Garnock Restrict Kilmarnock
Garnock Restrict Kilmarnock (reported by Tom Dickson)
Garnock made the short journey to local rivals, Kilmarnock, on Wednesday evening in their penultimate league match of the season. The rain had been falling for most of the day but the playing surface looked in very good condition for the start.
Kilmarnock kicked off towards to shopping mall. Stuart Wilson fielded and drove back inside the home half. Kilmarnock defended well and the first attack of the game came to nothing.
Play concentrated around the halfway line with Garnock looking the likelier to score. However, the Kilmarnock defence was well organised and repulsed all the visitor’s efforts to score.
In the 16th minute Garnock won a scrum inside their own half. The ball was fed to Jordan Taggart who broke through in centre field and fed to Tony Woods who had enough pace to beat the covering tackler to score near the touchline. Keir Walker converted to put the score at 0 – 7.
In the 23rd minute Garnock went further ahead when Walker converted a penalty from 40 metres to put them 10 points ahead.
Play settled down for the next 10 minutes with neither side looking like adding to the score due to some poor passing and good defending.
Garnock elected to take a scrum when a Kilmarnock lineout was deemed “not straight”. Winning the scrum and bringing the centres into play released Taggart from about 40 metres out. His pace and guile were too much for the Killie defenders and he scored at the posts. Walker duly converted to make the score 0 – 17 at half time.
The second half belonged to Garnock. Their forwards were beginning to take all the set scrums. Their lineout jumpers were accurate and their backs were willing to run the ball at every opportunity.
It was inevitable that more scores were forthcoming.
In the 47th minute Jared Reekie scored after the ball had been “stolen” from a Kilmarnock maul. The difficult kick was missed. Score 0 – 22.
Taggart scored his second in the 59th minute after the Garnock pack had won a scrum against the head to set up the free-running Garnock threequarters. Walker converted and the score became 0 – 29.
In a rare Kilmarnock foray into the Garnock 22 metre area, Fraser Brocket won the ball in a tussle with his opposing winger and sprinted 70 metres to touch down near the touchline. Walker converted and the score moved on to 0 – 36 after 63 minutes.
In the 73rd minute the Garnock left winger scored his second when he rounded off a fine interpassing move by his threes to score. The kick was missed but Garnock were further ahead at 0 – 41.
With time running out and with Garnock in total control it was left to Reekie and Walker to complete the scoring. Reekie was fed the ball near the home 22 line and he weaved his way through to score at the posts. Walker converted to make the final score – Kilmarnock 0 Garnock 48.
This game was as one-sided as the score suggests. The Garnock defensive play left Kilmarnock with few chances of breaking through whereas the incisive running of the Garnock players when in possession of the ball spelled danger to the home defenders.
Garnock complete their league campaign with an away game against Irvine on Saturday 12th .