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Late winner gives Bluebirds the points

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Haverfordwest County 3
Monmouth Town 2
THE Bluebirds continued their fine start to the season with an entertaining 3-2 victory over Monmouth Town.
The home side left it late, but they have now won six of their seven games and remain top of Division One.
In front of a bumper crowd, the game started positively with both sides looking dangerous early on.
Monmouth’s ex-Carmarthen striker Nick Harrhy had the best chance to put the visitors ahead, but his header was weak and Chris Curtis easily took hold of the ball.
The game sparked into life in the 16th minute when the home side edged ahead.
Richie Lewis won the ball on the halfway line and played a beautiful pass down the wing for Jack Christopher. His cross was met by Steffan Williams who diverted the ball into the goal.
Three minutes later Williams combined well with Ricky Watts on the right before crossing to Christopher who turned and fired in from 12 yards.
However, just two minutes later Monmouth were back in the game. Sam Palmer’s cross caused problems among the Blues defence and Elliott Ford was in the right place to drive the ball home from close range.
The Blues could have gone further ahead in the 35th minute when Christopher swung a cross-field ball for Lewis, he crossed into the box but Christopher was inches away from making contact.
A pulsating first half ended with the Bluebirds leading 2-1 but the game was far from over.
Monmouth came out in the second half looking for an equaliser an almost got it. Ford fired in a fine volley which drew an equally fine save from Curtis.
But moments later the away side were level. Ford crossed for Harrhy who pounced to put the ball into the back of the net.
Both sides pushed on looking for a winner. The Blues came close when Christopher and goalkeeper Blackburn both went for the ball. Luckily for Monmouth the ball bounced just wide.
As the game entered its final stages it was still unclear who would come out on top. It was the Blues who scored the winner with only three minutes left. A long ball was played over the top and Williams latched on to it and suddenly found himself one-on-one with Blackburn, and he rounded the keeper to give his side the win.
This Saturday the Blues are away to West End in the second round of the Welsh Cup.

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Bluebirds return to winning ways as Veale’s free kick sinks Archers

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HAVERFORDWEST County got back to winning ways on Tuesday night (Sept 27) as they beat Cardiff Met 1-0 at the Ogi Bridge Meadow.

Jamie Veale’s second half free kick proved enough for Tony Pennock’s side who now sit seventh in the JD Cymru Premier table.

In the third minute, Dylan Rees sent a ball forward to Jack Wilson but his cross was pushed away by Met keeper Alex Lang.

A miss-timed header then sent Jordan Davies in but his effort was blocked.

The Bluebirds continued to search for the opener and on 27 minutes, a pass from Elliot Scotcher sent Wilson in but he saw his shot saved. The rebound fell to Jordan Davies but his shot was blocked.

Towards the end of the half, Met pushed forward and Matt Chubb went on a good run down the right but he saw his shot go wide.

Harry Owen also tried his luck but saw his shot saved by County keeper Zac Jones and the sides went in at the break with the score locked at 0-0.

There was an even start to the second half as both sides looked to dominate. A cross into the Met box was headed clear by Emlyn Lewis while Craig Davies sent a cross in at the other end but no one could get on the end of it.

On 72 minutes Jordan Davies reacted quickly to head the ball goalwards but he saw his effort go over the bar.

Four minutes later though the Bluebirds were awarded a free kick wide on the left. Veale took it and the ball floated all the way in to give the home side the lead.

Wilson then saw a shot go wide as the Bluebirds looked to make the points safe.

The Met pushed late on as Eliot Evans saw a shot deflected wide while Sam Jones shot over the bar in time added on.

The Bluebirds held on for a welcome win, with Rhys Abbruzzese being named player of the match.

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Whitland earn win at Pembroke

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WHITLAND earned their first win of the season on Saturday (Sept 24) as they beat Pembroke 20-33.

Pembroke landed an early penalty through Harry Fletcher but the visitors hit back with two converted tries.

There was another penalty for Fletcher to make it 14-6.

Whitland thought they had another try when Callum Evans touched down but it was harshly ruled out as the referee had spotted some crossing moments before.

The visitors then scored another try which was also converted as they took a 6-21 lead in at the break.

Pembroke hit back in the second half with tries from Lloyd Davies and Sam Smith who finished off after a barnstorming run. Fletcher added both conversions.

Whitland pulled away though with further tries to seal the win.

Liam Price scored a hat trick of tries for Whitland and others came from Ianto Davies and Geraint Jones. Jones added the rest of the points from the boot.

On Saturday, October 1, Pembroke travel to Llanelli Wanderers while Whitland host Llangennech.

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Kilgetty edge Clarby in seven-goal thriller

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KILGETTY made it two wins from two on Saturday (Sept 24) as they beat Clarbeston Road 4-3.

Ben John put Clarby ahead after eight minutes but their lead only lasted for two minutes.

Adam Johns levelled for Kilgetty and ten minutes later Josh Bevan put his side ahead.

Richard Cope then made it 3-1 to the visitors shortly after the half-hour mark.

Clarby were not out of the game though and on the stroke of half time John scored his and Clarby’s second to make it 2-3.

It remained that way until the 89th minute when Rheinallt George put the goal in his own net to all but seal the points for Kilgetty.

There was still time for more goals as Richard Bevan scored in the 92nd minute to make it 4-3.

They were unable to find a late equaliser though as Kilgetty held on for the win.

On Saturday, October 1, Kilgetty face Angle in the first round of the Senior Cup. Clarbeston Road are also in action in the Senior Cup as they host Carew, both matches kicking off at 1:45pm.

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