Glasgow'S Second-Half Comeback To Snatch Draw

Connacht 28, Glasgow 28Glasgow came back from a 9-25 half-time deficit to garner two valuable points from a draw with Connacht at Galway Sportsground this afternoon. That result edged them ahead of The Borders at the foot of the Celtic League table, though only on points difference.To gain a draw was commendable after being so far down at the interval. Yet the end result ought to have been better. Right at the end victory was within Glasgow's grasp. So was a bonus point. Five points from the Irish venture would have been far, far better than two, and the larger haul would have been no more than they deserved, quite apart from maintaining the record that Glasgow - whatever their guise, district or professional team - had had of winning every time they had visited Galway.That, though, was far from the Glasgow minds after half an hour. In that time Connacht had crossed the Glasgow 10-metre line only three times, and they had scored on each occasion. Glasgow's proficiency and pressure against the stiff, chilling breeze were nothing like reflected in points.Connacht led 15-9 after half an hour, and they stretched the lead by 10 more points before the interval. Moreover, changes in the pack had been enforced in the first half because of injuries to Paul Dearlove and Joe Beardshaw. Against such a background, Glasgow did well to grab the two points from a draw.Calvin Howarth's opening penalty goal, after only three minutes, was answered after quarter of an hour when Eric Elwood, Connacht's senior citizen at stand-off, broke through from a penalty lineout to send Conor McPhillips in for a try. Elwood converted.Howarth responded with a second penalty goal midway in the first half with a second penalty goal. But Connacht fired back from the restart. Glasgow failed to challenge, and the home team swept back downfield for another McPhillips try. Elwood missed that converted.Howarth and Elwood traded penalty goals for 15-9 to Connacht, who by then realised that Glasgow were only simmering instead of boiling. Mark McHugh ran in from the 22-metre drop-out after he had missed a penalty. Two Glasgow restarts had preluded Connacht tries.Elwood converted that try, and Glasgow were then struck by two blows in quick succession. Beardshaw had to be replaced, felled by a Connacht punch, an incident that the referee appeared not to see. But he saw enough when Andrew Kelly was sin-binned for killing the ball as Connacht battered the Glasgow line. It was another opportunity for Elwood to kick a penalty goal.Not only did Connacht lead by 16 points at half-time, but Glasgow could expect a torrid start to the second half. To their credit, the visitors weather that storm. They might even have cut the margin if Glenn Metcalfe had not stumbled in the home 22 as he seemed clear through for a try.But Glasgow soon profited from securing possession off a twisted scrummage. Graeme Morrison made the initial dent before Dan Parks sliced through for Sean Lamont to score the try.Parks, half-time replacement for Howarth, missed the conversion, but he was soon involved in the lead-up to a second Glasgow try. He and Lamont made ground up the left before Glasgow swung to the right, and Donnie Macfadyen's link helped Rory Kerr to send Glenn Metcalfe through to run round behind the posts.Parks converted. Glasgow were only four points behind even though their scrummage was under much more severe pressure than it had been in the first half.Glasgow had then to survive intense Connacht pressure. Shane Moore might have gone through for a try but for his knock-on, and severe percussion hammering on the Glasgow line procured only an Elwood penalty goal for 28-21.Glasgow, however, persevered, and Parks broke again for an Alan Bulloch try. It was the centre's fourth in three successive matches, and it marked his record-breaking 122nd appearance in Glasgow colours.Parks converted to draw the scores level. But the nervous excitement was not over. McHugh was wide with a drop kick at goal, and, going the other way, Sam Pinder opened up the blind side deep in his own half for Kerr to give what should have been a scoring pass. But Metcalfe knocked on.Connacht - Mark McHugh; Matt Mostyn, Darren Yapp, Shane Moore, Conor McPhillips; Eric Elwood, Conor O"Loughlin; Dan McFarland, Bernard Jackman (captain), Adrian Clarke, Mike McCarthy, Andrew Farley, Paul Neville, John O'sullivan, Tom Carter. Replacements - John Fogarty, Fabien Boiroux, Damien Browne, Michael Swift, Michael Walls, David Hewitt, Ted Robinson. Substitutes - Robinson for Mostyn (30 minutes), Walls for O"Loughlin (60), Browne for Neville (65), Hewitt for Robinson (77), Fogarty for McPhillips (83).Tries, McPhillips (2), McHugh; conversions, Elwood (2); penalty goals, Elwood (3).Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Rory Kerr, Graeme Morrison, Alan Bulloch, Sean Lamont; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Andrew Kelly Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Joe Beardshaw, Nathan Ross, Paul Dearlove, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Replacements - Simon Gunn, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Roland Reid, Sam Pinder, Dan Parks, David Millard. Substitutes - Hall for Ross (12-20), Reid for Dearlove (20), Hall for Beardshaw (34), Parks for Howarth (half-time), Harrison for Reid (41-49), Pinder for Beveridge (67).Tries, Lamont, Metcalfe, Bulloch; conversions, Parks (2); penalty goals, Howarth (3).Referee - Hugh Watkins (Wales).Connacht 28, Glasgow 28Glasgow came back from a 9-25 half-time deficit to garner two valuable points from a draw with Connacht at Galway Sportsground this afternoon. That result edged them ahead of The Borders at the foot of the Celtic League table, though only on points difference.To gain a draw was commendable after being so far down at the interval. Yet the end result ought to have been better. Right at the end victory was within Glasgow's grasp. So was a bonus point. Five points from the Irish venture would have been far, far better than two, and the larger haul would have been no more than they deserved, quite apart from maintaining the record that Glasgow - whatever their guise, district or professional team - had had of winning every time they had visited Galway.That, though, was far from the Glasgow minds after half an hour. In that time Connacht had crossed the Glasgow 10-metre line only three times, and they had scored on each occasion. Glasgow's proficiency and pressure against the stiff, chilling breeze were nothing like reflected in points.Connacht led 15-9 after half an hour, and they stretched the lead by 10 more points before the interval. Moreover, changes in the pack had been enforced in the first half because of injuries to Paul Dearlove and Joe Beardshaw. Against such a background, Glasgow did well to grab the two points from a draw.Calvin Howarth's opening penalty goal, after only three minutes, was answered after quarter of an hour when Eric Elwood, Connacht's senior citizen at stand-off, broke through from a penalty lineout to send Conor McPhillips in for a try. Elwood converted.Howarth responded with a second penalty goal midway in the first half with a second penalty goal. But Connacht fired back from the restart. Glasgow failed to challenge, and the home team swept back downfield for another McPhillips try. Elwood missed that converted.Howarth and Elwood traded penalty goals for 15-9 to Connacht, who by then realised that Glasgow were only simmering instead of boiling. Mark McHugh ran in from the 22-metre drop-out after he had missed a penalty. Two Glasgow restarts had preluded Connacht tries.Elwood converted that try, and Glasgow were then struck by two blows in quick succession. Beardshaw had to be replaced, felled by a Connacht punch, an incident that the referee appeared not to see. But he saw enough when Andrew Kelly was sin-binned for killing the ball as Connacht battered the Glasgow line. It was another opportunity for Elwood to kick a penalty goal.Not only did Connacht lead by 16 points at half-time, but Glasgow could expect a torrid start to the second half. To their credit, the visitors weather that storm. They might even have cut the margin if Glenn Metcalfe had not stumbled in the home 22 as he seemed clear through for a try.But Glasgow soon profited from securing possession off a twisted scrummage. Graeme Morrison made the initial dent before Dan Parks sliced through for Sean Lamont to score the try.Parks, half-time replacement for Howarth, missed the conversion, but he was soon involved in the lead-up to a second Glasgow try. He and Lamont made ground up the left before Glasgow swung to the right, and Donnie Macfadyen's link helped Rory Kerr to send Glenn Metcalfe through to run round behind the posts.Parks converted. Glasgow were only four points behind even though their scrummage was under much more severe pressure than it had been in the first half.Glasgow had then to survive intense Connacht pressure. Shane Moore might have gone through for a try but for his knock-on, and severe percussion hammering on the Glasgow line procured only an Elwood penalty goal for 28-21.Glasgow, however, persevered, and Parks broke again for an Alan Bulloch try. It was the centre's fourth in three successive matches, and it marked his record-breaking 122nd appearance in Glasgow colours.Parks converted to draw the scores level. But the nervous excitement was not over. McHugh was wide with a drop kick at goal, and, going the other way, Sam Pinder opened up the blind side deep in his own half for Kerr to give what should have been a scoring pass. But Metcalfe knocked on.Connacht - Mark McHugh; Matt Mostyn, Darren Yapp, Shane Moore, Conor McPhillips; Eric Elwood, Conor O"Loughlin; Dan McFarland, Bernard Jackman (captain), Adrian Clarke, Mike McCarthy, Andrew Farley, Paul Neville, John O'sullivan, Tom Carter. Replacements - John Fogarty, Fabien Boiroux, Damien Browne, Michael Swift, Michael Walls, David Hewitt, Ted Robinson. Substitutes - Robinson for Mostyn (30 minutes), Walls for O"Loughlin (60), Browne for Neville (65), Hewitt for Robinson (77), Fogarty for McPhillips (83).Tries, McPhillips (2), McHugh; conversions, Elwood (2); penalty goals, Elwood (3).Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Rory Kerr, Graeme Morrison, Alan Bulloch, Sean Lamont; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Andrew Kelly Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Joe Beardshaw, Nathan Ross, Paul Dearlove, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Replacements - Simon Gunn, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Roland Reid, Sam Pinder, Dan Parks, David Millard. Substitutes - Hall for Ross (12-20), Reid for Dearlove (20), Hall for Beardshaw (34), Parks for Howarth (half-time), Harrison for Reid (41-49), Pinder for Beveridge (67).Tries, Lamont, Metcalfe, Bulloch; conversions, Parks (2); penalty goals, Howarth (3).Referee - Hugh Watkins (Wales).