Glasgow Beaten In Celtic Cup Semi-Final

Glasgow 13, Ulster 20Glasgow failed in their bid to be the first through to the Celtic Cup final, though it was only narrowly that they lost to Ulster at Hughenden tonight. The try-count was one each, and in a league match Glasgow would have had the slight consolation of a bonus point.On a wet evening, with a consequently slippery pitch, Ulster struck early with a Ryan Constable try after 12 minutes. It was a score against the run of the first half's play, and the Ulster's 8-6 interval lead even flattered the visitors, though they turned the screws in the second half.Afterwards Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's coach, described his team's performance as "gutsy." He added that the pattern of the contest and Ulster's winning margin belied the teams" positions at the opposite ends of the Celtic League ladders.In the end what mattered was that Ulster dictated the pace of the game. They slowed it down. But when are we going to see referees penalise those teams who, like Ulster, doddling up to forming lineouts? The laws decree against that ploy. But who has seen a referee who will adhere to that law bysanctioning teams who waste time that way?Glasgow were more eager to move the ball to utilise the pace of their back three, David Millard, Rory Kerr, and Sean Lamont. Just occasionally, they hinted at creating space wide, though, ironically, it was a misplaced chipped kick by Dan Parks in the Ulster half that allowed the visitors to raise the siege to break out for Constable's try in 12 minutes.Over the first half at least Glasgow's strengths lay in their lineout command and the forwards" devilling work in the loose allied to Graeme Morison's power running at inside centre. Nathan Ross was outstanding in poaching Ulster's shorter throw-ins, and Cameron Mather gave an exemplary lead to his fellow forwards. He switched easily halfway across the world from Scotland's open flank to his customary role on Glasgow's blind side.Parks answered Constable's try with a penalty goal in 26 minutes. Adam Larkin replied in kind almost immediately, and Parks dropped a goal from more than 35 metres just before half-time.Ulster stretched their lead with another Larkin penalty goal only four minutes after the interval, and thereafter they were more controlled in the second half, with their lineout working better. Glasgow's organisation in defence was secure, and Ulster could not exploit even the 10 minutes in which they had numerical advantage while Andy Hall was in the sin-bin, the lock penalised for joining a ruck from the side. It was an infringement in an area in which the referee could have flashed yellow cards all evening.It was less than 10 minutes from the end before Larkin seemed to kill Glasgow's hopes with a double-whammy - a penalty and a drop goal in quick succession. Yet Glasgow went down with colours flying as Morrison ploughed in after Sam Pinder had set up a goal-line assault. Calvin Howarth added the conversion, cutting the margin to four points, but Larkin finished off with his fourth penalty goal.So for the second successive season the red hand ushered Glasgow out of a Celtic tournament. Almost exactly a year ago, also at Hughenden, Ulster beat Glasgow in a Celtic League quarter-final.Glasgow - Rory Kerr; David Millard, Gareth Maclure, Graeme Morrison, Sean Lamont; Daniel Parks, Sam Pinder; Matt Proudfoot, Scott Lawson, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Nathan Ross, Cameron Mather (captain), Donnie Macfadyen, Paul Dearlove. Substitutes - Andrew Kelly for Proudfoot (half-time), Calvin Howarth for Morrison (49-52 minutes), Jon Steel for Millard (62), Joe Beardshaw for Hall (71), Howarth for Parks (75).Try, Morrison; conversion, Howarth; penalty goal, Parks; drop goal, Parks.Ulster - Bryn Cunningham; James Topping, Ryan Constable, Paul Steinmetz, Tyrone Howe; Adam Larkin, Kieran Campbell; Bryan Young, Matt Sexton, Rod Moore, Matt Mustchin, Matt McCullough, Andy Ward (captain), Neil Best, Tony McWhirter. Substitutes - Roger Wilson for McWhirter (13-19), Rowan Frost for McCullough (39), Neil Doak for Campbell (half-time), Wilson for McWhirter (half-time).Try, Constable; penalty goals, Larkin (4); drop goal, Larkin.Referee - Hugh Watkins (Wales).Glasgow 13, Ulster 20Glasgow failed in their bid to be the first through to the Celtic Cup final, though it was only narrowly that they lost to Ulster at Hughenden tonight. The try-count was one each, and in a league match Glasgow would have had the slight consolation of a bonus point.On a wet evening, with a consequently slippery pitch, Ulster struck early with a Ryan Constable try after 12 minutes. It was a score against the run of the first half's play, and the Ulster's 8-6 interval lead even flattered the visitors, though they turned the screws in the second half.Afterwards Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's coach, described his team's performance as "gutsy." He added that the pattern of the contest and Ulster's winning margin belied the teams" positions at the opposite ends of the Celtic League ladders.In the end what mattered was that Ulster dictated the pace of the game. They slowed it down. But when are we going to see referees penalise those teams who, like Ulster, doddling up to forming lineouts? The laws decree against that ploy. But who has seen a referee who will adhere to that law bysanctioning teams who waste time that way?Glasgow were more eager to move the ball to utilise the pace of their back three, David Millard, Rory Kerr, and Sean Lamont. Just occasionally, they hinted at creating space wide, though, ironically, it was a misplaced chipped kick by Dan Parks in the Ulster half that allowed the visitors to raise the siege to break out for Constable's try in 12 minutes.Over the first half at least Glasgow's strengths lay in their lineout command and the forwards" devilling work in the loose allied to Graeme Morison's power running at inside centre. Nathan Ross was outstanding in poaching Ulster's shorter throw-ins, and Cameron Mather gave an exemplary lead to his fellow forwards. He switched easily halfway across the world from Scotland's open flank to his customary role on Glasgow's blind side.Parks answered Constable's try with a penalty goal in 26 minutes. Adam Larkin replied in kind almost immediately, and Parks dropped a goal from more than 35 metres just before half-time.Ulster stretched their lead with another Larkin penalty goal only four minutes after the interval, and thereafter they were more controlled in the second half, with their lineout working better. Glasgow's organisation in defence was secure, and Ulster could not exploit even the 10 minutes in which they had numerical advantage while Andy Hall was in the sin-bin, the lock penalised for joining a ruck from the side. It was an infringement in an area in which the referee could have flashed yellow cards all evening.It was less than 10 minutes from the end before Larkin seemed to kill Glasgow's hopes with a double-whammy - a penalty and a drop goal in quick succession. Yet Glasgow went down with colours flying as Morrison ploughed in after Sam Pinder had set up a goal-line assault. Calvin Howarth added the conversion, cutting the margin to four points, but Larkin finished off with his fourth penalty goal.So for the second successive season the red hand ushered Glasgow out of a Celtic tournament. Almost exactly a year ago, also at Hughenden, Ulster beat Glasgow in a Celtic League quarter-final.Glasgow - Rory Kerr; David Millard, Gareth Maclure, Graeme Morrison, Sean Lamont; Daniel Parks, Sam Pinder; Matt Proudfoot, Scott Lawson, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Nathan Ross, Cameron Mather (captain), Donnie Macfadyen, Paul Dearlove. Substitutes - Andrew Kelly for Proudfoot (half-time), Calvin Howarth for Morrison (49-52 minutes), Jon Steel for Millard (62), Joe Beardshaw for Hall (71), Howarth for Parks (75).Try, Morrison; conversion, Howarth; penalty goal, Parks; drop goal, Parks.Ulster - Bryn Cunningham; James Topping, Ryan Constable, Paul Steinmetz, Tyrone Howe; Adam Larkin, Kieran Campbell; Bryan Young, Matt Sexton, Rod Moore, Matt Mustchin, Matt McCullough, Andy Ward (captain), Neil Best, Tony McWhirter. Substitutes - Roger Wilson for McWhirter (13-19), Rowan Frost for McCullough (39), Neil Doak for Campbell (half-time), Wilson for McWhirter (half-time).Try, Constable; penalty goals, Larkin (4); drop goal, Larkin.Referee - Hugh Watkins (Wales).