Cross Keys edged out Llanelli following a low-quality Principality Premiership Tier 2 fixture at Pandy Park on Saturday.
Given the heavy conditions this game was always likely to be a tight affair and there were very few moments of real quality to write about.
It was the visitors that started the game brightly and they fully deserved to take the lead in the 7th minute when fly half Ian Brooks kicked a penalty after Keys number 8 Ieuan Jones was sent to the sin bin for preventing visiting scrum half Matthew Flanagan from taking a quick tap and go from deep inside the Keys 22.
Keys did have some chances over the next 10 minutes but their efforts came to no avail and Llanelli once again began to take control of proceedings. With Llanelli piling on the pressure it was left to the incredibly hard draft of the Keys defence to stop their line from being breached as the game passed the half an hour mark.
Keys finally gained some momentum toward the Llanelli line but again the chances were few and far between with Keys conceding a number of turnovers at the breakdown, where Llanelli dominated. Keys got themselves on the scoreboard with the last play of a scrappy first half when Josh Prosser kicked a straight forward penalty to tie the scores at the interval.
Half time score: Cross Keys 3 Llanelli 3
In truth things didn’t really get much better in the second half although Keys, playing toward the clubhouse probably just about edged things as the second half opened up.
Keys best chance of the second half came when they had a series of close range driving lineouts with around 15 minutes to go but Llanelli coped with everything Keys threw at them and eventually forced a turnover which meant they cleared their lines with the scores remaining level.
Keys went ahead for the first time just over 10 minutes from the end when Josh Prosser kicked his second penalty of the game as Keys knew time was running out and Llanelli were dealing with any threats Keys posed.
The Keys lead lasted right up until the 78th minute when Llanelli took their opportunity to tie the scores when Ian Brooks kicked his second penalty of the game from in front of the posts, around 35 metres out. A draw would perhaps have proved to be a fair reflection of the game.
Keys weren’t done, however and from the restart they quickly won a penalty just outside the visitors 22. Josh Prosser understandably opted to go for goal once again and sealed the Keys victory with a sweetly struck penalty under huge pressure.
Overall the old phrase ‘a wins a win’ perhaps best sums up this Keys performance and big improvements will no doubt be needed as Keys look to make an impact in Tier 2.
Cross Keys Scorer:-
Penalties: Josh Prosser (x3)
Penalties: Ian Brooks (x2)
Keys Man of the Match: Lewis Smout