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Cullen scores twice as Swans sink Forest in FA Cup

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SWANSEA City’s Liam Cullen scored twice on Saturday as he helped his side to a 5-1 thrashing over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

It also set up a fifth round tie with Premier League giants Manchester City after they overcame their opponents Cheltenham Town.

Cullen, born in Tenby, netted the opener in the first half and added his second after half time.

He was denied the chance to go for an FA Cup hat-trick however as he limped off late on with an ankle injury.

Forest, perhaps with one eye on maintaining their Championship status, made ten changes for the game and featured two players that had recently returned from injury.

Swansea gave a debut to new signing Conor Hourihane

The game was only seven minutes old when Wayne Routledge crossed from the right and Cullen volleyed the ball back across goal and into the bottom corner, wrong-footing Forest’s stand-in keeper Jordan Smith.

Routledge was then forced off with an injury but his replacement was the in-from Jamal Lowe.

He almost made an instant impact as he was sent through on goal but his touch let him down and Smith was able to claim the ball.

Forest threatened briefly when Joe Lolley crossed into the box but the Swans were able to clear before Anthony Knockaert could get on the end of it.

The Swans were almost two ahead when Forest defender Joe Worrall headed the ball towards his own goal but from the resulting corner they doubled their lead in stunning fashion.

The corner was cleared but the home side played the ball to Matt Grimes, captain for the game, who unleashed an unstoppable shot that flew past Smith and into the top right corner.

Connor Roberts then came close with a header and he also had the ball in the net a minute later but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Forest made two subs at the start of the second half and came out the better side. Joe Lolley went close but his shot was saved by Swans keeper Woodman.

Then, shortly before the hour mark, the Reds were back in it. Lolley gathered the ball in the box but when he was brought down the ball fell to Knockaert who fired in to make it 2-1.

However, any hopes Forest had of mounting a comeback were soon dashed as two minutes later the Swans were awarded a penalty.

Joe Worrall was adjudged to have fouled Ryan Manning although replays suggested Manning stuck his foot towards Worrall’s leg to win the foul.

Grimes sent the keeper the wrong way to score his second of the afternoon and put the Swans 3-1 ahead.

Manning also came close to scoring but Smith was able to palm away his effort.

He then turned provider as he crossed into the box for Cullen who shot low into the bottom left corner to make it 4-1.

The Swans had already made their five substitutions before Cullen went off injured but that didn’t stop them.

With five minutes to go Jamal Lowe saw his shot blocked but the ball fell to sub Ollie Cooper whose shot squirmed in despite Smith’s best efforts.

It was an excellent display from the Swans who will now look forward to their fifth round tie with Manchester City.

Before that though they face two crucial Championship games, at home to Brentford on Wednesday before a trip to Rotherham on Saturday.

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League results

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IN the latest round of fixtures in the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League, there were some excellent wins while one game finished all square.

Chaos Thunder Under 12s drew 11-11 with Pembroke while in the other game Fishguard were 33-0 winners over Pembroke seconds.

Sapphires Black and Chaos Cyclones were winners in the under 14s league while Sapphires White were the winners of the only game played in the under 16s league.

Results for Saturday, November 20:

Under 12’s:

Chaos Thunder 11 vs 11 Pembroke 1

Players player:

Chaos: Leah Davies

Pembroke: Freya Cook

Fishguard 33 vs 0 Pembroke 2

Players player:

Fishguard: Anna Walden-Jones

Pembroke: Willow Lewis

Under 14’s:

Sapphires Black 16 vs 4 Fishguard

Players player:

Sapphires: Anna Banf-Beynon

Fishguard: Maegan Peters

Sapphires White 1 vs 24 Chaos Cyclones

Players player:

Sapphires: Bella Evans

Chaos: Ella Joyce

Under 16’s:

Sapphires White 29 vs 13 Pembroke

Players player:

Sapphires: Alice Goltwaltz

Pembroke: Olivia Probert

Fishguard Under 12s
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Broad Haven win and Kilgetty maintain unbeaten start

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KILGETTY maintained their unbeaten start to the Division 2 season on Saturday (Nov 20) while there were also wins for Broad Haven and Milford United.

Table toppers Kilgetty were 7-0 winners away at Solva with two goals coming from Lloyd Hughes, and other from Richard Cope and Ross Hurst.

16-year-old Oscar Miles also scored a hat trick for Kilgetty.

Broad Haven earned their fourth win of the season as they won 2-0 away at Milford Athletic.

The Haven missed a number of chances to score in the first half while Milford Athletic saw Ben Fairbairn red carded with half an hour played.

The away side finally made the breakthrough in the 66th minute as sub Sam Pettit found the net.

Shaun Phillips made sure of the points late on as the Haven secured a comfortable win.

Milford United won 3-0 away at Johnston with Lewis Tee opening the scoring after 19 minutes.

Liam Parr doubled Milford’s lead from the penalty spot midway through the second half and he later added a second penalty to seal the points.

Craig Bendall was sent off for Johnston late on.

Saturday’s other game saw Pennar Robins seconds beat Hakin United second 3-0 at The Obs. Jack Phillips, Carl Rees and Josh Hicks got the goals for the Robins.

The fixtures for Saturday, November 27, are:

Broad Haven v Kilgetty

Herbrandston v Monkton Swifts II

Merlins Bridge II v Hakin United II

Pennar Robins II v Johnston

St Clears v Milford Athletic

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Pennar hold off Fishguard

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PENNAR Robins secured their third win in four games in all competitions on Saturday (Nov 20) as they beat Fishguard 5-3.

The home side got the scoring going on 14 minutes when Nick Willis found the back of the net.

Fishguard equalised though shortly before the half hour mark through Sean Seymour-Davies.

However, they were only level for three minutes as Luke Phillips scored after being set up by Craig Asparassa.

Pennar then made it 3-1 seven minutes later as Connor Roberts scored.

Fishguard’s hopes of getting something out of the game were all but ended three minutes into the second half as Asparassa got his name on the score sheet with Pennar’s fourth of the afternoon.

There was still plenty of time left though and on 64 minutes the visitors were awarded a penalty. Niall Kinsella scored from the spot to make it 4-2.

Willis then grabbed his second of the game eleven minutes from time to make sure of the points for the home side.

Jordan Raymond did pull a goal back four minutes from time for the visitors but it proved to be a consolation as Pennar saw the game out for the win.

On Saturday, November 27, Pennar are in action in the Senior Cup as they host Hakin United. Fishguard are in league action as they travel to bottom side Narberth.

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