Cracking contests a huge credit to all four Griffiths Cup semi-finalists

The winning Crymych team


Griffiths Cup Semi-Finals:

The semi-finals of the Griffiths Cup certainly showcased the depth of ability at under 18 level as Crymych and Narberth won titanic away clashes respectively against Whitland and Fishguard by margins of two and three points.
As both games went right down to the wire the only pity that the current clampdown on attendance meant that fewer people were able to watch than all four squads deserved!


Page points steer Preseli Youth through


Whitland 12 - Crymych 14

Referee: Ceri Harries

It was easy to see why these teams are held in high regard across the county and beyond as they showed total commitment to their cause alongside high skill levels that saw fortunes ebb and flow before the visitors snatched the verdict at Park Llwyn Ty Gwyn.
It was The Young Borderers who took the early lead with a try from flanker Iestyn Comey which full back Harry Fuller converted and it was a promising start as back rower Morgan Batton and second rows Ben Taylor and Tom Williams also caught the eye with their work rate.
But Crymych also had strong displays up from flanker Aneurin Mathias, No 8 Ptolemy Allen and second row Iestyn Wood – and they levelled matters with a try by busy hooker Cai Ifans which centre Max Page converted.
As half backs Tomos and Owain Davies looked to keep the Crymych pack going forward it was Page who put his side ahead with a well-worked try which he also converted - but Whitland refused to submit and were rewarded with a good unconverted try from Luca Setaro to take them within a score of victory.
It was very much and tuck in the final quarter as Whitland lost the influential Fuller and Crymych defended well to make it to the final.
Whitland coach Martin Nicholas told us how proud he was of his young charges and also sportingly praised the opposition. Opposing coach Aled Harries, who looks after the Crymych team alongside Barry Davies, was understandably jubilant with their narrow win but also congratulated Whitland in making it a cracking game as his squad can now look forward to the final against old rivals Narberth.

Action from the Fishguard v Narberth match

Young Otters through with late comeback


Fishguard & Goodwick 12 - Narberth 15

Referee: Stephen Phillips- Harries

Narberth Youth staged a match-winning fight-back in the final quarter at The Grange Ground against Fishguard & Goodwick after the Young Seagulls had established a 12-3 lead but their opponents kept plugging away and snatched the verdict when second row Harri Harries ploughed over the whitewash.
The Young Otters took the lead within three minutes as Charlie Phillips slotted a penalty but Fishguard made it 5-3 in their favour at the interval with a try by winger Dylan Scott as front rowers Kyle Colella and Cai Llewellyn joined locks Osian Rowe and Tom Cabot as good ball winners.
Scott scored a second try after the break which outside half Ollie Rothero converted but conceding size to their strong opponents, Narberth had flanker Yori Morgan as a terrific tackler and in the course of the game used front rowers Joel Davies-Breeze, Jamie Goldsworthy, Owain Jones; then Hugo Kessels, Alfie Evans-Fecci and Harley Young to negate the Young Seagulls immense forward power.
The visitors reduced the deficit with a try from full back Kyle Day and then with time running out the added a second from second row Harri Harries to go with a conversion from Charlie Phillips.
Shane Higgon, who coaches Narberth in conjunction with Rob Nicholas and Randal Evans, told us after the game that the quality of play from both teams was worthy of a final and praised opposite numbers Steve Rowe and Alan Phillips for the way that the Young Seagulls played.
Steve Rowe added that his team was understandably disappointed but that the club was very proud of them and he wished Narberth good luck in their final against Crymych.