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Penarth hit Llanharan for six to claim East District Cup

Penarth hit Llanharan for six to claim East District Cup

Penarth claim the East District Cup

Penarth did full justice to the memory of their former committee man Malcolm Thomas as they ran in six tries to beat Llanharan 34-12 to lift the Malcom Thomas East District Cup.

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Saving their best performance to last, the Seasiders beat the team that pipped them to the Division 3 East Central league title with something to spare at Glamorgan Wanderers.

Sam Sully, George Roberts and Joe Roberts all scored unconverted tries in the first half as Penarth took a 15-7 lead into the interval. Llanharan were on the scoreboard either side of half time, first through a try by Richard Byers which Lewis Cogbill converted, and then a Teirion Jones try.

Penarth powered to victory (Photo by Mike Jones/Replay Images)

But ultimately Penarth proved too strong and further tries from Leon Appiah, Matt Allen and Mike Lang wrapped up a comprehensive six tries to two victory for Matt Bolton’s men. Owen Rees added the extras to Allen and Lang’s tries.

This was the final act in what has been a campaign to remember with both clubs having already secured promotion. Llanharan won the title by just two points.

There had not been much between the two sides in their two league encounters either, with both running out victors by a five-point margin over the other in their respective home league fixture.

This occasion though – and the cup – belonged to Penarth, albeit both sides rung the changes and were far from at full strength.

It also marked a happy return to old familiar surroundings for Penarth head coach Matt Bolton, a former captain and coach at Glamorgan Wanderers.

“We played really well,” he said. “It was a mixture of second and first team boys for us, but the boys who came in from the seconds worked hard and were very good. We moved the ball around and made it difficult for them to cope with us.”

Scorers: Penarth: Tries: Sam Sully, George Roberts, Joe Roberts, Leon Appiah, Matt Allen, Mike Lang; Cons: Owen Rees 2. Llanharan: Tries: Richard Byers, Teirion Jones; Con: Lewis Cogbill.

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