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Neyland beat St Clears in dramatic extra time to reach Senior Cup semis

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NEYLAND booked their place in the semi-finals of the Senior Cup on Saturday (Feb 19) as they beat St Clears 3-2 after extra time.

Division 2 side St Clears had built up a 2-0 lead but Neyland hit back in the second half to force the game into extra time.

The home side took the lead in extra time and then had keeper Patrick Hannon save a St Clears penalty.

There was still time for more drama as the Saints felt they should have had another penalty but their protests fell on death ears and soon after the referee blew for full time.

Neyland will now look forward to a semi-final tie against Hakin United.

Conditions were tricky for both sides with strong winds blowing down the pitch throughout the match but both looked to take full advantage when having the wind behind them.

Kyran Lewis put the Saints ahead after 14 minutes and they continued to dominate, winning a succession of corners, the last of which hit the front post.

Steve Thomas also saw a shot blocked for the Saints before Neyland began to have a good spell of pressure.

Max Bowman-Davies saw a shot go wide and moments later he held the ball up well before crossing to Mike Chandler, who in-turn found Josh Watts but his shot went over the bar.

On the stroke of half time a ball upfield was collected by Will Clewes but his passback almost allowed the Saints in to score but the ball was cleared.

However, from the resulting throw in the ball found its way to Martin Thomas who lofted the ball into the right side of the net.

That gave the Saints a 2-0 lead at half time but Neyland were keen to get themselves back in the game in the second half.

They did just that as they pulled a goal back on 67 minutes through Andrew Kemp.

Neyland were now looking for an equalising goal and had the wind at their backs and they came very close to a second goal.

A blocked shot looped up into the air and Saints keeper Jason Jones came to collect but he dropped the ball and it fell to Bowman-Davies but he couldn’t get the ball out of his feet and Jones recovered to gather the ball.

Lewis then shot wide for the Saints before the home side drew level with five minutes left to play.

A long free kick wasn’t dealt with and after an initial shot hit the post it fell to Bowman-Davies who was in the right place to slide the ball into the bottom left corner to make it 2-2.

Such was the strength of the wind that it then took a free kick from Neyland keeper Patrick Hannon into the arms of fellow keeper Jones.

Both sides had chances to score in the closing stages but it finished level meaning extra time would be needed.

Neyland looked for the goal which would have put them ahead as Bowman-Davies cut in from the right but he put too much on his cross and the chance was gone.

Chandler also saw a shot tipped wide by the Saints keeper as they dominated the opening stages of the first half of extra time.

On 105 minutes the home side won a corner which they took quickly, floating the ball into the box and Andrew Kemp was the only one who jumped and he powered a header into the top left corner of the net.

That put Neyland into the lead for the first time and it meant the Saints had to come out in the second half of extra time looking for another goal.

They were given an excellent chance to level the game up as a foul from Dylan Rowland gave the Saints a penalty.

Will Evans stepped up to take the spot kick but he saw his effort superbly saved by Patrick Hannon.

Undeterred by that miss the Saints looked to keep the pressure on and they had a free kick on the edge of the box but Dorian Davies’ effort hit the wall.

Neyland had a chance to put the tie to bed but Bowman-Davies saw his effort saved.

The Saints won a late corner and they sent their keeper up as well but Neyland were able to deal with it and clear.

As time ran out a long ball looked to have put the Saints in on goal but Hannon came to claim the ball and the collision sent him and the Saints player to the ground.

The visitors were adamant they should have been given a penalty but their protests were waved away and the referee blew for full time.

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Seren shines in shooting sports, breaking records and winning medals

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SEREN THORNE, a young talent from Letterston, has been making waves in the world of 10m air rifle precision shooting. A former student of Ysgol Casblaidd, Ysgol Bro Gwaun, and the sixth form at Haverfordwest’s VC High School, Seren is currently furthering her education in music at Cardiff University. However, it is her achievements in shooting sports that are capturing the nation’s attention.

Seren’s journey in shooting began at the tender age of 8, initially with the pistol as part of her participation in the Pony Club tetrathlon. Her transition to the air rifle in 2020 marked the beginning of an illustrious path in this discipline. Since then, Seren has not only embraced the sport but has excelled at it, demonstrating an exceptional level of precision and composure.

Her hard work and dedication bore fruit in November when she clinched two gold medals at the Welsh Championships. At this event, Seren not only topped the podium but also broke the Welsh and British junior women’s qualification record, setting a new benchmark for aspiring shooters.

