Saturday, October 17, 2009

Ebbw Vale 12 Cross Keys 36

It's getting desperate at Ebbw Vale, as 27 points (unanswered) in the last 20 minutes saw a fitter, quicker and more skillful Cross Keys emerge as comprehensive victors in this Gwent derby.
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It's a sad day at Eugene Cross Park when the biggest cheer goes up in derision as the Ebbw Vale captain and scrum half is substituted.
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Ebbw Vale were 12-9 up at one point in the 2nd half, but fell apart after taking the lead. Desperate defence led to a sin binning for centre Matthew Lewis, during which time the Keys scored 13 points.
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Vale pressure after a Keys 'binning' came to nothing for the home side, in fact it led to a breakaway Keys try. One more in injury time sealed an overwhelming away win.
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Vale's coaches Matthew McCarthy and Christian Loader are under pressure. Only winless Pontypool keep Ebbw off the bottom of the table.
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First half pics
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Second half pics and clips
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At 12-22, and Keys down to 14 men, Vale are still in the game until this try (enlarge on youtube):

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Keys victory is complete with this try in injury time (enlarge on youtube):

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