Stewartry fight back
Stewartry head into the autumn international break with a second league win in a row after beating Greenock Wanderers at Greenlaw on Saturday.
Both Greenock and the referee were late, leading to a half hour delay. However, after 20 minutes of the game it looked as if Stewartry had over-warmed up waiting for their opponents to arrive as the Clydesiders were first out of the traps, Scott Milligan having to make a try-saving tackle in the 22.
Boyd and McCulloch made 50 metres into Greenock half, winning a penalty which was missed. Five minutes later the Greenock centre number 13 ran the length of the pitch to score in the corner. The conversion was missed.
Greenock continued to press the Stewartry line before McCulloch won the first lineout of the game with Mosey kicking a penalty to touch but Greenock kept the pressure on.
A Stewartry attack on 15 minutes saw Broll, Picken, Hogg, Davidson, McMorran and McCartney all involved with the latter winning a penalty which Craig Mosey converted.
Greenock continued to attack the Stewartry line and were rewarded with a second try out on the right. The conversion was again missed.
Twenty minutes into the game, a series of missed tackles in the Stewartry half saw a Greenock two-man overlap score a third try out on the right.
Again the conversion was missed as Greenock led 15-3.
Tommy Cannon came on for Broll to freshen the scrum up and on 25 minutes, and after Stewartry pressure, John Muir crashed through for an opening try. Craig Mosey added the conversion.
Milligan made a break with Hogg, Taylor, Davidson and McCarney in support and Taylor winning a penalty award.
From the penalty McCarney was held up over the line after snatching the high, looping pass. From possession won at the scrum, John Fingland was able to jink in for a try near the posts. Mosey added the points as Stewartry went into the lead for the first time, 17-15.
This was quickly followed by a John Picken steal of the Greenock scrum half at their scrum to release T J McCarney who raced in from half way for the third try for a 22-15 half-time lead.
Thomson and Henderson came on early in the second half with Broll returning to the fray.
Mosey’s high kicks were wind assisted into the Greenock half chased by Milligan, Boyd, Henderson and Thomson, wining a penalty on the Greenock 22.
A scrum against the head was won, Broll and Thomson sending Hogg in for the fourth and bonus point try. Mosey converted the easy kick.
Dawson came on for the last 20 minutes, Stewartry winning another scrum against the head and some good Stewartry defence. Stewartry made ground up the pitch, Mosey taking a quick penalty from a scrum, Picken winning possession and Hogg scoring his second try. Mosey converted at the posts for 36-15.
A Fingland clearance kick took play back to the Greenock half where Broll and Kerr set up John Muir to go charging down the centre unchallenged to score his second try between the posts. Mosey added his fifth conversion.
P WLD F A Allan Glens 8 8 0 0 391 126 Kilmarnock 8 7 1 0 376 151 East Kilbride 9 5 3 1 228 171 Garnock 7 6 1 0 149 100 Stewartry 10 4 6 0 254 253 Carrick 5 4 1 0 181 54 Greenock Ws 9 3 5 1 161 247 Annan 5 2 3 0 100 136 Cambuslang 8 2 6 0 144 252 Irvine* 8 1 7 0 116 265 Oban Lorne* 8 2 6 0 123 299 Helensburgh 7 160 92 261 * A points deduction has been applied
In the last minute, Hogg stole a Greenock lineout ball, charging over for his hat-trick of tries. Mosey just failed to bring up the 50 points.
Stewartry, who were led out by the mascot Cameron Benson, found their way after 20 minutes, turning the game into a rout in front of the Blacks’ biggest crowd of the season.
It also means they retain an unbeaten home record against B Pts 7 39 7 35 6 28 4 28 5 21 4 20 2 16 4 12 4 12 4 8 3 8 1 5 Greenock which stretches back six games to 1992 when Stewartry won National Division Five under captain Robert McTurk.
Stewartry squad, all used: J Fingland (c), L Davidson, T J McCarney, J Muir, S Milligan, C Mosey, J Picken, S Broll, D Boyd, I McMorran, A Kerr, D Maxwell, M Taylor, S Hogg, S McCulloch, T Cannon, D Thomson, L Henderson, J Dawson.
BT NationalTwo:West of Scotland 29 Dumfries Saints 24, Kirkcaldy 40 Biggar 13, Lasswade 22 Hamilton 14.
BT NationalThree: St Boswells 27 Newton Stewart 14, Glasgow Accies 47 Gordonians 5.
BTWest One: Stewartry 48 Greenock 15, Allan Glens 21 Garnock 10, East Kilbride 46 Cambuslang 0, Irvine 10 Kilmarnock 14. Annan v Helensburgh off, Oban Lorne v Carrick off.
BTWestThree:Wigtownshire 47 Isle of Mull 7, Cowal 77 Moffat 15.
BT EastTwo: Penicuik 12 Barnton 67, Edinburgh Northern 7 Ross High 42, Langholm v Liberton off.
BT National League One: BroughtonWomen 36 AnnanWomen 19.
West Under-18 League: Newton Stewart/ Wigtownshire 17 Stewartry 33. West Under-16 League: Oban Lorne 0 Stewartry 51. West Under-14: Irvine 24 Stewartry 21.
Pictured Action from Stewartry’s game against Greenock Wanderers