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GLAM­OR­GAN WAN­DER­ERS ............... 52 MOUN­TAIN ASH ........... 7

THE Old Firm were beaten by a strong, more pow­er­ful and ca­pa­ble Wan­der­ers team on the day.

Mount kept go­ing through­out and got their only score through a try by cen­tre Alex Hughes and a con­ver­sion by out­side half Matthew Parfitt.

Look­ing at the Wan­der­ers, they look as if they will be tough op­po­si­tion at home for most in Di­vi­sion One East Cen­tral this sea­son. Moun­tain Ash Ath­letic didn’t have much luck ei­ther as Aber­dare 2nd XV called off the Rhondda and East Glam­or­gan League game at 1.15pm due to a lack of play­ers.

It was left to Moun­tain Ash Youth to show the way for­ward with two good per­for­mances last week. First up was a home Blues League game against the league cham­pi­ons Rum­ney which saw the Young Firm just edged out, 1815.

After a sub­dued first half, Mount came alive in the sec­ond and pushed Rum­ney all the way.

A great ma­raud­ing run by flanker Owen Jenkins seemed to take the whole of the Rum­ney team over the line with him for a su­perb try, and then fel­low flanker Daniel Phillips charged down a kick after con­stant pres­sure to get the sec­ond try.

Out­side half Mor­gan James kicked a con­ver­sion and a penalty to take Mount up to 15, and al­though Rum­ney re­grouped, they could not break through in the fi­nal 10 min­utes, when the Young Firm dug in and de­fended su­perbly.

At Ta­ly­wain last Satur­day in the first round of the Welsh Youth Cup, the home team took a first-half 10-0 lead be­fore Mount once again upped their per­for­mance.

Five min­utes be­fore half-time, sec­ond row Mitchell Barnard went over for a try after a num­ber of for­ward drives to make it 10-5 at the break.

In the sec­ond half, Mount scrum half Mor­gan Cartwright lifted the tempo and ran at Ta­ly­wain at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, with the for­wards sup­port­ing him and tak­ing the ball on through phase after phase.

Even­tu­ally the ball was passed to flanker Owen Jenkins, who was on an an­gled run which took him through the home de­fence for an ex­cel­lent try to level the game at 10-10.

Ten min­utes later, that man Jenkins did it again – and scored his third try in two games – run­ning an­other su­perb an­gle to score vir­tu­ally an iden­ti­cal try.

Out­side half Mor­gan James’ con­ver­sion made the score 17-10.

Mount con­tin­ued to dom­i­nant with some strong charges from prop Lewys Phibben who had a fine game, and with 10 min­utes left, James kicked a penalty to make it 20-10 to com­plete the scor­ing and take the Young Firm into the sec­ond round draw.

This Satur­day, Mount travel to Cardiff Quins in the first round of the Swalec Plate, the 2nds are look­ing for a game, and the Youth are away to Merthyr Youth in the Blues Youth League. All games kick off at 2.30pm.

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