Nar­row de­feat for Loch on home turf

Lomond couldn’t get de­ci­sive break and lost by a point

Lennox Herald - - ANGLING ANGLE -

Stephen Den­ni­son Loch nar­rowly lost out in a closely con­tested game at the Dil­lichip on Satur­day.

The home team was reshuf­fled fol­low­ing last week’s re­sult and after los­ing play­ers after in­juries at train­ing this week.

Loch Lomond took posses­sion from kick off and straight away put pres­sure on the away team, with Deasy and Scott New­port be­ing stopped ag­o­nis­ingly short of the try line. Lomond were camped in the op­po­si­tion half and, as in re­cent matches, were un­able to con­vert posses­sion into points.

Dur­ing this pe­riod of play Waysiders were re­duced to 14 fol­low­ing a sin bin for a high tackle.

Al­most 10 min­utes lat­erGilm our found him­self in the book and the ref­eree lev­el­ling things up with a card a piece.

Both teams were try­ing to play rugby when they could, but through­out it was a very stop start game.

It was Waysiders who drew first blood and slot­ted over a penalty to go into the lead, de­spite Loch hav­ing the ma­jor­ity of posses­sion.

The home side were run­ning some set moves and nice hands saw McLoud chased down as he closed in on the score.

It was a while in com­ing but Lomond got them­selves ahead through a con­verted try.

Paul Wil­son weaved his way through the de­fence from 30 me­tres out and dived un­der the posts, to give Bai­ley an easy kick.

The op­po­si­tion were up­set and an ex­change of words with the ref­eree saw an­other player sin binned on the stroke of half time.

In the sec­ond half Lomond con­tin­ued to see plenty of the ball, but more of­ten than not posses­sion was turned over by the op­po­si­tion or an in­fringe­ment oc­curred.

Mathieson was to get a yel­low card for an al­leged high tackle, as he and Wil­son wrapped up the ball and at­tacker, which was deemed foul play.

It was only to get worse for Lomond. From deep in their own half Waysiders took the ball into con­tact and as the game con­tin­ued Ni­chol­son went down clutch­ing his head.

The ref­eree played on and with an­other Lomond player down Waysiders ex­ploited the gaps and moved the ball well into space to score.

With Ni­chol­son re­ceiv­ing treat­ment to an eye in­jury he was sub­se­quently sent off dur­ing an ex­change of views with the ref­eree.

Loch Lomond went in search of a win and de­spite mak­ing breaks they couldn’t get the de­ci­sive break­through and lost by a point.

De­spite the flurry of cards shown, the game was played in good spirit by both teams.

Lomond are away to Cum­nock on Satur­day and train­ing con­tin­ues each Wed­nes­day at Ar­gyle Park.

Loch Lomond ........ 7 W’siders D’pel­lier . 8

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