The final try of this game, a great display of power by winger Rafe Welsh with only 10 minutes to play, sealed a well-deserved victory for Deeside U18.
But it was Deeside’s second try by centre James Long in their RBS National U18 league fixture against central belt giants Glasgow Hawks that put them back in the lead, and this was undoubtedly the turning point of another very close game.
In the first period, Deeside had scored through Sam Howard playing at standoff, although an earlier touch down by full back Liam Hutcheon had been brought back for a foot in touch.
In the first 20 minutes, Deeside held most of the territorial advantage with the work rate of Garran Sutton - at blind side - a key factor in keeping them on the front foot, and Ruaridh Diack in the second row showing good promise.
The scrums creaked under unrelenting pressure from Hawks but props Callum Simpson and Peter Lamont were solid when needed and the pack secured enough good ball for the backs to constantly pose a threat to the Glaswegians.
In the second half, Glasgow initially came out stronger, and the deadlock was quickly broken when a Hawks man kicked a penalty from 25 metres out to nudge into a narrow 5-8 lead.
Undeterred, Deeside upped the intensity, Ben Hessle was effective in attack and covering from deep and Josh Williams was solid in defence. Substitute Cameron Tibbets did what was asked in the scrum and slowly but surely, with the wind now in their favour, Deeside started to take the game to Hawks.
The second try probably should have been scored earlier when Deeside failed to organise clinically enough to cross the line from a ruck only centimetres short. The break that was needed was not long coming, however, when a good back line move with Sam Howard distributing well gave centre Long just enough space to work a break. With all to do, Long sniffed the line and- despite some good scramble defence by Hawks - the try was secured to take Deeside into a 12-8 lead with 20 minutes remaining to play.
Games in this National league are won and lost on small margins, sometimes they come down to just one error in defence, and with last weeks’ narrow loss to West of Scotland fresh in their minds Deeside were in no mind to let this one slip away.
The final try by Rafe Welsh as Deeside continued to press ensured the victory they deserved. Next week Deeside are away to Boroughmuir and the prospect of another tough game for sure.
Deeside: Liam Hutcheon, Harry Lenton, Josh Williams, James Long, Ben Hessell, Sam Howard, Matthew Hillier, Callum Simpson, Connor Bull, Dan Sutton, Scott Murray, Ruaridh Dyack, Garran Sutton, Iain Hay-Higgins, Daniel Graham, Andrew Hardman, Cameron Tibbets , Joel Back, Peter Lamont, Rafe Welsh.