The game had got off to an unfortunate start with an accidental head clash which left ’Shire lock Sam Brand suffering a suspected broken jaw and serious dental injuries. Proceedings thereafter had a subdued feeling as Perth reorganised and Kirkcaldy had the better of play territorially. However there was a lack of bite from their heavily changed back line and little threat ensued and they had to rely on their pack to create scoring chances.
There had been several close things close to the home line before Willie Gray was there to barge through for the try converted by stand off Craig Letham and a well deserved 7-0 Kirkcaldy lead. The Blues continued to boss the forward exchanges with ’Shire largely starved of the ball. As the lengthy period of stoppage time approached there were signs that the North Inch men were not out of the game. Kirkcaldy conceded several penalties which Perthshire kicked to touch but without any positive results as a result of some good Kirkcaldy line-out play
Turning 7-5 in front the Blues extended their lead with a Letham penalty They looked to be in charge when the stand off put over another second half penalty, especially with the forwards controlling the set pieces. On the hour mark ‘Shire struck back. Kirkcaldy centre Alex Raeside appeared to mark the ball following a failed penalty but referee Alex Pratt ruled he had not played the ball with his foot after the mark and awarded a penalty in front of the posts. Instead of going for goal ’Shire tapped and ran. Initially held up they continued to force play until replacement forward Dave Lewis barged over. With a successful conversion the Kirkcaldy lead was narrowed to 13-12
Into the last quarter the Blues continued to hold the upper hand and another Letham penalty extended their lead again. A four point lead was far from safe but Kirkcaldy concentration appeared to dip. Perthshire full back Keir Doe, the outstanding attacker afield, sparked a series of attacks which seriously exposed Kirkcaldy defensive weaknesses and with just a couple of minutes left the home team shocked the Blues with a match winning try from Rae.
Perthshire:- K Doe, D McGregor, S Imo,D O’Connor, M Rae, A Whitelaw, G Bloice, R Kelso, R Dougan, J Forrester, S Forsyth, S Brand, F Drion, R Elley, D Clow
Replacements:- R Haggart, D Lewis, F McKinnon, D Rae
Kirkcaldy:- K Littlejohn, D Welsh, S Cairns, A Raeside, J Wilson, C Letham, G McKenzie, R Girdler, G Brooksbank, W Gray, S Orr, S Oliver, L Neilson, D Guthrie, M Harvey
Replacements:- M Harper, M Anderson, D Frew
Ms Alex Pratt (Watsonians)
3 Matt Harvey
2 Ross Girdler
1 Willie Gray
3 Turner Mann, Littlejohn
2 Letham, Fisher, Girdler
1 Oliver, Harper, M Wallace, G Wallace, Wilson, McKenzie, Gray