Five tries in the first half was enough to seal the win for Deeside U16 against Highland in their Premier League encounter at Woodend.
The wind was clearly going to be a big factor in this game although Deeside looked like they were not going to take full advantage of it in the very early exchanges, preferring to try a running game.
A good kick from stand-off Struan Gordon moved play well into the Highland half, and within a minute No.8 Matthew Gordon had crossed the line for Deeside’s first try with a good break from the back of the scrum.
Deeside’s confidence rose and only four minutes later some good interplay between forwards and backs saw Mathew Gordon cross the line for his second try.
Deeside began to dominate and the majority of the first period was played in the Highland half and Deeside’s forwards added two more tries, one for captain Dan Sutton driving over from close range, and one for Andrew Mullins who powered his way through several tacklers to make the line.
The last try of the half went to inside center John Crilly, who added the conversion as he had done for three out of the previous four tries.
This was to be the last score of the game for Deeside although with a better pattern to their game Deeside could have crossed the line on three or four more occasions when good quality possession was squandered.
Playing into the wind Deeside got off to a much slower start in the second half. Early pressure from Highland resulted in their first and only try when their No.8 drove over from close range after a series of penalties were conceded by Deeside. The Highland No.8 was unluckily not to be awarded another try when the referee blew for holding shortly after.
Highland launched most of the attacking play in the second half but Deeside’s defence held firm and most of the game was played in midfield.
In the final moments Deeside had worked the play back into the Highland 22 and a try scoring opportunity was missed by holding on to the ball when one more pass would have resulted in a score.
The final score was 33-5 and Deeside will be pleased with what was a convincing win and solid team performance.