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high-fly­ing Air­men.

Though Llan once more gave it their best shot, the dam­age was done dur­ing the first half when three sloppy goals were leaked.

They did spread some cream on this fruit­less run when Dan Cornish got a sec­ond goal of the sea­son, but it wasn’t enough.

“Again we were un­for­tu­nate not to get any­thing out of a close game, but a young side is start­ing to gel and will even­tu­ally get there on ef­fort,” said Llang­y­n­wyd Rangers chief Mark Jenk­ins.

In the Pre­mier Divi­sion, Garw are one place above the drop zone af­ter los­ing 3-1 to Cardiff Dracs at Lyd­step Park, Ga­balfa.

Back in Oc­to­ber, the re­verse fix­ture ended 1-1, but this time around the Blandy boys faded af­ter go­ing in front through a ninth goal of the cam­paign from lead­ing scorer Lewis James.

Tommy Mclean made it 1-1 be­fore the break, and his sec­ond goal along with a Joey Morelli strike gave Dracs all three points.

It con­demned Garw to a ninth de­feat in 14 league starts, and they’ll now eye a win on Satur­day at home to Can­ton Lib­eral.

Mean­while, Al­liance new­com­ers Llangeinor have ce­mented a Divi­sion Two mid-ta­ble stand­ing via three straight vic­to­ries.

The most sig­nif­i­cant was a 2-0 win over STM Sports Old Boys at Llan­rum­ney Fields with Rhys Thomas get­ting both goals.

Ear­lier, Llan de­feated Llantwit Fardre, 3-1, at Llangeinor Park with Rhys Thomas again hit­ting the tar­get to­gether with key striker Si­mon Lock and Adam Worner.

Mean­while, it’s been an­nounced that Llan will be one of four lo­cals sides in­volved in fes­tive sea­son league ac­tion.

On De­cem­ber 29, the league have stamped the pass­port of Cor­nelly Utd to travel to Cardiff Air­port while also in Divi­sion One, Llang­y­n­wyd Rangers en­ter­tain Tonyre­fail Boys Club.

And in Divi­sion Two, Llangeinor host pro­mo­tion-seek­ing Vale Utd in a po­ten­tial post-Christ­mas cracker.

In Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Divi­sion One, Llantwit Ma­jor beat Mon­mouthshire side Goytre, 2-1, at Wind­mill Lane.

De­spite con­ced­ing af­ter just 40 sec­onds to Josh Brown, the Wind­millers hit back with a 22nd-minute ef­fort from Josh Jones.

Soon af­ter Jones was felled in the box - An­thony Rawl­ings fluffed the penalty - but he atoned with a 55 th -minute win­ner.

Fi­nally, in Re­serve Divi­sion (West), Peny­bont came close to re­liev­ing lead­ers Cardiff Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univ of a per­fect record.

Though the Stu­dents ar­rived at the Kymco Sta­dium with nine wins from nine, they were re­lieved to get an 86th-minute win­ner.

Though Bont were a goal to nil down at the break and trailed 2-0 early in the sec­ond half, goals from Matthew Smarty-Smith and pol­ished Pole Rafal Pa­c­holec set up a grand­stand fin­ish.

But with a point apiece seem­ing the likely out­come, the Stu­dents taught Bont a harsh les­son via clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing.

Evan Den­scombe, back from Vale Utd, was man of the match. CLEARLY the month be­tween the trip to Pon­ty­pool and this, the Quins’ next Cham­pi­onship match told.

How­ever, the two come­backs in this sin­gle game made for an en­thralling con­test and a heart-warm­ing home dis­play of re­fusal to ac­cept de­feat.

Third place Cardiff Met­ro­pol­i­tan made four­teen changes to the team who bat­tled so well against league lead­ers Pon­ty­pool, to face a Quins team sec­ond from bot­tom.

Home sup­port saw Lewis Tutt make his 250th ap­pear­ance. Al­ter­na­tively, loom­ing lock Matthew Davies made his 1st XV de­but.

Pil­ing early pres­sure on the young Archers, mo­men­tum was bro­ken when a reg­u­la­tion pass was in­ter­cepted by Rus­sell Ben­nett. Rac­ing eighty yards, the out-half touch­down un­der the posts and con­verted.

