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Town clinch dramatic last-gasp victory

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Steve Stone: 92nd minute winner from Llanelli Town midfielder

Steve Stone: 92nd minute winner from Llanelli Town midfielder

TRAILING 2-1 with the game almost over, the Reds staged a dramatic last-ditch comeback with goals by Robert Thomas and Steve Stone to clinch three unexpected points, leaving their opponents ruing their misfortune.

The home side, occupying a bottom three spot in the table, nevertheless presented the visitors with plenty of problems, and were ahead after just 9 minutes following a Nicky Bruce free kick into the area which was not dealt with, allowing Paul Caulfield to sweep it past stand-in goalkeeper, Jamie Evans.

As the game progressed, the Reds enjoyed plenty of possession without displaying too much in the way of attacking intent, although Lee Bevan twice went close, first from a Richard Lewis cross and then a Stone set-piece.

They had better luck on 38 minutes when they levelled matters, with Robert Thomas making a run down the right before his delivery into the middle was met by Matthew Hughes whose downward header beat James Curtin in the Dinas goal.

This success encouraged the visitors to push forward, and Stone was unlucky to see his effort hit the post with Robert Thomas just unable to profit from the rebound.

There were appeals for a Reds penalty when Luke Jones appeared to be brought down after Lewis supplied a cross into the box, but these were waved away by referee Nigel Jones, and when Chris Thomas launched a ball downfield, only a fortunate deflection off James Blexham which found its way to Curtin prevented either Luke Jones or Hughes from taking advantage.

Liam Samuel became the second visiting player to strike the woodwork when his shot came back off the post, while Curtin did well to hang on safely to a Hughes strike on target.

Having survived these threats, Dinas then produced a sucker punch by once again taking the lead in the 64th minute following some good work by Kieron James, who made ground before finding Scott Muir infield, and his finish beat Evans via the underside of the bar.

Following this setback, the Reds made a number of changes, with Bruno Forkuoh, Bartolome Bauza and Osian Harries replacing Ross Jones, Mark Napieralla and Luke Jones respectively.

With time running out, it appeared as if the visitors were heading for another disappointing defeat, but on the stroke of full time, a Lewis clearance was collected by Robert Thomas whose superb lob cleared the despairing clutches of Curtin and level the scores.

Even better was to come, as deep into stoppage time, Samuel was denied by a great save by Curtin who diverted his shot for a corner taken by Lewis, and his curling delivery into the goalmouth led to Stone rising to head into the net and spark off some joyous celebrations.

There was still time for more drama, when the home side saw a longrange attempt by Myles Case sail over Evans but rebound off the bar, and the Reds clung on to savour the win.

Teams:

Dinas Powys: Curtin; Adamson; Perrett (Bramhill, 58); Bloxham; Caulfield; Bruce; Palmer (Bryl, 76); Marr; Johns; Muir (Case, 72); James.

Sub not used: Banguraso.

Llanelli Town: Evans; Napieralla (Bauza, 69); Lewis; Stone; Bevan ©; C. Thomas; Samuel; R. Jones (Forkuoh, 65); L. Jones (Harries, 79); R. Thomas; Hughes.

Subs not used: Zola; Martin.

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Foel’s Championship dream halted

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FELINFOEL’s hopes of promotion to the WRU Championship were brought to an end on Sunday (May 12) as they were beaten in the play-offs by Ystalyfera.

Ystalyfera had won the first leg 34-28 on their home soil but Felinfoel were still very much in the tie and they had the backing of an 800-strong home crowd in the reverse fixture. Fans packed in to the ground and they witnessed an epic encounter.

Felinfoel held the lead at one time but their opponents hit back to seal a 20-30 win to win overall by 64 points to 48.

Felinfoel played some attractive rugby during the first half with wingers Eray Wilson and Elliot Dawe scoring tries wide out one of which was converted by Aled Roberts. Ystalyfera scored a penalty and a converted try making the half time score 12 points to 10.

Photos by Darren Harries

The second half opened brightly for Felinfoel with Roberts kicking a penalty and Wilson scoring a further try. With the score at 20 points to 10, matters were looking favourable for the home team.

