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Hakin stun Penlan to reach West Wales Cup semi-finals



HAKIN United reached the semi-finals of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Mar 5) as they put in an excellent performance to see off West Wales Premier League leaders Penlan.

It was a physical and, at times, feisty encounter with 12 yellow cards handed out by referee David Keane, who has previously taken charge of a West Wales Cup final.

A big crowd gathered at the Observatory Field for one of the stand-out ties of the quarter finals and it was the home side who signalled their intent early on, Jack Britton flashing a shot just wide.

Penlan then saw a free kick go over the bar but Hakin had another good chance soon after but Shane Walsh headed over.

The visitors, who are unbeaten in their league this season, pushed forward but Hakin were able to deal with the danger well, Camron Thomas coping well on the left hand side.

Midway through the first half it was Hakin who took the lead as a corner into the box wasn’t gathered by Penlan keeper Marcus Collins and Shane Walsh was on hand to stab the ball home.

Moments later the game’s first flashpoint came as Penlan’s Nathan Lewis was shown a yellow card for a push in the back as Hakin cleared the ball. Hakin’s Walsh was also shown a yellow card.

After that had settled down Hakin won a free kick in the middle of the Penlan half. Britton floated the ball to the back post and Ashley Bevan headed the ball back across goal and into the top corner.

Penlan began to look for a way back into the game and saw Sam Lewis fire over before a Dale Rowe cross was just too high for his team mates and Hakin were able to clear.

Ryan Wilson sent a shot wide on the stroke of half time as the home side continued to look for more goals.

It remained 2-0 at the break but the visitors came out for the second half determined to get themselves back in the game.

It was a physical encounter between two top teams

They hit the bar from an early corner but on 54 minutes it was Hakin who scored to all but seal their passage into the next round.

Camron Thomas’ cross into the box wasn’t cleared and it fell to Ashley Bevan who had time to turn and fire into the bottom left corner of the net to make it 3-0.

Bevan had another chance soon after before Ben Aldred fired a long-range free kick inches wide of the goal.

With nine minutes to go Hakin’s win was secured as sub Justin Harding crossed into the box for Britton who hit the ball into the bottom left corner.

Penlan kept playing and felt they should have had a late free kick when one of their players was brought down but it wasn’t given.

Hakin saw the game out to inflict a first defeat on Penlan since August and they will now look forward to their semi-final match up.

Hakin United: Sam Franklin, Jay Power, Camron Thomas, Mark Jones, Jake Merry, Ben Aldred, Shane Walsh, Jack Britton, Ashley Bevan, Ryan Wilson, Leon Luby. Subs: Craig Nicholson, Jaden Chapman, Gareth Fawcett, Justin Harding, Garin Gardner.

Penlan: Marcus Collins, Dale Rowe, Dylan Rich, Luke Edwards, Rhys Coffey, Jamie James, Nathan Lewis, Cory Charles, Sam Lewis, Jordan Doyle, Luke Dalling. Subs: Chris Fisher, Ben Simons, Dale Otten, Darren Rowe, Ashley Jones.


Free disability sports event heads to Pembroke Leisure Centre



PEMBROKE Leisure Centre will play host to a free disability sports and physical event later this month with lots of sports and activities to try.

The insport series, in partnership with Disability Sport Wales, Sport Pembrokeshire and Pembrokeshire Leisure is an inclusive sport and physical activity event.

It offers opportunities for disabled young people (ages 5 years+) and adults across Pembrokeshire and friends and family are welcome.

On offer to try are: boxing, boccia, swimming (on a separate first come first serve booking basis), football, wheelchair rugby, target shooting, adaptive bikes, cricket, golf, multisport, and more.

The event takes place Pembroke Leisure Centre, on Wednesday May 29th between 10am-2pm.  

Booking for the event and swim places is required.

For more information please contact: Jess West from Sport Pembrokeshire byemail [email protected] or by calling 07795305871.

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Two changes to Scarlets side for Zebre match-up



HEAD coach Dwayne Peel has made two changes to his Scarlets starting XV for Friday’s BKT United Rugby Championship round 17 clash with Zebre Parma at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi (19:35 BBC Wales).

Alex Craig has recovered from a hamstring issue to take his place in the second row, while behind the scrum Ioan Lloyd replaces fellow Wales international Sam Costelow at fly-half.

Ioan Nicholas, Tomi Lewis and Ryan Conbeer continue in the back three; Johnny Williams again partners Eddie James, while Lloyd links up with the experienced Gareth Davies at half-back.

In the pack, the front row of Kemsley Mathias, skipper Ryan Elias and Harri O’Connor get the nod to start again. Craig partners Morgan Jones at lock, while Taine Plumtree, Dan Davis and No. 8 Carwyn Tuipulotu are selected in the back row.

On the bench, Wales U20s centre Macs Page – part of Llandovery’s Indigo Premiership title-winning side last weekend – is set to make his URC debut.

Scarlets scrum and contact skills coach Emyr Phillips said: “We are looking to build some momentum in these last two games to fire us into pre-season. We are encouraging the boys to play high-tempo rugby and get the ball moving because that’s when we are at our best. We know Zebre will bring emotion to the game and we need to match that.”

Scarlets team to play Zebre Parma at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi on Friday, May 17 (19:35; BBC Wales)

15 Ioan Nicholas; 14 Tomi Lewis, 13 Johnny Williams, 12 Eddie James, 11 Ryan Conbeer; 10 Ioan Lloyd, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Kemsley Mathias, 2 Ryan Elias (capt), 3 Harri O’Connor, 4 Alex Craig, 5 Morgan Jones, 6 Taine Plumtree, 7 Dan Davis, 8 Carwyn Tuipulotu.

Reps: 16 Shaun Evans, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Sam Wainwright, 19 Jarrod Taylor, 20 Ben Williams, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Sam Costelow, 23 Macs Page

Players unavailable because of injury

Tom Rogers, Sam Lousi, Vaea Fifita, Steff Evans, Joe Roberts, Josh Macleod, Teddy Leatherbarrow, Jac Davies.

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Charity football match scores big for mental health awareness



IN an inspiring display of community spirit and sportsmanship on Friday (May 10), the Ogi Bridge Meadow stadium hosted a charity football match that saw local mental health charity, Give The Boys A Lift (GTBAL), triumph over 2Wish, with a final score of 5-1. The event drew a large crowd, who gathered to support both organizations dedicated to mental health and well-being.

GTBAL, a renowned Pembrokeshire charity known for its efforts in mental health advocacy, put on a strong performance, leading to a decisive victory that was met with enthusiastic applause and cheers from the spectators. The match not only provided an evening of thrilling sports action but also raised significant awareness and funds for the causes represented by the two teams.

Maria Elena Smith, a spectator and supporter, praised the event, commenting, “Amazing effort from everyone involved. As always, the charities that support so many families and individuals have come out in force. Well done all and thank you for all the support.”

Adrian Smith, another attendee, highlighted the importance of the charities’ work, stating, “Don’t underestimate what both these charities do. It was a fantastic evening raising awareness.”

The event served as a reminder of the vital role these organizations play in the community, offering support and resources to those facing mental health challenges. Congratulations to all involved for a successful event that went beyond just a game, fostering community unity and support for pivotal causes.

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