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Excellent away win for Emlyn

WRU Championship Glamorgan Wanderers Newcastle Emlyn

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Emlyn’s first 30 minutes of this game has to rank amongst some of the best they have ever produced. The speed and tempo at which they

played the game had the home side gasping for breath as they tried to stem attack after attack from the red and whites. Despite going behind to a very early

penalty kicked by Wanderers outside half Luke Fish, the visitors quickly replied with an absolute cracker of a try. Some powerful driving runs by the forwards sucked in defenders, the ball was then moved out to left wing John Lumb who stormed down his wing. When halted, the ball was quickly

recycled, prop Neil Elworthy took the ball on in midfield, when he was brought down the ball was moved out to centre Tomi Jones who threw out a long pass to winger Llyr Jones. The prolific Jones needs no second

invitation when the line is in front of him and he crossed in the corner for a try excellently converted from the touchline by Nico Setaro. The second Emlyn score came

after some fifteen minutes and was again due to some fine driving play by the back, and scrum half Mike Jones was quick enough to spot that the narrow blind side was not protected at a maul some five metres out from the Wanderers line, and he shot over for an unconverted try in the corner, the conversion hitting the post. The Wanderers then came back

into the game and, using their huge forwards, they managed to put together some concerted pick up and drives and were awarded a penalty on Emlyn’s ten metre line, which Fish converted. Emlyn’s third try came as a result

of this pressure when a pass in the Wanderers midfield went astray and winger Llyr Jones kicked the ball ahead and just won the race to touch the ball down in the corner, unfortunately Setaro again found the post with his conversion. Emlyn’s bonus point try came on the half hour mark and was again

attributable to some excellent team work. From a line out in their own half,

the ball was worked through a series of rucks and eventually ended up in the hands of right winger Jones. With the line at his mercy, the winger unselfishly passed inside to the supporting John Lumb and the left winger crossed wide out for his first try for the red and whites, the conversion was only just wide of the mark. With half time approaching, Fish

landed another penalty for the home side but then, on the stroke of half time, the visitors gifted the home team a converted try. A seemingly harmless looking

clearance kick from inside the Wanderers 22 should have been cleared to touch but the Emlyn defenders took too long deciding what to do. The clearance kick was charged

down - the resultant ball bobbed around in the goal area until a defender managed to minor it. From the resultant five metre scrum, the Emlyn pack managed to stop two attempted push over tries. The ball was then moved to the bulky Fish at outside half and he

Borth leſt frustrated

was impossible to stop at such close range and he crossed by the posts to cut the half time deficit to just six points. The first fifteen minutes of the

second half saw the home side rampant as they used their big forwards to pick up and go from the base of rucks and the smaller Emlyn pack were forced to defend desperately. The next try, when it arrived,

after some seven minutes, was no less than the home side deserved. A series of drives close to the Emlyn line eventually saw replacement flanker Curtis Hocks force his way over for a try converted by Fish to give the home side a one point lead. They extended their lead two

minutes later when an Emlyn player lost possession forward after a kick on the half way line and the Wanderers quickly counter attacked. Giving the visitors a taste of their

own medicine, they moved the ball from one side of the field to the other until Fish sold an outrageous dummy to cross under the posts for a try he converted. Emlyn started to come more into

the game and were awarded a penalty on the Wanderers ten metre line which Shaun Leonard converted into the breeze to bring the visitors a potential losing bonus point. The red and whites were being

rattled by the increased intensity shown by the home side’s forwards who continually drove up field with pick and drive from rucks. Led by Joel James and Emrys Davies, time and again the Emlyn pack drove the home side backwards in the tackle but

