Lenzie | 7.03.2015
LENZIE 24 GARNOCK 8
Garnock travelled to Lenzie in dismal conditions after heavy overnight rain. Halfback pairing Jared Reekie and Chrissie Neill returned, and newcomer Gavin Paul started in the second row.This match was a double header with valuable League points at stake, as well as the longstanding Gunn Cup, which was donated in 1968 by David Gunn, ex PE teacher at Dalry High School.
Despite the final score line this was a closely contested affair with Garnock starting stongly with a wind advantage. After 20 minutes they were ahead 8-0 from a penalty and try by Neill, which came from a nice break by centre Greg Matthew with veteran Chrissie showing a nice turn of speed for his age. Unfortunately the visitors were not using the elements to their advantage, and had a rude awakening when Lenzie flanker Wood broke from a lineout on the halfway line. He linked with left winger Lewis Small who outstripped the defence for a converted try. This spurred the home team and their sturdy forwards started to dominate proceedings, with Garnock just holding the lead luckily 8-7 at halftime, despite losing 2 players to the sinbin in quick succession.
After the break Garnock introduced Chris Spears and Lewis McGeachy, but the Lenzie pack were getting stronger. Using the strengthening wind and deteriorating weather conditions to their advantage, they scored a pushover try to lead 12 points to 8 after 15 minutes. Unfortunately Garnock lost hooker Jamie Holmes and winger Tony Woods to injury soon afterwards leading to uncontested scrums ,but they had the better of the next ten minutes without troubling the scorers.
With 10 minutes remaining the visitors looked like holding on for a losing bonus point, but conceded a penalty try for a high tackle on the dangerous Lenzie right winger. In injury time the homesters added a try from a short penalty move to regain the Gunn Cup, flattering the scoreline.
Garnock still have a good chance of avoiding relegation with 3 home games in April to finish the season.
Their next match is on Saturday 28th March away to Allan Glens.