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Bluebirds end season with narrow defeat to Cardif

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HAVERFORDWEST County were narrowly defeated 2-1 by Cardiff Metropolitan yesterday, as the JD Cymru Premier season drew to a close in front of a big crowd at the Ogi Bridge Meadow.

Over 700 people were in attendance on a sunny afternoon in Haverfordwest, and they may have thought the Bluebirds were on the way to victory when Ben Fawcett gave County the lead just after the half hour mark.

However, two goals in three minutes shortly before half-time from Joe Evans and Kyle McCarthy saw the Archers – who were being managed by Christian Edwards for the final time in regular league action – turn the game around, and they held on to claim the victory which clinches seventh place.

The result means the Bluebirds have to settle for 10th place, which ultimately marks a successful season with Nicky Hayen’s side securing their place in the top-flight for next season.

Hayen made two changes to the team from Monday’s defeat to Connah’s Quay Nomads, with Kyle Patten and Jordan Davies returning to the starting lineup in place of Ryan George and Ricky Watts.

And County made a positive start to the game, with Jack Wilson fizzing a ball across the face of goal which somehow managed to miss everyone, before Fawcett’s strike from just outside the area was well saved by Alex Lang.

Davies was next to go close when his shot from inside the area went just wide of the right post after the strike was played in by Henry Jones.

The Bluebirds defence had to be alert to block Eliot Evans’ volley from the edge of the area, before Davies had a second opportunity which he blazed over the crossbar.

Hayen’s side were ahead just a minute later though, when a pinpoint pass upfield by Jazz Richards fell into the path of Fawcett, who took a touch to control before sliding the ball past Lang for his eighth league goal of the season.

The lead would only last four minutes, however, when Eliot Evans’ corner picked out namesake Joe, who headed into the net to bring the visitors level.

And the comeback was complete with four minutes to go before half-time when McCarthy tried his luck from distance and unleashed an unstoppable effort which flew into the top left corner – leaving goalkeeper Lee Idzi with no chance.

Keen to turn the game back in their favour and send the supporters home happy ahead of next season, County were the team in the ascendency in the second-half.

Davies put the ball into the net just after the hour mark, but the linesman’s flag went up for a tight offside as the scoreline remained 2-1.

The on-loan forward went close with less than 20 minutes remaining when the ball bobbled around inside the penalty area before falling into his path, and he tried an overhead kick which went agonisingly over the bar.

Hayen’s side kept the pressure on as they searched for an equaliser in the closing stages, with Davies poking an effort just wide and Henry Jones’ shot from 30 yards out just going over the bar.

With five minutes added on at the end of the 90 minutes, there was still time for the hosts to find a dramatic late equaliser, and those in attendance must have thought it was about to come when Davies’ cross from the left picked out Henry Jones inside the area, but his header from a few yards out came back off the bar.

This was to be the final action of a gripping contest in front of the Sgorio cameras, as the Students held on for victory to rubber stamp their place in seventh.

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Wales supporter from Pembrokeshire dies in Qatar during World Cup

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A WALES fan has passed away while following his team with his friends and family at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Kevin Davies, a 62-year-old from Pembrokeshire, has sadly died while in the Middle East with his son and some pals to witness Wales’ first World Cup campaign since 1958.

The Pembrokeshire Herald understands that Mr Davies died of natural causes on Friday but he was not at the stadium to watch Wales’ 2-0 defeat by Iran.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office confirmed it was “supporting the family of a British man who has died in Qatar”.

His family is being offered UK consular assistance.

The Wales Football Supporters’ Group said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Kevin Davies, of Pembrokeshire, who sadly passed away in Doha yesterday.

“The Red Wall are a family and we are here for you.”

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Pembrokeshire Adult and Junior Netball league results

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THE Pembrokeshire Adult and Junior Netball Leagues continued last week with more exciting fixtures.Games in the Adult Leagues were played on Wednesday, October 19, while Junior league games were played on Saturday, October 22. DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Sapphires Black 27 v 20 Chaos
Players player:
Sapphires: Kelsey Corrick
Chaos: Lucy John

Fishguard 24 v 13 Pembroke
Players player:
Fishguard: Evie Rands
Pembroke: Meg Bowen️

PERFORMANCE LEAGUE

Jets 24 v 26 Chaos 2
Players player:
Jets: Sally Chester
Chaos: Sophie NoottJUNIOR LEAGUE – Oct 22

• UNDER 12’s:

Chaos Lightning 12 v 5 Pembroke
Players player:
Chaos: Elen Harries
Pembroke: Neve Davies

• UNDER 14’s:

Fishguard Eagles 17 v 14 Pembroke 1
Players player:
Fishguard: Mari Williams
Pembroke: Mia DaviesChaos Hurricanes 23 v 7 Pembroke 2
Players player:
Chaos: Lily Richards
Pembroke: TBC

• UNDER 16’s:

Fishguard Ospreys 20 v 24 Chaos Blues
Players player:
Fishguard: Cerys Adamson
Chaos: Ella Joyce
(Fishguard officially forfeit the game 10 v0)

Under 14’s Fishguard Eagles
Under 12’s Pembroke
Under 14’s Pembroke 1

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Pembrokeshire Netball: Latest results from Performance and Junior Leagues

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THE Pembrokeshire Netabll Junior and Performance leagues continued last week with more exciting games.

Games in the Performance League were played on Wednesday, October 12, while the Junior Leagues played their games on Saturday, October 15.

PERFORMANCE LEAGUE

Sapphires Silver 14 v 24 Chaos 2
Players player:
Sapphires: Jazz Hughes
Chaos: Sophie Noot

Fishguard Falcons 26 v 12 Pembroke
Players player:
Fishguard: Ella Sturley
Pembroke: Ella Fromant

Sapphires Black 38 v 13 Narberth
Players player:
Sapphires: Polly Scotcher
Narberth: Jess Williams

Jets 21 v 14 Chaos 1
Players player:
Jets: Charlotte Armstrong
Chaos: Anna Bosenius

Junior League – Saturday, October 15

U10’s

Chaos Flash 6 V 2 Sapphire Black
Players player
Chaos: Scarlet Chandra
Sapphire: Scarlet Hodgson

Pembroke 3 v Sapphires White 0
Players player:
Sapphires: Mia Joseph 
Pembroke: Chloe Dennison

U12’s

Chaos Thunder 6 V 13 Sapphire White
Players player
Chaos:Abbie Selly
Sapphire: Poppy Canton

U14’s

Pembroke (1) 27 v Chaos 3
Players player:
Chaos: Charlotte Bojanovski
Pembroke: Bethany Kenniford
(Game officially forgotten 10-0 by Pembroke)

Chaos Hurricanes 18 V 5 Sapphire Black
Players player
Chaos: Katie Brazier
Sapphire: Layla Rose

Fishguard Buzzards 10 V 15 Pembroke (2)
Players player
Fishguard:Caitlyn Boulton
Pembroke: Freya Cooke

U16’s

Pembroke 15 V 34 Sapphire Black
Players player
Pembroke: Carys Kenniford
Sapphire Lily Corneleous

Fishguard Ospreys 20 V 18 St Davids
Players player
Fishguard: Cerys Adamson
St Davids: Skye Bramley

Under 16’s Fishguard Ospreys
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