Wednesday night under the lights Kirkcaldy U16s vs Dunfermline u16s caley cup match report

A much changed Dunfermline team visited fortress Beveridge on Wednesday night for the final pool game in this seasons caley cup campaign, we only needed to avoid a 24 point defeat to top the group, but with a big crowd in attendance the boys were keen to put on a good display. They did not disappoint!

We started the game well and immediately put pressure on the Dunfermline team, keeping them hemmed in their half for the first 10 minutes. Conditions were wet and windy but mild and it made the ball slippery so handling errors were rife on both sides but we made the necessary adjustments to get the first score on the board through Harris. Leading by example the captain showed incredible strength to out muscle several defenders on his way over the line for a 5-0 lead. It wasn’t long before we were threatening the Dunfermline line again and only some excellent last ditch defending from their fullback prevented 2 or 3 more tries in the next 5 minutes. We were moving the ball well and kept possession well in the lead up to our 2nd try, which came from Finbar. Dunfermlines eagerness to rush up in defence left the smallest of gaps at the side of the ruck and he expertly exploited the space to weave his way under the posts. Jonathan added the 2 from the tee to give us a solid 12 point lead. Dunfermline however weren’t ready to give in and after a scrappy 5 minute period strewn with handling errors on both teams, their center pounced on a loose ball to kick through from near halfway and won the foot race to get them on the board, the conversion cut the lead to 5 points going in to half time. This was pretty much the only time Dunfermline managed to get into the Kirkcaldy 22 in a first half dominated by the blues.

HT- Kirkcaldy 12-7 Dunfermline.

The 2nd half started much the same as the 1st, with our rush defence forcing Dunfermline backwards. Still, conditions made for handling errors with the slippery ball, but it was Kirkcaldy again who were able to get control of the game and retain possession for prolonged periods. Our line speed was still good and Dunfermline were beginning to feel the pressure. This pressure finally told when Rhys received the ball from 10 and sold 3 defenders the dummy to finish well to get the 1st score of the 2nd half. Dunfermline had held out well but eventually the gaps started appearing more regularly. Worried about our pace and power out wide, the defence spread out leaving Harris an easy run through the middle for another try, and he quickly added another to complete his hat trick after showing great strength and speed handing off 4 defenders in a row on an unstoppable run. Rhys converted to add more misery to a game that was getting away from the visiting team now. With both teams losing players to injury, the changes rang in and it was Dunfermline who seemed to benefit from this more, and had a 5 minute resurgence toward the end of the game, and they scored another try of their own to make the score a little more respectable for themselves. Coming in to the last seconds however, a sliced clearance from their scrum half landed in Joe’s arms and he showed a killer instinct to dance up the outside scoring a brilliant solo try in the corner to add the gloss to a great Kirkcaldy performance, with the final whistle greeted by celebration in the ranks of the blues and supporters alike.

FT- Kirkcaldy 34-12 Dunfermline.

It was a fantastic experience for the boys to play on the 1st 15s pitch under the floodlights in front of a big crowd and they were so happy to get the win in front of such a great set of supporters. Thank you so much to the club for allowing it to happen and to each and every person who sat in the stand or stood on the side lines cheering on the players. It made the game feel like a real occasion for the lads and some were even saying before that they were nervous as it felt like such a big game with so many there! Every tackle and nice bit of play was cheered and clapped and that was a great experience for them which they will always remember 👏👏👏

As I seem to be writing on every match report recently there were so many huge performances from our boys. A real team effort where everyone played their part in the game. I really could list every player individually and say what they did well but the match report is long enough already! Well done boys, I’m so proud of you all!

Our Kirkcaldy Man of the match was captain fantastic Harris, his hat trick and all round performance drew the highest praise from everyone I spoke to after the game. It was a near perfect performance from him 🏉🏉🏉

Thanks also go to all the parents and helpers and club staff who worked tirelessly in the kitchen and around the club, organising food, bringing in home baking, running the bar, setting up and taking down the pitches and making the night a real success. It’s nights like this that help remind us how lucky we are to be associated with this wonderful rugby club.