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Bluebirds suffer penalty heartbreak

Ricky-WattsHaverfordwest County 2
Goytre United 2
(after extra time: Goytre won 5-4 on penalties)
THE Bluebirds bowed out of the Nathaniel Car Sales Welsh League Cup after losing on penalties to Goytre United on Saturday.
The Bluebirds led twice but were eventually beaten in a penalty shoot-out.
The home side dominated the first quarter of the game but could not force an opening.
Declan Carroll looked promising and tested the Goytre keeper with two good low efforts.
After a fine run from Lewis, he crossed the ball into the danger area but Joey Leahy was inches away from making contact.
Goytre responded late in the first half and the Bluebirds were grateful for Sam Roden’s timely intervention.
Keeper Chris Curtis then had to be alert to push out a Goytre corner from under his crossbar.
The first half ended goalless but within a minute of the restart the Blues were in front.
Lewis curled a free kick into the box and Sam Roden was on hand to power home the header.
The home side continued to create chances but Goytre were still in the game.
They equalised in the 85th minute through former Bluebird and Goytre’s player-manager Andy Hill to send the game into extra time
Haverfordwest made the breakthrough in the 100th minute. A corner from Lewis came to Greg Walters whose powerful shot took a deflection before appearing to go in off Williams.
The blues pushed on looking to kill the game but as legs grew weary, Goytre seized their opportunity.
After Sean Pemberton was sent off for a second bookable offence, Sam Wade drew the teams level with a fine strike.
Neither side could find a late winner meaning the game would have to be settled by penalties.
Goytre just edged out their opponents beating Haverfordwest 5-4.
This Saturday the Bluebirds return to league action, as they travel to Caerau Ely.
Haverfordwest County: Chris Curtis, Ricky Watts (Martyn Carroll, 55); Antonio Facciuto, Sam Roden; Dale Griffiths, Sean Pemberton, Ashley Curtis (Steffan Williams, 55), Jack Britton, Declan Carroll (Greg Waters, 67), Joey Leahy, Richie Lewis.