Deeside U16 were very clearly up for this match with old rivals Ellon and their unwavering motivation throughout was a key element in determining the final 57:7 result with Deeside running in nine tries and Ellon scoring just one. This was always going to be a tough physical game and right from the first whistle both sides put everything into the first few minutes. Deeside, however began to cement a territorial advantage and attacked Ellon’s line repeatedly, with the best attack narrowly missing to finish with a score when Lewis Reid was bundled into touch just 2 metres short of the Ellon line. The constant Deeside pressure soon paid off with two tries in quick succession by forwards Thomas Christie and Angus Hart. Both were started from hard work by the pack securing quality ball at the rucks. The tries were converted by Luke Earle-Wright at 10 and Deeside were now sitting on a comfortable 14 point lead. At this point Deeside’s confidence seemed to grow and strengthen while Ellon seemed to be suddenly much less sure of their game. Deeside U16 have worked hard this season at getting their wingers quickly into space, and the next try was a text book example of the advantage in attack of moving the ball quickly through hands and the difficulty of defending against a winger given time to think and space to move; and this time Lewis Reid was not to be denied with an excellent score in the corner. Field position has also been a theme of training and Luke Earle-Wrights tactical kicking- as well as keeping Ellon out of Deeside’s territory also - provided several opportunities for Deeside to chase and put Ellon under pressure. Indeed, the next Deeside try by Sam Morris came when after one such kick by Earle-Wright at 10, Morris’s pace allowed him to pressure the Ellon wing, win the ball, and sprint for the line. With Deeside now well in control of the game their confidence grew further and they began to move the ball fluently through the hands. The final score of the half came once again from good line ball with George Watt, who played his best game of the season for Deeside, finishing the move by a well timed run cutting back inside the Ellon defence. The half time whistle went with Deeside leading 33-0, and the Deeside made several changes from the large squad that has been and will be a great strength to the club going forward. Ellon appeared somewhat revived for the first few minutes of the second half, but a loose pass under pressure fell into the hands of Angus Rennie in space and a try for Deeside was inevitable. Ellon then had their best passage of play and capitalised on some rare territorial advantage with their number 8 finding a way through to score. More changes by Deeside ensued and a period of 10 minutes followed with more good pressure from Deeside, playing most of the game in the Ellon half, but being denied scores at the last post by a determined Ellon defence. The best opportunity of several came to Chris Ballantyne who was very unluckly to be judged ‘held up’ when he powered over the Ellon line. Given his excellent work rate throughout the game always making ground, he clearly deserved to be on the score board. The final fifteen minutes saw Deeside once again open up the holes in Ellon’s Defence. Earle Wright was first to find a gap and converted his own try. George Watt was next playing on the left wing and once again stepping back inside the defence at the key moment making the line by grounding the ball at arms length. Lewis Reid rounded off the day with Deeside’s final try, quick second phase ball putting him in enough space to use his pace to go around the outside of Ellon’s defensive line.
This was a very competitive game and, without doubt, a solid performance by a very determined Deeside U16 side. It was a great a team effort that produced it and every Deeside player in the squad deserves credit. Deeside have raised the bar and now they need to work hard on maintaining it at this level. Deeside: Sam Morris, George Watt, Angus Renie, Patrick Nichol, Lewis Reid, Luke Earle-Wright, Matthew Hillier, Melvin McAskill, Angus Hart, Angus Wallace, Bradley Buchan, Garran Sutton, Josh Gomaz, Chris Ballantyne , Tom Christie, Malcolm Diack, Murray Hoare, Chris Long, John McGowan, Kyle Dawson, John Honey.