Sunshine on Lochshore
Garnock 63-0 Oban
Reported by Allan McTaggart
Last Saturday Garnock welcomed Oban Lorne to Lochshore for a West Div 1 League encounter.
The clubs had a close game earlier in the season at Oban with the visitors just coming out on top.
However with Garnock in a rich vein of form recently and Oban languishing in the relegation zone, a home victory was expected and so it proved. In perfect underfoot conditions the homesters run in 9 tries all converted by man of the match young scrum half Keir Walker, some from difficult angles.
Playing into a slight breeze, Garnock were quickly on the scoreboard with captain Matt Shiells dotting down after a good lead up by stand off Gareth McCrorie. They doubled the score after 10 minutes when winger Fraser Brocket gathered a neat kick ahead by Walker.
Oban big forwards were trying hard to dominate but the home scrum produced lots of quality ball. The backs were guilty of losing too much possession, and and couldn’t increase the score until 30 minutes when centre Jared Reekie jinked his way over the line after a lineout in the right hand corner to make the score 21-0 at half time.
Oban were unlucky to lose 2 players with blood injuries and the home team, running the ball at every opportunity scored tries regularly in the second half. Full back Chrissie Neil, substitute centre Danny Irvine and No.8 Stuart Wilson run in nice tries and Reekie added 2 to complete his hat trick.
Late in the game Keir Walker finished off a satisfactory afternoon with a try after a typical sniping run from the base of a scrum, which he of course converted.
Garnock squad. C.Neil, T.Woods, J.Taggart, J.Reekie, F.Brocket, G.McCrorie, K.Walker, L.Wynn, R.O’Neill, M.Shiells, L.McGeachy, R. Dominy, D. Ramsey Miller, S.Wilson, R.Johnston, D.Irvine, J.Miller, J.Gibb, M.Richmond.
This Saturday Garnock host Annan at Lochshore KO. 2pm