No fun at Seaside for below-par Vikings
3:00pm Thursday 7th February 2013 in Sport
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Hakin United’s dream of reaching the quarter finals was totally shattered by a superb display from Seaside, who came from behind to deservedly secure their place in the quarter final.
The hosts have only lost one game this season, and currently sit second in the table of the Carmarthenshire Premier League. The Vikings came into this cup-tie unbeaten, so something had to give.
However, Hakin had no complaints with the result as they finished a good second best on the day. The visitors got off to a bright start and took the lead in the seventh minute.
Vikings striker Justin Harding’s low cross led to a Seaside defender prodding the ball into his own net. Ten minutes later and the Vikings could count themselves rather unlucky that they didn’t go two-up, as Harding found the back of the net, only for the goal to be disallowed as the danger man was flagged for offside.
James Stanmore looked threatening in the early stages alongside Harding, but the hosts began to dominate and their goal chances dried up.
The hosts equalised midway through the first period as Bruno Fukuro nodded home at a corner.
Just before half time and Seaside took the lead, David Hughes making no mistake with a low drive from inside the box.
Shortly after the interval and the hosts grabbed a third goal, Steve Stone planting a firm penalty beyond the despairing reaches of keeper Hartley.
Ten minutes from the end the Vikings’ defence gave Rob Thomas far too much room in the 18-yard area, and were duly punished as he rifled a low shot into the far corner.
Vikings manager Gary Dawes was scathing of his side’s poor display, speaking to Telegraph Sport shortly afterwards.
“We were absolutely shocking. In my opinion we totally bottled it,” he said.
“The boys froze against a team that I think was there for the taking.
“It’s all very well being a big fish in a small pond, but a lot of our so-called stars did not turn up instead of stepping up to the plate.”
Hakin United: Stephen Hartley, Ewan Findlay, Nathan Banner, Steve Allen, Paul Jenkins, Scott Davies, Michael Cooper, Steve Mathias, Ashley Bevan, Justin Harding, James Stanmore. Subs: Paul Jones, Andrew Kingston, Matthew