Knox Academy v Linlithgow

Reds u18 Win Purple Conference Winning All 6 Matches!

The U18 squad travelled to Knox for a winner takes all final purple conference game looking to extend a run of five unbeaten games in the conference fixtures.  On a crisp cold bright morning the Reds opened strongly and soon Kieran was bursting clear just outside the Knox twenty two to cross wide out.  Knox then had a spell of pressure in the visitors half but the defence stood up well and it was good to see the guys using techniques practised during the week to keep Knox at bay.

We also used kick options well during this first half with Aidan in particular putting boot to ball with good success.  Just before half time Linlithgow put the ball through several pairs of hands to set up Ross who crashed over wide out.

Half time: Knox u18 0 – 10 Linlithgow u18

The half time chat was all about still work to do and to win the second half.  Playing into quite a strong breeze the young Reds appeared to be keen to get the next crucial score.  It came from James, who during the move down the pitch carried twice to great effect before his third carry saw him crash over with two defenders clinging on.

Almost straight from the kick off the ball was moved from one side of the pitch to the other  by Linlithgow,  this allowed Kieran to grab his second try of the morning to take the score to twenty points to nil.

Knox then put in a great effort to get back in the game and only some great last ditch goal line defence by the Reds kept them out.  The final score of the game came from Callum F who was rewarded for his efforts when he crashed over close to the side of the posts, Aidan added the extras on what was a difficult day for goal kicking.

Final Score: Knox u18 0 – 27 Linlithgow u18

Coaches view.

A mature performance from the guys against a Knox team who had a lot to play for on the day.  It was great to see some intelligent options taken on the field given the windy conditions and to see the guys using methods practised in training during the week.  The whole squad wanted to win this final purple conference game and that from a Reds viewpoint nothing else was going to be accepted by the players.