League game @ Dalziel Park, 11/3/17 - Match Video
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Dalziel welcomed Perthshire to Dalziel Park for a crucial BT National League 3 match. Buoyed by a large crowd, Dalziel knew that a win today would all but guarantee survival in the National Leagues for another season.
Perthshire kicked off, and from the outset pinned Dalziel inside their 22. Dalziel did eventually break out into the Perthshire half through Lee McWhinnie, who put a good kick in behind the Perthshire defence. From the resultant lineout, Number 8 Duncan Clow burst through the middle giving Perthshire go forward ball. The ball found its way to Innes Ogilvie, who broke down the wing and took play to within 10 metres of the Dalziel try line. Ogilvie passed back inside to Ryan Miller, who spotted a gap in the home defence and darted over the line to open the scoring. Clow converted to put Perthshire 7-0 up after 12 minutes.
Within minutes, Perthshire missed a kick for touch, which gave Dalziel the chance to attack from deep. Ryan Burrell exploded onto the ball and got to the Perthshire 5m line. The tackler didnâ€™t roll away and the referee awarded a penalty. Nathan Emery kicked to the corner, and from the lineout, Connor Meikle peeled off the maul and powered over the line to score. Andrew Glover converted to level the scores.
Grant Clark was yellow carded for foul play, and Perthshire immediately made Dalziel pay. A scrum was called, and despite Dalziel being a man down, they managed to hold the visiting pack out. Slow picked the ball up from the base of the scrum and fed Miller who jinked back inside to wrong foot the covering Dalziel defence, and scored his second of the afternoon under the posts. Clow again converted to put Perthshire back in front at 14-7.
Before Clark returned to the field, Miller had scored again. Matt Rae broke through the middle of the park, and went one on one with McWhinnie. Miller was supporting on his right shoulder and took the pass on the 22 before racing away to score to the right of the posts. Clow made no mistake with the boot, further extending his sideâ€™s lead to 14 points.
As half time approached, Dalziel were beginning to play some serious rugby, and moved play into the Perthshire 22. Phase after phase, Dalziel hit the Perthshire defence, but found no way through. Eventually, Alan Bowles snuck round the corner of a ruck and took a short pass from Emery and barged over to score in the corner. Glover was unable to add the tricky touch line conversion.
Within 5 minutes of the first half starting, Dalziel were within 2 points. The forwards secured a lineout, and attacked the line. Perthshire again held firm, forcing Dalziel to put the ball wide. The ball was passed out to McWhinnie, who dived over in the corner. Glover converted and the score was now 21-19 in favour of the visitors.
The next 10 minutes saw play move up and down the pitch at a ferocious tempo, with neither team giving an inch in defence. Eventually Perthshire were awarded a penalty, straight in front of the posts, but just 5 metres inside the Dalziel half. Clow stepped up to go for goal, and made no mistake in adding a further 3 points to his teamâ€™s total.
McWhinnie almost scored his second of the afternoon, but was held short, but managed to win a penalty in the process. Ross Donnachie took the tap quick and popped to George Sloan, who barged through 4 would be tacklers to score Dalzielâ€™s fourth of the afternoon. Glover again converted, and Dalziel now had a 2 point lead, and an all important bonus point.
With 6 minutes left, Donnachie was yellow carded for killing the ball, but Perthshire were unable to make the extra man count this time, and play remained in the Perthshire half.
A high tackle gave Glover a shot at goal, which he duly converted, and gave Dalziel a more comfortable lead at 29-24.
With last play called, Perthshire had a penalty, and needing a try to win the game, ran the ball. Play moved out wide, but Emery put good pressure on his opposite number and intercepted the ball. As he raced away he put his foot in touch, and full time was called. Dalziel had won this crucial game 29-24, meaning that they now require one more win this season to secure National League status for another year.
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Les Barclay, Stephen Baird, Darren Hay, Michael Burnett, Grant Clark, Douglas Clark, Connor Meikle, Alan Bowles, Ross Donnachie, Darren Moon, Ryan Burrell, Nathan Emery, Andrew Glover, Brad Watson, Lee McWhinnie
Subs: Alex Mowat, George Sloan, Peter Strain, Andy McLaren
Tries: Connor Meikle, Alan Bowles, Lee McWhinnie, George Sloan
Conversions: Andrew Glover (3)
Penalties: Andrew Glover
Yellow Cards: Grant Clark, Ross Donnachie
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