Emlyn grab the glory
12:02pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
Cardigan v Llanelli Wanderers Arwyn Wilsonkeeps the ball moving Emyr Rhys Williams www.emyronline.co.uk (2149386)
NEWCASTLE Emlyn grabbed the glory in round one of the WRU Swalec Plate with a superb 25-23 win over Division One West high-flyers Carmarthen Athletic and Cardigan also went through after thumping fellow Division Three West hopefuls Llanelli Wanderers at King George V Playing Field while Crymych were eliminated on try count after a 13-13 draw at Whitland.
Emlyn, promoted to Division Two West at the end of last season, pulled off the giant-killing act on their opponents’ own Athletic Park stamping ground in Johnstown.
Although the Athletic made wholesale changes from the previous Saturday’s league encounter not one iota should be taken from a first-rate performance by the Red and Whites who thoroughly deserved their triumph.
It looked anything but a turn-up for the book after 20 minutes with the homesters leading by 20 points and appearing to be on cruise control.
But the Teifisiders turned the tie on its head with two quickfire tries in the run-up to the break and kept up the momentum during the second half.
As the Athletic opened strongly there were tries for centre Rhys Lewis, winger Dian Arquita and prop Steff Phillips with fullback Mike Sauro converting one of the scores and landing a penalty
Hitting back the visitors notched tries through winger Daniel Davies and fullback Sion Leonard with outside half Rhydian Harries landing a conversion.
Harries was successful with a penalty early in the second half but Sauro replied with a successful kick to give his side a seven point lead.
Winger Llyr Jones ran in for Emlyn’s third try, converted by Harries and the fly-half fired over a penalty from in front of the posts to nudge the visitors ahead.
Sauro was presented with two opportunities to win the game late on but his first penalty hit an upright and the second sailed wide.
Cardigan joined their neighbours in the second round after an emphatic 49-12 win over Llanelli Wanderers.
In a fine all-round team performance outside half Iestyn Crompton led the way for the homesters with a personal haul of 24 points from a try, five conversions and three penalties.
The other try scorers were scrum-half Arwyn Wilson, winger Dorian Butler who bagged a brace, loose-head prop Richard Jones and the Cardis were awarded a penalty try.
Fly-half Rhydian Morgan notched two tries for the visitors and converted one of the scores.
Crymych could justifiably feel aggrieved at going out on try count against Whitland, currently one place below the Preselimen in Division One West – the Borderers scored two tries to their opponents’ one score.
Scrum-half Rhys Davies put the visitors ahead with an early penalty which was cancelled out by home kicker Nico Sataro.
Fullback Gavin Thomas got a try for Crymych but the Borderers notched two scores through winger Duncan Evans and prop Alan Proctor.