Joy for Pencoed RFC youth as they lift cup!

By GEM Community Correspondent in Rugby

The many Pencoed supporters who travelled to the Brewery Field for this District Youth cup final were conscious of the fact their team had lost on two previous occasions to Nantyffyllon in the league.

However on the day their apprehension was allayed in no uncertain manner despite a competitive effort throughout from Nantyffyllon.

Pencoed scrum half Calum Palmer darted over wide out for the opening try of the match, the respective place kickers then took a hand, Jacob Lloyd with a penalty for Pencoed and Nantyffyllon’s Calum Powell slotting three penalty goals for his side to lead 9-8.

The Pencoed response was quick, their backs showing good hands some 50 metres out to put Dewi Cross in space, and the Welsh under-18 international needed no second invitation to race clear to score, Lloyd adding the extras.

Play then became to and fro with no quarter asked or given, and with Nantyffyllon on the attack there came a crucial first half score.

Pencoed’s Cameron Fyvie Davies plucked the ball out of the air on the intercept to race away from 60 metres to score at the posts, pursued all the way by the desperate defence. Lloyd converted and Pencoed led 22-9.

A further Lloyd penalty gave Pencoed a 16 point half-time cushion, the scoreline perhaps not reflective of a most competitive opening half.

Pencoed outside half Sam Costelow then stretched his sides lead early in second half, charging down a kick and the Welsh international arced away from the final defender to score from 40 metres, which Lloyd converted.

To their credit the Llynfi Valley sides response was immediate, and close up driving play from their pack saw Ross Boast get the touchdown. Powell converted to reduce arrears to 32-16.

Any thoughts of a Nantyffyllon comeback were soon dispelled, however, Pencoed back row forward Jack Thompson alert to his opportunity at a lineout some metres out to score.

Going into the final moments Lloyd set the seal on a fine all-round Pencoed performance with a penalty goal.

The Pencoed youth coaching team and everyone involved can reflect in particular on a most successful end of the season, winning both the Majorca Beach tournament at Maguluf before completing a unique double with this District Cup success.

Congratulations one and all.

TR

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