Welling­ton boot for the U18 club side

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STE­WARTRY U18 ....................................17 AYR/WELLING­TON U18 .........................34 Ste­wartry were in­volved in a tremen­dous WestYouth Cup tie at Green­law against Ayr de­spite only hav­ing 15 play­ers com­pared to the Scot­tish Cup fi­nal­ists’ squad of 22.

De­spite Ayr hav­ing a huge ad­van­tage in the first half with the wind and be­ing able to have a steady turnover of sub­sti­tutes, the Blacks went in only 5-0 down at half time af­ter a last minute try be­fore the break.

Ste­wartry started the sec­ond half with only 14 fully fit play­ers as hard work­ing prop Con­nor McGuire was car­ry­ing a ham­string in­jury but sol­diered on, man­ag­ing to po­si­tion him­self clev­erly to tackle where he could from a stand­ing or walk­ing po­si­tion.

Lack of num­bers did not de­ter Ste­wartry who quickly scored a great try fol­low­ing a for­ward break with Fin­lay Smith of­fload­ing to speed mer­chant Lo­gan O’Mal­ley who jinked and pow­ered his way to score in the cor­ner.

Archie Picken kicked over a sub­lime con­ver­sion.

Ayr were not to be out­done and scored an­other try to make it 10-7. Ste­wartry came straight back into the game and a su­perb break on the other wing saw Ali Woods out­pace the Ayr de­fence to off­load per­fectly to Archie Picken to score on the other wing.

Once again Picken slot­ted over beau­ti­fully to take it 14-10 to Ste­wartry.

Ste­wartry’s fan­tas­tic de­fence and tack­ling kept Ayr at bay un­til the last 15 min­utes when an in­fringe­ment saw the Blacks have a player yel­low carded and with Con­nor McGuire re­duced to a limp from his ear­lier in­jury, this let Ayr back into the game with two con­verted tries tak­ing it to 14-24 to Ayr.

With 10 min­utes to go Ste­wartry came back with a penalty tak­ing the score to 17-24, but be­ing ef­fec­tively two men down Ste­wartry lost an­other two un­con­verted tries be­fore the end.

The ro­bust Ste­wartry de­fence and su­perb at­tack was not enough and Ayr ran out 34-17 win­ners.

With a big­ger squad of at least 19 it would be most dis­ap­point­ing if Ste­wartry do not beat a very good GHA at home.

As many sup­port­ers as pos­si­ble would be wel­come as this may be this great group’s last home game be­fore they go their sep­a­rate ways.

Ste­wartry can take some so­lace in the fact that Ayr were coached on the day by for­mer ex Ste­wartry Shark Colin Duck and man­aged by an­other for­mer Shark, Stu­art Fen­wick.

Man of the Match was the hard work­ing sec­ond row FinTelfer, with spe­cial men­tion to Con­nor McGuire for never giv­ing up de­spite his early in­jury.

Ste­wartry tries: 1 – Lo­gan O’Mal­ley, Archie Picken. Penal­ties: 1 – Archie Picken. Con­ver­sions: 2 – Archie Picken.

Ayr tries: 6. Con­ver­sions: 2. Ste­wartry Andy Budde (cap­tain), Lochie Spence, Con­nor McGuire, Ryan Cochrane, Gre­gor Todd, Os­kar Kapron, Fin­lay Smith, Tom Al­lan, Fin­lay Telfer, Archie Ni­col­son, Lo­gan O’Mal­ley, Ryan Kerr, Alis­tair Wood, Pacey Ho, Archie Picken.

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