Musselburgh won a closely fought under-16 Midi Final at Murrayfield today with an 18 – 14 win over Dumfries.
Burgh answered an early Dumfries penalty with a well-taken but unconverted try. Dumfries matched this feat moments later only to surrender the lead once more to a second unconverted try late in the half.
The well contested final continued as both sides battled for possession but, while neither exerted any clear dominance, both frequently threatened in the closely fought encounter that saw the lead change hands four times.
Musselburgh won a well contested under-16 Midi Final at Murrayfield today with an 18 – 14 win over Dumfries.
Burgh answered an early Dumfries penalty with a well-taken but unconverted try. Dumfries matched the feat moments later only to surrender the lead once more to a second unconverted try late in the half.
The well contested final continued as both sides battled for possession but, while neither exerted any clear dominance, both continued to threaten in the closely fought encounter that saw the lead change hands four times.
The second-half saw Dumfries regain the lead from a penalty kick however a third unconverted Musselburgh try and penalty kick was enough to retain the lead and seal the victory despite Dumfries notching a late penalty.
Dumfries took the lead after just two minutes when full-back Jordan Kerr slotted a penalty.
Musselburgh scrum-half Daniel Owenson missed the opportunity to equalise with a penalty of his own before Kerr was offered a chance to double his side’s lead, however his long range penalty attempt didn’t have the distance.
The game’s first try – and Musselburgh’s first points on the board – was a fantastic finish from inside-centre Ryan Hook to take the lead however Owenson’s missed conversion meant the game was still very much up for grabs, 5 – 3.
The lead then changed hands twice before the interval when a Dumfries forward rumble crashed over for a try before Musselburgh wing, Connor Johnson, answered with a fine finish when he took the ball at pace and raced around his opposite man to score at the corner.
Both kickers failed to convert, 10 – 8.
Half time: 10 – 8
After just two minutes of the second-half, Dumfries recaptured the lead when Owenson struck a penalty between the sticks but it was short lived as Musselburgh flanker Jonny Periman crossed the whitewash.
Recycled ball made its way out wide to Perriam who had the pace and power to finish off the move.
Owenson’s missed conversion meant they were just four points ahead, 15 – 11.
A minute later Owenson made up for his earlier miss when he stretched his side’s lead with a well struck penalty however, with just ten minutes to go, Kerr matched the effort with an excellent kick from distance to keep his side in the game and ensure a tense finish, 18 – 14.
In the dying moments Dumfries, well aware that they were playing against the clock, threw everything at their last attack only to be halted on the Musselburgh five metre line.
Repeated phase play after the 80 minutes deep in the Musselburgh red zone had supporters on the edge of their seats but the resilient pack turned over the attacking Saints and kicked the ball out of play for the win.
Full time: 18 – 14
Man of the match: Daniel Owenson
Allan Young, Musselburgh under-16 manager, said: “They’re a great bunch of boys, they play for each other and are a dream to coach – it was a great team win, we’re absolutely delighted.
“We won this match with grit and determination. We tried to play it wide – which is how we like to play – but credit to Dumfries; they’re a big tough team who like to play rugby and are difficult to play against.”
15 Jordan Kerr
14 Taylor Hyslop
10 Chris Auld
1 Edward Dodd
14 Michael Lewis
10 Arran Smith
1 Graham Brodie
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)