Deeside U16 Back To Winning Ways

Despite a delayed kick off Deeside U16 got straight down to business in their North U16 Premier league encounter with Moray.  Deeside dominated territory in the early stages of the game and with only twelve minutes on the clock their first try came when quickly recycled ruck ball was worked swiftly through the backline starting from Struan Gordon at 10, all the way to Rafe Welsh playing on the left wing.  Quick hands by John Crilly and Duncan Harle in the centres created the space and Liam Hutcheon at full back joined the attack to create the overlap for Rafe Welsh to finish in the corner.   Deeside continued to dominate territory although the spectators had to wait a full eight minutes for the next try.  This time the move was started by No8. Mathew Gordon, who picked up from the base of the scrum.  Tackled 10 metres out from the try line, Matthew Gordon offloaded to  scrum-half Matthew Hiller who made further ground but was also tackled 3 meters from the line by some desperate Moray defence.  Garran Sutton and Andrew Mullins arrived with perfect timing to set up a solid ruck and when the ball became immediately available at the back of the ruck, hooker Conner Bull was on hand to pickup and run in the final few meters to an undefended line for Deeside’s second, and as it turned out, most important try of the game.  Neither of Deesides tries were converted and at half time Deeside turned around with a 10 point lead.  In the second half Moray were revitalised and Deeside frequently missed first up tackles to find themselves increasingly on the back foot.   Under more pressure than in the first half they made some panicked decisions which at times placed even more pressure on their own defensive lines.   Deeside’s forwards battled hard throughout and props Peter Lamont, and Tyler Booth more than held their own against much larger opponents.   Alex Taylor, in the second row was also instrumental in keeping the forwards driving play going and U15 substitutes Daniel Dunn, Joel Back and Adam Davies all did well to step up to the U16 game.   Deeside had some good passages of play in the second half and several times threatened to break through the Moray defence for a another score.  Indeed, Matthew Hillier was unlucky not to collect his own box kick, when he spotted that the Moray fullback wasn’t at home; with the luck of the bounce he would have had a clear run in for another score.  Moray had the last word, however, when with 32 minutes of the second half played, they scored a well deserved try under the posts when their No 10 broke several tackles that really should have been made.  Following the restart Deeside kept the play pinned in the Moray 22 and at full time the final score was 10:7.   This game was great advert for youth rugby and credit to both teams, spectators and coaches for the spirit in which the game was played and supported throughout. Next week Deeside take on Ellon away at the Meadows in a very important top of the table clash.  Deeside: Duncan Harle, James Long, Liam Hutcheon, John Crilly, Rafe Welsh, Struan Gordon, Matthew Hillier, Tyler Booth, Connor Bull, Peter Lamont, Andrew Mullins, Alex Taylor, Roaul Sutcliffe, Matthew Gordon, Garran Sutton,  Daniel Dunn, Adam Davies, Joel Back.