Senior Cup semi-final

Carew 3

Pennar Robins 1

Carew were delighted they overcame Pennar Robins to march into the final after a hard fought tussle under lights at the Bridge Meadow Stadium.

A goal either side of half time from Sam Christopher and Shaun Whitfield put Carew in control, but Connor Roberts replied with a cracker, before a late finish by Scott Ferney secured the Rooks’ cup final fate.

Despite heavy rain in the day, the Meadow was in good condition, but both teams found it difficult with the gusting winds.

Carew last won the Senior Cup back in the 1986 when they beat St Ishmaels 2-1 - and the Rooks last appeared in the final in 2005 when ironically they lost 2-0 against St Ishmaels when the final was staged at Monkton Lane.

Nick Willis struck a low shot from distance straight into the arms of Tom Davies.

Robins’ goalkeeper Richard Evans parried Alex Bailey’s stinging shot and Whitfield scuffed his shot from outside the box wide.

Iwan Izzard struck a long ranged curling effort straight to Evans as the Rooks were having the better of possession and territory.

The Rooks opened the scoring on the 40 minute mark when Sam Christopher controlled inside the box and kept his composure to smash the ball into the back of the net.

A minute later and the Rooks pressed again with Jordan Richards’ rising shot frantically cleared off the line by Rhys Lucas.

In a tight first half Carew would have felt happy that they led 1-0 at the interval.

Four minutes after the break and Rooks added their second of the tie, Spencer Williams’ in-swinging corner fell kindly for Whitfield to toe poke home inside the six-yard box.

Sam Christopher broke clear and should have scored but the striker fired his low shot well wide of the target, minutes later and Evans denied Christopher again, this time on the edge of the 18 yard box.

In the 85th minute Connor Roberts scored a cracking goal from 30 yards out, his right footed effort curled into the far corner of Tom Davies’ net.

On the stroke of full time a neat move led to Ferney slotting past Evans to secure the Rooks' cup final fate.

Carew will now meet the winners of the re-arranged semi-final between Merlins Bridge v Monkton Swifts which takes place on Tuesday, March 19th at the Bridge Meadow, kick-off is at 7pm.

Carew: Tom Davies, Shaun Whitfield, Spencer Williams, Jack Christopher, Max Brindley, Iwan Izzard, Ian Darbyshire, Scott Ferney, Sam Christopher, Jordan Richards, Alex Bailey. Subs: Tom Grover, James Hinchliffe, Lloyd Hughes.

Pennar Robins: Richard Evans, Josh Clark, Ross Lascelles, Jason Donohoe, Luke Phillips, Tom Grimwood, Josh Dearsley, Connor Roberts, Nick Willis, Sam Southcott, Ben Adams. Subs: Rhys Lucas, Jack Phillips, Ceri Griffiths.

Referee: Sean O’Connor.

Assistants: James Olyott and Paul Rooney.