Crymych in youth cup semi-final

Rising to the occasion Crymych Youth turned in a first-rate team performance in springing an 8-0 win over Bridgend Athletic to reach the semi-final of the Welsh National Youth Cup on Sunday.

The reward for the North Pembrokeshire lads is a semi-final clash with competition favourites and talented outfit Penallta this Saturday, the tie provisionally down to be staged at Loughor.

With Parc Lloyd Thomas in Crymych waterlogged the game was switched to King George V Playing Field in Cardigan and although the surface cut up after heavy rain beforehand it was an entertaining tie throughout with the Preseli team worthy winners.

The Athletic with several district players in their line-up had wind advantage during the opening 40 minutes and started on fire, penning their opponents inside the 22 for the opening quarter.

But with the Crymych players wearing their hearts on their sleeves the raids were repelled and the local side took the lead midway through the half.

After a bout of pressure the ball was switched to the blindside where flanker Dylan ‘Llandre’ Phillips went over in the corner for an unconverted try.

It has to be said that during the second period the South Walians didn’t look like breaching the Crymych defence and the only points of the half came from the boot of outside half Sion Thomas who landed a penalty from 30 metres.

Looking forward to the semi-final a Crymych spokesman said “We have never been this far in the cup and aim to enjoy our day out. Whatever happens on Saturday the boys have done extremely well under coaches Kevin Phillips and Tudor Harries.”

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