WEST OF SCOTLAND 15
Just a single point separated Deeside and their West of Scotland opponents in the National U18 league fixture when the final whistle blew.
Disappointment for Deeside and elation for West, who with a late try with only minutes remaining snatched the lead from Deeside by a single point at 15-14 - and this was the final score.
The long trip down to Milngarvie was probably a factor in Deeside leaking an early score to trail 5-0 with only minutes on the clock.
They shook this off, though, and with just 20 minutes played No.8 Matthew Gordon crossed the line and Captain Dan Sutton converted 5-7.
Deeside maintained intensity and the lead for the remainder of the half and narrowly failed to capitalise on a further try scoring opportunity. The only replacement at half time was Peter Lamont coming on for injured prop Cameron Morrison.
Deeside continued their intensity in the second half, keeping the pressure on their opponents, with centres Sam Howard and Josh Williams running good lines.
Eventually a series of forward drives from a lineout was finished by a dive for the line by Captain Dan Sutton, converting his own try Deeside now led by a more comfortable nine points (5-14).
Deeside continued to press but, with only 10 minutes remaining, a free kick against the pack for an early shove only 15 metres out was quickly taken and driven over by good interplay from West’s forwards.
Unconverted Deeside now had only a four-point lead and, in the final minutes of the game, West were once again able to break the Deeside defence to score in the corner.
Deeside tried in vain to gain territory for a final attempt at another score time just ran out. Overall this was an exciting and tense game played between two sides determined to play good rugby. It was won by the smallest of margins, where one or two errors less by Deeside could have resulted in a different outcome. That said, it was nonetheless a gutsy team performance by Deeside all round and one they must now build on before their next game when they take on Glasgow Hawks at home this Saturday (website www.deeside-rfc.co.uk or follow the U18 team on Twitter @DRFC6).
Deeside: Liam Hutcheon, Rafe Welsh, Ben Hessell, Sam Howard, Josh Williams, Struan Gordon, Matthew Hillier, Callum Simpson, Dan Sutton, Cameron Morrison, Scott Murray, Daniel Graham, Garran Sutton, Matthew Gordon, Iain Hay-Higgins, Harry Lenton, Andrew Hardman, Ruaridh Dyack, Cameron Tibbets, Connor Bull, Peter Lamont.