Goalkeeper Langdon is Tigers’ Jubilee Bowl hero
10:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
HAKIN UNITED 2 JOHNSTON 2
(Johnston win 6-5 on penalties)
Martin Langdon was Johnston’s hero, the goalkeeper saving Ewan Findlay’s penalty to earn Johnston a dramatic Jubilee Bowl victory over Hakin United at Monkton Lane.
Twice the division one champions led in this titanic tussle, but twice the Tigers equalised to force this Pembrokeshire Football League curtain-raiser into penalties.
Centre back Gareth Fawcett scored with a terrific header and gave the Vikings the lead in the 44th minute. James Skudder equalised in the 50th minute, the right-sided midfielder making no mistake from close range.
Adam Davies marked his return from Tish with a sublime finish in the 58th minute, after cleverly combining with striker Justin Harding.
But three minutes from full time and substitute Ben Skudder pounced from an acute angle and gave the Senior Cup and West Wales Intermediate Cup holders a lifeline against the division one champions.
There was no extra-time as the match was settled on penalties, both teams converted four each before Ryan Doyle had his 12-yard effort saved by James Manson. Steve Mathias stepped up and agonisingly had his saved by Langdon. Andrew John made no mistake with the Tigers’ sixth and Vikings skipper Ewan Findlay saw his penalty saved by Langdon, the keeper earning his side a second victory over Hakin United inside a week. The Tigers crushed the Vikings 6-2 in the Eddie Merry final.
Hakin United: James Manson, Steve Allen, Ewan Findlay (Captain), Leigh Broome, Gareth Fawcett, Jonathan Bennett, Justin Harding, Matthew Broome (60’ Paul Jenkins), Michael Cooper (65’ Aaron Owens), Paul Jones (35’ Steve Mathias).
Johnston: Martin Langdon, Chris Ormond (Captain), Andrew John, Steve Mills, Ewan Cunningham, James Skudder, Scott Murray, Luke Hayward, Joe John (54’ Ben Skudder), Tom Wilks, Steven Dockerty (70’ Ryan Doyle). Substitute not used: Sion Price.
Referee: Kevin Milich.
Assistants: James Olyett and David Badger.