AMMAN United snatched victory with the last play of the game as lock Tom Thorneycroft’s injury-time try completed a thrilling comeback after a very entertaining 80 minutes at Parc Mynydd Mawr.
The match was preceeded by a minute’s silence for former Amman player Karl Carter who has sadly died.
Tumble were shocked by the visitors’ lightning start ;firstly,lock Jason Nell crossed for the opening try, before scrum half Alex Williams’ jinking run caused panic, and from the next phase, prop Cian Lewis went over, and with Tom Caddell’s conversion, United led 14-0 inside 8 minutes.
But the Magpies came roaring back, prop Osian Flint forcing over from a driving maul, before, two minutes later, centre Kian O’Reilly exploited some weak Amman tackling for home try number two.
Wing Mike Edwards and centre Sam Davies were bright for Tumble, who were now on top, and some superb interpassing added to some more sloppy tackling allowed flanker Steffan Owen in for a third Magpies’ try on the half hour; veteran outside-half Steve Hewitt converted, and Tumble were now ahead, 17-14.
Amman then shot themselves in the foot; a promising United attack ended with lost possession, Tumble pounced, Sam Jones hacked on, and O’Reilly followed up, outstripping the defence to dive and touch down for a real opportunists’ try and a bonus point before halftime.
Amman began the second half well, outside half Tom Caddell’s penalty reducing Tumble’s lead, before Sean Mangan’s storming run almost set up a chance, but wing Tai Cousins was tackled in the corner; but from the next scrum,captain Alun Lewis went over for the try to regain the Reds’ lead.
Amman then lost backrow man Dan Jones to a dubious yellow card, and Tumble took full advantage of the extra man as Hewitt put in O’Reilly for his hat trick try and the lead changed hands once again.
But the pendulum swung back again as this time, a Tumble defensive blunder created turnover ball, and number eight Sean Mangan intercepted to race in and bring the 14-men to within two points and bag a bonus point into the bargain.
The visitors were now in the ascendency, and livewire scrum half Alex Williams was only thwarted by a last-ditch tackle; but the Tumble defence was breached a minute later as Cian Lewis crossed for his second try of the game.
Steve Hewitt’s penalty levelled the scores at 34-each ,and perhaps a draw would have been a fair result.
But with the final play, subs Daniel James and Iwan Davies battered at the home tryline, before Tom Thorneycroft broke Magpie hearts with his last gasp winning try.
Amman entertain Cefneithin on Saturday, October 8, whilst Tumble travel to New Dock Stars.