Un­der-18s go down to Ste­wartry

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

OBAN Lorne’s U18 side wel­comed Ste­wartry RFC to North Con­nel on Saturday in what was Oban’s fourth fix­ture of the 2017/18 sea­son.

The Oban team have im­proved with ev­ery game this sea­son and recorded an im­pres­sive 12-12 draw at New­ton Stewart last week­end.

De­spite a num­ber of un­avail­able play­ers due to the school hol­i­days, Oban still fielded a strong team with the game be­ing played at 13-a-side to match Ste­wartry’s num­bers in keep­ing with the spirit of the game.

Oban made a rusty start to the game and found them­selves 5-0 down after five min­utes of play. The hosts failed to gather the kick-off and found them­selves un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure near their line where the visitors even­tu­ally ran over for the first try of the game.

From the restart, Oban en­joyed their first pos­ses­sion of the day and were look­ing very dan­ger­ous in at­tack with good runs from Lorne Sin­clair, Ewan Shearer and An­gus Har­ris Ma­cLeod. After a pe­riod of pres­sure on the line cen­tre David Cameron crashed over for a well-worked try with An­drew Ritchie’s con­ver­sion giv­ing a 7-5 lead.

Oban were on top at this stage in the game and ex­tended their lead with stand-off Ben MacFar­lane Bar­row touch­ing down for Oban’s sec­ond try. An­other Ritchie con­ver­sion gave a 14-5 lead.

Both sides played out a phys­i­cal end of the first half as Ste­wartry re­sponded with a try to nar­row the score to 14-10.

Oban strug­gled to keep hold of the ball in the sec­ond half and were forced to de­fend time after time as Ste­wartry held most of the ball and ter­ri­tory in the game.

Lorne Sin­clair was forced off the pitch with 20 min­utes re­main­ing with a head knock mean­ing Oban lost one of their most prom­i­nent ball car­ri­ers for the clos­ing stages of the game. A cou­ple of try-sav­ing tack­les were made by full­back An­drew Ritchie and winger Sean Gor­don as Ste­wartry pressed for an­other score.

Ste­wartry’s dom­i­nance with pos­ses­sion even­tu­ally took hold as they scored two fur­ther tries to lead 22-14. Oban did push hard late on with a Brych Hens­man Martin try be­ing dis­al­lowed as the winger was bun­dled into touch just be­fore touch­ing the ball down.

De­spite a 22-14 de­feat, Oban had played well for the most part, par­tic­u­larly in de­fence and were led well by cap­tain Kieron Mor­ri­son.

Oban U18s have a week’s rest from league duty be­fore they take on Bish­op­ton away from home on Oc­to­ber 21 .

Oban Lorn girls’ shinty team have been spon­sored by Hazel Aitken­head and Cameron Dou­glas, who have just started their new ven­ture at Strath­naver Guest House on the Bealach an Righ, Oban. Pic­tured are the girls in their new train­ing tops.

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