Glasgow Fightback Not Enough

Glasgow 18, Ulster 27Glasgowa?'s fate against Ulster this evening was yet another defeat, the seventh in their past eight Celtic League games. However, it would have been a totally different story if they had played the first half in the way they performed in the second.In an atmosphere that sounded more like Ravenhill than Firhill, with about 10 busloads of Ulster supporters in the crowd of 2240, Glasgow were down 3-18 at the interval. They had conceded tries to Isaac Boss and Justin Harrison, but they came back strongly in the second. John Beattie and Hefin Oa?"Hare each had a try, and Dan Parks kicked two penalty goals as well as a conversion that narrowed the margin to 18-24 after 66 minutes.It was, though, only briefly that they were less than a converted try adrift. Within three minutes David Humphreys kicked his fifth penalty goal, and Ulster held on to the end.Humphreys contributed 17 points to Ulstera?'s tally, beginning after less than two minutes after Glasgow had been penalised for obstruction when Scott Lawson attempted to break off from a ruck in the home 22. Glasgowa?'s answer was to create three good chances that deserved better than nothing.Oa?"Hare was denied by forward passes on two of those occasions. First, from a penalty lineout in the left corner, Andrew Henderson seemed to have sent his fellow centre through, and the other time Oa?"Hare was called back he had run clear from inside his own half. Then a chargedown by Sam Pinder did not bounce kindly for the Glasgow scrum half.Between Oa?"Harea?'s two recalls Humphreys missed a penalty. That was justice as it had been immediately preceded by a blatant Ulster obstruction that prevented a possible Glasgow breakout.Those Glasgow chances, though, were only splashes on a first-quarter picture mainly dominated by the visitors, and when the first Ulster try came in 20 minutes it was not unexpected, Boss sniping in after a penalty lineout in the right corner. Humphreys converted.Parks replied with a penalty goal after half an hour, a score that was scant reward for a long phase of hammering on the Ulster goal-line. Henderson was twice involved: Pinder, Donnie Macfadyen, and Euan Murray also were prominent in that pressure.Another goal by Humphreys restored Ulstera?'s 10-point lead four minutes later. This time Lawson was penalised for holding on in a tackle, and 10 metres were added when he threw the ball away.A penalty lineout was the source of Ulstera?'s second try, like the first. This time the forwards kept it tight to drive Harrison over in a maul for the score that took Ulster to a 15-point lead at half-time. It was, though, a maul of doubtful origins as at least two Ulster forwards appeared to insert themselves in front of the ball-carrier as they generated the drive to the line.Humphreys missed the conversion kick, but six minutes into the second half he kicked his third penalty goal. Even in those few minutes, however, Glasgow had shown they wished to play in a higher gear. Enlivened by the substitution appearances of Beattie and Jon Barclay, the Glasgow game was fired with more enthusiasm and sprit, and the backs were more willing to add depth to their alignment off which to run on to the ball at pace.Beattie signalled his arrival with two hefty tackles in the space of what seemed no more than a second, and it was to him that fell the honour of scoring Glasgowa?'s first try after 52 minutes.A tapped penalty by Pinder laid the foundation-stone of that score. Kevin Tkachuk, Henderson, and Euan Murray added to it before Rory Lamont was denied off the scrummage that Glasgow opted for instead of a subsequent lineout. It was from a similar penalty scrum that Beattie dived over.Parks missed the conversion whereas Humphreys added his fourth penalty goal. That stretched Ulstera?'s lead to 16 points just before the hour, but Glasgow were undismayed. After Parks had slotted his second penalty goal Pinder hoisted a kick up the right touchline, Bryn Cunningham was trapped by the follow-up, Beattie worked the ball away from the ensuing ruck, and Pindera?'s pass sent Oa?"Hare racing in for his first try in 19 successive games since joining Glasgow earlier in this season.Parks converted for 18-24. But that man Humphreys countered with another penalty goal, and despite Glasgowa?'s continued enthusiasm Ulster held firm to the end.Glasgow Warriors a?" Graydon Staniforth; Rory Lamont, Hefin Oa?"Hare, Anderson Henderson, Colin Shaw; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Dan Turner, Craig Hamilton, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes a?" John Barclay for Wilson (38 minutes), John Beattie for Macfadyen (half-time), Ben Prescott for Murray (59), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (59), James Eddie for Turner (63), Calvin Howarth for Pinder (83). Not used a?" Spencer Davey.Tries, Beattie, Oa?"Hare; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks 2.Ulster a?" Bryn Cunningham; Tommy Bowe, Andrew Trimble, Jonathan Bell, Andrew Maxwell; David Humphreys, Isaac Boss; Bryan Young, Rory Best, Simon Best (captain), Justin Harrison, Matt McCullough, Neil Best, Roger Wilson, Stephen Ferris. Substitutes a?" Neil McMillan for Ferris (68), Justin Fitzpatrick for Young (69), James Topping for Maxwell (83). Not used - Justin Fitzpatrick, Ryan Caldwell, Kieran Campbell, Adam Larkin.Tries, Boss, Harrison; conversion, Humphreys; penalty goals, Humphreys 5.Referee a?" Tim Hayes (Wales).Attendance