Garnock Overpower Cumnock
As reported by Allan McTaggart
Last Saturday Garnock welcomed Cumnock to Lochshore and duly completed a double with a comprehensive victory. Despite scoring 8 tries including 4 by winger Jordan Taggart, with Keir Walker converting 6, the score could have been a lot higher with better finishing.
The pitch was in remarkably good condition after heavy morning rain and the home team were quickly on the scoreboard in 2 minutes. A typical. forward drive was recycled to the right wing and Taggart using his speed crossed for a converted try.
Scrum half Keir Walker immediately broke from a scrum but the move was spoiled by a forward pass. However the score was not long delayed when from a 22metre lineout, stand off Ewan Perry linked with a training ground wing-in move for Taggart to score a converted try below the posts. 14-0 after 13 minutes play.
Garnock’s heavier pack were dominating their opponents but couldn’t turn pressure into points until 30 minutes when a pod of three drove burly prop Luke Wynn over from a corner lineout. Walker converted again and 21-0 proved to be the halftime score as Cumnock rallied and defended well.
Unfortunately they incurred the referee’s wrath and lost a player due to foul play.
After the oranges Garnock continued to press and were rewarded in 50 minutes when full back Rory Walker made a nice break to dot down an unconverted try in the left corner. The lead was increased to 33 points to nil in 60 minutes when the homesters again disrupted the visitors scrum and busy centre Jared Reekie made a half break feeding left winger Tony Woods for a converted try.
Garnock introduced a few subs making their pack probably the heaviest ever fielded at Lochshore and the game flowed back and forward with Cumnock trying hard for a consolation score. However they tired and Garnock scored three tries in the last 3 minutes to run out winners by 52-0. Captain Matt Shiells rumbled over from a 5 metre scrum, then Jordan Taggart notched a further two after incisive threequarter moves.
Garnock squad. R. Walker, Taggart, Reekie, Irvine, Woods, Perry, K.Walker, F.Miller, Wynn, Chapman, McGeachy, Watson, Johnston, Shiells, A.Miller, Trodden, Gibb, Jacobson, Loach.