Dam fi­nally burst on un­der-strength Stra­then­drick

Stirling Observer - - FOOTBALL -

Garnock ......... 50 Stra­then­drick.10

En­drick faced a man­power crisis for Satur­day’s Tennent’s West Di­vi­sion 1 match at Lochshore.

The 2nd XV match had to be can­celled with a num­ber of them pro­moted and even then they could only muster a squad of 15. To make mat­ters worse, one of their num­ber was de­layed so that they played a man short for the first quar­ter of an hour.

The fact that they man­aged to reach the in­ter­val at 10-10 be­fore con­ced­ing six tries in the se­cond half - three in the first 15 min­utes and three in the last 10 - is to their credit but they were al­ways up against it.

En­drick ac­tu­ally went in front af­ter 14 min­utes when Garnock were caught off­side and Sam Greenock kicked the penalty for a 3-0 lead.

They were ahead for only three min­utes, a fine com­bined move by Garnock end­ing with Jared Reekie scor­ing out wide for an un­con­verted try.

The sides were well matched in an en­ter­tain­ing game and in the clos­ing min­utes Garnock’s Luke Wynn barged over for an un­coverted try be­fore a counter-at­tack by En­drick from their own 22 took the backs the length of the pitch for Craig Mun­dell to go over at the posts, leav­ing Sam Greenock with an easy kick.

That tied the score at the end of a well con­tested first half.

En­drick were brought back to earth in the first 15 min­utes of the se­cond half as Garnock scored three tries: Rory Dominy in 42 min­utes, Jared Reekie in 45 and Dominy again in 55. All three were con­verted to give Garnock a 31-10 lead.

Adding in­sult to an ob­vi­ous in­jury they were again re­duced to 14 men when James Ogilvy had to hob­ble off.

En­drick bat­tled on gamely and there was no fur­ther scor­ing un­til the match went into its fi­nal 10 min­utes when the home side pressed home their ad­van­tage with three more tries.

Jared Reekie com­pleted his hat-trick, Matt Shiells fin­ished off a move by the pack and in the fi­nal minute Reekie scored again. Two con­ver­sions gave Garnock a re­sound­ing 50-10 win.

On Satur­day both En­drick teams are away from home, play­ing their op­po­site num­bers at Irvine. The matches kick off at 3pm.

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