a?" 2240.Glasgow 18, Ulster 27Glasgowa?'s fate against Ulster this evening was yet another defeat, the seventh in their past eight Celtic League games. However, it would have been a totally different story if they had played the first half in the way they performed in the second.In an atmosphere that sounded more like Ravenhill than Firhill, with about 10 busloads of Ulster supporters in the crowd of 2240, Glasgow were down 3-18 at the interval. They had conceded tries to Isaac Boss and Justin Harrison, but they came back strongly in the second. John Beattie and Hefin Oa?"Hare each had a try, and Dan Parks kicked two penalty goals as well as a conversion that narrowed the margin to 18-24 after 66 minutes.It was, though, only briefly that they were less than a converted try adrift. Within three minutes David Humphreys kicked his fifth penalty goal, and Ulster held on to the end.Humphreys contributed 17 points to Ulstera?'s tally, beginning after less than two minutes after Glasgow had been penalised for obstruction when Scott Lawson attempted to break off from a ruck in the home 22. Glasgowa?'s answer was to create three good chances that deserved better than nothing.Oa?"Hare was denied by forward passes on two of those occasions. First, from a penalty lineout in the left corner, Andrew Henderson seemed to have sent his fellow centre through, and the other time Oa?"Hare was called back he had run clear from inside his own half. Then a chargedown by Sam Pinder did not bounce kindly for the Glasgow scrum half.Between Oa?"Harea?'s two recalls Humphreys missed a penalty. That was justice as it had been immediately preceded by a blatant Ulster obstruction that prevented a possible Glasgow breakout.Those Glasgow chances, though, were only splashes on a first-quarter picture mainly dominated by the visitors, and when the first Ulster try came in 20 minutes it was not unexpected, Boss sniping in after a penalty lineout in the right corner. Humphreys converted.Parks replied with a penalty goal after half an hour, a score that was scant reward for a long phase of hammering on the Ulster goal-line. Henderson was twice involved: Pinder, Donnie Macfadyen, and Euan Murray also were prominent in that pressure.Another goal by Humphreys restored Ulstera?'s 10-point lead four minutes later. This time Lawson was penalised for holding on in a tackle, and 10 metres were added when he threw the ball away.A penalty lineout was the source of Ulstera?'s second try, like the first. This time the forwards kept it tight to drive Harrison over in a maul for the score that took Ulster to a 15-point lead at half-time. It was, though, a maul of doubtful origins as at least two Ulster forwards appeared to insert themselves in front of the ball-carrier as they generated the drive to the line.Humphreys missed the conversion kick, but six minutes into the second half he kicked his third penalty goal. Even in those few minutes, however, Glasgow had shown they wished to play in a higher gear. Enlivened by the substitution appearances of Beattie and Jon Barclay, the Glasgow game was fired with more enthusiasm and sprit, and the backs were more willing to add depth to their alignment off which to run on to the ball at pace.Beattie signalled his arrival with two hefty tackles in the space of what seemed no more than a second, and it was to him that fell the honour of scoring Glasgowa?'s first try after 52 minutes.A tapped penalty by Pinder laid the foundation-stone of that score. Kevin Tkachuk, Henderson, and Euan Murray added to it before Rory Lamont was denied off the scrummage that Glasgow opted for instead of a subsequent lineout. It was from a similar penalty scrum that Beattie dived over.Parks missed the conversion whereas Humphreys added his fourth penalty goal. That stretched Ulstera?'s lead to 16 points just before the hour, but Glasgow were undismayed. After Parks had slotted his second penalty goal Pinder hoisted a kick up the right touchline, Bryn Cunningham was trapped by the follow-up, Beattie worked the ball away from the ensuing ruck, and Pindera?'s pass sent Oa?"Hare racing in for his first try in 19 successive games since joining Glasgow earlier in this season.Parks converted for 18-24. But that man Humphreys countered with another penalty goal, and despite Glasgowa?'s continued enthusiasm Ulster held firm to the end.Glasgow Warriors a?" Graydon Staniforth; Rory Lamont, Hefin Oa?"Hare, Anderson Henderson, Colin Shaw; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Dan Turner, Craig Hamilton, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes a?" John Barclay for Wilson (38 minutes), John Beattie for Macfadyen (half-time), Ben Prescott for Murray (59), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (59), James Eddie for Turner (63), Calvin Howarth for Pinder (83). Not used a?" Spencer Davey.Tries, Beattie, Oa?"Hare; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks 2.Ulster a?" Bryn Cunningham; Tommy Bowe, Andrew Trimble, Jonathan Bell, Andrew Maxwell; David Humphreys, Isaac Boss; Bryan Young, Rory Best, Simon Best (captain), Justin Harrison, Matt McCullough, Neil Best, Roger Wilson, Stephen Ferris. Substitutes a?" Neil McMillan for Ferris (68), Justin Fitzpatrick for Young (69), James Topping for Maxwell (83). Not used - Justin Fitzpatrick, Ryan Caldwell, Kieran Campbell, Adam Larkin.Tries, Boss, Harrison; conversion, Humphreys; penalty goals, Humphreys 5.Referee a?" Tim Hayes (Wales).Attendance a?" 2240.