HAKIN United won the Senior Cup on Saturday (Apr 30) as they beat Kilgetty 3-1 in the final at the Ogi Bridge Meadow.
It was an excellent final with over 2000 fans in attendance for the game. Hakin had beaten Neyland in the semi-final while Kilgetty came from behind to beat Carew in their semi to reach their first final for nearly 50 years.
Kilgetty did take the lead but a goal before half time and two goals in the second saw the Vikings lift the trophy for the twelfth time in their history.
The game started quietly with the closest either side came being a Hakin free kick bouncing off the all but into the arms of Kilgetty keeper Ben Evans.
Jack Britton then saw a shot saved before Ashley Bevan saw a header tipped over by Evans, only for the linseman’s flag to go up.
There was a chance for Kilgetty when Lloyd Hughes won the ball back on the edge of the box and the ball fell to Henry Lawrence who passed to Hughes but he looked to cross rather than shoot and his ball in was cleared away.
With 24 minutes gone, Oscar Miles crossed into the box and Henry Lawrence excellently volleyed in at the back post.
Hakin looked to get back into the game and Leon Luby saw a cross blocked and the resulting corner went all the way through.
Miles then saw a cross go just over the bar as Kilgetty looked for another goal just before half time.
It was Hakin though who got the next goal as Ryan Wilson crossed from the right for Luby who saw his shot saved but Jack Britton was on hand to tap in the rebound to level the score at 1-1.
Ashley Bevan then saw a shot go wide before Lloyd Hughes sent a cross into the box but there were no takers.
It meant the first half finished with the game evenly poised at 1-1.
The Vikings won a corner early in the second half but after Evans missed the ball but Garin Gardner fired over the bar.
They were then awarded a free kick after a high boot but the ball into the box was headed wide by Shane Walsh.
Ten minutes into the second half it was Hakin who got themselves ahead as Britton crossed to the back post for Ashley Bevan who tapped home.
Bevan was then involved again as he sent a ball over the top of the defenders for Walsh but he sent his effort over the bar.
Kilgetty looked to get themselves back level but Jake Proctor saw a header go over the bar before Lloyd Hughes then sent a free kick wide of the goal.
Bevan then set up Walsh again but he saw his shot pushed wide by Evans.
Moments later Walsh was sent in again by sub Justin Harding but Evans came out and made an excellent save to deny him.
With ten minutes to go Hakin were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position. Luby took it and although he was unlucky to see his effort bounce out off the bar, the ball fell to Harding who tapped in to make it 3-1 to the Vikings.
Bevan then saw a shot saved soon after but a fourth goal would have been harsh on Kilgetty who had played well throughout the game.
Hakin saw the game out and they celebrated winning the Senior Cup once again.
Hakin United: Sam Franklin, Jake Merry, Camron Thomas, Garin Gardner, Matthew Broome, Craig Nicholson, Shane Walsh, Jack Britton, Ryan Wilson, Leon Luby, Ashley Bevan. Subs: Justin Harding, Ben Aldred, Mark Jones, Bradley Barrett, Gareth Fawcett.
Kilgetty: Ben Evans, Oscar Miles, Jake Proctor, Rhys Hewson, Sam Lewis, Owain Coombs, Lloyd Hughes, Callum Proctor, Henry Lawrence, Josh Bevan, Richard Cope. Subs: Ollie Griffiths, Richard Tebbutt, Tom Baker, Ross Hurst, John Mansbridge.