Garnock Win Final Home League Game
Reported by Allan McTaggart
Last Saturday Garnock entertained Annan in West Div 1 match with underfoot conditions perfect at Lochshore. The teams had met a month ago at Annan with Garnock running out easy winners, but the homesters were missing a few key players putting pressure on their reserve strength.
Playing towards Beith with the benefit of a slight wind the visitors started brightly, and led 5-0 after 5 minutes. They turned over loose ball from a maul and flanker Drew Barnes dotted down.
Garnock had the better of the next 15 minutes without scoring but unfortunately lost centre Ewan Perry and standoff Gareth McCrorie with injuries. The team had to be rejigged with Neil moving to standoff but this didn’t affect their performance.
Garnock forwards started to dominate winning all the line outs and scrum half Keir Walker put in a neat kick to the left corner, where Stuart Wilson scored a try straight from the training ground. Keir Walker converted for Garnock to lead 7-5 after 25 minutes. The pack continued to supply good possession to the backs and clever interpassing let centre Fraser Brocket hand off two players to touch down in the left corner. Keir Walker added a penalty awarded for offside, making the halftime score 15-5 to Garnock.
After the interval the wind started to swirl making conditions difficult with both sides trying to play open rugby. Garnock continued to have the best of the forward exchanges and after 15 minutes disrupted the Annan scrum. Number 8 Stuart Wilson gathered the loose ball to score near the posts with Walker converting. 5 minutes later Keir Walker made an incisive break unloading the ball to burly centre Danny Irvine who was caught near the line. Walker was on hand to dash over for a try which he converted, securing a bonus point with Garnock leading 29-5 .
The home team seemed to go to sleep for the rest of the game, slack tackling allowing Annan to run in two soft converted tries from Alex Halliday and Johnny Callaghan. This made the final score 29-19 which flattered the visitors somewhat, leaving Garnock still in 3rd position in the League.
Garnock squad. C.Neil, M.Richmond, E.Perry, D.Irvine, F.Brocket, G.McCrorie, K.Walker, L.Wynn, R.O’Neil, M.Shiells, L.McGeachy, J.Watson, D.Ramsey-Miller, S.Wilson, R.Johnston, A.Miller, J.Miller, J.Chapman.
This Saturday Garnock play East Kilbride away K.O. 3pm