NEYLAND earned a shock win on Saturday (Mar 18) as they beat Monkton Swifts 8-3 in Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League.
The Swifts had beaten Neyland 5-0 in the reverse fixture and 5-1 in the Senior Cup earlier in the season and were looking for another win which would have seen them move a point behind third placed Hakin.
However, Neyland started the game well on Saturday and almost went ahead in the fourth minute. A good cross by Taylor Collins found Aiden Rees but his volley was well saved by Monkton keeper Taylor Gullam.
In the eighth minute there was a chance for the Swifts as Dylan Davies went one-on-one with Neyland keeper Patrick Hannon but after going round him he was denied by a last ditch tackle from the recovering Tyler Sutton.
The early action continued as in the fourteenth minute, Leon Barrett crossed from the right for Taylor Collins to volley in at the near post.
Monkton had a chance to get level soon after as Tom Powell headed goalwards but his effort was well tipped over by Hannon.
Midway through the half Neyland made it 2-0 as Aiden Rees sent a corner into the box and Corey Richards got up well to head the ball in.
Four minutes later though the Swifts pulled a goal back as Blake James crossed into the box for Declan Carroll who tapped in to reduce the deficit.
Shortly after, the home side restored their two-goal lead as a long cross from Jack John found Collins who controlled well before firing into the net to make it 3-1.
Eight minutes into the second half Neyland added a fourth as Max Bowman-Davies sent the ball into the box for Collins who scored to complete his hat trick.
On the hour mark the home side scored the goal of the game. A Neyland corner was cleared to Jack John, forty yards out from goal. He volleyed the ball back and it sailed in over Gullam to make it 5-1.
They weren’t done their either as Rees played in Collins who slotted home his fourth to make it 6-1.
The Swifts did not give up and just a minute later they pulled another goal back as Powell crossed into the box for Connor Hay who tapped in to make it 6-2.
It stayed that way until the 90th minute when a cross by Bowman-Davies found Morgan James who scored Neyland’s seventh.
Three minutes later Hay added his second and Monkton’s third but it was just a consolation for the visitors.
There was still time for one more goal and it went the way of the home side as Tyler Sutton set up Aidan Rees who outpaced the defence and fired in over the keeper to make it 8-3.
Neyland manager Gavin Rowland said he was ‘absolutely delighted with a determined clinical and battling performance’.
The win for Neyland is their sixth of the season and sees them move seven points above the bottom two with five games remaining.
On Saturday, March 25, Neyland are at home against Fishguard while Monkton host Hakin United.