Cofis walk­ing on air af­ter last-minute win­ner from Aled Jones

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT -

ALED JONES’ last-gasp penalty se­cured Caernar­fon a thrilling 33-31 win at Llangefni in round one of the WRU Plate.

Jones’ first three-pointer be­gan the scor­ing be­fore Cefni re­sponded with an ex­cel­lent try through cen­tre Greg Hors­man, Richard Foulkes adding the con­ver­sion.

The ar­rears were re­duced by an­other Jones penalty, but from the restart con­stant pres­sure by the home pack, led to Sior Grieves waltz­ing through to dot down and af­ford Foulkes the added ex­tras.

Caernar­fon hit back when a neat chip through by scrum-half Gareth Patch­ett was well an­tic­i­pated by wing To­mos Huw, and he won the chase to ground. Jones’ con­ver­sion drew the Cofis to within a point once again at 14-13.

A lack of con­cen­tra­tion from the vis­i­tors granted Llangefni yet an­other foothold deep in Cofi ter­ri­tory, end­ing with Dion Oliver crash­ing over, Foulkes con­vert­ing.

With half time loom­ing, the Cofis replied when a Dafydd Lloyd Wil­liams’ charge saw him take nu­mer­ous de­fend­ers with him to ground over the line, Jones’ boot again adding the ex­tras. Half time: 21-20 to Llangefni.

Af­ter the break, the is­su­ing of two yel­low cards cre­ated more space with a Car­wyn Roberts break be­ing con­tin­ued by Mac Jones from the halfway line. His de­cep­tive pace left a trail of would-be tack­lers in his wake as he ran in to score a fine in­di­vid­ual try af­ter some 60 min­utes to grant the Cofis a lead they had not held since the eighth minute.

Again the cush­ion could not be pro­tected, flanker Ei­fion Roberts cross­ing for Cefni with Foulkes adding a con­ver­sion and then a penalty to make it 31-25 to the hosts with 10 min­utes to play.

Caernar­fon pro­duced a big fin­ish, Mac Jones once more hav­ing the pace and strength to squeeze over. No con­ver­sion, but a late home trans­gres­sion led to Jones kick­ing the cru­cial match­clinch­ing penalty. IAN HORS­MAN, TRIPLE EF­FECT

● Caernar­fon at­tempt to stop Llangefni’s Huw Camp­bell in his tracks

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