ATH­LETIC KEEP DREAMS ALIVE

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CAR­MARTHEN Hockey Club’s 1st XI kept their pro­mo­tion hopes alive in divi­sion two of the South Wales Women’s Hockey League with a 3-1 home win against Cardiff Univer­sity 4ths in their penul­ti­mate game of the sea­son.

Car­marthen started strongly, scor­ing in the open­ing minutes of the con­test.

A strong at­tack down the wing found de­fen­sive mid­fielder Anna Heath, who swept the ball into the D where Beck Cart­land at the post touched the ball into the goal.

Some more pos­i­tive play from mid­field­ers Heath, Anna Knuck­les, Me­gan Henry, So­phie Palmer and Ca­trin Davies saw chances cre­ated but Car­marthen couldn’t con­vert them into goals.

The sec­ond half saw Cardiff fly out of the blocks but Car­marthen’s de­fence stood firm, and Car­marthen made it 2-0 when the ball was passed from So­phie Palmer to Ffion Jones, who then passed to Cart­land who put the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Cardiff Uni poured for­ward and re­duced the deficit to 2-1, but Car­marthen were re­warded for work­ing tire­lessly and their for­wards Scar­lett Macken­zie-Jones, Ffion Jones, Cart­land, Me­gan Davies and Maya Davies im­pressed with their at­tack­ing play.

The third Car­marthen goal came from a long cor­ner from Palmer, who took the ball her­self and hit it into the D to again find Cart­land, who calmly tucked the ball in for her hat-trick and a very good 3-1 win.

Car­marthen awarded player of the match to Cart­land.

Car­marthen round off their sea­son on Satur­day hop­ing to seal pro­mo­tion to divi­sion one.

Car­marthen’s 2nd XI, mean­while, fin­ished off their sea­son in divi­sion four with a 7-0 home win against lowly Whitchurch Saints 6ths to finish in third po­si­tion, just miss­ing out on pro­mo­tion.

Car­marthen’s for­wards Char­lotte Har­ries, Siriol Richards, Emily Gard and Ffion Ray­mond linked well with wing-backs Sioned Ray­mond, Beca Ann Jones and Rhian More­mon to cre­ate ex­cel­lent at­tack­ing play.

Skip­per Har­ries net­ted an early goal, and with mid­field­ers Lucy Davies and Kate How­ell work­ing hard to­gether, a strong sweep from How­ell soon made it 2-0.

Ffion and Sioned Ray­mond got the next two goals, the lat­ter fol­low­ing an ex­cel­lent save by keeper Ja­nine Owen.

Har­ries lifted the ball past the keeper for 5-0. From a short cor­ner Ffion Ray­mond added a sixth, and Beca Ann Jones smashed in the sev­enth to round off a su­perb win.

Car­marthen awarded their player of the match to Lucy Davies and Whitchurch Saints awarded theirs to Siriol Richards.

On Satur­day the sec­onds travel to Cardiff for their Chal­lenge Cup semi-fi­nal against Cardiff Medics 2nds.

Car­marthen’s 3rd team played Haver­ford­west 2nds in the devel­op­ment divi­sion south west.

De­spite lots of pres­sure, for­wards Alex Web­ster, Sacha Parry, Scar­lett Macken­zie Jones and Keira Grif­fiths were un­able to con­vert a cou­ple of early chances.

Haver­ford­west came back strongly but Car­marthen’s de­fence of Ffion Dart, Kim Stevens and Kate Wil­liams kept them away from keeper Ja­nine Owen un­til they even­tu­ally man­aged to score.

The sec­ond quar­ter saw Car­marthen hold their shape bet­ter and mid­field­ers Poppy Macken­zie Jones, Mar­i­anne Spratt, Emily Gard and Caitlin Mar­shall tracked up and down the pitch tire­lessly.

Haver­ford­west made it 2-0, but the fi­nal quar­ter saw an up­lift in Car­marthen’s per­for­mance. Alex Web­ster re­ceived the ball on the left and per­fectly placed the ball for Grif­fiths to use her drib­bling skills and slip the ball un­der­neath the goal­keeper to make it 2-1.

How­ever, Haver­ford­west were too strong and scored again.

Car­marthen fought hard and coaches Jackie Mar­shall and Kate Wil­liams were im­pressed by the de­vel­op­ing play­ers and how far they have come dur­ing the sea­son.

Car­marthen awarded their player of the match to Poppy Macken­zie Jones and Haver­ford­west gave theirs to Keira Grif­fiths.

Pe­niel Un­der-12s lost 2-1 af­ter ex­tra time to Sea­side in the semi-fi­nal of the JH Evans League Cup.

Car­marthen Ath­letic Ladies’ Hockey sec­ond XI.

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