Garnock Defeated at Lochshore
Garnock Lose at Home
For the second time this season Garnock faced Allan Glen’s but this time in a league fixture. Glen’s won the Shield fixture a fortnight ago and Garnock were looking to improve on that performance. Unfortunately due to injury, illness and unavailability Garnock fielded a much depleted side however they produced a significantly improved performance on the Shield game .
Garnock kicked off in ideal conditions for a game of rugby. They pinned Allan Glen’s well inside their own half for the first 5 minutes but could not create a clear-cut scoring chance against the well-organised visiting defence.
However, in the ninth minute the AG backs strayed offside and from 25 metres Keir Walker slotted over the kick to put Garnock in front at 3-0.
Play resumed in much the same way as before but Glen’s were coming more into the game and only staunch tackling prevented them from registering a score. At this stage Garnock were dominating the lineouts through Jonny Watson and Lewis McGeachy. Scrums were going with the put-in.
The game was peppered with penalties and knock-ons resulting in a series of set pieces being awarded but neither side gain any advantage from these.
In the 22nd minute, Ben Trodden was tackled at the base of a scrum. The tackler was deemed to have strayed offside in effecting the tackle. Walker had no trouble kicking the penalty and pushing Garnock further in front at 6-0.
Allan Glen’s were defending their try line in the 34th minute when they recovered a knock on by Garnock. The referee allowed the advantage to be run. The visitors interpassed the length of the field and Levi Ekevati scored at the posts for Glen Watt to convert and make the score 6-7.
This score seemed to spur Garnock on and they were the better side for the next passage of play.
However, in another flowing movement, Russell McKeown, who had started the attack, was on hand to end it with a try at the posts. Watt converted and pushed the score to 6-14 at half time.
Allan Glen’s restarted and looked the better side but Garnock’s defence held them out. However, in their first venture to the Garnock line Fraser Moore evaded the Garnock cover and his pass allowed Sean Lennon to score near the posts. Watt converted to make it 6-21 after 46 minutes.
The next ten minutes belonged to Garnock. They forced their way well inside the Glen’s half and only some desperate tackling kept the score from moving on.
Glen’s were penalised for infringements near their own line and Garnock elected to punt for touch and set up a lineout. As was the trait in the game, they won the lineouts and set up several drives. At the third attempt they were successful and Matt Shiells touched down at the posts to give Walker a simple conversion and to move the score to 13-21 after 58 minutes.
The remaining 20 minutes was perhaps the most exciting for the spectators. Play swung from end to end with Allan Glen’s seeking the fourth try for a bonus point and Garnock desperately looking for a losing bonus point. The only further score was a converted penalty by Glens.
Both sides finished with the defences managing to hold out until referee Ellison whistled for “no side.”
The final score was Garnock 13 points and Allan Glen’s 24 points.
The Garnock squad was : Chapman, Wynn, Shiells, Watson, McGeachy, Hyslop Miller A, Wilson, Trodden, Walker, Convery, Irvine, Dominy, Miller DR, Perry, Henderson and Gibb.
Garnock travel to Annan for their next league game (8th) and their next home match is against Kilmarnock on 15th September.