Glasgow'S Tale Of Missed Chances In Defeat By Connacht

Connacht 31, Glasgow 15Over the past 23 years, whatever their guise, district or professional, Glasgow had never lost in Galway. That record fell this afternoon when Connacht won the opening Celtic League contest, scoring four tries to two. Glasgow have not now won in Ireland since the Celtic Cup quarter-final in Galway nearly three years ago.It was, overall, not the best of weekends for the Scottish teams. The Borders and Edinburgh lost as well.Yet the Galway game was one Glasgow ought to have had sewn up before the interval. In that first half they had enough chances to have won a couple of matches.But Glasgow lacked composure and urgency. Too often they tried to force the game with flamboyance and fancy stuff. The result was that they finished up chasing the game.On contrast, Connacht played a mainly tight game, though always with the hint of springing out at pace, as they did with the crucial score, a try immediately after the interval. Glasgow were only six point adrift at half-time, and they needed an early score in the second half, not only to edge ahead but also to settle their game. Instead, a typical lineout drive by Connacht allowed James Downey to break through for Matt Mostyn to finish off.Paul Warwick kicked the simple conversion. Glasgow now needed two converted tries.Glasgow's scrummage creaked at times, but their lineout was secure on their own throws. In that they profited by adopting the variety available from Joe Beardshaw, Andy Hall, Paul Dearlove, and Jon Petrie.Ironically, however, Connacht's two first-half tries were scored from lineout drives off penalty kicks to the corner. Matt Lacey scored the first in six minutes, off John O'sullivan's lineout take, and Warwick had the second, half an hour later, when the Connacht drive sucked in enough of the Glasgow cover. Warwick converted both.Between those scores the bulk of the game was in the Connacht half of the field. First Sam Pinder and Dan Parks put Kenny Logan close in the right corner. Then Gordon Bulloch and Jon Petrie were denied only inches out. Eventually, Parks had a 45-metre chance to kick a penalty, and he made it across the breeze.But the Glasgow story continued - pressure and missed chances. Petrie's take at the lineout tail prompted a break by Andrew Henderson. Nothing game of that - and everything else that Glasgow tried before Connacht raised the siege for Warwick's try.Only then did Glasgow puncture the home defence, when Parks sent Logan in for a try in the right corner. The wing was resuming where he left off before his seven years with Wasps. Parks could not convert from the touchline, and even in first-half injury time Glasgow made nothing of another opening, this time a break by Parks.After Mostyn's try Glasgow resumed their fruitless pressure. From Dearlove's lineout catch Scott Barrow was over, though held up, and even when John Muldoon was sin-binned - surprisingly the only yellow card for Connacht's persistent close-quarter offside - Glasgow looked like failing to profit from the numerical advantage.However, Graeme Morrison made an immediate impact on his arrival as replacement. The international centre was twice involved before Parks slipped through for a try that he also converted, cutting Connacht's lead to six points on the hour.Muldoon returned to the field almost exactly 10 minutes after his sin-binning. No allowance was made for two stoppages for Connacht injuries - a total of two minutes or more. Someone - whether referee or No.4 touch judge - had forgotten to stop his watch for those injuries.That try by Parks did not persuade Glasgow to settle. Instead, a thrust by Rory Kerr not only failed in the home 22 - it resulted in turnover ball, a breakout, and a Warwick penalty goal.That penalty, though, was questionable. Chasing back to retrieve the Connacht kick ahead, Parks fell on the ball, but David Slemen immediately prevented the Glasgow stand-off from regaining his feet. The Connacht full back ought to have been penalised for that. Instead, Glasgow were penalised for killing the ball.Warwick's penalty goal gained him 14 points in his debut match, and it also took Connacht nine points clear. They added to that with a try by Muldoon from a rolling, driving maul from 20 metres out, and replacement stand-off Eric Elwood kicked the conversion.Typically, after Dearlove and Petrie had departed with head cuts, the game ended with Glasgow chance missed. Morrison and Calvin Howarth created for Graeme Beveridge, but the replacement scrum half was held up over the line.Connacht - David Slemen; Ted Robinson, Matt Mostyn, James Downey, Conor McPhillips; Paul Warwick, Tom Tierney; Adrian Clarke, John Fogarty, Peter Bracken, Christian Short, Andrew Farley (captain), John Muldoon, John O'sullivan, Matt Lacey. Replacements - Michael Carroll for O'sullivan (38 minutes), Stephen Knoop for Bracken (63), Eric Elwood for Warwick (69), Conor O"Loughlin for Tierney (69), Niall O"Brien for Downey (69), Henry Bourke for Fogarty (76), Bracken for Knoop (76).Tries, Lacey, Mostyn, Muldoon, Warwick; conversions, Warwick (3), Elwood; penalty goal, Warwick.Glasgow - Rory Kerr; Kenny Logan, Andrew Henderson, Scott Barrow, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Joe Beardshaw, Andrew Hall, Paul Dearlove, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Replacements - Andrew Kelly for Harrison (51), Graeme Morrison for Barrow (51), Dan Turner for Beardshaw (69), Andrew Wilson for Dearlove (69), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (69), Calvin Howarth for Parks (69), Scott Lawson for Petrie (76).Tries, Logan, Parks; conversion, Parks; penalty goal, Parks.Referee - Phil Fear (Wales).Connacht 31, Glasgow 15Over the past 23 years, whatever their guise, district or professional, Glasgow had never lost in Galway. That record fell this afternoon when Connacht won the opening Celtic League contest, scoring four tries to two. Glasgow have not now won in Ireland since the Celtic Cup quarter-final in Galway nearly three years ago.It was, overall, not the best of weekends for the Scottish teams. The Borders and Edinburgh lost as well.Yet the Galway game was one Glasgow ought to have had sewn up before the interval. In that first half they had enough chances to have won a couple of matches.But Glasgow lacked composure and urgency. Too often they tried to force the game with flamboyance and fancy stuff. The result was that they finished up chasing the game.On contrast, Connacht played a mainly tight game, though always with the hint of springing out at pace, as they did with the crucial score, a try immediately after the interval. Glasgow were only six point adrift at half-time, and they needed an early score in the second half, not only to edge ahead but also to settle their game. Instead, a typical lineout drive by Connacht allowed James Downey to break through for Matt Mostyn to finish off.Paul Warwick kicked the simple conversion. Glasgow now needed two converted tries.Glasgow's scrummage creaked at times, but their lineout was secure on their own throws. In that they profited by adopting the variety available from Joe Beardshaw, Andy Hall, Paul Dearlove, and Jon Petrie.Ironically, however, Connacht's two first-half tries were scored from lineout drives off penalty kicks to the corner. Matt Lacey scored the first in six minutes, off John O'sullivan's lineout take, and Warwick had the second, half an hour later, when the Connacht drive sucked in enough of the Glasgow cover. Warwick converted both.Between those scores the bulk of the game was in the Connacht half of the field. First Sam Pinder and Dan Parks put Kenny Logan close in the right corner. Then Gordon Bulloch and Jon Petrie were denied only inches out. Eventually, Parks had a 45-metre chance to kick a penalty, and he made it across the breeze.But the Glasgow story continued - pressure and missed chances. Petrie's take at the lineout tail prompted a break by Andrew Henderson. Nothing game of that - and everything else that Glasgow tried before Connacht raised the siege for Warwick's try.Only then did Glasgow puncture the home defence, when Parks sent Logan in for a try in the right corner. The wing was resuming where he left off before his seven years with Wasps. Parks could not convert from the touchline, and even in first-half injury time Glasgow made nothing of another opening, this time a break by Parks.After Mostyn's try Glasgow resumed their fruitless pressure. From Dearlove's lineout catch Scott Barrow was over, though held up, and even when John Muldoon was sin-binned - surprisingly the only yellow card for Connacht's persistent close-quarter offside - Glasgow looked like failing to profit from the numerical advantage.However, Graeme Morrison made an immediate impact on his arrival as replacement. The international centre was twice involved before Parks slipped through for a try that he also converted, cutting Connacht's lead to six points on the hour.Muldoon returned to the field almost exactly 10 minutes after his sin-binning. No allowance was made for two stoppages for Connacht injuries - a total of two minutes or more. Someone - whether referee or No.4 touch judge - had forgotten to stop his watch for those injuries.That try by Parks did not persuade Glasgow to settle. Instead, a thrust by Rory Kerr not only failed in the home 22 - it resulted in turnover ball, a breakout, and a Warwick penalty goal.That penalty, though, was questionable. Chasing back to retrieve the Connacht kick ahead, Parks fell on the ball, but David Slemen immediately prevented the Glasgow stand-off from regaining his feet. The Connacht full back ought to have been penalised for that. Instead, Glasgow were penalised for killing the ball.Warwick's penalty goal gained him 14 points in his debut match, and it also took Connacht nine points clear. They added to that with a try by Muldoon from a rolling, driving maul from 20 metres out, and replacement stand-off Eric Elwood kicked the conversion.Typically, after Dearlove and Petrie had departed with head cuts, the game ended with Glasgow chance missed. Morrison and Calvin Howarth created for Graeme Beveridge, but the replacement scrum half was held up over the line.Connacht - David Slemen; Ted Robinson, Matt Mostyn, James Downey, Conor McPhillips; Paul Warwick, Tom Tierney; Adrian Clarke, John Fogarty, Peter Bracken, Christian Short, Andrew Farley (captain), John Muldoon, John O'sullivan, Matt Lacey. Replacements - Michael Carroll for O'sullivan (38 minutes), Stephen Knoop for Bracken (63), Eric Elwood for Warwick (69), Conor O"Loughlin for Tierney (69), Niall O"Brien for Downey (69), Henry Bourke for Fogarty (76), Bracken for Knoop (76).Tries, Lacey, Mostyn, Muldoon, Warwick; conversions, Warwick (3), Elwood; penalty goal, Warwick.Glasgow - Rory Kerr; Kenny Logan, Andrew Henderson, Scott Barrow, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Joe Beardshaw, Andrew Hall, Paul Dearlove, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Replacements - Andrew Kelly for Harrison (51), Graeme Morrison for Barrow (51), Dan Turner for Beardshaw (69), Andrew Wilson for Dearlove (69), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (69), Calvin Howarth for Parks (69), Scott Lawson for Petrie (76).Tries, Logan, Parks; conversion, Parks; penalty goal, Parks.Referee - Phil Fear (Wales).