Aberaeron RFC | 1st Team 19 - 11 Milford Haven RFC | 1st Team

Match Report
14 April 2019 / Team News

Late finish

Aberaeron 19 Milford Haven 11


The battle for the championship and promotion from Div3 West A goes on after this closely fought encounter between the top teams went the way of the home side. In the end Aberaeron will be indebted to the finishing of wing Dyfrig Dafis whose brace of tries proved to be the difference in a closely fought match. Milford had arrived at Parc Drefach in the knowledge that victory would more or less confirm promotion, but will now have to depend on other results, notably Aberaeron failing to win any of their remaining 4 games. It was a perfect start for the hosts with a try in the opening minutes, coming from a sweeping move along the backline giving Dafis the opening to cross the line. Opportunities for further scores in opening period were very limited with Aberaeron guilty of too many indiscretions and this proved costly by half time as the Mariners had gained the ascendancy with a couple of penalties by scrum half Dan McCleland.. The second half resumed with the hosts having the benefit of the wind on their backs and they were to retake the lead with a close range penalty by Rhodri Jenkins. Another Jenkins penalty increased the lead before the outside half was injured on the restart from a debatable high tackle. With the match slipping away from their grasp, a considerable effort by the Milford eight gave flanker Ryan Mansell the opening to cross the line and level the scores. And with the result in the balance and the visitors pressing for the victory a loose ball in Aberaeron's half went the way of Dafis and with deft footwork and gather the wing just made the line. With the advantage now at a mere 5 points and Milford hanging on to a losing bonus point, the final say went to replacement scrum half Dylan Morgan who effortlessly stroked over a long range penalty to cement the victory and send the visitors home pointless. Jubilation at the final whistle will serve to increase confidence but there are still some difficult hurdles to overcome to ensure the prize at season's end.

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