Dur­ing a twenty phases pe­riod of play, Quins were pe­nalised for a high tackle and Ben­nett kicked the goal.

A re­sponse was needed and the Quins scrum al­lowed them to achieve this. Turn­ing the screw a se­ries of penal­ties were gleaned.

The Stu­dents then trans­gressed at a ruck and Jakob Wil­liams sped off. Held up short of the line, Geraint Evans found him­self in the midst of the ruck and bur­rowed over. Owen Howe con­verted.

Howe lev­elled from fifty yards af­ter the Quins se­cured an­other scrum penalty, as they slowly be­gan to take the up­per hand.

At this point the hosts could have taken the game away from the aca­demics, but sloppy play and think­ing up front let the visitors off the hook.

De­spite get­ting into promis­ing po­si­tions, ex­e­cu­tion was not of the nec­es­sary stan­dard.

A cou­ple of driving mauls and one par­tic­u­lar five-yards scrum that saw the ball kicked back into the grate­ful Stu­dent’s side of the set piece as the Quins were ad­vanc­ing were ex­am­ples of this slop­pi­ness.

To make mat­ters worse, Ben­nett put his team back into the lead with a penalty just be­fore the break.

A sec­ond fifty yards goal from Howe lev­elled the scores.

Again there were glimpses of the Quins gain­ing as­cen­dancy, only for ‘ring-rusty’ in­ac­cu­racy to fail the hosts. It was crit­i­cal for the Quins, once they got into promis­ing po­si­tions, to make them tell.

‘Met’ are ex­ceed­ingly well drilled and tal­ented. Of course, their stern de­fence also held the Quins out.

They were also more com­fort­able on the ball, due to their mul­ti­ple weekly train­ing ses­sions and game time to­gether over the past month.

Putting to­gether an­other fine dis­play of con­ti­nu­ity play in poor con­di­tions, hooker Corey Lewis surged over at the posts and Ben­nett con­verted.

Tak­ing ev­ery­thing into ac­count and en­ter­ing the fi­nal quar­ter, over­turn­ing the visitors lead ap­peared un­likely.

Quins were des­per­ate to put right the wrongs of the sea­sonal opener at Cyn­coed, yet de­ter­mi­na­tion was not enough, things had to click to­gether. Owen Howe’s clear­ances were enough to bring even the hard­est-nosed for­ward to tears.

Whether tears of joy or de­spair de­pended on who you were play­ing for.

Home com­bi­na­tion play be­gan to gel and the slop­pi­ness dis­si­pated. It was pleas­ing to see Ben Davies cope in very well in con­di­tions that re­ally weren’t made for him. Rho­dri Davies and Tadgh McGuckin work well de­fen­sively against po­tent op­po­si­tion.

Yet it was up front where this par­tic­u­lar con­test was at its most po­tent and com­pelling.

Line-outs were an evenly con­tested tus­sle. The end re­sult of the Quins im­pact at the scrum of­ten re­sem­bled the car­nage of a Quentin Tar­rantino film.

The break­down bat­tle was a ‘bluechip’ con­test be­tween the back-rows. It was the Quins who just edged this area of play.

It needed some hefty car­ry­ing and Mike Owen along with skip­per Steve Wil­liams proved hard to stop.

A huge Howe clear­ance sent the Quins eighty yards up­field.

A maul and se­ries of drives were re­pelled by the Archers.

Kieran Grif­fiths car­ried strongly and when he had sucked in more than his quota of tack­lers, Matthew Davies found the space to force his way over at the corner.

Howe gave his con­ver­sion shot enough clout to reach the posts and the kick spliced the up­rights to level the scores.

It was more of the same with fif­teen min­utes re­main­ing.

It seemed the Quins weight ad­van­tage had taken its toll on the Stu­dents.

A huge boot, line-out, scrum and phase play en­sem­ble brought the crowd alive and when Jay Ro­nan made it over the line for his team to take the lead for the first time, the roar was deaf­en­ing.

The missed con­ver­sion gave the Stu­dents a chance to take the spoils.

They had two chances but lost one through a lit­tle in­ac­cu­racy and the sec­ond saw Jay Ro­nan steal pos­ses­sion at an at­tempted driving maul.

Short pops and drives saw out the fi­nal min­utes in the Met’s half, for a land­mark Quins win against a Cham­pi­onship lead­ing light.

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