Welsh Cup second qualifying round Aberaeron


turnovers were few and far between. Almost against the run of play,

Emlyn scored again. Moving the ball inside their own 22, Mike Jones showed a great turn of speed to round his winger, chipped infield when the cover was coming over. Tomi Jones picked up the ball and

kicked it deep into the Wanderers’ 22. Wanderers were penalised for not releasing the ball. Nico Setaro took a quick tap, grubber kicked the ball over the line and when he was just going to dive on the ball in the corner for a try, found himself tackled without the ball. The excellent referee, Sean Bricknell, had no hesitation in awarding Emlyn a penalty try and Setaro added the extra points. Another Emlyn attack saw them

awarded a penalty on the 10 metre line, which Leonard kicked to open the gap to five points. With time running out, Emlyn

found themselves camped on their own line thanks mainly to some very dubious touch judging. A line out led to a scrum for the home team five metres out from the Emlyn line and things looked ominous for the visitors. The pack, though, led by the

front row, gathered themselves and shunted the home forwards back some 10 metres. They managed to retain possession but were under such pressure from Emlyn that they conceded a penalty. Next week, Emlyn are home to

Narberth in the West Wales Derby and, undoubtedly, the Otters will be looking for revenge having lost to the red and whites twice last season.

Aberaeron through in Welsh Cup 2

1 Borth United Welshpool Town

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Welshpool Town for the second qualifying round of the Welsh Cup on Saturday (Sept 10) but were left frustrated. Borth started the game brightly,

putting their opponents under pressure from the kick off. Even though they had a lot of possession, they didn’t really create clean cut chances. Then on 28 minutes, against the

run of play, Welshpool took the lead. Some poor defensive marking by the home team let Welshpool in for a 0-1 lead. The home team didn’t drop their heads and continued to press the away team.

Welshpool then had a period of

pressure and got their rewards on 36 minutes when some good work by the Welshpool winger crossed and a mix up between Sean Gates and Lee Crumpler let them in for 0-2 lead. Again, Borth rallied a through

ball from Gwion Pugh-Jones which put Liam Lewis in on goal and he was bought down for a penalty, resulting in a yellow card for the keeper. The attacker took the spot kick but was well saved by the Welshpool keeper. Then, on 42 minutes, Borth got their reward for all the pressure and, from a corner, Ben Byrne rose to head home. The second half started with Borth

continuing to take their opponents and had several opportunities to get the equaliser, Ben Byrne had two good chances with his head, but put them wide and Lee Crumpler rose well from

a free kick but headed over. With time running out, Ian Lewis

bought on a new signing, Osain Thomas, and Tony Mainwaring, who both made an immediate impact. With just eight minutes remaining, Liam Lewis was again bought down for another penalty by the Welshpool keeper and, much to the surprise of Borth supporters, was not shown a second yellow card. From the resulting spot kick, Ben Byrne put it to the keeper’s right but again was denied with a fine save. In the last minute of injury time,

Welshpool broke away for the third goal, making the score-line very flattering for the away team. Borth should be proud of the

way they played against a higher opposition.

ABERAERON entertained Montgomery in the Welsh Cup on Saturday (Sept 10), and came away with a 2-1 win. With a few players away on other commitments, it meant a few changes in personnel, with Thomas Jones making his full home debut. The first half was dominated by

Aberaeron creating numerous chances and coming very close to taking the lead.

Typically, in one of their first

attempts at goal, Montgomery scored from a twenty yard free kick which went in off the post. A cruel blow with the last kick of the first half action. Aberaeron dominated the play and

created further chances which were spurned in front of goal. Thomas Jones was beginning to

terrorise the visiting right full back with James Hemmings and Dan James winning the midfield battle and getting the ball out to Jones at every opportunity. Finally, when a weaving run and a powerful shot by Jones

was saved by the goalkeeper, the ball rebounded to the predatory Mattie Davies who coolly slotted the ball in for a deserved equaliser. The game was now completely

dominated by the home team and chances were created at will, but the score remained 1-1 with the clock ticking towards extra time. On cue, substitute Mikey Gornall

broke forward, rounded the goalkeeper and fired the ball high in to the net from an acute angle. Aberaeron controlled the final

few minutes to ensure their progress through to the first round proper of the Welsh Cup. It was a well-deserved win and

an excellent team performance, with young Thomas Jones and James Hemming being the stand out players. The draw for Round One of the JD

Welsh Cup took place at the Football Association of Wales offices in Cardiff on Monday (Sept 12), with assistance from Capital FM presenters Polly James and Geraint Hardy. First team out of the pot were

Aberaeron and they will have a home tie against Caldicot Town. Round One ties are to be played over the weekend of October 1.

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