Spirited rally comes too late to save Stewartry from defeat

Stewartry 11

Oban Lorne 24

Facing Stewartry, the visitors at Greenlaw on Saturday were Oban Lorne in this rescheduled RBS West League Division Two game.

Oban kicked off and showed they meant business early on. With only 5 minutes gone, they attacked up their right wing deep in to the Stewartry 22.

The Blacks gave away a penalty for going over the top of the ruck 5 metres out from their own line. Taking a quick tap kick Oban drove in for a converted try.

Eight minutes in an Oban player got a yellow card for stamping in a ruck on the halfway line. Midway through the first period Oban gave away a penalty for offside and then for a high tackle on their own 22. Mosey put 3 points on the board for the Blacks. With 5 minutes remaining in the first period Oban were offside - Mosey slotted the ball between the posts giving the Blacks 3 more points.

Into the second period, the visitors continued to push the Blacks scrum back. They picked the ball up and went in for a try.

The conversion went wide leaving Oban with an 11 point advantage.

Cannon and McMorran were replaced by Broll and McCulloch. Oban caught the restart kick and attacked up their left wing but good defense by Stewartry stopped them on the Blacks 10 metre line.

Taking the ball in the lineout Oban moved it across the pitch but it went loose. The visitors chipped it up the right wing but they were offside. Armstrong went back on to replace Smith.

Oban drove nearer the Blacks’ line but more big Stewartry tackles stopped them 5 metres short giving the home side a scrum. Big pressure by the Oban forwards allowed them to get the heal against the head. They picked up from the back of the scrum to go over for a converted try.

With 15 minutes left the Blacks raised their game. At a lineout on the visitors 22 the throw in was not straight giving Oban a scrum but they delayed the put in. Oban dissent to the referee earned Stewartry a penalty.

Picken and Sainsbury replaced Fingland and Cammay Fenwick. At a lineout 5 metres from the visitors try line the Blacks took clean ball and shipped it across the field to attack the Oban line. They went in for a try but the ball was held up.

In the 5 metre scrum Stewartry took the heal. Quick ball went to McCarney who charged to the Oban try line. Offloading in the tackle McCarney passed to Boyd who went over for a try. The conversion hit the post.

Cannon replaced Broll. Nearing the end, in a 5 metre scrum Stewartry got the heal and kept up the pressure. Oban gave away a penalty for offside. The Blacks took another quick kick but could not get over the Oban line. In the last play of the game Oban secured the ball in a lineout and pushed Stewartry back. Final score Stewartry 11 Oban Lorne 24.

The final stages of this game saw a very spirited performance from the Blacks. If they had played that way earlier in the game the result would have been different.

Stewartry squad:- J Fingland, K Riddick, J Muir, Danny Boyd, T J McCarney, C Mosey, D Kerr, I McMorran, D Burton, T Cannon, M Smith, J Armstrong, R Porteous, C Fenwick, I Fenwick (captain), M McCulloch, S Broll, K McMinn, H Sainsbury, J Picken, S Hogg.