It WAS a glorious day at Inchmacoble Park on Sunday where Strathmore Sharks P4/5 were up against the strong visiting team of Montrose P4/5.
Both teams started off well with some great offloading and driving forward with the ball. Strathmore edged out on to the wing with a superb catch from J. Cowan, running half the pitch to score the first try in the corner. Montrose came back strongly with great counter rucking, allowing the ball to be passed through several hands before crossing the white line. Undeterred by this Strathmore came back bouncing strong, with powerhouse L. Cunningham storming over several players and scoring with ease. Strathmore scored again and again, leaving Montrose wondering what had happened.
Half-time: Strathmore 3, Montrose 1.
Montrose took the kick-off, and after words of wisdom from their coaches at half time, drove over the line twice within three minutes to tie the score. With seven minutes of play left, Strathmore tightened their belts, and started to work as a team again, showing great defensive lines and attacking with strong support. E. Duguid screamed up the line wanting the ball, receiving it from a perfect pass from F. Hill, diving over the line with style. Strathmore were far from finished. The team gained more confidence, with perfect precision passing, strong running they crossed the whitewash another eight times, Tries by N. Donaldson (2), O. Voice (2) G. Fyles, F. Whyte and F. Hill (2).
Final result: Strathmore 12, Montrose 4.
Man of the Match was F. Hill.
Strathmore team. E. Duguid, F. Hill, O. Voice, F. Whyte, N. Donaldson, L. Cunningham, G. Fyles, A. Brunton, A. Lovegrove, C. Malone and I. Cowan
The next match is away to Dundee Wasps on November 11.
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