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Llandeilo youth stun All Blacks

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LLANDEILO’s youth team are through to the second round of the National Youth Cup after a stirring second half performance saw them come back to earn a thrilling 21-19 victory in Neyland on Saturday (Sept 30).

Neyland started the game well and deserved their 19-0 lead at half time but Llandeilo hit back in the second half and with time running out they scored a late try which levelled the scores. With the last kick of the game, Llandeilo kicker Oli Weed kept his composure to land the conversion and seal a narrow victory.

It was the hosts who started the better of the two teams despite only having thirteen players for the match.

Some good running put Neyland in a good position in the opening minutes but Llandeilo did well to keep them out.

However, with only six minutes gone, Neyland’s Ben James burst his way through to break Llandeilo’s resistance and score the opening try. The conversion attempt from George Evans was missed and Neyland held a 5-0 lead.

Llandeilo came close after they claimed the ball from a line out but they were held up just before the line as the All Blacks defended well.

Another break from Scott Buirds then saw him go over for Neyland’s second try and this time the conversion was successful for a 12-0 lead.

Llandeilo were then penalised for a high tackle and Neyland kicked to touch, five metres out from the line but they were unable to take advantage of their good position and they were penalised for not releasing the ball.

With half time approaching Neyland stepped up another gear and came close to their third try but the referee adjudged that the ball had been held up by a covering Llandeilo player.

They weren’t to be denied and as the half went in to overtime, Neyland’s Buirds scored their third try, and his second of the game and the conversion from Evans made it 19-0 at half time.

Neyland knew they would face a fight back in the second half and just minutes in Llandeilo reduced the deficit as Llyr Williams scored a try and Oli Weed scored the conversion to make it 19-7.

The visitors plugged away and Steff Barnes then scored a second try for Llandeilo with Weed again adding the extra two points.

With time running out it looked as if Neyland might hold on for victory but Llandeilo had other ideas.

A break from Griff Thomas saw him break Neyland’s resistance and he crashed over to level the scores at 19-19.

Weed kept his composure in difficult conditions and he landed the conversion much to the delight of the Llandeilo players and supporters.

The final whistle brought joyous scenes as Llandeilo celebrated an excellent win and they will now be looking forward to the next round of the cup.

Elsewhere, Felinfoel went through to the next round with a 25-3 win away to Gowerton while Tumble  had a walkover against Llanelli Wanderers.

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Amman earn first win of the season

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AMMAN United claimed their first win of the season after an opening-day draw, and a cup defeat at Haverfordwest last weekend.

However, you would have been hard pushed to imagine a 50-point final-score when, just before half time, the score remained 0-0.

But two injury time scores had then given Amman an unlikely 12-0 interval lead against the Bulldogs.

A bright opening from United saw centre Gavin Lewis, on yet another comeback, show his trickery with a nice run and offload early on. Hooker George Clark had a fine game and was in the thick of everything, as were fellow forwards Iwan Davies, Dan Jones, Rhydian Jones and captain Alun Lewis.

Bynea suffered a very early blow, losing Corey Butler to an untimely injury, and they were later to also see Jamie Thomas limp off before half time.

These injuries meant a large period of added-time, and the Bulldogs’ valiant defence cracked during the injury-time as Joel Foster and Alun Lewis combined to put in flanker Rhydian Jones for the opening try, which Tom Caddell converted.

A frustrating couple of minutes for the visitors was compounded when a quick tap and go penalty from scrum half Foster saw him smuggle over the try line for a second try on the stroke of half time.

The Reds continued in good heart after the restart, and after some good play,Foster and and Dan Jones were involved before Rhydian Jones slipped a fine offload to skipper Alun Lewis who went under the posts for another converted try.

Another “vet” came on, Adrian Thomas off the bench as the home side largely dominated with their pack in the ascendency, Cian Lewis, Jason Knell and Rhys Phillips having put in a good shift throughout.

The Bulldogs then had a purple patch for a while,centre Jack Mal almost finishing off a fine move, before more calamity struck for them as Jake Sam was sadly stretchered off.

Amman capitalised and grabbed a bonus point try when the excellent George Clarke went over for another score to make it 24-0.

But the dogged visitors were always a threat, and carved out an excellent try for their efforts as wing Nathan Baker finished off a well-worked team move, which outside half Finlay Cook converted.

Amman hit back when the back row combined well before Dan Jones went over the whitewash for a try.

A very young Bynea side battled to the end,and some more excellent play was rewarded with a try for Tom Badger, converted by Cook.

However, the home side had the last word and grabbed a very late injury time try as the industrious Rhydian Jones crossed for the final score of the game.

Amman face a tough trip to Tumble on Saturday, October 1, while Bynea are home against New Dock Stars.

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Ammanford upset Penybont to reach MG Cup quarter finals

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Report by Ian Parfitt

AMMANFORD produced arguably the shock of the third round in the MG Nathaniel Cup with a 2-1 victory at Penybont, who currently sit third in the Cymru Premier League, on Tuesday night (Sept 20).

Penybont started the game well and looked dangerous with ex Ammanford player Kai Whitmore calling the shots.

Ammanford however were also playing some neat football themselves and this was quickly becoming a competitive contest.

Ammanford took the lead in the 28th minute when Brett Enoch took advantage of a moment of calamity in the Penybont defence to fire home.

As expected Penybont increased the pressure on the Ammanford goal in search of an equaliser but Ammanford held firm to go into the interval ahead.

Kyle Marsh in particular having a fine game in the Ammanford goal. Ammanford fans would have been expecting a long 45 minutes after the break but it only took a minute for Penybont to find the equaliser, Mael Davies scoring with a firm header.

Penybont were hungry for more goals and looked especially dangerous from the flanks. The Ammanford defence, who were superb throughout held firm under a barrage of high balls into the box.

Ammanford were also keen to get a second and looked dangerous on the counter attack, both Jordan Langley and Callum Silcox going agonisingly close to restoring the visitors’ lead.

The Ammanford defence continued to form a formidable wall at the back which Penybont were unable to breach.

This fantastic rearguard action was rewarded in the 81st minute when Callum Thomas scored what turned out to be the winner for Ammanford, running through on goal and producing a composed finish to slot the ball past Penybont keeper Alex Pennock.

Ammanford players continued to put their bodies on the line to preserve the lead, epitomised by Tom Pratt who took one on the head in the six yard box.

Lee Trundle spurned a glorious chance to make the game safe for Ammanford with a couple of minutes remaining but it mattered not as the final whistle produced jubilant scenes in the away camp.

Ammanford progress to the Fourth round on what was a glorious night for the club.

Photos by Lawrence Molloy
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Strong Ammanford performance seals Cup win over Whitland

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AMMANFORD got their Division 1 Cup campaign off to an excellent start on Saturday (Sept 17) as they beat Whitland 42-13.

Ammanford built up a 17-3 lead and increased that further to 8-29 before pulling away in the closing stages.

Geraint Jones scored a penalty for Whitland and unconverted tries from Gino Setaro and Lewis Gibby followed.

Captain Alex Davies was named as Ammanford’s man of the match as he lead his side to a bonus point win.

The scrum half was among the try scorers as were Morgan Plimmer, Rhodri Jones, Liam Smith, Carwyn Richards, Mathew Lemon and Tiaan Evans.

Ryan Williams added four conversions and one penalty for the visitors.

The next round of Cup fixtures is scheduled for October 15. Ammanford host Newcastle Emlyn while Whitland travel to Tondu.

Ammanford return to action in League 1 West Central on Saturday, September 24 as they host Birchgrove.

Whitland are also back in league action in League 1 West as they visit Pembroke.

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