Shield hopes dashed despite valiant effort from Under 16s

Oban Lorne Under 16s line up before their West Shield semi-final on Sunday. Photograph: Stephen Lawson.

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Oban Lorne Under 16s 5-33 East Kilbride

Oban Lorne RFC Under 16s welcomed East Kilbride to Glencruitten on Sunday for a West Shield semi-final tie played out in glorious conditions.

Both teams were up for the game, trading big hits and working hard around the rucks.

East Kilbride dominated for the first 15 minutes but the defence from Oban was water tight and nothing came of the early pressure from the visiting team.

The game was end to end with some good hard rugby on display and both 10s kicking extremely well for territory.

East Kilbride were the first to cross the line with a well taken score from a line out and a successful conversion.

Oban took the restart and kicked deep which forced a knock on from East Kilbride in their 22 with a penalty for offside given. Tighthead Jack Johnston took a quick tap and crossed the line.

Oban then had their tails up and were starting to find the space wider, getting closer to adding to their earlier try. That was until vice-captain Thomas Jackson took a blow to the knee and was unable to carry on. Half time score: 5-7.

Oban kicked off the second half. A knock on was forced in the opposition’s 22 and the pressure was on but Oban were unable to convert and a break from the East Kilbride’s number 8 saw the home team on the back foot and another score conceded.

Ill discipline then cost the hosts territory and East Kilbride were clinical in scoring three more tries.

More distruption came Oban’s way when centre Murray MacDonald was sidelined due to a back injury and a major reshuffle was needed within the team. More penalties were conceded and another score saw the match slip away.

In the last play captain and man of the match Finlay Brown went close but the solid East Kilbride defence put him into touch.

An Oban RFC spokesperson said: ‘A huge congratulations to all the boys who took part this season in the league and cup run.

‘They’ve done themselves, their coaches and their club proud with all they’ve achieved.’

•On Sunday Oban 14s travelled to Lochaber with a squad of 26 the majority of which played for both teams due to lack of numbers in the Lochaber squad.

Lochaber started brightly with their powerful No 8 rampaging up the touchline to score an unconverted try in the first minute giving the hosts a 3-0 lead.

Oban hit back immediately with a try from captain and man of the Donald MacCormick which was converted by Archie Johnston.

Oban never relinquished this lead running out 59-27 winners with tries scored by Donald MacCormick (5), Hamish Macintyre (4), Arran Martin (2), Archie Johnston (2),
Ellis Campbell, Josh Olds and  Rufus Hughes. Conversations were kicked by Archie Johnston (9), Donald MacCormick and Lewis McKay.

This was excellent preparation for the U14s next game at home to Helensburgh on Sunday, March 27.

The team wish to thanks all the parents who drove players to the match.

Main photograph: Oban Lorne Under 16s line up before their West Shield semi-final on Sunday. Photograph: Stephen Lawson. NO_T12_ObanLorneRFC_Under16s_ShieldSemi-Final2