Amman bid farewell to unbeaten home record
10:24am Monday 24th February 2014 in Sport
Division Two West
Amman United 6 Dunvant 19
Amman United saw Fortress Cwmamman breached for the first time since March 2011 as the Reds went down to their first home defeat of the season against a very good Dunvant side.
The victory ensured the visitors climbed to the top of Division Two West by a margin of four points while Amman remain a comfortable fourth after a seventh defeat from 13 starts.
Amman were again missing a number of influential players, with Rhys Thomas, Tom Davies and Joel Foster all unavailable. They also lost in-form Ryan Williams to injury during the game.
A bruising encounter saw plenty of early sparring as penalties were exchanged in the opening half hour - Adrian Thomas sending over two kicks to keep the hosts level at 6-6.
Amman created a number of openings, but failed to turn possession into points - and that proved the difference.
Dunvant capitalised on their opportunities and grabbed the all-important – and only - try of the game just before half-time to claim an 11-6 interval margin.
The Amman pack played well throughout, and the two sides slugged it out in the second half, but with little reward for United’s efforts as the visitors kept their noses in front and stretched their advantage with a brace of second-half penalties.
United will hope to bounce back and grab a rare away victory when they travel to rock-bottom side Aberavon Quins – who have suffered 11 defeats from 11 - on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Amman have been drawn to visit Merthyr in the quarter-final of the Swalec Plate on Saturday, March 22.