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Neyland move on in Welsh Cup

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NEYLAND booked their place in the next round of the Welsh Cup on Sunday (Jun 27) as they beat Ammanford.

The two sides played each other in the overall final a few years ago but this time a place in the third round awaited either side.

Neyland chose to field after winning the toss and they were able to restrict the home side to 131-8 from their 40 overs.

Nathan Banner bowled Elis Richards and he then trapped Rhordri-Huw Davies leg before to leave the hosts on 41-2.

Matthew Fisher and Tiaan Sparrow shared 30 runs for the third wicket as the home side looked to pick up the pace.

Fisher hit five fours and a six in a score of 38 before he was caught by Ashley Sutton off the bowling of Ross Hardy.

Andrew Miller then caught and bowled Sparrow on 11 as Ammanford slipped to 71-4.

Craig Maloney and Josef Davies took over but it wasn’t long before another Ammanford wicket fell.

The score soon became 86-5 as Maloney was trapped leg before by Brad McDermott-Jenkins.

Sutton then also caught Owen Davies for a duck to give McDermott-Jenkins a second wicket, leaving the hosts on 88-6.

Josef Davies then took his score into the twenties but he saw Callum Croft bowled by McDermott-Jenkins at the other end.

Davies and Alun Evans took the score to 131-7 before McDermott-Jenkins claimed his fourth wicket.

He had Davies caught By Patrick Bellerby on a score of 40 as he finished with figures of 4-17.

Evans was not out on 10 as Neyland were set just 132 to win the game.

Patrick Bellerby and Nick Koomen got Neyland off to an excellent start in their reply as they shared 59 runs for the first wicket.

Bellerby hit seven fours and a six in a score of 42 before he was bowled by Matthew Fisher.

Koomen had hit four fours and a six in his score of 28 but he also fell to Fisher when he was caught by Craig Maloney.

Fisher then claimed a third wicket as he trapped Ashley Sutton leg before on a score of 10.

And when Alun Evans had Ross Hardy caught by Fisher, Neyland had slipped to 90-4 and the hosts had their tails up.

However, Nathan Banner and Andrew Miller held their nerves to send Neyland through to the zone final.

Miller was not out on 11 while Banner hit six fours and a six as he finished unbeaten on 35.

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Milford hit five again to see off Swifts

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MILFORD United scored five goals for the third game running as they beat Monkton Swifts seconds 5-1 in Division 2 at Marble Hall on Saturday (Jan 22).

Milford went into the game full of confidence after two good home performances which resulted in two wins and 10 goals scored.

Monkton would have also come into the game with high expectations, having won the reverse fixture 5-3.

It was Milford who started the liveliest, causing lots of problems for the Monkton back four. It didn’t take Milford too long for their pace, power and high pressing to be rewarded with the opening goal on 6 minutes.

The ball was won by United in midfield and Lewys Tee picked up the ball in space. A great run by Liam Parr was picked out, who controlled the ball and outpaced the defence. Finishing it superbly from 18 yards into the top corner.

The Monkton team struggled all game to deal with United’s pace and movement and by the end of 90 minutes they had picked up 4 bookings trying to contain United’s attack.

Jordan Boswell in goal for Monkton was a busy man and had to pull off a number of good saves throughout the game.

It didn’t take United too long to get their second, which gave them a strong grip on the game. A good ball down the flank, which Liam Parks nodded down, then out muscled a couple of Monkton defenders, before crossing from the by-line for Ben Lewis. But he was quickly closed down and his shot was blocked, when a goal looked certain. But Tee was on hand to pick up the rebound, to knock the ball over the line, despite the best efforts of the Monkton defence.

This wasn’t United in top gear, but they did go in at half time with a comfortable lead. Monkton made a substitution during the break and came out the second half with much more resolve.

There was now a definite ebb and flow to the game, with Monkton now using the most of their 4-3-3 formation. But United spurned a couple of great chances to put the game out of sight with a third.

