Lasswade Lift Silverware In Shield Final

In the battle between east and west, for the second silverware of the day, it was Lasswade who pipped Greenock Wanderers to the spoils, 17-7, on the main pitch at Murrayfield today.

Man of the match, Kyle Smith, was the try scorer for Lasswade in a tense encounter played out before a vociferous crowd, with his side's other points coming from the boot of stand-off, Carl McWilliam.

Highlights of cup finals day will be shown both on tomorrow’s [Sunday] STV Rugby show at 5.25pm, extended highlights will be shown on www.scottishrugbytv.com from Monday.

Read on for the full match report …

In the battle between east and west, for the second silverware of the day, it was Lasswade who pipped Greenock Wanderers to the spoils, 17-7, on the main pitch at Murrayfield today.

Man of the match, Kyle Smith, was the try scorer for Lasswade in a tense encounter played out before a vociferous crowd, with his side's other points coming from the boot of stand-off, Carl McWilliam.

Highlights of cup finals day will be shown both on tomorrow’s [Sunday] STV Rugby show at 5.25pm, extended highlights will be shown on www.scottishrugbytv.com from Monday.

Lasswade coach, Dave Cockburn, praised the opposition after tha game: "Greenock put us under pressure and we worked hard to starve them of possession. Murrayfield is an amazing place to play; it makes everything extra special and the crowd were phenomenal.

Of man of the match, Kyle Smith, who is celebrating his first season with the club, Cockburn added: "Kyle grew up and became a man today. He took the try with a composure that any national player would be proud of."

 

Within the first minute, Lasswade took the lead with an early penalty from number 10, Carl McWilliam, to put the alternative east coast black and red army ahead: 3-0.

All the early pressure came from Lasswade, with some blistering runs by scrum half, Neil Clark. Solid defence by Wanderers prevented any increase to the score, however, and with thirteen minutes gone, the Greenock men had settled into their stride and began to move on the attack. A promising run down the wing has Lasswade in some array but the pass was fumbled, before composure was regained and stand-off McWilliam put on blistering pace to cross the line and score by the posts. he duly converted his try to put Wanderers ahead after 17 minutes: 3-7.

A good run by Kyle Smith put the pressure back on Greenock though it was Lasswade who proceeded to lapse with an infringement that saw their number 11 walk to the sin bin.

More pressure by Lasswade saw them close in on the Greenock line with Clark skip round the back of the defence to cross the line, though the score was not awarded. Greenock defended admirably but the next score went to Lasswade with a penatly just before the half hour, from McWilliam: 6-7.

Back to full strength with ten minutes to go, Lasswade were encouraged on another fine break up the wing but fumbled the pass, a recurring event as the clock ticked towards half time.

Half time: 6-7

Lasswade made the early burst in the second half, with a long kick to touch coming to ground by the 22m line.

Within three minutes, pressure led to a penalty being awarded, taken by McWilliam, his third successful clearance: 9-7.

The score fired the opposition into action with a break by Greenock's Sean Connelly giving at least half the crowd plenty to cheer about but the crucial pass was intercepted and advantage returned to Lasswade.

Another pacey run from Greenock ensued, passing to numbers, as the line advanced towards the 22m but fell short of the whitewash.

Almost against the run of play at the 50 minute mark, a sudden break from Lasswade resulted in winger Kyle Smith going over the line, however the conversion went wide: 14-7.

A technical infringement by Lasswade saw the penalty boot shoft to Greenock's foot however the attempt, by Devlin, was short.

Some great runs from the Lasswade scrum half took the action back into Wanderers' 22 and, into the last 20 minutes, some loose passing from Greenock in reply as they tried to redress the balance.

Twelve minutes to go and tired legs were starting to show on both sides as Greenock struggled to break through the Lasswade defence as some wild passing ensued. Further breaks up the wing saw no support and turnover ball against the men from the west.

Lasswade pressing on the 5m line in the last five minutes resulted in some desperate defending by Wanderers, and a penalty awarded. The attempt was again taken in measured fashion by McWilliam, his fourth successful kick of the final, to make the final score 17-7

Lasswade RFC

15 Neil Murray
14 Kyle Smith
13 James Elliot
12 Bernard Hennesay
11 Niall Gray
10 Carl McWilliam
22 Neil Clark
1 Craig Adam
2 Dylan Turnbull
3 Mark Billingham CAPTAIN
4 Dale Robertson
5 Doug Grant
6 Richard Borthwick
7 Craig Quigley
8 Donald Hearn

Substitutes
16 Graeme Cook
17 Paul Robinson
18 Russell Gladstone
19 Gavin Sharp
20 S Brown
21 Bruce McGregor
9 Alistair Elliot

Greenock Wanderers RFC

15 David Watson CAPTAIN
14 Brendan McGroarty
13 Kieren Smith
12 David Murray
11 Lee Tyley
10 Antony Devlin
9 Andrew MacDougall
1 Douglas Smith
2 Alan McMichael
3 Martin Lavelle
4 Matthew Gray
5 Alister Abernethy
6 Matthew Duncan
7 Grahame Mooney
8 Callum Robb

Substitutes
16 James McArthur
17 Robert Lavelle
18 Christopher Clark
19 John Stewart
20 Sean Connolly
21 Gregor Fletcher
22 Kevin Murray

 

Man of the match: Kyle Smith (Lasswade)

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Gary Gordon
Assistant referee: Graham Allen
Assistant referee: Digby Thomas
Fourth official: Rab McHenry
Fifth official: Brian Darling