Glasgow'S Frustrating Defeat

Glasgow 19, Connacht 30Glasgow were wrapped in despair and tied up in frustration through defeat by Connacht at Hughenden tonight. It was a Celtic League game that the home team really ought to have won.Instead, Connacht went away happy having completed their treble of victories against all three Scottish teams inside a calendar month. It was not consolation to Glasgow that they matched Connacht in tries, three each. Glasgow were left out in the cold as the only Scots to lose this evening. Edinburgh beat Leinster in Dublin, and The Borders scored their first win of the Celtic season, defeating Cardiff at Gala.Glasgow's season, even before the end of the first month, has become like a seismographic record. The Richter Scale pen has drawn sharp extremes week after week - win, lose, win, lose. However, Glasgow will have to greatly up their own contribution if the graph is to continue its fluctuations when Glasgow meet more highly rated Irish opposition with Munster's visit to Hughenden a week today for the Celtic Cup quarter-final.Despairing defeat at home followed the pleasure of winning away at Bridgend last week in the Celtic Cup tie against Celtic Warriors. The difference between the two matches was that Glasgow this evening lacked the patience that had tied their game together last week.Midway through the first half Glasgow ought to have had a firm foundation. The 5-3 lead was far less of a firm base than the game pattern merited, and by half-time they were treading on unsteady ground, 18 points down.It was nearly all Glasgow pressure in those first 20 minutes, their intent most clearly stated by a long phase of continuity with Calvin Howarth twice involved before Graeme Morrison was denied just short of the posts. But Howarth missed a penalty there inside the 22, as he had done four minutes earlier.Instead, Mark McHugh kicked a penalty goal from close on halfway well over to the right. He was to carry on in that vein with six goals from as many kicks.Glasgow's response was swift, with the ball recycled twice off a scrummage on the left before Stuart Moffat broke almost to the goal-line, where Joe Beardshaw pounced to score. Howarth missed the conversion.After 27 minutes Mike Walls grabbed a gift score when he pinch ball from Moffat and ran in for the try from 35 metres. Thereafter the second quarter belonged to Connacht. Two more McHugh penalty goals sandwiched another all-too-easy try as replacement Matt Mostyn sliced in off the right wing from a lineout on the left.For quarter of an hour and more after the interval, like the same in the first half, Glasgow had the pressure but nothing to show for it, and again Connacht rebounded to score, this time with a try by Conor McPhillips off David Hewitt's kick to the left. McHugh kicked his third conversion, and Connacht had substantial safety cushion with a lead of 30-5.Three substitutions, notably the introduction of Daniel Parks at stand-off, revitalised Glasgow. It helped, too, that Connacht lost Paul Neville into the sin-bin soon afterwards, an advantage that Glasgow exploited when Morrison drove over with support from Mather. Parks converted, cutting the margin to 18 points, but the Glasgow efforts at playing catch-up rugby produced only one more score, a try by Lee Harrison from Jon Steel's cut to the line.Again Parks converted. But Glasgow could make no more inroads despite the 10 minutes of time added on because of a succession of stoppages, a high proportion for Irish injuries in the Connacht 22.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Gareth Maclure, Graeme Morrison, Alan Bulloch, Sean Lamont; Calvin Howarth, Mark McMillan; Andrew Kelly, Simon Gunn, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Joe Beardshaw, Cameron Mather (captain), Roland Reid, Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Daniel Parks for Howarth (58 minutes), Euan Murray for Kelly (58), Paul Dearlove for Reid (58), Scott Lawson for Gunn (66), David Millard for Morrison (76), Kenny Sinclair for McMillan (80).Tries, Beardshaw, Morrison, Harrison; conversions, Parks (2).Connacht - Mark McHugh; Conor McPhillips, Darren Yapp, Tim Allnutt (captain), Wayne Munn; David Hewitt, Mike Walls; Ray Hogan, Bernard Jackman, Fabian Boiroux, Damian Browne, Andrew Farley, Michael Swift, John O'sullivan, Paul Neville. Substitutes - Matt Mostyn for Munn (16), Shane Moore for Allnutt (66), Tom Carter for Browne (66), Mike McCarthy for Neville (67), John Fogarty for Swift (85).Tries, Walls, Mostyn, McPhillips; conversions, McHugh (3); penalty goals, McHugh (3).Referee - Nigel