Stirling Work Earns National Under-16 Youth Cup

Scotland took on Wales at Murrayfield this afternoon in the shape of Stirling County lock, Andrew Wales, and Boroughmuir’s Craig Scotland (prop) in a repeat of last year’s under-15 semi final.

The Stirling side again tasted victory as they overcame their opponents 41-7 with Joel Fuentes adding an under-16 man-of-the-match trophy to the same under-15 silverware he collected last year.

 

Initial pressure came from Boroughmuir though the Edinburgh side missed the chance to go ahead after four minutes when a penalty attempt from Alistair Fraser fell short.

After the restart Stirling stepped on the gas and a break from captain Stephen Gillies saw him safely over the whitewash after eight minutes.

Stand-off Jack Urquhart’s conversion went wide, 5-0

With all the running from ‘Muir, a swiftly-worked counter move through the numbers saw man-of-the-match Joel Fuentes cross for another try, four minutes later.

This time Urquhart’s conversion was successful; 12-0.

An infringement by County midway through the half gave the Edinburgh side the opportunity to put points on the board but Fraser’s kick went wide once more.

Some useful work by Stirling scrum half, David Copland, followed up with a deft chip led to the side’s third try within 20 minutes – this time from outside-centre Adam Tunaley.

The score was unconverted, 17-0.

Barely two minutes later, a cheeky steal from Fuentes looked like try number four was coming hot on the heels of the third however the ball was turned over by Boroughmuir once more to herald the beginning of some real end-to-end activity.

Always threatening, County’s Gillies intercepted then went on the break to cross for Stirling’s fourth.

The try was duly converted by Urquhart to make the score 24-0 at half time.

Half time: 24-0

Boroughmuir regained some of the possession at the start of the second period but a high tackle from stand-off Fraser saw the side down to 14 men fifteen minutes into the half.

The resultant penalty, by Urquhart, put another three points on the County score.

Sustained Stirling pressure led to a fifth try when, with fifteen minutes to go, winger Brodie Clark, crossed the whitewash.

Urquhart maintained his accuracy and slotted the conversion before he capitalised on a rare missed penalty moments later when his kick rebounded off the post.

The stand-off reacted well, collected the ball and cross for the try before getting his kicking back on track with the resulting conversion, 41-0.

One minute short of the final whistle, Boroughmuir’s efforts were rewarded when winger Claude Millee broke away to score, duly converted by stand off Fraser to make the final score 41-7.

Stirling County man of the match, Joel Fuentes said: “Boroughmuir are a strong side and I’m almost glad they got the score at the end so they have something to show for the hard work they put in.
 
“I can’t believe we’ve won again, I’m so happy. To come here and play on this beautiful pitch is just fantastic. This is my third time playing at Murrayfield. The first was when we go to the S1 final and lost to Stewart’s-Melville so we were delighted to come back and win the under-15 cup and now, to win the under-16 cup, is just brilliant.”

 

Man of the match: Joel Fuentes (Stirling County)
Crowd: 1589

Stirling County
Stephen Gillies (Captain); Brodie Clark, Adam Tunaley, Shaun MacDonald, Jonathan Priestly; Jack Urquhart, David Copland; Alastair Fenwick, Will Vernon, Ross Murray, Andrew Wales, Gregor Anderson, Calum Worsley, Chris Arnold, Joel Fuentes
Substitutes
Lachie Walters, Calum Cunningham, Stuart Sneddon, Edward Waller, Jamie Ortlepp,  Kyle Adam, Mathew Johnston

Boroughmuir
Damian Hoyland; Claude Millee, Harris Penman, Lewis Wiley, Alex North; Alistair Fraser,  Alex Webb; Stuart Ogilvie, Lewis Robinson, Craig Scotland, Craig Wilson, Sam Williams,
Calum MacKenzie, Benji Stenhouse, Roy Stewart (Captain)
Substitutes
Alasdair Grant, Demetris Gregoriou, Jack Keane, Flynn Schneider-Gogan, Calum Anderson, Ihsan Safi, Joe Jones

Referee: Lloyd Linton

Road to the final – Stirling County
Preliminary round: Sunday 20 September 2009 Fife Southern - - - Stirling County (Fife Southern conceded tie)
Round 1: Sunday 4 October 2009 Stirling County 48 – 0 Howe of Fife
Round 2: Sunday 25 October 2009 Stirling County 83 – 0 Edinburgh BATs
Quarter final: Sunday 13 December 2009 Stirling County 31 – 10 Musselburgh
Semi final: Sunday 24 January 2010 Stirling County 31 – 0 Dundee Eagles

Road to the final – Boroughmuir
Preliminary round: Sunday 20 September 2009   Haddington - - - Boroughmuir (Haddington conceded tie)
Round 1: Sunday 4 October 2009 Boroughmuir 10 – 5 Clacks Rugby
Round 2: Sunday 25 October 2009 Boroughmuir 36 – 36 Marr (Boroughmuir win by try count 6-5)
Quarter final: Sunday 29 November 2009 Boroughmuir 8 – 5 GHA
Semi final: Sunday 7 February 2010  Boroughmuir 14 – 7 West of Scotland