Bluebirds stun Saints as super sub Keetch grabs winner

Players celebrated Corey Shephards goal

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Haverfordwest County 2 – The New Saints 1

Cameron Keetch scored winner for delighted Haverfordwest CountyCameron Keetch scored an excellent well-worked second half winner to help Haverfordwest County to a thoroughly deserved victory over The New Saints at the Bridge Meadow Stadium.

Corey Shephard’s edge of the area strike gave the Bluebirds the lead but it was cancelled out five minutes after half time through Blaine Hudson’s header from a corner.

Substitute Keetch added his side’s decisive second midway through the second half with a superb breakaway goak after defending a lengthy period of pressure. to secure the valuable points.

After the bitter disappointment in midweek of losing to a last-gasp goal at Aberystwyth Town, the Bluebirds responded in positive fashion with a cracking win over second-placed TNS.

Earlier in the season, the Bluebirds agonisingly lost 3-2 at The New Saints after twice taking the lead, then leaking a late winner, so this sweet victory made amends for that disappointing defeat.

Sweet revenge as County claim a half-time lead

Ben Fawcett shields the ballPaul Harrison pulled off a superb early save; the TNS keeper diving at full stretch to his left to deny Corey Shephard’s wicked shot from the edge of the box after the midfielder was was teed up by Ben Fawcett.

However, the Bluebirds opened the scoring in the 18th minute through Shephard as Kieran Lewis beat Harrison to the ball inside the box; his cross was half-cleared by Hudson to the edge of the box, where the midfielder instinctively struck a low drive into the far corner.

That goal gave the hosts confidence as another quick counter led to Lewis putting Fawcett in space, but the young striker struck a hard shot straight to Harrison.

Ten minutes before the break the hosts should have added their second of the afternoon, as another quick counter attack saw skipper Ricky Watts put in a delightful ball to the far post, but Danny Williams struck a first-time volley just past the target.

TNS had a great chance to equalise when Louis Robles got on the end of the ball in the box, but the striker blazed the ball over the bar as Alaric Jones put in a strong challenge.

Robles firm header was brilliantly saved by Turner, as the young keeper stopped the striker from equalising from close range, as well as showing real courage from a series of balls into the box which he punched away under real pressure.

Bluebirds' boss Wayne Jones must have felt his team were good value for their one-goal cushion at half time as Jazz Richards played well at right back and Dan Summerfield switched to play really well on the other flank.

New Saints claw their way back - but after giving away an early second half goal the Bluebirds found the vital winner

Five minutes after the break, however,  the visitors levelled matters as Hudson rose highest in the box from Adrian Cieslewicz’s corner, as the defender planted home his header off the underside of the bar before the ball crept over the line.

The Bluebirds regained the lead with a brilliantly worked goal in the 73rd minute, A sweeping move saw Danny Williams run at Hudson then unselfishly pass to Keetch on the overlap - and the substitute coolly slotted hislow  left-foot drive past a despairing Paul Harrison and into the far corner.

Right at the death the visitors put the hosts under pressure as man of the match Ricky Watts put in a timely superb block to deny Dean Ebbe plus keeper Turner pulled off a stunning save to deny the visitors.

The final whistle saw The Bluebirds delighted by their win and 'Sgorio' commentator Marc Jones describing it as 'The shock result of the day.

Wayne Jones spoke to Bill Carne afterwards and confirmed his deight at such a magnificent squad effort.
"Every one of them pulled their weight and there were loads of claims to be man of the match, including teenage keeper Matthew Turner and the entire back five.

"Ben Fawcett and Danny Williams chased eveything up front and the midfield never stopped tackling. I know you guys at gave Ricky Watts a deserved mention as man of the match I thought Dan Summerfield just shaded my verdict."

Haverfordwest County: Matthew Turner, Daniel Summerfield, Alaric Jones, Scott Tancock, Ricky Watts (captain), Corey Shephard, Ben Fawcett (Marcus Griffiths 78), Kurtis Rees (Sean Pemberton 85), Kieran Lewis (Cameron Keetch 59), Danny Williams, Jazz Richards.
Substitutes not used: Wojciech Gajda (GK), Trystan Jones.

The New Saints: Paul Harrison, Simon Spender (Ben Clark 83), Chris Marriott (captain), Gregg Draper (Dean Ebbe 67), Daniel Redmond, Adrian Cieslewicz, Blaine Hudson, Ryan Astles, Louis Robles, Leo Smith (Jamie Mullan 46), Tom Holland.
Substitutes not used: Keston Davies, Rob Williams, Adam Roscrow, Jake Canavan.

Referee:  David Morgan.
Assistants: David Bird and Connor Thomas.
Fourth Official: Ben Williams.
Observer: John Davies.
Great stop by Matthew Turner