Bridgend Athletic Youth took their good pre-season form to Tonmawr for the first league game of this Ospreys C East league campaign, coming away with a 26-0 bonus point win. The Ath fielded a young team led superbly by captain Jack Obbard.
The first half, although dominated by the Ath, remained scoreless until the 25th minute when centre Danny Osarigie latched onto a great pass from outside half Ethan White just outside the 22.
Showing quick feet, he easily beat the defence to speed over the line wide out for the opening score, the conversion narrowly missed by White. The score remained at 5-0 to the Ath until half time.
Changes were made at half time however this did not disrupt the Ath, who continued to dominate.
The Athletic were awarded a penalty just inside the Tonmawr half and a quick tap by White saw him feed centre Tom Florence who straightened and sped through a gap. A great hand off on the opposing full back saw him outstrip the defence to score under the posts. The try was converted by White.
This prompted the Ath to step up another gear and attack at every opportunity with centre Dan O’Sullivan on fire with strong running and deft handling skills, causing chaos in the Tonmawr defence.
One such break saw quick handling by forwards and backs which resulted in Ethan White racing over in the corner for a fantastic team try. The conversion was magnificently put over by Rhys Williams from the touchline.
Five minutes later, great pressure from the Ath at a Tonmawr lineout near their own line saw flanker Ryan Neagle gather the ball and crash through the defence to cross wide out for the bonus point try, which was again converted by Rhys Williams. The game ended with a very good away 26-0 victory for the Athletic.
A fantastic opening league win for the Ath and credit must go to all 22 players who took the field, with special mention for the forwards who worked hard all afternoon to supply the dangerous looking Ath backs with copious amounts of front foot ball against a very capable and dogged Tonmawr team, resulting in the bonus point win.