Dinas Stutter To A 22 All Draw Against ‘The Black Army’ of Llantrisant
A warm sunny day greeted the ‘Villagers’ of Dinas Powys for their visit to Llantrisant to do battle with the ‘Black Army’ as the home side are known.
The home side kicked off playing down an appreciable slope. With this topographical advantage the home side dominated the majority of the first half. Urged on by the fervent home support, the home side took the lead through an early penalty and extended their lead further with a well worked try that saw their outside centre cross unopposed under the posts. The easy conversion was a formality and within ten minutes the home side led by 10-0.
Visits into the opposition’s half at this point were a novelty for the ‘Villagers’ and scoring opportunities were consequently rare.
The visiting support were encouraged by powerful bursts by centres Sonny Driscoll and Ciaran Driscoll, and eventually the ‘Villagers’ pack were able to pick and drive, advancing up the slope in the process. Pack leader Huw Thomas was to the fore in this facet of play. After breaching the first line of defence Thomas fed the ball to prop Luke Dyer via lively scrum half Sam Middlemiss. The prop displayed good hands and threw a well weighted pass to second row Gareth “Gazza” Williams who crossed for the ‘Villagers’ first try. This was to prove the only points scored at that end of the pitch, verifying the influence of the gradient.
The home side dominated the remaining twenty minutes of the first half, with Dinas able to threaten a further score only once as they ran turn over ball from near their own try line; a fine line break by Ciaran Driscoll freed Dan Evans on the left wing and with a try looking inevitable, Evans threw an inside pass that evaded the clutches of the supporting Nathan Williams.
Llantrisant stretched their lead through two further tries during this period. The first was a well worked move with the right wing cutting infield between the centres to score a try that even the visiting supporters generously applauded. A second more predictable try followed a series of line-outs and rolling mauls.
As the half time whistle blew the home side were enjoying a healthy 22-5 lead.
The ‘Villagers’ dominated the second half and put the home side under extreme pressure during the third quarter of the match. Tries by Sonny Driscoll and Sam Middlemiss were converted by Morris and the home lead was reduced to 22-19.
Dinas were rampant and with Ryan Shallish and Lewys Dunleavy running and distributing the ball like three-quarters, and with Corey Imperatto and Lewys John making good distance with their more abrasive style, a further score seemed inevitable. The home defence was resolute and the ball was prevented from emerging at all opportunities by an experienced home back row.
With seven minutes remaining the visitors were awarded a penalty that Morris converted to draw the score level at 22 apiece.
The visitors appeared to be favourites to gain the victory but a series of apparently harsh penalties were awarded against Dinas Powys throwing the game into its head.
Time was running out and the game seemed lost as the home 10’s long range penalty kick struck the post.
The final whistle blew and both sides believed that victory could have been theirs. Supporters, home and away, discussed decisions that did not go in their team’s favour.
Upon reflection gaining two league points away at Llantrisant may appear to be a fine result come the Spring.
At this early part of the season four sides remain unbeaten in the league;, Dinas Powys, Llantrisant, Porth Quins and Penarth.
On September 26th The Common will play host to one of the most eagerly awaited clashes in many-a-year as Dinas look to overcome long term local rivals Penarth. KO is at 2.30pm. Be the 16th man and support your local team.[/mk_custom_box]