Glasgow Go Close In Limerick

Munster 25, Glasgow 19Glasgow were agonisingly close to what would have been a deserved away victory in Limerick this evening. Instead, they had to settle for yet another losing bonus point in the Celtic League.But by the end of the game they had proved to themselves that travelling should hold no fears. Glasgow took on the second-top club in the Celtic and ran them close in a contest of pace and passion.Even with the last play of the game Glasgow could have grabbed victory, when they essayed a breakout from turnover ball in their own 22. But Rory Lawson's pass failed to find Colin Shaw on the overlap. Even from that distance few, if any, could have caught the Glasgow full back.For more than half the game Glasgow held the lead. With Dan Turner scoring his first Glasgow try and Calvin Howarth kicking four goals, they led 16-3 after 21 minutes, and it was nearly quarter of an hour into the second half before Munster went ahead for the first time with an Alan Quinlan try.Twenty minutes later James Storey's try seemed to have snatched even the bonus point away from Glasgow. But deep into added time Howarth's long kick ahead troubled Munster into conceding a penalty, and the stand-off kicked his fifth goal, clawing the margin back to six points.Here was a Glasgow performance that merited recognition instead of being played in the far west of Ireland with only a few faithful supporters among the crowd of about 5000. Hughenden would have loved it.Especially in defence, Glasgow were superb apart from their loss of concentration when Jason Holland and Storey scored. Cammy Mather gave an exemplary lead. His team responded, among the notables Scott Lawson, playing his fiftieth game for Glasgow.Two tackles stood out among the many. As Munster were seeking quickly to add to their 18-16 lead, Lawson grabbed the charging Donncha O"Callaghan. It seemed as if the hooker had only a fingernail of the red jersey. But he held on and tightened his grip to pull the lock down, otherwise the way would have opened up. Late on, before Howarth's point-saving penalty goal, Rory Lamont pulled off a saving tackle on the flying John Kelly.Howarth kicked two goals in the opening eight minutes, both from lineout penalties. But between those scores Munster showed their clear intentions from two intrusions by Christian Cullen. Holland would have scored but for a forward pass from the full back, who was called into the team only belatedly after being promised a rest.It was, though, Glasgow who had the first try - after a Paul Burke penalty goal. Glasgow's patience recycling through more than half a dozen phases allowed Scott Barrow to open the way for Lamont and Gareth Maclure to unite on a thrust up the left, Andrew Kelly joined in, and Turner was driven over by Mather. Howarth kicked the conversion, but he missed two penalties from long range, one striking a post, before he slotted his fourth goal for a 13-point lead. Munster responded with more than six minutes" intense pressure before space appeared for Holland to cut through for a try. Burke missed the conversion.Lamont tested Munster by spinning out of a couple of tackles. So did Lawson, and Glasgow would have been further ahead if Howarth had not missed another long-range effort.Glasgow's half-time lead was cut back in the first minute of the second half by a Burke penalty goal, and when Munster, like Ireland at Murrayfield eight days ago, turned the screws with a fearsome driving maul they ploughed over for Quinlan's try. Burke converted, and Glasgow were behind for the first time in the match.Still the hectic action continued, and it was again Munster who benefited, when another driving maul provided the means for Rob Henderson to send Storey through for a try that Burke converted.Munster might have edged further away if they had opted to go for goal from a couple of penalties. But their minds were set to trying for a fourth try and a bonus point to claw back on Ospreys" lengthening lead at the top of the table.That, of course, was to Glasgow's benefit, and they persevered. Lamont went frustratingly close on a thrust to the line. Mather immediately had a go. So did Lamont again - and Andy Henderson.Cullen broke that effort with a knock-on. If the South African referee had ruled it deliberate it would have been a penalty in front of the post and, perhaps, a yellow card. Instead, he went back for an earlier offside. Howarth missed it, though he atoned in injury time with his fifth goal. By then, it was so far beyond the 80 minutes that David Wallace could have been seriously considering that he might still return to the fray after his sin-binning in 77 minutes.Munster - Christian Cullen; John Kelly, James Storey, Jason Holland, Anthony Horgan; Paul Burke, Eoin Reddan; Marcus Horan, Frank Sheahan, Gordon McIlwham; Trevor Hogan, Donncha O"Callaghan; Alan Quinlan, David Wallace, Denis Leamy. Substitutes - Rob Henderson for Holland (66 minutes), Jim Williams for Leamy (70), Paul Devlin for Storey (80). Not used - Eugene McGovern, Jerry Flannery, Tom Bowman, Mike Prendergast.Tries, Holland, Quinlan, Henderson; conversions, Burke (2); penalty goals, Burke (2).Glasgow - Colin Shaw; Rory Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Scott Barrow, Gareth Maclure; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Andrew Kelly, Joe Beardshaw, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, Paul Dearlove, Cammy Mather (captain). Substitutes - Andrew Henderson for Barrow (50), Ben Prescott for Kelly (51), Andy Hall for Beardshaw (61), Alasdhair McFarlane for Beveridge (73), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (74), John Barclay for Dearlove (77). Not used - Steven Manning.Try, Turner; conversion, Howarth; penalty goals, Howarth (4).Referee - Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa).Attendance - 5000.Munster 25, Glasgow 19Glasgow were agonisingly close to what would have been a deserved away victory in Limerick this evening. Instead, they had to settle for yet another losing bonus point in the Celtic League.But by the end of the game they had proved to themselves that travelling should hold no fears. Glasgow took on the second-top club in the Celtic and ran them close in a contest of pace and passion.Even with the last play of the game Glasgow could have grabbed victory, when they essayed a breakout from turnover ball in their own 22. But Rory Lawson's pass failed to find Colin Shaw on the overlap. Even from that distance few, if any, could have caught the Glasgow full back.For more than half the game Glasgow held the lead. With Dan Turner scoring his first Glasgow try and Calvin Howarth kicking four goals, they led 16-3 after 21 minutes, and it was nearly quarter of an hour into the second half before Munster went ahead for the first time with an Alan Quinlan try.Twenty minutes later James Storey's try seemed to have snatched even the bonus point away from Glasgow. But deep into added time Howarth's long kick ahead troubled Munster into conceding a penalty, and the stand-off kicked his fifth goal, clawing the margin back to six points.Here was a Glasgow performance that merited recognition instead of being played in the far west of Ireland with only a few faithful supporters among the crowd of about 5000. Hughenden would have loved it.Especially in defence, Glasgow were superb apart from their loss of concentration when Jason Holland and Storey scored. Cammy Mather gave an exemplary lead. His team responded, among the notables Scott Lawson, playing his fiftieth game for Glasgow.Two tackles stood out among the many. As Munster were seeking quickly to add to their 18-16 lead, Lawson grabbed the charging Donncha O"Callaghan. It seemed as if the hooker had only a fingernail of the red jersey. But he held on and tightened his grip to pull the lock down, otherwise the way would have opened up. Late on, before Howarth's point-saving penalty goal, Rory Lamont pulled off a saving tackle on the flying John Kelly.Howarth kicked two goals in the opening eight minutes, both from lineout penalties. But between those scores Munster showed their clear intentions from two intrusions by Christian Cullen. Holland would have scored but for a forward pass from the full back, who was called into the team only belatedly after being promised a rest.It was, though, Glasgow who had the first try - after a Paul Burke penalty goal. Glasgow's patience recycling through more than half a dozen phases allowed Scott Barrow to open the way for Lamont and Gareth Maclure to unite on a thrust up the left, Andrew Kelly joined in, and Turner was driven over by Mather. Howarth kicked the conversion, but he missed two penalties from long range, one striking a post, before he slotted his fourth goal for a 13-point lead. Munster responded with more than six minutes" intense pressure before space appeared for Holland to cut through for a try. Burke missed the conversion.Lamont tested Munster by spinning out of a couple of tackles. So did Lawson, and Glasgow would have been further ahead if Howarth had not missed another long-range effort.Glasgow's half-time lead was cut back in the first minute of the second half by a Burke penalty goal, and when Munster, like Ireland at Murrayfield eight days ago, turned the screws with a fearsome driving maul they ploughed over for Quinlan's try. Burke converted, and Glasgow were behind for the first time in the match.Still the hectic action continued, and it was again Munster who benefited, when another driving maul provided the means for Rob Henderson to send Storey through for a try that Burke converted.Munster might have edged further away if they had opted to go for goal from a couple of penalties. But their minds were set to trying for a fourth try and a bonus point to claw back on Ospreys" lengthening lead at the top of the table.That, of course, was to Glasgow's benefit, and they persevered. Lamont went frustratingly close on a thrust to the line. Mather immediately had a go. So did Lamont again - and Andy Henderson.Cullen broke that effort with a knock-on. If the South African referee had ruled it deliberate it would have been a penalty in front of the post and, perhaps, a yellow card. Instead, he went back for an earlier offside. Howarth missed it, though he atoned in injury time with his fifth goal. By then, it was so far beyond the 80 minutes that David Wallace could have been seriously considering that he might still return to the fray after his sin-binning in 77 minutes.Munster - Christian Cullen; John Kelly, James Storey, Jason Holland, Anthony Horgan; Paul Burke, Eoin Reddan; Marcus Horan, Frank Sheahan, Gordon McIlwham; Trevor Hogan, Donncha O"Callaghan; Alan Quinlan, David Wallace, Denis Leamy. Substitutes - Rob Henderson for Holland (66 minutes), Jim Williams for Leamy (70), Paul Devlin for Storey (80). Not used - Eugene McGovern, Jerry Flannery, Tom Bowman, Mike Prendergast.Tries, Holland, Quinlan, Henderson; conversions, Burke (2); penalty goals, Burke (2).Glasgow - Colin Shaw; Rory Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Scott Barrow, Gareth Maclure; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Andrew Kelly, Joe Beardshaw, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, Paul Dearlove, Cammy Mather (captain). Substitutes - Andrew Henderson for Barrow (50), Ben Prescott for Kelly (51), Andy Hall for Beardshaw (61), Alasdhair McFarlane for Beveridge (73), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (74), John Barclay for Dearlove (77). Not used - Steven Manning.Try, Turner; conversion, Howarth; penalty goals, Howarth (4).Referee - Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa).Attendance - 5000.