League game @ Millbrae, 12/11/11
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DALZIEL WILT UNDER AYR PRESSURE
Dalziel Under 18s travelled down Alloway on Saturday 12th November for a league fixture against Ayr. The Motherwell team were once again under-strength with injuries, call offs and key player Grant Stewart promoted to the Senior 2nd XV.
Dalziel started confidently thwarting any of the Ayr attacks with ease. There were a number of mistakes made by the home team and Dalziel managed to capitalise on these. After 10minutes Dalziel found themselves in a good position in the Ayr 22 and from a steady scrum, they managed to ship the ball out to the left wing for a good score, well finished by Steven Rowe. Grant Neilson missed the conversion from out wide.
Ayr responded quickly with a strong forward drive to score close to the Dalziel posts, that was easily converted.
With the score at 5 â€“ 7, the game ebbed and flowed up to half time, with neither team in the ascendency. There were some good runs from Matthew Boal and Ryan Riley, both players tackled by stout Ayr defence, when clear scoring opportunities were available.
HALF TIME â€‹Dalziel 5 â€“ Ayr 7 Â
Ayr started the second half well and scored early on to go 5 â€“ 12 ahead. Ayr might have thought that they would begin to gain the upper hand, but the Dalziel backs made an excellent break with Cameron King feeding the ball early to Euan Watt who made a bright step inside his opposite number to break the line and then out run the covering defence from 35m out. Cameron King put the conversion over.
With the score at 12 all, Dalziel should have looked towards pressurising the Ayr boys, but a marked lack of fitness in some players, along with a stream of injuries to Ryan Riley, Jamie Paterson, Shabaz Khan, Euan Watt, Jamie Rankin, Euan Clark broke any consistency Dalziel might have hoped for.
Ayr also made some key personnel choices, particularly at scrum half and their game appeared to increase in pace and intensity. Two quick tries in succession from Ayr took the score to 12 â€“ 24 and a number of the Dalziel heads went down. Some rugged defence from Dalziel helped keep the score respectable, with some standout tackles from Euan Watt. A further Ayr attack lead to a good straight run from a centre and although No8 Peter Strain appeared to hold up the attacker, the referee, who looked unsighted, gave the benefit of the doubt to the Ayr player. The conversion was good and the score was 12 â€“ 31.
FINAL SCOREâ€‹Dalziel 12 â€“ Ayr 29
This was a mixed display from the Under 18s, many of whom had never been in a side that had defeated an Ayr team. Throughout the match the Dalziel players did not appear to believe in their own abilities and on occasion the Ayr side looked as if they could be beaten. It has to be remembered that a number of the Ayr players are currently in district squads and/or are at fee-paying schools. They are consequently playing and training more regularly at a higher standard than most of the Dalziel players.
There were first rate performances from Euan Watt and Peter Strain, both in attack and in defence. Each player showed their teammates how to play with tenacity and through injury. The boys are to be commended â€“ Peter Strain sprinting off the field at one point to stem a nose bleed and insisting in getting back onto the field of play as quickly as possible.
Shabaz Khan, Jamie Paterson, Ewan Clark, Gary Colquhon, Matthew Boal, Ryan Reilly, Euan Watt, Callum McKay, Steven Rowe, Cameron King, Grant Neilson, Peter Strain, Ryan Watters, Ben Clark, Nathan Paton, Ryan Gemmell, Jamie Rankin, Callum Croughan, Dean Mowat
Tries: Euan Watt, Steven Rowe
Conversions: Ryan Watters
Man of the Match: Peter Strain
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