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Pembrokeshire League Football Round Up – 16-12-23

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Goals galore in Pembrokeshire yesterday as local teams battled it out in tough conditions underfoot. Herbrandston with a brilliant comeback, seven goals at Carew and the Swifts have the bragging rights south of the River Cleddau.

We begin in division one where a goal and an assist from Ben Steele meant Monkton Swifts came from behind to beat local rivals Pennar Robins 2-1. The visitors took the lead through Willis, before Steele levelled the scores after 41 minutes. There were yellow cards aplenty in the second half in what was a fiery affair, the winning goal came after 66 minutes, assisted by Steele and finished by Davies. A much needed win for the Swifts and one I’m sure was sweater than most this season so far.

At the Gerald Hicks Memorial Ground, Carew and Clarbeston Road shared 7 goals in a great game. The visitors opened the scoring through Laurie Haworth before Marcus Griffiths equalised after 25 minutes. A goal for Booth ensured Clarby went into the break 2-1 ahead. After the oranges a brace for Ben ‘Rocky’ John, meant the visitors were 4-1 up and three points looked inevitable. However Izzard and Griffiths both struck back for the hosts as they showed good character, Fox’ team however defended well and came out 4-3 winners.

Elsewhere in the first division Neyland got themselves a much needed win, beating Tenby 2-1. Morgans Hurley struck the deciding goal for the black and whites just after the break. After a good start Tenby have had a bit of a wobble and will be looking over their shoulders a bit now heading into Christmas.

Milford United were victorious on the road, they beat struggling Fishguard Sports 3-2. A brace for Armstrong either side of the break and a goal for Parks put them 3-0 up. A penalty and late goal improved the score line for the hosts, however the table looks ominous for them, rock bottom just just two points.

Just the two games in the second division, however neither lacked goals or excitement. Herbrandston’s unbeaten league season looked in serious jeopardy after 45 minutes as they were 2-0 to Camrose. Raymond and Llewelyn two youth products of the hosts had put them into a commanding position. However the second half began and Plunkett pulled one back for Galdo’s men, before Camrose were reduced to ten men, Jordan Williams was sent for an early shower. Promotion chasing Herbie smelt an opportunity, and grasped it with both hands, Adam Whatling scoring as he continues to impress and Plunkett getting his second. The game ended Camrose 2-3 Herbrandston. Importantly for the league table, Galdo’s men are now two points behind leaders Monkton Swifts Reserves but with a game in hand.

At the opposite end of the table St Clears and Carew Reserves shared six goals and the points. The stand out player was youngster Finlay Drummond who scored all three goals for the Rooks. Both teams however sit second and third bottom of the league, a turn around in form is desperately needed by both outfits.

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Fox’s Clarby win nine goal thriller

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Clarby came out on top of a nine goal thriller at Neyland on Saturday. The result means that Clarby remain in 3rd whilst Neyland will now be relegated to the second division.

The visitors started the better and 7 minutes in Laurie Howarth scored directly from a corner. However Neyland came back flying and started to cause problems for the away team.

There was then two goals in five minutes. The first Ben Gale nipped in between the Clarby’s centre backs to slot home and minutes later it was 2-1 as a deep cross evaded Clarby defence and Leo Power slid in to give the home side the lead.

After 32 mins Ben ‘Rocky’ John beat a defender at the left of the box and his outside of the foot effort went found its way in to make it all square again.

Some great play by Wood and Matthew Davies down the Clarby right hand side meant the latter crossed for Howarth to head home his second goal of the afternoon advantage visitors.

Haworth then completed his hat trick to make it 4-2 Clarby and it seemed the madness was over for the first half. However there was time for another goal as a wicked cross from Harry Young was deflected off the head of Rheinallt George into his own net for 4-3 at the oranges.

Seven goals in the first half, however the second half saw the game settle down well a little bit.

Laurie Haworth scored at the far post, Matthew Davies again the provider and it looked like Clarby would roll home. But Mikey Chandler scored in the 89th minute, a deft chip from all of 30 years an over Sam Edge in goal.

Despite a late push from the hosts it finished 5-4 to the visitors and it’ll be second division football for Neyland next season.

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Carew stun Robins late on

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Milford United went into this fixture with five key players missing from the squad which allowed some 2nd team players to step into Steve Parks squad to face a Carew side that has been in good form.

The weather and pitch was good and the game kicked off with both teams playing some good football. It was a mistake from the Robins which would allow Carew to score on the 17th minute. The goal came through Griffiths who picked up a short pass and carried the ball and slotted it past the robins keeper, Milford dusted themselves down and played some good penetrating football down both wings through Tyler Sheil & Cameron Lees, it was lees who equalised on the 28th minute. Milford played some nice one two football on the right and Lees finished it off with a good finish.

Milford finished the half the strongest and should of taken the lead when Scott Reid broke the offside trap and was through one on one with the Carew keeper but his shot was pared away by the keeper.

The second half started with Carew pressing looking to dominate the play. Both sides had half chances and on the 75th minute Milford’s Morgan Picton released Reid who made no mistake rounding the keeper to put the Robins 2-1 up.

Robins manager Steve Parks thought at the 83rd minute that the win in the bag but Carew had other ideas and equalised through J. Hinchcliffe to level it at 2-2, in hind site a draw would have been a fair result for both managers.

Milford switched off and allowed Carew to score a third on the 87th minute and again at 90+4 leaving Parks absolutely stunned how Milford were winning 2-1 and gave is away in a lack lustre 10 minutes.

As the season draws to an end The Robins will be happy with their first season back in Div 1 and Carew look forward to their Senior cup Semi final against Clarbeston Road on Saturday.

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Johnston Reserves win nine goal thriller

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Division 5 promotion chasers Johnston 2nds visited bottom of the table Cosheston 2nds in what should have been a routine victory for the visiting team.

On a pitch that looked like it had cattle grazing just a few hours previously, both teams started in an attacking fashion with the young Johnston forward line causing no end of trouble for the experienced Cosh defence.

In a game that could have gone either way, Cosh took an early lead through Rhys Griffiths, before a succession of chances were missed for both teams.

Johnston were playing well and their equaliser came in the 25th minute after good play by Alfie Crawford, who was using his pace to create havoc across the front line. Johnston took the lead a short time later through Crawford, after great work by the experienced Ashley Bevans and went further ahead a few moments later.

3-1 at half time in a highly entertaining game.

The second half started as the first half had finished, with both teams going for an all out attack mentality, and Cosheston got themselves back into the match in the 52nd minute and their constant attacking, combined with a little uncertainty in the Johnston defence, saw them equalise in the 53rd minute.

At this stage, the scoreline was 3-3 but could easily have been 6-6 and that was added to even further just a minute later, when Johnston retook the lead through Pete Donnelly!

Some game at The Playing Fields!!

Johnston made a tactical change with a view of firming up their defence with Squashie coming on for Liam Brown, and he made a positive impact ensuring the defence was communicating more, making it more difficult for the Cosheston strikers.

The visiting team scored two late goals to finish as 6-3 winners, but the game was exceptionally entertaining and on another day Cosheston would easily have come out on top.

Cosheston have had a tough season in many ways, but it was lovely to see the club stick together, and with some players coming back from injury hopefully they can build on this year and have a better season next.

Johnston continue to be a threat to all teams and now hope to push on and gain promotion.

Huge credit to both clubs for playing in a respectful manner throughout and referee Marty Jones praised both clubs in his post match Facebook post.

A credit to Pembs Div 5, good luck to Johnston in their promotion push.

Cosheston 3-6 Johnston.

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