Confident County Retain Under-15 Title

Stirling County retained the under-15 youth title with an emphatic 5 – 52 win over Ayr at Murrayfield in the second of three back-to-back National Midi Finals.

Four first-half tries without reply gave Stirling a comfortable 0 – 28 lead at the break.

The boys from Bridgehaugh continued their form into the second-half running in a further four tries to Ayr’s solitary effort late in the game.

 

Stirling County retained the under-15 youth title with an emphatic 5 – 52 win over Ayr at Murrayfield in the second of three back-to-back National Midi Finals.

Four first-half tries without reply gave Stirling a comfortable 0 – 28 lead at the break.

The boys from Bridgehaugh continued their form into the second-half running in a further four tries to Ayr’s solitary effort late in the game.

Captain, Jack Urquart, missed the opportunity to give County the early lead but wing Brodie Clark crossed the line minutes later for the side’s first score. Urquart found his aim to convert, 7-0.

Clark added his second of the half ten minutes later before flanker Sean MacDonald showed great power to force his way over the line. Urquart’s conversion attempts were both on target giving County a comfortable lead, 0 – 21.

Stirling continued to dominate possession and shortly before the interval Johnathan Priestly scored a fantastic solo effort from just outside his 22.

The big winger out-paced one defender before cutting inside the last man to gallop in for the try, which Urquart converted.

Half time: 0 – 28

After the break Stirling remained on top, continually breaking the gain line with strong running and driving through the contact.

A great run from replacement scrum-half Jamie Ortlepp saw him evade two defenders in close quarters before diving over to score. Urquart kicked his fifth conversion before MacDonald got his second score of the afternoon as he crashed over the line carrying two defenders.

Urquart missed the conversion, 0 - 40.

A relentless County continued to dominate and reaped the rewards when man of the match Joel Fuentes dove over for the unconverted score, 45 – 0.

Ayr were finally rewarded for a gutsy performance when skilful stand-off, Danny McCluskey, dummied a defender and jinked inside, only to be brought down on the five-metre line.

Stirling were penalised for not rolling away from the tackle and captain Blair Jardine took the quick penalty and crashed through for the score, however the prop could not add the conversion, 45-5.

County were quick to respond with a score from full-back Stephen Gillies who rounded the outside man to complete the convincing win.

Urquart’s missed conversion was inconsequential.

Full time: 5 – 52
Man of the match: Joel Fuentes

Stirling County under-15 coach, Eric Urquart, said: “I just feel absolute elation for the boys – they’re absolutely delighted. Their commitment and effort is first class and I’m sure we have some stars of the future.

“They’ve worked their socks off to get here, they’re extremely fit and that was key in today’s success.”

 

Ayr under-15
15 Finlay McMillan

14 John Dewar
13 Robbie Mackie
12 Ruairidh Bottomley
11 Robin Hill

10 Danny McCluskey
9 Robbie McAdam

1 Blair Jardine (CAPTAIN)
2 Marco Castelli
3 Liam Wilkinson
4 Euan Ferguson
5 Taylor McHarg
6 George Wylie
7 Rory Craig
8 Fraser Robertson

 Substitutes (all used)
16 Marc Gazem
17 Jake Calderwood
18 Duncan MacGibbon
19 Nicky McKissock
20 Ben Taysum
21 Oliver Greenall
22 Benn Macleod Stirling County 

Stirlng County under-15
15 Stephen Gillies

14 Brodie Clark
13 David Copland
12 Adam Tunaley
11 Johnathan Priestly

10 Jack Urquhart CAPTAIN
9 Matthew Johnston

1 Lachie Walters
2 William Vernon
3 Ross Murray
4 Andrew Wales
5 Joel Fuentes
6 Calum Worsley
7 Shaun Macdonald
8 Chris Arnold

Substitutes (all used)
16 Douglas Scott
17 Gregor Anderson
18 Stuart Sneddon
19 Kyle Adam
20 Jamie Ortlepp
21 Lawrence Miller
22 Callum Sharp 

The National Midi and Youth Cup Finals (29 March, 2009)
Under-15 girls
: Gala girls v Carrick Academy (kick-off 12 noon)
Under-15 boys: Ayr v Stirling County (kick-off 1.30pm)
Under-16 boys: Dumfries v Musselburgh (3pm) 

The under-18 National Youth Cup final (boys and girls) will take place on the international pitch at Murrayfield on Saturday 25 April
Under-18 girls: (Murrayfield Wanderers) v (Aboyne/Banchory or Cumnock) (kick-off 6pm)
Under-18 boys: Currie Colts v Stirling County (kick-off 7.30pm)