Nine-hour round trip ends in de­feat for Mull

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

BT West Divi­sion Three

MULL’S first away match would prove to be their fur­thest, with a trip to Stran­raer to face one of the league favourites Wig­town­shire.

The team sheet had a fam­ily flavour – with Craig O’ Don­nell play­ing along­side his un­cles Stu­art O’Don­nell and James Gib­bons, as well as broth­ers An­gus and Murdo MacLen­nan.

Well-drilled

A nine-hour jour­ney wasn’t ideal prepa­ra­tion for the team and this showed in the early stages of the match, with Mull con­ced­ing 19 points in as many min­utes against a strong and well-drilled Wig­town­shire.

The sit­u­a­tion wasn’t helped with the is­lan­ders go­ing down to 14 men. Stu­art O’Don­nell came off early doors with a knee in­jury in what was turn­ing out to be an ex­tremely bruis­ing en­counter in Burns coun­try. Mull man­aged to re­group and keep ‘the Shire’ at bay - the first half fin­ish­ing 19-0.

The se­cond half saw the boys in black and white fac­ing both the wind and a low win­ter sun. The home side con­tin­ued their pres­sure and soon saw them score sev­eral more tries.

Mull man­aged a piece of magic, how­ever, from deep in their half – in­sti­gated by full back and cap­tain Sean Black. Some great in­ter-pass­ing by Mull’s backs was fin­ished off by top try scorer Murdo MacLen­nan, lit­er­ally danc­ing through the Shire de­fence to score.

Last mo­ments

Some valiant de­fend­ing on the try line pre­vented Wig­town­shire scor­ing again un­til the very last mo­ments when the home side scored – fi­nal score 44-7.

Man of the match was Kil­choan’s on-form Ross Rankin.

Mull are on the road again this Satur­day, fac­ing Bish­op­ton who cur­rently lie se­cond in BT West Divi­sion 3.

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