Under 16s show fighting spirit
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.