Strathmore U-18s 19, Falkirk U-18s 43
Strathmore Under-18s’ incredible season came to a frustrating head on Saturday when they went down to a strong Falkirk team at sunny Inchmacoble Par in the semi-final of the Caledonia Under-18 Cup.
Falkirk had two very strong players, in particular, in the backs, who caused Strathmore a lot of problems and influenced the score-sheet, especially in the first half.
Struan Robertson scored a cracking try for Strathmore in the first half to make it 24-5 to Falkirk at the break, this try finishing first class support and continuity play from almost the whole team.
The second half was a different story as Strathmore improved their field position, speed of play and ball retention causing Falkirk a lot of problems.
As they got back into the game they developed two quality tries from Christian Taylor and Cameron Stewart, Christian hitting a great angled run to score under the posts and Cameron attacking the edge of the ruck with great foot-work to also score under the posts.
Calum Campbell converted both tries.
With the pressure Strathmore were producing, they were unlucky not to score more tries. Falkirk scored at the very end for the final try.
Strathmore U-18s will now contest the Caledonia U18 Plate final against Aberdeenshire at the end of April – their final game of the season.
The players and club are desperate to add silverware to an outstanding season and finish their time together on a winning note.
Both Academy teams performed well in the Dundee, Angus and Mearns 7-aside tournament at Carnoustie recently.
The U18s triumphed in the final over Lathallan winning through tries by Mitchell (2), Guest (2), Watson and conversions by Robertson. U18 MVP was Fergus Mitchell.
U16 top try scorer was Darren Bell (2) and MVP was Liam Szlait.
The season will finish with a 15-a-side game against Websters this week.