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Carew beat Evans and Williams in extra time to reach West Wales semis

Carew's Shaun Whitfield scored a penalty on Saturday

CAREW booked their place in the semi-finals of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Mar 4) as they beat Evans and Williams after extra time.

Evans and Williams had the lions share of possession butt the visiting Pembrokeshire side always looked the more threatening. Carew changed shape for the game and invited their opponents onto themselves, looking to hit them on the break.

Carew went 1-0 up in the 48th minute when Curtis Hurlow met a corner with a good header and Adam Muskett flicked on for Marcus Griffiths who got the faintest of last touches.

Carew continued to hit Evans and Williams on the break in the second half but two minutes after that goal, Iwan Izzard received a straight red card which seemed harsh.

The game then became ill-tempered with some big tackles coming in. On one occasion, Tom Cole managed to skip past the Evans and Williams captain who tripped him up for a yellow card, and then for some reason kick the ball away in the same incident which resulted in a second yellow card.

Carew were hanging on for their lives but with three minutes to go Ryan Foschi’s deflected shot from outside the box beat Carew keeper Tom Davies.

Extra time started and it was Carew who regained the lead through a Shaun Whitfield penalty after a blatant handball.

James Hinchliffe scored the goal of the game as he collected a Sonny Phillips cross field pass on his chest and chipped the keeper from 20 yards, sparking wild scenes amongst the 18 Carew players and coaches.

Marcus Griffiths rounded the keeper to make it 4-1 after a Tom Cole through ball and 16 year old sub Charlie Arthur forced a fine save before the excellent Tom Cole fired in the rebound.

The full time whistle sounded and the 80 Carew supporters who made the trip up celebrated with their team.

Ceri Brace said: “As manager, I was delighted with the application and quality we showed. The change of shape before the game helped us and the boys carried out the plan perfectly.”

The draw for the semi-finals was made on Tuesday and it will see Carew take on Pembrokeshire rivals Hakin United.