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Senior Cup Final preview: Hakin United v Kilgetty

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HAKIN United take on Kilgetty in the final of the Senior Cup this weekend in what should be an excellent game.

It’s the team who currently sit second in Division 1 against the Division 2 Champions and both will want to win it.

The competition has not been played for two years because of the pandemic but its return has been well worth the wait.

Hakin United knocked out most recent winners (2018-19) Merlins Bridge in the quarter finals while Kilgetty sent Carew packing in the semi-final with a fine performance.

The games have been full of drama and goals and that looks set to continue in Saturday’s (Apr 30) final.

Hakin last won the competition in 2018 and they will look to get their hands back on the trophy but Kilgetty are in their first final for almost 50 years.

The final takes place at the Ogi Bridge Meadow and kicks off at 2:30pm.

Route to the final

Both sides had a bye in the first round and their second round matches were played in November.

Kilgetty earned a 3-0 win over St Ishmaels while Hakin earned a 3-1 win away at Pennar Robins.

The quarter finals were played in February and Hakin sealed a 4-1 win over rivals Merlins Bridge with Ashley Bevan and Justin Harding amongst the goals.

Kilgetty reached the last four with a 6-2 win at Pembroke Boro with Richard Cope scoring a hat trick and another goal from Lloyd Hughes.

The semi-finals were played at the Bridge Meadow stadium and Hakin earned a 2-0 win over Neyland thanks to goals from Shane Walsh and an own goal.

Kilgetty earned a stunning win over Carew in their semi. Adam Muskett had put Carew ahead but goals from Lloyd Hughes x2, and Oscar Miles x2 sent Kilgetty through to the final.

What the managers say

Hakin manager Scott Davies said: “I am delighted to have made the final, there is no day out like the Senior Cup final.. providing you win it.

“We have had a good end to the season, picking up some great wins in a packed schedule. And Kilgetty have had a brilliant season, champions of division 2 and making the Senior Cup final is a great achievement. We hope it’s going to be an open game and enjoyable for the crowd.”

Kilgetty manager Robbie Beynon added: “Looking forward to the game it will be nice to test ourselves against top opposition.

“It’s a great achievement on reaching a Senior Cup final. Last time we reached the final was nearly 50 years ago and we will give it our best shot.

“Hakin are a top top team no doubt about it they have a very talented squad they can hurt you from all over the pitch they have been a top team for many years now it will be tough to contain them. I wish them good luck may the best team win.

“It means a lot to make a senior Cup final being a Kilgetty lad to lead my village club out is a big big honour. We have had a tremendous season I just hope the lads can give one last big effort all we can do is do our best and that’s all you can ask for. It will be a tremendous achievement if we pull this one off.

“We will definitely enjoy the occasion regardless of result, it’s what my squad deserve for a great season.”

League form

Hakin United have finished the season strongly since their West Wales Cup semi-final defeat with three wins and two draws in their final five games.

The Vikings only lost once in the league throughout the season, securing 18 wins from their 22 games.

Kilgetty were beaten in their final league game on Saturday (Apr 23) but that was only their second loss of the league campaign, also securing 18 wins from their 22 games.

Lloyd Hughes has been Kilgetty’s top scorer this season with 34 goals while Richard Cope also has 15 league goals to his name.

Justin Harding and Shane Walsh have been in fine form for Hakin this season, both with 27 goals to their names.

Leon Luby and Camron Thomas have also been top of the assist charts for the Vikings and they will provide another big threat.

Referees

The referee for the game will be Craig Templeton and he will be joined by assistants Sion Jenkins and Angus Scourfield while Tom Bevan will be the fourth offical.

Final say

The game kicks off at 2:30pm and promises to be another exciting game of football. Make sure you get down to the Bridge Meadow to cheer on your team.

May the best team win!

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Haverfordwest County AFC launch 2024-25 away kit

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Haverfordwest County AFC have said this week that they are delighted to launch our away kit for the 2024-25 season.

Inspired by the history and heritage of Pembrokeshire, the shirt features the colours of the flag of St David, which is universally recognised and proudly flown at the Ogi Bridge Meadow. The flag itself is featured across the back of the collar.

The unique design will ensure that we represent the county on our travels around Wales throughout the season, while also enabling us to stand out on the field.

The shorts will be all-black, while the socks will be all-black with two yellow stripes at the top and a yellow Bluebird in the middle.

As is the case with the home shirt, the Haverfordwest County AFC and Tor Sports logos are printed in the top left and top right of the shirt respectively, while our ‘Playing For Pembrokeshire’ logo is featured in the bottom left corner.

You can purchase the new away shirt by visiting their club shop on Tor Sports by clicking here.

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MCE Team Wales prepares for International Nations Classique in France

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THE MCE Team Wales Classic MX, comprising 27 seasoned motocross riders, is gearing up to compete in the prestigious International Nations Classique race in Ahun, France. The event, scheduled for 16-18 August, will see Team Wales pitted against 13 other international teams, including strong contenders from the USA, Cuba, France, and Switzerland.

