No Joy at Bellfield
No Joy at Bellfield.
As Reported by Tom Dickson
Garnock travelled the short distance to take on third placed Kilmarnock in a league encounter. The squad was along their usual lines with Aussie Jock McIntosh on from the start.
Garnock kicked off and drove towards the home line. They were repelled by Kilmarnock full back Robbie Colman’s long kick to the halfway line. Garnock won the lineout through Rory Dominy but were forced back towards their 22-metre area.
A high tackle allowed Garnock to clear the resulting penalty towards safety.
With 3 minutes played Kilmarnock won a scrum near the Garnock 22 metre line, a skirmish resulted and referee Steven issued a red card to Garnock’s centre No.13 and a further yellow to each team
This seemed to settle play down and both sides set about running the ball at every opportunity. Garnock struck first when Keir Walker scored a try after some slick handling by the visiting backs. He converted the try and, with 22 minutes played, Garnock led 7 – 0.
The rest of the half was played at quite a fast pace with neither side in the ascendency. During this period Garnock were winning more than their share of lineouts and Kilmarnock were slightly ahead in set scrums.
In a Garnock foray towards the Killie line, they won a lineout at the five-metre mark, set up a drive for Ross Johnston to score near the touchline. The difficult kick was missed. Garnock moved into a 12 – 0 lead which they held on until half time came along.
It didn’t take Kilmarnock long to change the scoreboard. From a poor Garnock drop out from 22 metres the Kilmarnock pack latched on to the ball and powered their way over the try line. The kick was missed and after 45 minutes play the score was 5 – 12.
The game score became tied in the 54th minute when the Kilmarnock winger, Torrance, was given too much room. He sped in under the posts. Kilmarnock converted to tie the match at 12-12.
At this stage fifteen-man Kilmarnock were looking better than fourteen-man Garnock and it was no surprise they converted a penalty in the 65th minute to push the score to 15 – 12.
The rest of the half was played with Garnock trying hard to break down a well drilled home defence.
The game finished with no further scoring.
The Garnock squad was (1-19) : Shiells, O’Neill, Miller F, Johnston, McGeachy, Wilson, McIntosh, Dominy, Fraser, Perry,Trodden, Walker, Reekie, Woods, Neil, Chapman, Wright, Lee and Johnston.
This Saturday Strathendrick, from Fintry, are the visitors to Lochshore Kick-off is at 3 o’clock.