Kirkcaldy 5 vs Montrose 29
Opening the second half of the season, the first match for two months, against the team second in the division was a pretty sobering prospect for the Kirkcaldy U15/U16 squad. And yet, despite losing a couple of key members of the squad to injury just before kick off, and on a day of filthy weather, the lads produced probably their gutsiest and most complete game of the season.
Montrose exerted pressure right from kick off but the Kirkcaldy boys competed fiercely, holding their own in the loose and edging things in the line out. The pack was excellent all day showing great commitment; they performed so well as a unit it would be a shame to single out any one of the starting eight for special mention. Continued pressure from Montrose gave them an attacking opportunity close to the line which they managed to convert into points despite excellent defensive tackling from the home team forcing a knock on from the attacking player. The conversion was missed and Kirkcaldy took the game right back at Montrose. A series of attacks from Liam and Ben, who forced themselves deep into opposition territory, eventually provided ball for the pack which was secured and recycled. Matt then gained possession and drove into the opposition forwards, forcing himself through from nearly 10 metres out and, with the help of support from the pack, touching down to level the scores. The remainder of the half was evenly contested with neither team managing to gain an advantage.
In the second half, as the weather deteriorated further, the intensity started to tell on the small Kirkcaldy squad. Losing Ben, Mario and Liam to injuries disrupted the shape of the team and had an obvious impact. Montrose enjoyed their best period of the game and ran in three quick scores to take the result out of reach. Kirkcaldy stuck to their guns, though, and continued to battle for the entire match. The final score was probably harsh on the lads, and didn’t reflect the effort and commitment they put in. Special mention should go to the entire pack, to Greg who had his best game of the season at scrum half, Joe who was solid as stand-in stand-off, Oday playing his first ever match, and Ben who was involved in everything before picking up an injury. The opposition awarded the man-of-the-match accolade to Harry who tackled everything in front of him all day.
This was a hugely enjoyable game to watch and was played in a great spirit by both sides. The Kirkcaldy team should be heartened by their performance and look to build on this in future fixtures.
Squad: Keiran Adamson, Josh Barclay, Matt Collins, Joe Finnie, Dave Fleming, Max Hadoke, Oday, Richard Jones, Angus Moyes, James Pow, Ben Ramsay, Mitch Rigby, Alex Schroeder-Smith, Harry Scott, Benjamin Simpson, Ross Sinclair, Liam Small, Greg Stewart, Connor Wallace.