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Oban Lorne U14s hosted Mid Argyll on Saturday at Glencruitten in a curtain-raiser to the 1st XV’s important game against Uddingston.
Both youth sides fielded large squads, with Mid Argyll travelling with an impressive 17 players.
Oban also boasted a squad of more than 20, giving the coaches a ‘good problem’ in selecting a team that would give all the players valuable game time.
After a tight start to the game, Mid Argyll ran out as 28-0 leaders at half-time with some fantastic scores. Oban did have a few moments of magic in the first half with impressive runs from Thomas Jackson and Mull’s Charlie Knight.
Mid Argyll were boosted with some S3 players, still young enough to play U14 rugby. This proved to be the difference in the later stages of the game as they ran out comfortable winners.
Oban did, however, improve and scored a couple of tries to reduce the deficit.
The game was played in good spirits and backed by a very healthy following of parents and supporters.
U14 players will have more opportunities to play with local sides in the coming months with the second half of the Argyll Dalriada season.