Eddie Merry Memorial Cup semi final: Merlins Bridge 3-2 St Dogmaels

It will be Merlins Bridge v Monkton in Friday’s Eddie Merry Cup final - but only after The Wizards came from behind to beat St Dogmaels in a tight clash at Tregroes.

Last season’s Senior and West Wales Cup winners trailed 2-1 just before half time after Jordan Williams’ early opener had been countered by goals from Louis Harding and Peter Almond.

But Nathan Greene headed Bridge level just seconds before the break, and repeated the trick early in the second half for what proved to be the winner.

It was Williams, newly signed from Narberth, who gave The Wizards the perfect start as he cut into the box from the left wing and clinically whipped a shot high into Justin Smith’s net.

Moments later it should have been 2-0 as Adam Hawkins got to the by-line before his cut back to Greene resulted in the striker shooting straight at Smith from point blank range.

But after their ropey start the Costcutter League champions came back into it and midway through the half they were level.

It was striker Louis Harding who worked space in the area and fired a low right footed shot that deflected off Simon Gilderdale and left Bridge keeper James Dixon wrong footed.

And then it was Peter Aldred who put St Dogmaels 2-1 up, tapping in from close range after Dixon had failed to gather Adam Williams’ long free kick into the six yard box.

In the final seconds of the half though matters were level again as Luke Hayward’s pin-point cross was nodded in by Greene at the back post.

And early in the second half the same player swung the pendulum back in favour of The Wizards, latching onto Andrew John’s long throw into the box to skilfully flick a header across Smith and into the far corner.

St Dogmaels did have a chance to square things again when Josh Meller volleyed wide from close range, but Bridge held on to set up a meeting with The Swifts on Friday.

And there is sure to be some spice to it after the sides met four times last season. Bridge knocked Monkton out of both the Senior and West Wales Cup but were also twice beaten in the league by Joe Lewis’ men – with the latter meeting in April ultimately securing The Swifts the Division 1 title.

The game will kick off 6.15pm at Tregroes, and like the two semi finals all proceeds will go to the Gateway Club in Fishguard.

Merlins Bridge: James Dixon, Andrew John, Chris Ormond, Simon Gilderdale, Peter Thomas, Lee Hudgell, Dai Davies, Luke Hayward, Adam Hawkins, Jordan Williams, Nathan Greene. Subs: Gethin Roberts, Will Haworth, Dan Bryce.

St Dogmaels: Justin Smith, Dan Jones, Chris Morgan, Jason Williams, Minder, Owen Williams, Peter Almond, Adam Williams, Louis Harding, Rhys Jones, Josh Meller. Subs: Casey Walters, Aaron Williams, Luke Jones, Tom Phillips, Craig Williams.

Referee: Angus Scourfield.