|2nd May 2017||7:15 PM||East District Cup||2016-17|
Dinas Powys ran in nine tries to add the East District Cup to the Division 2 East Central League title that they gained three days earlier.
Despite a lot of good play by Llantwit Major, especially in the second half, the match was really over well before half-time when the score stood at 45-14. Dinas came out firing and both their centres – Ciaran Driscoll and Adam ‘Buffalo’ Wiliams – absolutely roared over for tries in the second and fifth minutes with fly-half and captain Ben White converting both. Llantwit fought back and were given hope when Josh Austin broke and flanker Gareth Watts crashed over for Austin to convert but within 15 seconds of the restart no 8 Lewis Dunleavy scored the third Dinas try and White landed a touchline conversion.
It got worse for Llantwit as powerful prop Damian Gardner-Ponting left with an arm injury and Dinas ran in further tries by centres Williams and Driscoll plus a White conversion. Llantwit scored their second try as No 8 Dan Carter crossed for Austin to convert but scrum half Nathan Williams and hooker Tom Baister scored further Dinas tries and White added another conversion. In the second half Llantwit came back and as Dinas unloaded their bench, they only just shaded the half by 14-12., Flanker
In the second half Llantwit came back and as Dinas unloaded their bench, they only just shaded the half by 14-12. Flanker Corey Imperato scored and White converted at 52-19, and prop Andrew O’Malia went in for the ninth try that full-back Sam Middlemiss converted to make it 59-14. Llantwit kept going however and were rewarded with tries by Dave Taylor and Rhys Balmont plus a splendid Austin conversion.
It was entertaining with Dinas leading the try-count by 9-4 and they had really wrapped it all up in the opening quarter. Dinas coach John Dunleavy said: “It has been a great season for us and Division 1 next season will be interesting and I look forward to the challenge.” Skipper Ben White added: “I can’t believe I missed the easiest of all conversions, though I kicked others from further out. I really thought it was over and I was wrong.”
Sam Middlemiss and Joshua Dunleavy (the team’s captain who had been ruled out of the match due to injury) received the Cup from Amanda Thomas, who represented the sponsors, Molson Coors and Sam Middlemiss took the Player of the Match award, while referee Stuart Kibble (Cardiff) did a fine job. For Dinas it was their second cup win in three seasons while Llantwit, who lost in the 1983 final, hope to be back next season for another shot.