffiths chased down a ball over the top, but his shot was smothered well by the Druids keeper, Michael Jones, denying the Bluebirds a way back into the game.

Then on 70 minutes, Druids hit a third.

Darlington found himself in a great position on the side of the box; however, instead of shooting, he found Edge in a better position with a delightful dinked cross. Edge fired past Wojciech Gajda to put the Druids 3-0 up with only twenty minutes to play.

The game was opening up at this point and only minutes later Haverfordwest sparked a glimmer of hope of a comeback after a mix up at the back allowed Jack Wilson to sneak in and cleverly lob the ball over Jones into the back of the net.

Haverfordwest now pressed forward for another and had a solid spell of possession, pinning the Druids back.

Minutes before the final whistle, Druids won a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Jonny Taylor, who had been on the pitch for only a minute or so, saw Niall Flint running into space. He played a clever quick free-kick, putting Flint through on goal while the Haverfordwest defence was caught napping.

Flint found the bottom corner to make it 4-1 and seal a deserved three points for the Premier’s bottom team.

The win sees the Druids move off the bottom of the table to only 1 point behind both Aberystwyth and Newtown.

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Ultra-runner demonstrates to never give up on your dreams



Rhys O’Mara (Left), Sanna (Centre) and Hollie Thomas (Right)

INSPIRATIONAL speaker Sanna Duthie recently inspired Military and Protective Services learners at the College with her story of running the 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in a record breaking 51.5 hours without any sleep, to help raise money for the Welsh Air Ambulance.

Former College learner Sanna Duthie, an office manager by day and active runner by night, shared her experience of running the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in record breaking time. Sanna had participated in a few marathons over the years such as Tenby Long Course Weekend, the Gower 50 and the London Marathon.

However, the real adrenaline rush to complete the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path was when Sanna competed in a 100 mile race of the coastal path in 2017.

“I realised I wasn’t too bad at that distance and then that’s when I got it in my head about doing the whole thing.”

Running a coastal path isn’t the easiest challenge and Sanna had to be prepared with an extensive training programme running over 300 miles a month equivalent to 10 miles a day. Sanna also had strength and conditioning training at a local gym to ensure her successful recovery.

“Coast running is hard on your muscles and joints and you need to strengthen those in order to not get injured,” said Sanna.

Originally Sanna started to run the entire coastal path in August 2020 but after 63 miles had to abandon the race due to dangerous weather conditions. This only made Sanna more determined and she completed her ultra-run on 8 th May 2021.

Sanna explained the highs and lows of the run, “There were times when I just wanted to quit, and I even started to hallucinate but I used a tactic where rather than focus on the whole run I broke it down into sections – this made things less overwhelming. Close friends and family would join alongside me on different stages of my run, and this motivated me to get to the finish line.”

Protective services learner Rhys O’Mara was thoroughly inspired by Sanna’s story, “I feel like, from the talk, I’m more inspired to go out and push myself to take on bigger and better physical challenges, the talk really showed that you can achieve anything when you dedicate yourself to a task. After College I’m looking to join the RAF as a drone pilot and have a full career in the forces.”

Sanna was the first female to run the entire coastal path and breaking the previous record of 64 hours and 32 minutes and raised an impressive £5,768.14 for charity.

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Veteran Vikings beaten by Swansea



HAKIN United Over 40s travelled to the Llandarcy Academy of Sport last Sunday (Nov 28) to play Swansea University.

Hakin took the lead inside 10 minutes as Matthew Price raced clear of the Uni defence before side footing the ball into the bottom corner.

A great start for the Veteran Vikings, but on the half hour mark, two quick goals for the Swansea men turned the game on its head.

A third goal just before half time put Swansea firmly in the drivers seat, but, the Hakin players felt that the goal was offside and that there was a handball in the build-up.

However, despite all of the protests, the goal stood.

Hakin looked far more purposeful in the second half, but they failed to find a goal that was going to get them back in the game.

Hakin are next in action on Sunday, December 12, when Church Village visit the Obs.

Hakin 40s: Jim Payne, Nick Jones, Adam Collins, Ali Davies, Paul Hannon, Marc Devonald, Simon Atyeo, Mark Riley, Paul Jones, Matthew Price, Phil Richards.

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League results



IN the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball leagues on Saturday (Nov 27), there were wins for Sapphires White Under 12s and Pembroke Under 14s.

There was also a win for Fishguard Under 16s as they beat Pembroke 28-24.

Results for Saturday, November 27:

Under 12’s:

Sapphires White 7-4 Chaos Thunder

Players player:

Sapphires: Orla Maulio Martina

Chaos: Annabel Richards

Under 14’s:

Pembroke 23-17 Sapphires White

Players player:

Pembroke: Carys Kenniford

Sapphires: Florence Barker

Under 16’s:

Fishguard 28 v 24 Pembroke

Players player:

Fishguard: Evie Rands

Pembroke: Megan Bowen

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