Highland vs Carrick RFC , Sat, 16/04/2016 - 13:15

Highland
27 - 34
Full time
Carrick RFC
Saturday, 16 April, 2016 - 13:15 |

Carrick RFC conquered unbeaten Highland RFC in the BT Shield Final at BT Murrayfield today by 34-27.

In a hard fought game of two halves Highland failed to build on their first half dominance to the beat the Ayrshire side.

Highland’s winning pedigree shone to the end as they scored with the last play of the game but Carrick had their hands on the trophy by then.

 The Ayrshire side brought St Boswell’s 59 match unbeaten run to an end in the semi-finals and faced in Highland a team that had gone all season without defeat.

Carrick withheld constant pressure to be only 7 points down at the break and scored 19 unanswered points in the second half to overturn the deficit and set up victory. 

The Inverness team had travelled down on the day after meeting at 8:15am on the morning of match wanting to keep their normal game day routine for the BT Shield Final trip to Edinburgh.

 Highland fans sung throughout as the 200 travelling supporters made the most of the trip to the National Stadium

Highland opened the scoring on 11 mins making their early territory and possession count. A quick tap penalty set up numerous phases for scrum half Tom Brogan to finish, Irvine converted for 7-0.

11mins 7-0 

Carrick responded immediately with a penalty, which cost Highland their try-scorer Brogan to the sin bin.

From the resulting move Carrick winger John Fulton rounded his opposite number to score a fine try, but the conversion was missed.

16mins 7-5 

Carrick tried to get a foothold into the game but Highland were kicking well through Irvine to pin them back in their own half. 

Highland’s power and ability to get over the gainline meant Carrick only made one visit to Highland 22 in the first 25mins of the match. 

A series of squandered chances by Highland in a dominant five-minute spell on the half hour mark were finally rewarded.

The Highland scrum generated a solid platform for number 8, Stuart Macdonald, to score creating the 12-5 half-time score.

37mins 12-5

Carrick enjoyed a better spell of possession in the Highland half at the end of the first 40, but got no return. 

Half Time 12-5

Carrick started the second half strongly – keeping the ball in hand and their ambition in the backs started to stretch the Highland defence in the wide channels.

A break down the blind by Carrick’s Kyle Johnson forced a last ditch tackle but the ball popped up for replacement hooker Gordon Brown to finish.

The conversion hit the post to bring Carrick back to two points.

45mins 12-10 

Carrick continued to keep the ball alive and shortly after a smart move, and multiple phases, left Johnson with a one on one with his opposite number and a neat step saw him in – he then converted his own try to give Carrick a lead they would never lose.

 52 mins 12-17

Carrick varied their tactics and kicked long to the Highland line, which the defending side carried over, forcing an attacking scrum.

Despite Highland’s advantage at the set-piece Carrick produced quick ball which flanker Gordon Gregor converted into a try with a good supporting line under the posts. 

59 mins 12- 22

Three tries in 15 minutes had turned the game with 19 unanswered points for Carrick taking the advantage away from Highland.

Highland fought back with heavy runners and direct lines and within five minutes had started their fight back on the scoreboard with a try.

65mins 19-24

A penalty for Carrick, slotted by Johnson, edged the scoreline out further though meaning Highland needing to score twice. 

68mins 19-27

A penalty for Highland brought them back to within five and the undefeated season looked a possibility.

72mins 22-27

 But as Highland mounted fresh attack on halfway an intercept by Carrick winger Lewis Clark produced the decisive score. 

76 mins 22-34

 A testament to Highland’s never say die attitude saw them score a consolation with the last play of the match but the record had come to a fighting end and Carrick were the BT Shield winners.

Full-time 27-34

Highland: 15. Morris Dillon, 14. Richard Sim, 13. Tam Magowan, 12. Rory Cross, 11. Craig Findlater, 10. Craig Irvine, 9. Tom Brogan, 1. Stephen Murray, 2. Kevin Brown CAPTAIN, 3. Jonny Milton, 4. Nathan McLaughlin, 5. Oscar Baird, 6. Andrew Findlater, 7. Paddy Bryden, 8. Stuart Macdonald. Substitutes: 16. Steven Rutledge, 17. Stuart Watson, 18. Alexander Macdonald, 19. Ben Gordon, 20. Grant Jamieson, 21. Craig Little, 22. David Titterington. 

Carrick: 15. Allan Speirs, 14. Lewis Clark, 13. Greg Montgomery CAPTAIN, 12. Ewan Alexander, 11. John Fulton, 10. Kyle Johnson, 9. Grant Ward, 1. Jonathon Webster, 2. Blair Jardine, 3. Stephen Raby, 4. Andrew McColm, 5. Iain Speirs, 6. Michael Kirk, 7. Gordon Gregor, 8. Callum Smith. Substitutes: 16. Gordon Brown, 17. Michael Paton, 18. Grant Alexander, 19. Raymond Festorazzi, 20. Conor Duigan, 21. Ross McCulloch, 22. Connor Wyllie. 

Referee: David Sutherland 

 

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