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FELINFOEL CHAMPIONS AS DUNVANT LOSE TO GORSEINON(13th Apr)

By Roger Knight

In a gale force wind and tightly contested game Gorseinon ground at a 27-23 win over Dunvant at Broadacre which makes Felinfoel Champions of 1 West.

When Dunvant last met Gorseinon at Broadacre it was Boxing Day 2017 and Gorseinon took away the spoils winning 21-12. Dunvant got a 20-13 win at the Welfare ground in March but saw Gorseinon fight back from 20-0 down in 20 minutes to get a losing bonus point 20-13. Gorseinon’s big 37-0 win at Hendy on Wednesday night saw them arriving at Broadacre as the top form side with 5 consecutive earning 24 points to sit in 6th place, Dunvant ahead in the table only by virtue of 58 tries to 57.
Gorseinon kicked off playing into a gale force wind blowing from the St Hilary end right down the pitch towards the Dunvant end.With the wind in support Dunvant were straight into Gorseinon’s 22 and within 2 minutes centre Mitchell Ford scored an easy run in, converted by Adam Williams-Parry for a 7-0 lead. From the restart Gorseinon got straight back up to level the score at 7-7 with a try by flanker Ben Cross converted by Liam Popham. Then Dunvant edged ahead with a penalty, followed almost immediately with a try by lock forward Ollie Beck, converted by Adam Williams –Parry who also scored another penalty with 8 minutes of the first half remaining for a half time score of Dunvant 20 Gorseinon 7. In the commentary box we felt given the strong wind that wouldn’t be a big enough lead and so it turned out. In a mirror of Dunvant’s first half start Gorseinon repeated the feat with a great try by full back Niall Popham, converted by brother Liam for 20-14.
On the hour Gorseinon’s big strong pack scored a push over try under the posts, easily converted for Gorseinon to edge into a 20-21 lead. This was becoming a right tussle with Dunvant defending hard and with the game into the final quarter Adam Williams-Parry converted a penalty to put Dunvant back in the lead 23-21. However with full time approaching Dunvant were conceding penalties as they tried to halt the incessant attacks and two more penalties for Liam Popham secured the victory 23-27 for Gorseinon with Dunvant having to settle for a welldeserved losing bonus point. With Dunvant losing the result ensured that Felinfoel were crowned Division 1 West Champions for the 2nd successive season.

Scores:
Dunvant: 23

Tries: 12 Mitchell Ford (T1), 5 Ollie Beck (T2)
Conversions: 14 Adam Williams-Parry (C1, C2)
Penalty: 14 Adam Williams-Parry (P1, P2, P3)
Gorseinon: 27
Tries: 7 Ben Cross (T1), 15 Niall Popham (T2), Try? (T3)
Conversions: 10 Liam Popham (C1, C2, C3)
Penalties: 10 Liam Popham (P1, P2)
Half-Time: Dunvant 20 Gorseinon 7
Match Official: Dewi Phillips

Dunvant team:
Backs: 15 Sam Hawkes, 14 Adam Williams-Parry, 13 Tom Davies, 12 Mitchell Ford, 11 Matt Richards, 10 Richard Lewis, 9 Ben Ley
Forwards: 1 Robbie Morris, 2 Ceri Davies, 3 Ryan Shoemark, 4 Nathan Vaughan, 5 Ollie Beck, 6 Ben Davies, 7 Jamie Nicholas, 8 Adam Gregory (Capt)
Game Changers: 16 Sam Martin, 17 Craig Hawkins, 18 Jack Phillips, 19Jack Thomas, 20 Glen Williams


Main Match Sponsors:
PETER NICHOLAS & SONS ROOFING LTD

DUNVANT WORLINGMENS CLUB-
Gazza Watkins & Friends


Results for Saturday 13th April
Division 1 West

Crymych 34 Gowerton 15
Dunvant 23 Gorseinon 27
Kidwelly 7 Aberystwyth 41
Tenby United 20 Llangennech 24
Whitland 15 Llanelli Wanderers 0

Ospreys West Regional League (2ndXV)
Gorseinon 19 Dunvant 13
Kenfig Hill v Tondu
Maesteg Celtic v Waunarlwydd
Maesteg Quins 7 Bonymaen 42

Swansea District Premier League Division A (2nd XV)
Gorseinon 19 Dunvant 13

Ospreys Regional Youth League C
Aberavon Green Stars 34 Dunvant 14
Gorseinon 10 South Gower 39
Maesteg v Trebanos
Nantymoel 22 Cwm 18
Waunarlwydd v Tonna

Updated 17:55 - 15 Apr 2019 by Roger Knight

Where next?

CUP SEMI-FINAL FOR DUNVANT YOUTH (Apr 23rd) Dunvant Youth will host South Gower Youth this Tuesday 23rd in the District E/F Cup Semi Final, kick off is 7.10 p.m.
The Greatest Showman Outdoor Show Singalong @ Dunvant Rugby Club A fantastic outdoor show at Dunvant Rugby Club on Friday May 3rd with an outdoor filmshow.singalong/dance from 6.30

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Youth-Ospreys C League South Gower Youth
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Youth-Ospreys C League Maesteg Youth
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1st XV 18/19 Yr Hendy
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2ndXV SD & Friendlies Swansea University 2nd XV
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1st XV 18/19 Gowerton
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