Shotton Thwarted Despite Final Possession
Shotton were forced to accept the runners up spot in fantastic and bruising encounter in the Intermediate Cup Final, played at Bangor RFC.
Shotton were seemingly camped on the Denbigh try line and had a number of chances to score only to be foiled at the last gasp as the Denbigh defence held firm.
Denbigh countered well and scored a breakaway try on 12 minutes. Shotton delved deep into enemy territory once again only to be forced into errors by the advancing Denbigh who cleared the ball up field creating another score, against the run of play. Shotton tried battering forward but couldn’t penetrate enough to make it over the whitewash. Denbigh were rewarded for their gutsy resolve with another try deep into injury time giving them a healthy 19 points to nil score line at the break.
As the half time sandwiches were still being consumed, (thanks very much to Bangor RFC for the lovely spread) Shotton’s Wing Roy Cardus flew in to score and give Shotton hope of a fight back.
All to no avail as Denbigh cancelled it out with a try of their own, with a skilful back’s move.
Shotton’s No. 8 Huw Sargeant scored a powerful try on 60 minutes after excellent work from the pack and Daniel Lynskey kicked the conversion.
Not two minutes later, Denbigh hit back once more with more determined work from their industrious half backs to cancel out all of Shotton’s hard work.
Shotton struck back once more with an excellent and elusive run from Centre, John Ketland, evading numerous challenges along the way to his touch down under the posts, Lynskey slotting the conversion.
And yes, you guessed it, Denbigh hit straight back to score once more as the exceptionally well contested event drew to a close.
Denbigh were worthy winners at 36 points to Shotton’s 19, many congratulations going to them for completing the Cup and League double and we look forward to our encounters in Division 1 next season.
Updated 22:34 - 15 May 2018 by Gary Williams