Deeside U15’s went down fighting against Howe of Fife in their Caledonia Cup Semi final Howe of Fife last weekend.
Both sides and started the game at a storming pace. Howe quickly made ground into the Deeside half, and with some strong running from two of their forwards, put the visitors ahead with some strong rucks and support play.
After some strong attacking play from Deeside, Howe managed to win turnover ball at an isolated ruck, and ran in a second try down the left wing. Undeterred, Deeside’s Jack Christie put up a high ball from the kick off and the home forwards put great pressure on Howe to win possession. From the set piece, quick ball from Josh Williams down the line to James Long saw the Deeside centre scythe through Howes defence and score under the posts.
Deeside were now gaining momentum, and strong scrums provided good ball for the backs to attack the strongly defended Howe line. The Fife side, however, forced their way over with the shear bulk of their forwards just before half time.
Deeside had their work cut out with their 17 man squad, against the 22 man visitors. With a number of changes from the visitors, two quick tries were scored from their back line, and putting Howe into an unassailable lead.
Deeside, in no mood to give in, defended exceptionally, holding up the attack several times on the line. Only through use of their heavyweight forwards, did Howe manage to score and put the game beyond doubt.
A strong Deeside ruck, with Scott Murray ripping the ball in a mall, released Ian Hay Higgins to make a break, being halted just short of their try line but Liam Hutcheon gained possession to go over in the last move of the match.
Deeside now face Highland or Stirling County in the Shield final, to be played at St Andrews.