Tough night on the road for Cross Keys
9:14pm Friday 8th March 2013 in Sport
LLANDOVERY 39 CROSS KEYS 17
CROSS Keys missed the chance of going up into second place in the Premiership after this disappointing defeat at Church Bank, writes Huw S Thomas.
It was sweet revenge for the Drovers after their 22-15 defeat at Pandy Park. Games between these two clubs are usually tight affairs but this was an exception.
The home side went on the attack from the start and kept possession for a long period before wing Sam Soul powered over wide out for fly half James Garland to convert. Garland soon added two penalties out of three attempts to stretch the lead to 13-0 after 17 minutes.
A fine move from deep ended with centre Jack Roberts racing over for Llandovery’s second try and Keys had hardly touched the ball in 20 minutes.
Skipper Rob Nash rallied the troops to at last get good field position but poor handling let the Drovers off the hook.
Keys were at least now sharing possession with lock Tom Lampard getting clean line out ball and a snap drop from fly half Dorian Jones brought them three points. But a galloping run from No 8 Kieran Murphy ended with Roberts outpacing the defence to claim a touchdown, Garland converting for a 25-3 interval lead.
Keys were hit by a fourth home try when scrum half Lee Rees put in a measured chip for Soul to get his second.
Down 32-3 Keys at last awoke for a close range attack to end with wing Kristian Baller crashing through for a try converted by Jones. The recovery continued with a close range converted try from Nash but was halted with a converted home try by replacement flanker Shaun Miles.
To their credit Keys spent most of the last fifteen minutes on the attack with replacement scrum half Jonathan Lewis threatening, but there was no way through a sound defence.
Llandovery: Tries: J Roberts (2), S Soul (2), S Miles; Cons: J Garland (3), C Rees; Pens: J Garland (2)
Cross Keys: Tries: K Baller, R Nash; Cons: D Jones (2); Drop Goal: D Jones