Stewartry win a wet and muddy regional shield first round tie

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Stewartry took to a wet and muddy pitch for a first round BT Regional Shield match against Millbrae.

Mosey slotted a penalty early on but there were few chances in a tight game.

Five minutes from the interval Mosey’s kick added three more points.

Farquhar replaced Picken going into the second period.

After a clearing kick was sliced Stewartry went offside giving the hosts three points from the penalty.

Ten minutes in a Muir grubber kick took Stewartry deep into the home 22. The home side knocked on 5 metres from their own line. The Stewartry pack got the push with Porteous picking up to drive for the line but he stopped 1 metre out. Recycled ball came back to Cannon to bulldoze over the try line to touch down. The conversion went wide.

Going into the last quarter heavy rain made the ground conditions even worse and both teams gave away penalties for not releasing. In the closing minutes the home side made it back to the Blacks 22 but the ball went forward. Stewartry took the ball in the scrum to close the game down. Final score Stewartry 11 Millbrae 3. In the terrible conditions Stewartry played well with excellent defence and set piece play.

Stewartry squad:- J Fingland, M Taylor, J Muir, R Austin, S Milligan, C Mosey, J Picken, I McMorran, D THomson, T Cannon, R Porteous (captain),

A Kerr, S McCulloch, J Kerr, M Smith, J Farquhar, R Cunningham, K Roberts.