Deeside U16 In Control At Mackie

The Mackie pitch at Redcloak resembled a ploughed field in places and it would have been understandable if this had been an old-fashioned game, with the ball disappearing into the dark recesses, while players skidded and slithered into each other. Instead, we had a game full of endeavour and no less skill. Both teams were intent on attacking through driving play and it took resolute defence, in which the Deeside front row of Angus Wallace, Angus Hart and Melvin McAskill were prominent, to counter this. In attack, valuable ground was gained from carries by Bradley Buchan, Josh Gomaz and Malcolm Diack with Jack Irvine constantly close at hand to give or take an offload. The Deeside break through came with a counter-attack following a clearance kick from Mackie. Luke Earle-Wright fielded the kick and drew the defence before putting full-back Angus Rennie into the clear on the wing for a score in the corner. Mackie should have learned from this, but the pressure of the Deeside defence forced Mackie into clearance kicks which were run back with interest, resulting in a further three tries for Angus Rennie as well as long-distance tries for Tom Christie and Chris Ballantyne, with Tom also forcing his way over from close range. In the backs, the quality of the running and passing was of the highest order with no compromise for the difficult conditions. Paul Dargie at scrum-half was up against a combative opposite number as well as the close attention of the Mackie back-row, but provided plenty of ball for the outside backs. In the centre George Watt and Lewis Reid were strenuous in the tackle and frequently seeking openings in attack, with George claiming Deeside's second try and Lewis frequently challenging the Mackie defence including one particularly memorable run in the second half which on a firmer pitch could have resulted in another try. Whenever they could, Deeside attacked out wide and John McGowan and Kyle Dawson stretched the opposition defensive line time and again. Luke Earle-Wright at fly half controlled the game with great maturity, varying between launching handling moves and astute kicks for position, as well as converting seven of Deeside's eight tries.  With a final score of Mackie 7, Deeside 54 this was a pleasing and just as convincing comprehensive win as the home leg played back in September.

Deeside: George  Watt, Josh Gomaz, Luke Earle-Wright, Paul Dargie, Jack Irvine, Angus  Wallace, Bradley Buchan, Thomas Christie, Angus  Hart, Melvin  McAskill, Lewis Reid, Angus  Rennie, John McGowan, Kyle Dawson, Malcolm Diack, Chris Ballantyne