Owens (Wales).Glasgow 19, Connacht 30Glasgow were wrapped in despair and tied up in frustration through defeat by Connacht at Hughenden tonight. It was a Celtic League game that the home team really ought to have won.Instead, Connacht went away happy having completed their treble of victories against all three Scottish teams inside a calendar month. It was not consolation to Glasgow that they matched Connacht in tries, three each. Glasgow were left out in the cold as the only Scots to lose this evening. Edinburgh beat Leinster in Dublin, and The Borders scored their first win of the Celtic season, defeating Cardiff at Gala.Glasgow's season, even before the end of the first month, has become like a seismographic record. The Richter Scale pen has drawn sharp extremes week after week - win, lose, win, lose. However, Glasgow will have to greatly up their own contribution if the graph is to continue its fluctuations when Glasgow meet more highly rated Irish opposition with Munster's visit to Hughenden a week today for the Celtic Cup quarter-final.Despairing defeat at home followed the pleasure of winning away at Bridgend last week in the Celtic Cup tie against Celtic Warriors. The difference between the two matches was that Glasgow this evening lacked the patience that had tied their game together last week.Midway through the first half Glasgow ought to have had a firm foundation. The 5-3 lead was far less of a firm base than the game pattern merited, and by half-time they were treading on unsteady ground, 18 points down.It was nearly all Glasgow pressure in those first 20 minutes, their intent most clearly stated by a long phase of continuity with Calvin Howarth twice involved before Graeme Morrison was denied just short of the posts. But Howarth missed a penalty there inside the 22, as he had done four minutes earlier.Instead, Mark McHugh kicked a penalty goal from close on halfway well over to the right. He was to carry on in that vein with six goals from as many kicks.Glasgow's response was swift, with the ball recycled twice off a scrummage on the left before Stuart Moffat broke almost to the goal-line, where Joe Beardshaw pounced to score. Howarth missed the conversion.After 27 minutes Mike Walls grabbed a gift score when he pinch ball from Moffat and ran in for the try from 35 metres. Thereafter the second quarter belonged to Connacht. Two more McHugh penalty goals sandwiched another all-too-easy try as replacement Matt Mostyn sliced in off the right wing from a lineout on the left.For quarter of an hour and more after the interval, like the same in the first half, Glasgow had the pressure but nothing to show for it, and again Connacht rebounded to score, this time with a try by Conor McPhillips off David Hewitt's kick to the left. McHugh kicked his third conversion, and Connacht had substantial safety cushion with a lead of 30-5.Three substitutions, notably the introduction of Daniel Parks at stand-off, revitalised Glasgow. It helped, too, that Connacht lost Paul Neville into the sin-bin soon afterwards, an advantage that Glasgow exploited when Morrison drove over with support from Mather. Parks converted, cutting the margin to 18 points, but the Glasgow efforts at playing catch-up rugby produced only one more score, a try by Lee Harrison from Jon Steel's cut to the line.Again Parks converted. But Glasgow could make no more inroads despite the 10 minutes of time added on because of a succession of stoppages, a high proportion for Irish injuries in the Connacht 22.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Gareth Maclure, Graeme Morrison, Alan Bulloch, Sean Lamont; Calvin Howarth, Mark McMillan; Andrew Kelly, Simon Gunn, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Joe Beardshaw, Cameron Mather (captain), Roland Reid, Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Daniel Parks for Howarth (58 minutes), Euan Murray for Kelly (58), Paul Dearlove for Reid (58), Scott Lawson for Gunn (66), David Millard for Morrison (76), Kenny Sinclair for McMillan (80).Tries, Beardshaw, Morrison, Harrison; conversions, Parks (2).Connacht - Mark McHugh; Conor McPhillips, Darren Yapp, Tim Allnutt (captain), Wayne Munn; David Hewitt, Mike Walls; Ray Hogan, Bernard Jackman, Fabian Boiroux, Damian Browne, Andrew Farley, Michael Swift, John O'sullivan, Paul Neville. Substitutes - Matt Mostyn for Munn (16), Shane Moore for Allnutt (66), Tom Carter for Browne (66), Mike McCarthy for Neville (67), John Fogarty for Swift (85).Tries, Walls, Mostyn, McPhillips; conversions, McHugh (3); penalty goals, McHugh (3).Referee - Nigel Owens (Wales).