A low quality contest provided poor fare for the large crowd that gathered on the Common for this local derby.
A dogged Barry team made it difficult for the home side to develop their style of play and it took a full twenty five minutes for the Villagers to open their account; Captain Josh Dunleavy crossing for a try following a dynamic driving line-out. Fly half John Morris added the conversion from the touchline and with a quarter of an hour of the first half remaining the home side led by 7-0.
Dinas continued to dominate territory and a sniping break by scrum half Nathan Williams could have resulted in a further try but left wing Dan Evans failed to take the final pass.
The referee was tolerant at the breakdown however he finally penalised the visitors for transgressing at this phase of play. Morris converted the penalty and the Villagers extended their lead to 10-0 and was last score of a disjointed and dour first half.
The second half started brightly for the Villagers with second row Gareth Williams twice stealing line-out ball on the Barry throw, and depriving the visitors of two attacking positions.
However the nature of the game changed just five minutes into the second half when Barry’s tight-head prop was forced to leave the contest. Without a replacement prop on the bench all subsequent scrums were to be passive. This single factor changed the complex of the contest; the domination that the home side had established in this facet of play was now neutralised.
Barry scored a try from the base of the static scrum in a manoeuvre that appeared to be straight off the training ground within five minutes of going passive, the visitors obviously being fully prepared for just such an occurrence.
Dinas responded positively to this score by attacking brightly themselves, having already had two tries disallowed for forward passes. Frustration was compounded when Dinas dropped the ball within a few feet of the Barry try line. This gifted ball was rapidly shifted to right wing Brad White who raced from his own half to score. The conversion was followed by two penalties in quick succession. Both were converted and suddenly the ‘Villagers’ were chasing a game that had seemed within their control.
The remainder of the game consisted of frantic Dinas Powys attacks that resulted in a try for right wing Rhys Evans but nothing else as a determined and streetwise Barry defence repelled the desperate attacks of the home team.
There were fine individual performances within a disappointing team performance and Coach John Dunleavy named Sam Middlemiss as the home player of the game after a fine performance at full back.