Good day for Hakin as Goodwick and Bridge bow out of FAW Amateur Trophy

Leon Luby puts in a strong tackle on Jonny Horgan

FAW Amateur Trophy – Round 1


 Determined Hakin stage stunning fightback to sink Goodwick

Goodwick United 1 – Hakin United 2

Hakin United’s substitute Mark Jones grabbed a dramatic late goal to stun Goodwick United at Phoenix Park on Saturday, writes Gordon Thomas.

Scott Delaney headed home to give Goodwick the lead, but the Vikings struck back in fortuitous fashion as Justin Harding and Jones grabbed late goals.

This was the first competitive game for Pembrokeshire League teams since the start of the COVID 19 pandemic back in March 2020.

Roll on July 17th, 2021, this cup tie as expected turned out to be a cracking game played between the fiercest of arch rivals on the hottest Saturday of the summer so far.

Scott Delaney scored with a powerful header for Goodwick

Delaney powers home header

It was a goalless first period as both teams failed to get on the ascendancy. The closest either side came to scoring was when midfielder Matty Delaney fired an edge of the area direct free kick high and wide.

All the goals were scored in the second period, on the hour mark the hosts broke the deadlock when skipper Scott Delaney powered home a header from a corner.

That goal seemed as if it had taken the stuffing out of the Vikings, but Scott Davies’ team refused to throw in the towel and steadily mounted a stirring fightback.

Justin Harding pounced for a late equaliser for Hakin

Vikings fightback

In the 82nd minute they were rewarded when Justin ‘Skinny’ Harding pounced on goalkeeper James Devonald’s miskick to guide the ball gleefully in the net.

It was odds on to finish 1-1 after 90 minutes, with the dreaded penalty shootout imminent.

But in the 88th minute the Vikings pinched victory right under the noses of the Phoenix Boys.

Devonald failed to gather a ball in the box, it broke loose with super sub Jones lurking with intent as he banged home the winner.

Steff Hayes blocks Cameron Thomas cross

Managers talk…

Goodwick United boss. Wayne O’Sullivan:

“To be honest this result was a bit of a blow, there was only one team in it in the second half, ah 1-0 up with eight minutes to go and two goalkeeper errors has cost us the game.

“The first official game back, obviously against Hakin is always going to be tough, if you switch off for a couple of seconds you get punished. I felt the goalkeeper was fouled for the second goal, but not complaining we didn’t get the decision.”

Ryan Wilson stays close to Matty Delaney

Hakin United manager Scott Davies:

“I managed to get the monkey off my back from a personal point of view. As manager of the first time, I have lost three games in a row down here in Phoenix Park, think we deserved to maybe go to penalties.

“We were fortuitous, but it's not as though we rolled over when we went behind, we dug deep and showed tremendous character to claim victory.”

Adam John worked hard for Hakin

Goodwick United: James Devonald, Steff Hayes (72, Llyr Tobin), Scott Delaney, Jordan Thomas, Iestyn Evans, Matty Delaney, Kieran O’Brien, Jordan Griffiths, Rhys Dalling, Johnny Horgan, Nathan Greene (78, Scott Crawford).
Substitutes not used: Sion O’Sullivan, James Bryan, Luke Hayward.

Hakin United: Gareth Fawcett, Leon Luby, CamronThomas, Jake Merry, Jay Power, Mathew Broome, Craig Nicholson (74, Jadon Chapman), Justin Harding, Laurie Haworth (55, Shane Walsh), Ryan Wilson, Adam John (87, Mark Jones).
Substitutes not used: Adrian Devonald, Garan Gardner.

Referee: Craig Templeton.

Referee Craig Templeton had a tough afternoon in the middle


No magic from Wizards at Ynystawe Park


Ynystawe Athletic 3 – Merlins Bridge 0

Merlins Bridge can have no complaints as they slipped to a disappointing three-goal defeat against Swansea League Division One Ynystawe Athletic at Ynystawe Park.

The Bridge were up against it as they leaked a goal in the second minute also conceded right on the stroke of half time as they trailed 2-0.

The game was put to bed in the 63rd minute as N. Osborne found the back of the net, giving him a well taken hat-trick against the Wizards.

Ynystawe Athletic: L. Williams, T. Lloyd, R. Evans, B. Cooze, A. Morgan, N. Osborne, J. Beer, R. Smitham, C. Hole, C. Coughlin.
Substitutes: J. Welsby, R. Page-Walker, T. John.

Merlins Bridge: B. Henton, A. John, C. Brown, R. George, L. Hudgell, G. Roberts, B. Davies, J. Williams, W. Haworth, S. Ferney, F. Finlay.
Substitutes: J. Clarke, N. Thomas, J. Haworth, C. Phillips.

Referee: Jason Harries.