Thursday, 23 May 2013

Beddau defy odds to defeat Bargoed in Mid District Cup final

Worthington Mid District Cup final

Beddau 30-21 Bargoed

Beddau upset the odds to defeat Bargoed, handing them their second successive Worthington Mid District Cup heartbreak at Pontypridd’s Sardis Road.

Last season saw Treorchy shatter the Barg and now it was Beddau’s turn, sweet revenge having lost both home and away to them in the Championship this season.

The Beddau squad celebrate after an entertaining win over Bargoed.

It was a sensational match that showed just how gutsy coach Justin Burnell and his Beddau squad are as they battled away and visibly grew in confidence as the game wore on.

Pre-match favourites Bargoed were met by a string of fine tackles, and when Dafydd Carter dropped James Pizey’s pass with the line looming, their biggest chance had gone.

Early penalties by Tom Benjamin for Beddau and Bargoed’s Chris Mapps were followed by a great forward drive and try from Beddau skipper Rob Downes, which Benjamin converted.

However, Mapps kicked another penalty only for Beddau to score a smart try as Adam Williams sent Benjamin clear.

Bargoed came back with slick passing sending wing Simon Parry over and Mapps converted, but Benjamin’s penalty took Beddau to an 18-16 lead at the interval.

It was a further 27 tense minutes before another score came as a clever pass sent replacement Beddau flanker George Lee in at the corner for a crucial score.

Then with eight minutes remaining, strong forward play led to swift passing and Beddau left wing Curtis Cunningham went in at the corner with Benjamin landing the extra points.

Bargoed gave it their best shot and deserved a consolation try by lively wing replacement Gareth Dare after a superb 50-metre move with several players involved.

But it was just too late, and Beddau deservedly won it with referee Gwyn Morris turning in a top-class performance. Not one card was needed to be shown in a fine 80 minutes of thrilling rugby.

Beddau – Tries: Rob Downes, Tom Benjamin, George Lee, Curtis Cunningham. Cons: Tom Benjamin (2). Pens: Tom Benjamin (2).

Bargoed – Tries: Simon Parry, Gareth Dare. Con: Chris Mapps. Pens: Chris Mapps (3).


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