Leinster victorious at the Parc despite late Scarlets challenge
The unbeaten Irish team, Leinster, kept their winning streak alive as they secured their third victory in the Celtic Cup against Scarlets A at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday afternoon.
Both teams showed great determination, scoring a try apiece, but it all came down to penalty points on the board.
Scarlets began the game at a disadvantage as the visiting team put the first few points on the board with an immediate try by O’Brien, converted by Reid.
It wasn’t long until the home team got their points on the board as they secured a penalty kick, successfully done by fullback Morgan Williams.
Both teams went on to kick back and forth a few times to gain territory, which lead to a Leinster penalty kick due to an off-side, Reid kicks straight through the posts.
The home team were given several opportunities to gain some points from line-outs meters from their try line, but the visitors defence strategies were powerful.
Minutes before half time, the visitors made a few replacements but no points were gained.
Half Time; Scarlets A 3 Leinster A 10
The second half began with a replacement for the home team as Javan Sebastian came on for Simon Gardiner. Unfortunately it wasn’t long until the home team were down to 14 men on the pitch as fullback Morgan Williams was shown a yellow card.
Scarlets A managed to keep Leinster away from the whitewash but this came at a cost as they gave away two penalty kicks to Leinster which were successfully kicked by Reid.
Scarlets made a few replacements as they brought on Tomi Lewis, Declan Smith, Dafydd Hughes and Stuart Worrell. After another faltering line-out all was not lost as the home team finally gained their first try of the match from scrum half Declan Smith and was later converted by Morgan Williams.
The last few minutes of the game resulted in a failed penalty kick for the visitors and a late replacement for Scarlets A with Jamie Hughes on for Rhys Fawcett, the final whistle blew and it was a disappointing finish for the home team.
Final Score; Scarlets A 10 Leinster A 16
15 Morgan Williams, 14 Ryan Conbeer, 13 Corey Baldwin, 12 Ioan Nicholas , 11 Steff Evans, 10 Steffan Hughes © , 9 Kieran Hardy, 1 Rhys Fawcett, 2 Marc Jones, 3 Sam Gardiner, 4 Chris Long, 5 Tom Price, 6 Tom Phillips, 7 Shaun Evans, 8 Joe Miles
Replacements; 16 Jamie Hughes, 17 Dafydd Hughes, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Morgan Jones, 20 Stuart Worrell, 21 Declan Smith, 22 Steff Marshall, 23 Tomi Lewis
15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Adam Byrne, 13 Conor O’Brien, 12 Jimmy O’Brien , 11 Jack Kelly © , 10 Noel Reid , 9 Hugh O’Sullivan, 1 Michael Milne, 2 Ronan Kelleher, 3 Vak Abdaladze, 4 Oisin Dowling, 5 Jack Dunne, 6 Josh Murphy, 7 Ronan Watters, 8 Caelan Doris
Replacements; 16 Dan Sheehan, 17 Giuseooe Coyne, 18 Tom Clarkson, 19 Ryan Bird, 20 Martin Maloney , 21 Paddy Paterson, 22 David Hawkshaw, 23 Michael Silverster