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Dalziel 1st XV:10
Greenock Wanderers:10
League game @ Dalziel Park, 26/1/13 - Match Video

Dalziel move off the bottom with draw

Dalziel moved off the bottom of RBS Championship A on Saturday with a draw at home to Greenock Wanderers. Despite the elation of climbing out of the automatic relegation spot, there was a sense of disappointment and the feeling that this was 2 points dropped rather than 2 points gained.

Dalziel fielded the kickoff and returned it downfield, trying to utilise the low sun that was blinding the Greenock fullback. The fullback fielded the ball and passed it out to the winger who took play into the Dalziel half. During this run, Dalziel strayed offside, and instead of taking the points on offer, Greenock put the ball into the corner for a lineout. The ball was put in squint and Dalziel were able to relieve the pressure with an early scrum; Kris Watters picking up at the base and then Ross Donnachie kicking long.

Greenock forced a lineout on the Dalziel 5 metre line and Scott Johnstone kicked long down field. Greenock were unable to field it properly, and the chasing Ross Westwood was close on hand to scoop the ball up. Unfortunately, Westwood was unable to find a support player and the counter attacking opportunity was lost.

Dalziel, however, scored soon after. Watters picked the ball up from the back of a scrum and started a spell of pick-and-go’s by the forwards. David Fitzpatrick, David Irvine, George Sloan and Watters took the ball up 25 metres before Donnachie released winger Stevie Rowe to break through the Greenock defence. As Rowe was closed down by the full back, he passed back outside to the supporting Donnachie, who had an easy run in to score just to the right of the posts. Donnachie was unable to convert his own try.

Dalziel’s defence was proving to be their best form of attack. Donnachie kicked long after receiving the restart and the Greenock receiver and support were flooded by Lee McWhinnie, Crawford Reid and Westwood. Only a penalty offence by Dalziel allowed Greenock time and space to clear their lines.

Dalziel were running strong lines and Greenock were struggling to hold them back, but simple errors were leading to penalties to the visitors and killing the momentum of the home side. As the number of penalties built up, the referee lost patience and gave Eddy Ferguson a yellow card. Even with the man disadvantage, Dalziel were on top of Greenock for the rest of the half.

The second half started with a similar pattern to how the first half had ended; Dalziel were attacking well, but losing the ball with silly penalties. Unfortunately, one penalty was within kicking distance and the Greenock kicker slotted it over to pull the score back to 5-3.

Dalziel almost responded immediately, substitute John Harris ghosted his way through the Greenock defence, but Reid was unable to gather the pass and the chance was gone.

It was déjà vu shortly after when George Sloan and his opposite number were both sent off for fighting at a scrum, this being Dalziel’s fourth red card in six matches.

Dalziel lost the ball at a ruck after another good attacking phase, but were soon celebrating after a great piece of individual skill by Cammy King, who, along with Stuart McLelland, was making his home First XV début. Under pressure from the scrum, the Greenock flyhalf was only able to put the ball as far as his own 22. King miss-judged the ball, but as the ball bounced palmed the ball forward and over the head of the onrushing defence. King then caught the ball before it landed ensuring that he didn’t knock the ball on. King offloaded to Westwood, who flicked the ball onto Reid. Reid then returned the ball to Westwood for the score in the corner. Harris was unable to convert and left Dalziel within a score of Greenock at 10-3 with only 15 minutes to go.

Greenock upped their game and looked certain to score after their winger broke through, but a superb covering tackle by McWhinnie stopped the attack close to the Dalziel line. Greenock, however, were not held out for long, and after Dalziel called for an apparent knock on, their centre crashed through to score under the posts with 5 minutes left on the clock.

The game became more frantic as both teams pushed for the winning score, and a knock on by Greenock signaled the end of the match that Dalziel should have won, instead of drawing 10-10.

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Team:
David Irvine, Darren Hay, George Sloan, Eddy Ferguson, David Fitzpatrick, Kris Hughes, Fraser McKenzie, Kris Watters, Ross Donnachie, Scott Johnstone, Steven Rowe, Ross Westwood, Crawford Reid, Lee McWhinnie, Derek McMillan
Subs: Stephen Baird, Stuart McLelland, John Harris, Cameron King

Scorers:
Tries: Ross Donnachie, Ross Westwood

Bookings:
Yellow Cards: Eddy Ferguson
Red Cards: George Sloan

Man of the Match: Kris Watters

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