Un­der 16s show fight­ing spirit

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL -

Ste­wartr y’s Un­der 16s found them­selves 17-0 down af­ter just ten min­utes at Strathaven on Sun­day.

A drub­bing looked on the cards but the side ral­lied and, led by a de­ter­mined pack, put the brakes on the home side. With a lit­tle more thought and or­gan­i­sa­tion, they could have won the game.

Zak Hunter got their first try af­ter good for­ward drives by Paddy Traynor, Fraser Gibson, Rob­bie Briggs and Ryan Ire­land.

Strathaven’s more street­wise backs kept up the pres­sure and were 36-5 up af­ter 25 min­utes.

How­ever, Cia­ran White re­ally sparked the fight­back when he showed tremen­dous de­ter­mi­na­tion and strength to fight his way through for a try af­ter be­ing fed by Pa­trick Kelly.

Re­ju­ve­nated Ste­wartry added an­other when Traynor made good ground and Gibson drove over adding a se­cond soon af­ter.

Just be­fore the in­ter­val great recycling from a li­ne­out saw Hunter touch down, Cal­lum McClure con­vert­ing to make it 36-22 at the break.

Ste­wartry kept up the charge af­ter the in­ter­val when Hunter barged over for his se­cond try to make it a nine point game. Hunter’s third try, fol­low­ing a quick tap penalty, was un­der the posts, McClure again con­vert­ing to take the score to 36-34 with just five min­utes left.

How­ever, the tir­ing Ste­wartry de­fence was un­able to stop Strathaven adding two con­verted ties.

It was an en­ter­tain­ing match with Ste­wartry win­ning the up front bat­tle and the home side tak­ing the hon­ours in the back di­vi­sion.

A very wor­thy per­for­mance that gives hope for the next four games in the league. Try scor­ers: Zak, four tries; Fraser: one and Ciaron: one. Cal­lum con­verted two tries.

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