Amman United 6 Trebanos 3
9:00am Wednesday 13th March 2013 in Sport
AMMAN United set up a Tovali Bowl Final date against old foes Newcastle Emlyn after a thrilling semi-final victory over a talented young Trebanos side at neutral Ystradgynlais on Friday evening.
The fixture proved an entertaining clash despite the lack of tries with plenty of endeavour from both sides.
Two well-drilled defences meant try-scoring opportunities were hard to come by and there were a few big hits along with some top tackles, United’s midfield enforcer centre Richard Dunn returned to the side and did what he does best in a match tailormade for the tough tackler.
Meanwhile, big Matthew Wrigley was phenomenal with his ball-carrying and Dean Williams immense in defence, snuffing out several two-onone situations to save his side.
Amman managed to lose the first scrum, but put things right and went on to dominate at the set-pieces with the front row of Tom Davies, Doug Jenkins and Liam Mangan outstanding all evening.
The opening 20 minutes saw plenty of early sparring, with much mutual respect on display, and it was Trebanos claimed an early advantage with a penalty.
But Amman hit back and deservedly levelled matters just before half-time with a penalty of their own from the boot of the returning Rhys Thomas.
Amman lost the services of scrum half Ryan Williams when a yellow card saw him head for the sin-bin.
The resultant reshuffle saw Gavin Lewis slotting in at number nine from full back, and the pocket rocket was soon involved. His excellent pass found Thomas in the pocket to send over a neat dropped-goal for the lead.
In a tough tie played in excellent spirit and well-marshalled by the referee, Trebanos broke away late on, but Mangan came to the rescue with a thumping try-saving tackle late on to preserve his side’s lead. Amman now face Division Three West rivals Emlyn in the end-of-season showpiece finale after the red and whites saw off Mumbles in the corresponding fixture.