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Johnston’s Adam Hawkins shields the ball from an Evans & Williams defender.

Johnston’s Adam Hawkins shields the ball from an Evans & Williams defender.Johnston 3

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TWO first half goals from Adam Hawkins helped Johnston gain the initiative against a classy Evans & Williams side who game a spirited challenge. The Carmarthenshire league side, who are placed in the middle of their league table, started the game brightly, putting Johnston under early pressure. But the Johnston midfield gradually got to grips with the game and after 10 minutes Luke Heyward had a good effort saved by the visiting keeper.

The Tigers gradually increased the pressure and they took the lead after 25 minutes. A through ball from Luke Heyward found Hawkins unmarked in the box and he beat the keeper easily. Fifteen minutes later and Johnston were two up when Hawkins pounced on a defensive mistake, played a one-two with Heyward and drilled the ball into the corner of the net.

The Johnston midfield were now in control and five minutes before the break Mark Jones scored after some good work by Steven Dockerty on the wing. Evans & Williams came out fighting in the second half and five minutes after the break Stuart Rees netted a screamer from outside the box to pull one back for the visitors. Fifteen minutes later and the visitors pulled another one back when Steve Mills tripped a visiting forward and gave away a penalty. Luke Heyward got his marching orders near the end of the game for an unsavoury challenge, but the champions were just too good for the visitors on the day.