Young Reds’ Teams Slip Up at Semis
Morrisons Academy u16 35 – 19 Linlithgow U16
Report by Nick Chadwick
The Young Reds’ U16s lost two early tries and 2 players to injury, leaving only 14 players for about 60 minutes of the match. However the guys rallied really well and made it look like they had the extra man for the rest of the half. Eddie Beamish scoring under the posts just on HT. 14-7 at the turn round.
Morrisons scored a sucker punch right after the HT break and Eddie talked himself into a 10 min rest. 21-7 down and down to 13 players at this stage. But another rally and good work down the blindside, first from Oscar Davis, then Osian McVeigh set up Fin Chadwick up for a drive over the line. (21-14)
Morrisons responded by getting their own yellow card…game on. We couldn’t turn the pressure into points and no sooner had they returned to 15 players they extended the lead 28-15.
Once again the Young Reds wouldn’t lie down. Despite being back down to 13 after a yellow card for a high tackle, Fin Chadwick took several Morrisons lads over the line with him and managed to persuade the ref that he grounded the ball! (28-19) Morrisons were worried.
With time running out and the reds chasing the game Morrisons managed to turn the ball over and squeeze in for the final points right on the whistle. (35-19)
The lads really gave everything and should be proud of their efforts.
Earlston U18 53 – 3 Linlithgow U18
Report by Graeme Miller
The U18’s travelled down to Melrose to play Earlston HS in the semi final of the Scottish Cup Plate Competition on Tuesday evening on the famous Greenyards pitch under the lights. With a 19 man squad, the strongest we have had for a while, the boys struggled to compete with the Earlston boys’ speed of passing and pace. Beating the Young Reds on the outside they ran in 4 first half tries with one conversion, finishing 22-0 up at half time.
The opposition continued these strong runs and scored first 5 minutes into the second half before the Young Reds managed the string some phases of play together resulting in a try for Ben after 15 minutes. However, during this time we lost Michael to a dislocated shoulder and things started to slip again with Earlston running through us, slipping tackles, with some great off-loads. They scored another 4 unanswered tries with 3 conversions finishing the game as worthy 53 – 5 winners.
A very strong, well drilled side who I’m sure will very very difficult to beat in the final. We wish them well.