The team recently held a successful practice session at the meticulously prepared Meidrim track, thanks to the efforts of Stephen Holmes, Glen Mottram, and their dedicated team. Riders showcased their skills on classic bikes dating from 1956 to 1999, setting the stage for what promises to be an exciting competition.

Adding to the day’s enjoyment, attendees were treated to a superb buffet lunch prepared and served by The Wonderful Bar Hire Company. The 15-piece band ‘Sound Authority’ provided a lively musical backdrop, enhancing the festive atmosphere.

A highlight of the day was the presentation of the team kit by lead sponsor Mark Davies of Mitsui Components Europe. The contributions of all 21 sponsors were duly acknowledged, reflecting the community’s robust support for the team. A special thanks was extended to Peter Anderson, an honorary team member, whose generous donation allowed all riders to enjoy a complimentary drink from the bar.

Team Wales Manager Sean Smith expressed heartfelt gratitude for the hard work and support of key individuals, including Sharon Lewis, David Redfern, Delyth Smith, Brogan, Kolby, Star, Stephen Holmes, Gary Jones, Jane Hill, and photographer Lesley Clarke. The event’s success was also attributed to the tireless support from riders’ families and an army of volunteers.

Smith reflected on the day’s success, stating, “It was just the happiest day with the nicest people,” underscoring the strong sense of community and enthusiasm that propels Team Wales forward as they prepare for the international stage.

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Pembroke County Cricket Club Junior Leagues: Semi-finals confirmed

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THE EXCITEMENT in the Pembroke County Cricket Club Junior Leagues is palpable as the semi-finals for the Under 11’s category have been confirmed after a whirlwind of last-minute matches. The semi-finals will take place on 22nd July, with the eagerly anticipated final set for 7th August at Hook.

In a thrilling draw, the fixtures are as follows: Cresselly Under 11’s (Doves) will face off against Cresselly Under 10’s (Maroons), while St Ishmaels will go head-to-head with Lawrenny. The first-named teams will enjoy home advantage in these crucial matches.

Under 11’s Division:

The recent matches have been a showcase of young talent and competitive spirit. Laugharne faced Lawrenny in a gripping encounter, with Laugharne posting 224 runs before being all out. Lawrenny responded with a strong performance, reaching 227 for 4, thanks to standout contributions from Koby Lewis and Abby Stanley. Lewis scored 13 runs and took 1 wicket for 4 runs, while Stanley added 7 runs and claimed 2 wickets for 10 runs.

Another high-scoring game saw Whitland take on Lamphey. Despite Whitland’s 223 runs, Lamphey emerged victorious with a total of 283 for 7. Lamphey’s A Bendall shone brightly, scoring 25 runs and taking 5 wickets for just 2 runs, supported by strong performances from G Morris and L Midgley.

Hook continued their impressive form with a win over Cresselly Development, scoring 277 for 4 against their opponents’ 256 for 8. Dougie Goronwy and Tom Evans each scored 8 runs, while Oliver Brock contributed significantly with 2 wickets for 5 runs.

In a match against St Ishmaels, Hook fell short despite a valiant effort, scoring 232 for 12 in response to St Ishmaels’ 265 for 7. Maddox Bradshaw’s 12 runs and 4 wickets for 1 run were crucial for St Ishmaels, alongside solid performances from George Devonald and Seb Vickers.

The final Under 11’s match saw a dominant Cresselly side amass 424 runs for 3 wickets against Pembroke’s 151 for 15, cementing their position as a formidable force in the league.

Under 13’s Division:

Llechryd proved too strong for Whitland, with a decisive victory. Llechryd posted 183 for 5 and then bowled out Whitland for a mere 55. A James and F Cartwright were the stars for Llechryd, both contributing significantly with bat and ball.

In another clash, Llanrhian took on Haverfordwest, but despite a solid effort from Llanrhian, they were unable to surpass Haverfordwest’s total of 130 for 6. B Baker’s 25 runs were pivotal for Haverfordwest, while J Phillips gave a commendable all-round performance for Llanrhian.

St Ishmaels triumphed over Neyland in a closely contested match. Luca Orton’s 28 runs and Seb Vickers’ 2 wickets for 20 runs led St Ishmaels to a victory, narrowly defending their total of 100 for 5 against Neyland’s 94 for 4.

Under 15’s Division:

Kilgetty Under 14’s showcased their skills with a comprehensive win over Haverfordwest Under 14’s. Jack Cole’s 35 runs and Taylor Lewis’s 3 wickets for 10 runs were instrumental in Kilgetty’s total of 122 for 6, which proved too much for Haverfordwest, who managed only 60 for 9 in response.

However, in a match against Kilgetty, St Ishmaels’ game was abandoned in the 18th over with the result yet to be confirmed. Prior to the abandonment, M Britton and C Welch had led St Ishmaels to 124 for 3, while L Hall and E Gottwaltz made notable contributions for Kilgetty.

The cut-off dates for the Under 13’s and Under 15’s leagues are 26th July and 31st July, respectively. For more details and league standings, enthusiasts can visit the Pembroke County Cricket Club’s play-cricket website.

As the junior cricket season progresses, anticipation builds for the upcoming matches and the final showdown at Hook. Stay tuned for more updates and results.

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