However, Seren’s achievements did not stop at the national level. In February, she represented Great Britain at the Junior World Cup in Granada, Spain. There, she added to her medal tally by securing an individual silver medal and breaking the British junior women’s final record. Seren’s success continued as she contributed to a mixed team bronze medal, once again breaking the previous British junior record.

More recently, Seren participated in the British Open Championships, where she was crowned the British junior women’s champion and won the British confined open women’s championship. These victories are a testament to her skill, determination, and the promising future she has in the sport of shooting.

Seren Thorne’s achievements are not just personal victories but also a source of pride for her community in Letterston, her schools, and indeed for the whole of Britain. As she continues to study and train, the nation watches eagerly to see how far this talented young shooter will go.

Seren’s journey in shooting sports is a vivid reminder of the dedication and hard work required to excel at the highest levels, and she is undoubtedly a rising star to keep an eye on in the years to come.

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Crunch time in local Cup Competitions

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Recently we have lost so much local sport due to weather making pitches unplayable. This weekend however looks more promising and there are some huge cup ties due to take place. We’ve previewed the West Wales Cup and Senior Cup, with the second division cup preview to follow.

The West Wales Cup fifth round sees four Pembrokeshire based teams in action, with one all Pembs tie as Merlins Bridge host Kilgetty. Meanwhile Goodwick United travel to Seaside and Milford United host Penlan.

West Wales Cup Ties –

Seaside vs Goodwick United

Goodwick United are a team nobody wants to face in any competition in current form. However Seaside will be very confident themselves, they sit top of their division and are a massive sixteen points clear of second place. Last time out in this competition they beat Carew 2-1, and haven’t lost a game since October. A real test for Chris O’Sullivans men this one when they travel to Llanelli, I’m sure they’ll have plenty of support on the supporters bus too.

Milford United vs Penlan

Steve Parks and his men have been looking forward to this fixture since it was drawn, they are in excellent form this year and this will be a great match up. Penlan themselves are a strong outfit and beat Evans and Williams last time out in the competition. A mouthwatering match up down at Marble Hall which I’m sure will draw plenty of local support.

Merlins Bridge vs Kilgetty

The league table would suggest the Wizards are the stronger of the two Pembrokeshire teams in this tie. However Kilgetty have a lot of games in hand over the majority of the league and their league position is somewhat misleading. A team with plenty of quality and the hosts will have to be on top form to ensure the visitors don’t upset the party here.

Pembrokeshire Senior Cup Ties

Fishguard Sports vs Clarbeston Road

The hosts are not enjoying much success in their league campaign so far this season. The visitors are on the opposite end of the scale and have impressed in the league this year. Matthew Fox’ team have shown they have the quality to go all the way in this competition and he’ll be hoping for a good performance.

Haverfordwest Cricket Club vs Carew

Third division Haverfordwest Cricket Club are more than a potential banana skin for Carew. The visitors naturally will be confident going into this one however the hosts have plenty of experienced and quality players in their ranks and will be no push overs.

Pennar Robins vs Tenby

Two first division teams who have had two close games already this season. Last time out it was a 2-2 draw and before that Tenby won a close game 2-1. Another close game is to be expected and both teams will be quietly confident of progressing to the latter stages of this competition.

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Pembrokeshire Football Division One Round Up

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It was once again a weekend where the majority of the county’s scheduled football fell foul to waterlogged and unplayable pitches. A frustrating time for players, club members and referees alike as the last month to six weeks has been very wet and we’ve had a huge number of games called off.

In the first division Clarbeston Road continued their dominance over Hakin United as we reported in our feature game. Two other games were played in the top division Tenby made it three wins in a row when they beat Fishguard 4-2 at the Clicketts. Adam Muskett scored twice, both assisted by the man of the match Jerome Mansbridge who then scored twice to cap off a stand out performance. The result lifts the Seasiders into fifth place, while Fishguard look all but relegated as they sit rock bottom on just four points.

Tenby’s local rivals Kilgetty boosted their league position with an important win over Pennar Robins at Bush Camp. Robins missed a great opportunity to go one up when they were awarded a penalty but Edmundson failed to hit the target from the spot. Josh Bevans goal was enough to secure the three points for the visitors who now only sit two points behind Pennar with four games in hand over them. 

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