It was at this stage that the Ystalyfera forwards took complete control of the match denying Felinfoel of any possession for the final 20mins of the match. With a strong scrummage and dynamic driving maul they continued to exert pressure onto the home team.

Ystalyfera were rewarded with a further two converted tries, penalty goal and drop goal and deserved their victory 20 points to 30, and promotion to the championship.

Both teams are to be congratulated in the way in which the game was played. Both sides gave their all and provided an entertaining encounter.

Both sets of supporters gave loud vocal support to each team and were sporting throughout the match.

At the end of the match Felinfoel coach Mike King who is leaving after two years in charge was given a rousing send off by players and supporters alike.

After the game Felinfoel took to twitter saying: “After another successful season, it’s time to say thank you. Thank you to all sponsors for supporting the club throughout the season once again. Without you we would not exist. Thank you to all the supporters who have been with us through thick and thin.

“Lastly, thank you to head coach Mike King who will be leaving us. He has set the foundations of the club and has turned this club around for the better. All at Felinfoel RFC can’t thank you enough. We wish you all the best in the future.”

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Morgan marches seconds home

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DAFEN Seconds earned the bragging rights over Llanelli Seconds on Saturday (May 11) as they cruised to an eight wicket win.

Dafen won the toss but elected to field and that looked to be a good decision as they bowled their opponents out for just 118 inside 22 overs.

Aadil Mukhtar finished with excellent figures of 5-21 while Oliver Evans supported well taking four wickets for the loss of 40 runs.

Needing just thirty overs of their reply, Dafen Seconds eased to victory as Jac Morgan finished not out on 64 to see his side over the line.

Photo by Darren Harries

The win for Dafen keeps them joint top of the table with Briton Ferry Town after two games while Llanelli sit bottom of Division 3 and are still searching for their first win.

On Saturday (May 18), Dafen Seconds are at home against Dyffryn while Llanelli Seconds are away to Neath thirds.

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Jones duo sink Bronwydd

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LLANGENNECH earned their first win of the season on Saturday (May 11) as they beat Bronwydd by 14 runs in a low scoring game.

Llangennech won the toss and elected to bat but they lost Chris Hickey early on when he was caught by Jacob Jenkinson off the bowling of Colin Tucker.

Matthew Jones scored 11 before he was caught and bowled by Tucker before David Williams was caught by Tom Gleeson off the bowling of Matthew Vaughan for a score of 14.

James Taube made the same score but was then caught by Phillip Howell off the bowling of Dafydd Morgan. Morgan also bowled Martin Gregory to leave Llangennech on 83-5.

Opener Scott Lloyd’s score of 30 had come off 127 balls and he was eventually caught by Vaughan off the bowling of Callum Collins-Davies.

Richard Clement was the third Llangennech batsman to make a score of 14 before getting out as he was caught by Jenkinson off the bowling of Gleeson.

Michael Jones was then run out before Gleeson claimed his second wicket as he had Simon Clement caught by Oliver Furneaux.

Vaughan then wrapped up the innings as he had Bav Patel caught by James Cale to leave Llangennech all out on 124. Photo by Darren Harries

Bronwydd’s opening pair of James Cale and Philip Howell shared 15 runs but Howell was out for a score of 8 to the bowling of Michael Jones.

Oliver Furneaux was next to fall when he was trapped leg before by Matthew Jones on a score of 11.

Chris Hickey then gave Owain Phillips his first wicket as he caught Jacob Jenkinson and the bowler then claimed his second as he had Cale caught by David Williams on a score of 17.

That left Bronwydd on 44-4 but Iwan Davies and Dafydd Morgan shared 40 runs for the fifth wicket to keep their side in the game.

Davies hit three fours and a six in his knock of 33 but he was then trapped leg before by Michael Jones. He then also bowled Callum Collins-Davies for a duck to reduce Bronwydd to 84-6.

Matthew Jones then had Dafydd Morgan caught on a score of 8 before then trapping Tom Gleeson leg before.

Hickey then took two more catches of Matthew Vaughan and Colin Tucker to give Matthew Jones his five-wicket haul and Bronwydd were all out for 110.

Gareth John had finished not out on 18 but it wasn’t enough for victory for the visitors.

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