It was Monkton, who got the next goal, to really open up the game. A Monkton cross came in from the left and could only be half cleared by United’s defence. Which landed invitingly for Monkton’s Jay Kilby, who volleyed it perfectly passed Ferdy Stevenson.

At this stage, the game could have gone either way, despite United’s overall dominance. United’s manager Steve Parks, was fortunate to have the benefit of a strong bench and used them in a change of system in a 3 man substitution. It had an immediate effect and United once again gained control.

A dangerous run by Liam Parks had to be halted illegally and from the resulting free kick, Morgan Picton hit a peach of a shot into the top right corner from 30 yards. Only to be thwarted by a superb save from Boswell.

But the pressure was mounting and the chances becoming more frequent. Liam Parks got the all important 3rd goal after a good interplay with Liam Davies, which left Parks in space who calmly chipped the ball over the on rushing keeper.

With the game now running away from Monkton, it was a good break down the right from Parks, who in turn set up Davies to score from 10 yards. Even before United’s fifth goal had hit the net, it’s scorer Jake Barrett was already smiling. A good ball from Davies was sweetly met by Barrett, 20 yards out, who knew it was destined to beat the keeper.

It wasn’t United at their best, but 3 home wins on the bounce and 15 goals suggest a cause for optimism at Marble Hall.

On Saturday, January 29, Milford United, who now sit sixth in Division 2, travel to Broad Haven while Monkton Swifts seconds host Milford Athletic.

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Goodwick and Bridge ends in goalless draw

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GOODWICK United and Merlins Bridge fought out a goalless draw in a highly contested game at Phoenix Park last Saturday (Jan 22).

The two sides had met earlier in the season at the Racecourse with Goodwick winning that game 7-0.

It was a much closer game this time around though but neither side was able to do enough to pick up the three points.

Chances were few and far between, but one of the best chances of the afternoon fell to Merlins Bridge midfielder Lee Hudgell, whose effort hit the underside of the crossbar with many in attendance feeling that the ball had bounced over the line. It wasn’t given and both teams had to settle for a point each.

On Saturday, January 29, Goodwick travel to Carew while Merlins Bridge travel to Narberth.

Goodwick United: Kyle Marsh, Stefan Hayes, Sion O’Sullivan, Jordan Thomas, Scott Delaney, Luke Hayward, Rhys Dalling, Kieran O’Brien, Nathan Greene, Jordan Griffiths, Steven Dockerty. Subs: Llyr Tobin, Rob Morgans, Daniel James.

Merlins Bridge: James Dickson, Chris Ormond, Andrew John, Richard Hughes, Henry Thomas, Dai Davies, Jordan Williams, Lee Hudgell, Matthew D’Ivry, Adam Hawkins, Will Haworth. Subs: Leon Davies, Josh Silk, Ben Davies.

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball league results

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THE results from the latest round of the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League, played on Saturday (Jan 22) can be seen below.

In the Under 12s division, Fishguard B and Fishguard A both picked up wins as did Pembroke firsts.

Pembroke were also winners in the under 14s league while Chaos Purple were victorious in the under 16s league.

The results and players’ player from each game are as follows:

Under 12’s:

Sapphires White 12 v 15 Fishguard B
Players player:
Sapphires: Seren Davies
Fishguard: Megan Nicholas

Pembroke (2) 0 v 24 Fishguard A
Players player:
Pembroke: Mollie Smith
Fishguard: Anna Waldon-Smith

Pembroke (1) 19 v 0 Chaos Lightning
Players player:
Pembroke: Freya Cook
Chaos: Lily Jo Thomas

Under 14’s:

Sapphires White 0 v 22 Pembroke
Players player:
Sapphires: Kate Joseph
Pembroke: Ava Midgley

Under 16’s:

Chaos Purple 25 v 16 St David’s
Players player:
Chaos: Katie David
St David’s: Robyn Lewis

Fishguard B Under 12s
Sapphires White Under 12s
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