Glasgow Beaten In Celtic League Quarter-Final

Glasgow 17, Ulster 20Glasgow lost their 100% home record this afternoon. With it came elimination from the Celtic League, but defeat by Ulster in the quarter-final at Hughenden was agonisingly and frustratingly close in an atmosphere that was charged with atmosphere and emotion by a crowd of 5346.Not only was the margin just three points in Ulster's favour but also Glasgow could look at the last 10 minutes of the game and wonder just how they failed to win. Their pressure in that time was intense. Even a stonewall would surely have had to give way, but Ulster hung on to earn an all-Ireland semi-final against Munster in Limerick in early January. The visiting supporters, just as noisy as the Glasgow crowd, were delirious.Even before the match started, out of the crowd came a statement of intent, an answer to the razzamatazz, with the now mandatory fireworks, cheer leaders, and a Royal Navy helicopter delivering Glasgow's new flag. A visiting supporter walked sedately on to the pitch holding aloft an Ulster flag. Briefly he planted the flagstick at the centre of the halfway line. Then he lifted it high and walked again with measured pace back to his place. A challenge, unrehearsed, had not been thrown down but quietly presented.In the final assault Tommy Hayes missed two penalty goals, both from reasonable range, between 30 and 40 metres. Glasgow then turned to other means. Twice kicks were punted into the corners for lineouts that Glasgow secured through Jon Petrie and then Andy Hall. Glasgow then opted for a scrummage off a penalty. But Ulster held out against all that Glasgow roll, throw, and run at them.Gordon Bulloch, Glasgow's captain, had good cause to go for those lineouts and the scrum. On an afternoon of almost steady drizzle those had been the home team's strengths, especially after Ulster had lost their first-choice hooker, Matt Sexton, after 25 minutes of the first half. Videos will be run over and over again to seek reasons why Glasgow did not convert their set-piece advantage into match-winning points.It was a similar story in the opening moves for the first half-hour after a minutes" continuity had laid the ground for Hayes to kick the first of his four penalty goals. Glasgow could not make enough of their steady pressure. Instead, David Humphreys replied with a penalty goal in 11 minutes, and though Jon Steel thwarted Scott Young in the Glasgow right corner it only delayed an Ulster try. Bryn Cunningham and Neil Doak opened the way for Paul Shields to scramble over. Humphreys added the conversion for a 10-3 lead.Glasgow's reply was immediate and two-pronged. Bulloch made the vital dent that procured the opportunity for Hayes to kick his second penalty goal, after 34 minutes, and almost immediately Glenn Metcalfe drew in the opposition with his thrust on the left for quick recycling, clearance by Graeme Beveridge, and swift passes to the right - long from Hayes, short from Gordon Bulloch, and long from Calvin Howarth for Steel to score. Glasgow were back in front - 14-10.Hayes missed the conversion from well out on the right, but in pre-interval added time he kicked a penalty goal from more than 40 metres out on the left. That hoisted his Celtic League tally this season into three figures, and he opened the second half with another penalty goal from the same range and angle.Glasgow, leading 17-10, had a platform on which they could have constructed victory. They even had a let-off when Humphreys missed a penalty from less than 25 metres. However, instead of exploiting their obvious set-piece advantage, Glasgow let themselves to be caught on the rebound. A Glasgow breakdown allowed Ryan Constable to fire a counter-attack that Andy Ward finished off with a try in 65 minutes.Humphreys converted, drawing Ulster level, and six minutes later he added what was to be the match-winning penalty goal from 40 metres. Glasgow were drawn to mount a finale that was furious, though unsuccessful.