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Fishguard see off battling Neyland in KO Cup



FISHGUARD’s Chris Shousha scored a try hat-trick to help his side to victory over Neyland in the Pembrokeshire KO Cup on Saturday (Oct 30).

The Seagulls eventually ran away with a 26-0 scoreline but it was Neyland, who had a number of players unavailable, who started brightly and they were inches away from taking the lead.

Neyland won a Fishguard lineout and after the Neyland player was tackled in the air, the home side kicked for touch.

The resulting lineout from the All Blacks wasn’t straight and Fishguard had a chance to clear. However, they were adjudged to have been offside from the resulting kick and Neyland opted to kick at goal.

George Williams sent his kick just wide of the posts and they were soon made to rue that miss.

Shousha broke through the defence at the other end of the field and he touched down under the posts. James Griffiths added the extra two points.

Neyland’s Mark James was then shown a yellow card for an infringement and with Fishguard only five metres from goal it looked like they would pull further ahead.

However, good work from Neyland saw them win the ball back and they were able to clear for a temporary reprieve.

Back came Fishguard though and after Neyland were penalised for being offside, Shousha dived over the line for his second try. Griffiths then added the extras.

Neyland conceded just the one try whilst James was off the pitch but it wasn’t long before the Seagulls had their third try as Ben John powered his way over. Griffiths added the extras.

Fishguard’s Ryan McVeigh was shown a yellow card on the stroke of half time but the home side were unable to find a way over the line before the half time whistle was blown.

Early in the second half a great tackle from Ben Millward, who tackled his man into touch, prevented another try for Fishguard.

The Seagulls were not kept out for much longer though as Shousha went over on the left hand side for his hat trick try. This time Griffiths could not add the conversion as the score stayed at 26-0.

Neyland continued to look for a score and came desperately close when Mark James appeared to have touched down on the line but the referee ruled that he had been held up.

It finished 26-0 to the visitors but Neyland will be proud of their second half display which only saw them give away five points to their opponents who play their rugby in a division higher.

Fishguard will now look forward to their quarter final tie, against the winners of the game between Whitland and Cardigan.


Goodwick bow out of West Wales Cup



GOODWICK United bowed out of the West Wales Cup as they were beaten 1-0 by South Gower on Saturday (Dec 4).

The West Wales Premier League side travelled to Pembrokeshire on the back of four straight wins, including their 21-0 demolition of Hendy in the second round of the competition.

This time though they came up against a Goodwick United who were yet to taste defeat this season.

The only goal of the game came sixteen minutes in as Ieuan Priede headed South Gower ahead.

Goodwick had a number of chances throughout the game but were unable to find an equaliser.

Nathan Greene and Johnny Horgan were both brought on to try and change the outcome but their opponents held on to book their place in the next round.

On Saturday, December 11, Goodwick return to Division 1 action with a trip to St Ishmaels.

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Carew go through in extra time



CAREW needed extra time to beat Tumble to book their place in the next round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Dec 4).

Shaun Whitfield had put Carew ahead at the end of first half stoppage time but just four minutes into the second half, Trystan Leech pulled Tumble level.

Jordan Richards then scored Carew’s second to put them back ahead and Whitfield’s second goal looked to have sealed the visitors’ passage into the last sixteen.

However, Leech grabbed his second five minutes from time to give the home side hope of forcing the game into extra time.

And Leech completed his hat trick in the 92nd minute to make it 3-3 and to ensure the teams would be playing another 30 minutes.

In the first period of extra time it was Carew who got the goal to put them back in the lead with Harvey Langston scoring.

Tumble were unable to find a way back this time and Joe Williams’ goal two minutes from the end secured the win for the Rooks.

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Narberth seconds earn bonus point win over Aber



NARBERTH seconds (also known as Narberth Athletic) travelled to Aberystwyth as they looked to leapfrog Newcastle Emlyn at the top of the West Wales Conference League.

There was a gale blowing straight down the pitch from the clubhouse, which made attractive rugby difficult in such cold weather conditions.

Narberth lost the toss and played with the wind. They put the home side under pressure for most of the first period using the elements to their advantage and scored two good tries through scrum half Jordan James and livewire flanker Dylan Walsh and, converted by Shane Rossiter but was a 12 point advantage enough going into the second half?

Narberth coach James Merriman sent on two heavyweight replacements at half time in Daf Walters and Jac Norcross to help carry the ball against the elements.

The tactics worked superbly with Walters rumbling over for two tries and centre Ryan Scourfield rounding off a tremendous second half performance for the young Otters going over under the posts to put the score beyond doubt and an excellent bonus point win.

After the game and changing out of their playing strip, the boys then put on their Santa outfits for the Christmas social and long drive home.

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