Garnock Lose at East Kilbride
Garnock Lose at East Kilbride
As reported by Tom Dickson
Garnock travelled to Calderglen Country Park to take on league leaders in the form of East Kilbride Rugby Club. With only one game to play to complete their season this was a must win for the home squad.
From the Garnock kick-off, EK cleared to the Garnock 22 metre line which was well won by Rory Dominy but the referee took play back for a penalty award to EK. From the line-out near the Garnock 10 metre line, again won by Garnock, stand off Rory Walker punted well inside his opponent’s half. Gathering the ball Ben Trodden dodged his way forward but a knock-on allowed EK to clear.
Play ebbed and flowed with neither side looking like scoring. The more powerful Garnock pack were winning every set scrum and giving the backs good possession but the disciplined tackling by the home defence held steady.
The game continued in this frame with defences easily coping with whatever threat was posed at them. It was no surprise that the first half ended with the score at 0-0.
During this period the Garnock highlights saw Jordan Taggart always looking the most dangerous attacker with three telling runs well inside the EK half and the forwards still winning all the set scrums and sharing the lineouts. The defence of the Garnock squad were also dealing with the EK threats.
EK showed why they are league leaders with their play. Their defence was always intact and when they were in possession showed their attacking ability. They came closest to scoring in the in the 36th minute, but the visitors held out until the half time whistle brought a break to an exciting game devoid of scoring.
It took EK only three minutes to open the second half scoring when they won a lineout 10 metres from the Garnock line. They pealed off, released their backs and Shankie scored near the posts. He converted to make the score 7 – 0 for EK.
Again, play settled into the same pattern as in the first half. In the 50th minute EK were reduced to 14 players when their No. 17 was sin binned.
The flow of the game was altered when uncontested scrums saw EK gaining more open possession. However, Garnock scored a try through Jared Reekie after some fine work by the Garnock pack. They won a scrum and quick ball allowed the centre to dodge his way over the line. 61 minutes played and Garnock were back in the hunt.
Seven minutes later the EK left winger was allowed a free run from half way to score at the posts. Shankie converted to make it 14 – 5.
In the 65th minute Garnock were reduced to 14 players when one of their second row was red carded for dangerous play.
From the resulting penalty, EK forced their way towards the Garnock line. From a scrum close to the Garnock try line, quick ball allowed their No 6 to score at the posts. The conversion was good and the score moved on to 21 – 5 after 65 minutes.
This reversal seemed to spur Garnock on and they had their best spell for a short time. The pressed well inside the EK half, gained a series of scrums and from one Dominy released Keir Walker who scored near the posts. He converted the try to make the score 21 – 12.
From the restarted drop out Garnock hesitated when the ball landed inside the 10-metre area. The EK No 4 waited for the ball to pass the 10-metre line, gathered it and ran unopposed over the try line to score the Bonus Point try at the posts. With Shankie’s conversion good the final score became – East Kilbride 28 Garnock 12.
The Garnock squad at East Kilbride was Shiells, O’Neill, Wynn, Donnelly, McGeachy, Wilson, Johnson, Dominy, Walker K, Walker R, Woods, Taggart, Reekie, Trodden, Jacobson, Miller F, Perry and Anderson.
Next Saturday 13th April Garnock and Irvine complete their league campaigns for season 2018-19 with a local derby agaist Irvine at Lochshore. Kick-off is at 3 o’clock.