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Andy Henderson, Tommy Hayes, Glenn Metcalfe; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Andy Hall, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Alan Bulloch for Howarth (67 minutes), Andrew Wilson for Macfadyen (67).Ulster - Bryn Cunningham; James Topping, Shane Stewart, Johnny Bell, Scott Young, David Humphreys (captain), Neil Doak, Justin Fitzpatrick, Matt Sexton, Robbie Kempson, Mark Blair, Jeremy Davidson, Warren Brosnihan, Neil McMillan, Tony McWhirter. Substitutes - Paul Shields for Sexton (25), Ryan Constable for Stewart (47), Tony Ward for McWhirter (48).Referee - Nigel Williams (Wales).Glasgow 17, Ulster 20Glasgow lost their 100% home record this afternoon. With it came elimination from the Celtic League, but defeat by Ulster in the quarter-final at Hughenden was agonisingly and frustratingly close in an atmosphere that was charged with atmosphere and emotion by a crowd of 5346.Not only was the margin just three points in Ulster's favour but also Glasgow could look at the last 10 minutes of the game and wonder just how they failed to win. Their pressure in that time was intense. Even a stonewall would surely have had to give way, but Ulster hung on to earn an all-Ireland semi-final against Munster in Limerick in early January. The visiting supporters, just as noisy as the Glasgow crowd, were delirious.Even before the match started, out of the crowd came a statement of intent, an answer to the razzamatazz, with the now mandatory fireworks, cheer leaders, and a Royal Navy helicopter delivering Glasgow's new flag. A visiting supporter walked sedately on to the pitch holding aloft an Ulster flag. Briefly he planted the flagstick at the centre of the halfway line. Then he lifted it high and walked again with measured pace back to his place. A challenge, unrehearsed, had not been thrown down but quietly presented.In the final assault Tommy Hayes missed two penalty goals, both from reasonable range, between 30 and 40 metres. Glasgow then turned to other means. Twice kicks were punted into the corners for lineouts that Glasgow secured through Jon Petrie and then Andy Hall. Glasgow then opted for a scrummage off a penalty. But Ulster held out against all that Glasgow roll, throw, and run at them.Gordon Bulloch, Glasgow's captain, had good cause to go for those lineouts and the scrum. On an afternoon of almost steady drizzle those had been the home team's strengths, especially after Ulster had lost their first-choice hooker, Matt Sexton, after 25 minutes of the first half. Videos will be run over and over again to seek reasons why Glasgow did not convert their set-piece advantage into match-winning points.It was a similar story in the opening moves for the first half-hour after a minutes" continuity had laid the ground for Hayes to kick the first of his four penalty goals. Glasgow could not make enough of their steady pressure. Instead, David Humphreys replied with a penalty goal in 11 minutes, and though Jon Steel thwarted Scott Young in the Glasgow right corner it only delayed an Ulster try. Bryn Cunningham and Neil Doak opened the way for Paul Shields to scramble over. Humphreys added the conversion for a 10-3 lead.Glasgow's reply was immediate and two-pronged. Bulloch made the vital dent that procured the opportunity for Hayes to kick his second penalty goal, after 34 minutes, and almost immediately Glenn Metcalfe drew in the opposition with his thrust on the left for quick recycling, clearance by Graeme Beveridge, and swift passes to the right - long from Hayes, short from Gordon Bulloch, and long from Calvin Howarth for Steel to score. Glasgow were back in front - 14-10.Hayes missed the conversion from well out on the right, but in pre-interval added time he kicked a penalty goal from more than 40 metres out on the left. That hoisted his Celtic League tally this season into three figures, and he opened the second half with another penalty goal from the same range and angle.Glasgow, leading 17-10, had a platform on which they could have constructed victory. They even had a let-off when Humphreys missed a penalty from less than 25 metres. However, instead of exploiting their obvious set-piece advantage, Glasgow let themselves to be caught on the rebound. A Glasgow breakdown allowed Ryan Constable to fire a counter-attack that Andy Ward finished off with a try in 65 minutes.Humphreys converted, drawing Ulster level, and six minutes later he added what was to be the match-winning penalty goal from 40 metres. Glasgow were drawn to mount a finale that was furious, though unsuccessful.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Andy Henderson, Tommy Hayes, Glenn Metcalfe; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Andy Hall, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Alan Bulloch for Howarth (67 minutes), Andrew Wilson for Macfadyen (67).Ulster - Bryn Cunningham; James Topping, Shane Stewart, Johnny Bell, Scott Young, David Humphreys (captain), Neil Doak, Justin Fitzpatrick, Matt Sexton, Robbie Kempson, Mark Blair, Jeremy Davidson, Warren Brosnihan, Neil McMillan, Tony McWhirter. Substitutes - Paul Shields for Sexton (25), Ryan Constable for Stewart (47), Tony Ward for McWhirter (48).Referee - Nigel Williams (Wales).