A somewhat underwhelming performance by the Villagers of Dinas Powys saw them defeat Heol y Cyw by the narrowest of margins and notch up their third league win of the season. The home side started brightly in what turned into a turgid affair, storming into a twelve point lead within a quarter of an hour and seemingly cruising to a comfortable victory. However, the game deteriorated into an ill-tempered and disjointed affair that only had flashes of flair to brighten up a grey day.
The theme of the season so far for the Villagers has been domination of possession and territory, and the first half of this encounter was no different. However the second forty minutes was spent mainly within their own half, defending grimly and eventually prevailing by the narrowest of margins. Unfortunately, the victory came at a cost as several players had to leave the fray with injuries. The first of these was scrum-half Tom Davies just five minutes into the game. Hi replacement, Williams, took a quick tap penalty on half-way before feeding right winger Jim Wiltshire whose chip and chase saw Dinas notch up the first points of the game — the speedy winger winning the race to the bouncing ball. The conversion was added by veteran player coach Darren Ryan.
The home side were soon on the attack again via a penalty kick into the corner. Having gathered the ball from the ensuing line-out, the Villagers’ forwards drove onwards. Williams passed the ball to centre Ciaran Driscoll who, on a sharp angle, penetrated further in to the visitors territory. Williams was involved once again, this time recycling the ball in the opposite direction to prop Kevin Tallis who in turn fed the imposing second row Kieran Clarke, who used every inch of his arm length to reach the try line.
At this point, anyone who’d openly suggest that Dinas wouldn’t score again would have been treated with a degree of scepticism. The Villagers appeared to be in the ascendancy and heading for a comfortable victory. However, the visitors from the Bridgend area responded immediately with a penalty which was quickly followed by an unconverted try of their own just before the half-time whistle. The quick double-blow brought the score a tantalisingly close 12-8 as the mid-way point.
From the restart, the visitors were awarded a penalty kick that they duly converted. With thirty-nine minutes reaming on the clock, the score stood at 12-11. Depending upon your viewpoint, disappointingly this was to be the final score. For the remainder of the match both teams’ defences were to remain firm despite the ambitions of the Villagers who on at least two occasions refused to kick apparently simple penalties in their valorous (given the scoreline) attempt to add to their try tally .
Heol-y-Cyw pummelled the home defences. Heroic tackling from the back row of Lewys John, Ryan Shallish and the imperious Lewis Dunleavy, supplemented by the solid scrummaging of the Villagers’ front row in which, Kevin Tallis, Tom Baister, Caleb Robinson and Luke Dyer all took turns to assist tight head prop Andrew O’Malia. The stout O’Mallia is revelling in the challenge of playing in the first division, and is proving an invaluable member of highly competitive front row.
The victory means that Dinas have an equal number of victories and defeats thus far in their first season in National League Division 1 East Central.