Garnock Suffer Narrow Defeat at Annan
Annan 3 Garnock 0
Reported by Allan McTaggart
After 2 weeks inactivity, Garnock travelled to Violetbank last Saturday on a dull, windless day.
Garnock had triumphed 7-5 at Lochshore in September in a close encounter and the return match proved to be dour and ill-tempered with the homesters just edging a victory.
Annan kicked off playing downhill and following a couple of turnovers took the lead in ten minutes when standoff Craig McCann converted a penalty from 30 yards. Garnock forwards started to dominate,forcing a series of line outs near the Annan line but their inability to secure good possession kept the scoreboard at zero. Both sides were guilty of indiscriminate kicking leading to lot of aerial pingpong and near the break a long clearance by McCann almost led to a try but winger Ally Anderson had the speed to save the day. 3-0 to Annan at halftime.
Garnock failed to convert a long penalty just after the restart but continued to have most of the territorial advantage. After a typical charge by captain Matt Shiells the forwards were held up over the tryline without scoring and again were losing lineouts in promising positions.
They missed another penalty from the 25 metre line and the game drifted on to its seemingly inevitable conclusion, with more stoppages than rugby in the last 10 minutes.
Garnock will view this match as points thrown away and need to return to the structured style of rugby displayed earlier in the season.
A.Anderson,C.Neill,K.Walker,J. Miller,R.O’Neil,L.Wynn,L. McGeachy,J.Watson,D.Ramsay- Miller,M.Shiells,S.Wilson,A Miller,P.Jacobson.
This Saturday Garnock entertain League leaders East Kilbride at Lochshore. Kick off 2pm