Ireland turn the tables at Netherdale

Scotland Club XV 30

Ireland Club XV 32

DALRIADA CUP

A POOR second half saw Scotland surrender a 17-point lead and the inaugural Dalriada Cup to their Irish counterparts at Netherdale on Friday night.

The Scots dominated the first 40 thanks to two opportunistic tries from Ayr centre Ross Curle, either side of a pair of penalties from Melrose stand-off Scott Wight who also converted both tries.

But a try from Ireland’s Simon Crawford a minute before the interval, added to an earlier penalty from Barry Keeshan, kept the hosts within reach.

The second-half was a different story. Ireland hit back and barged over two, short-range tries from Frank Cogan and Crawford, with Keeshan converting both.

With 15 minutes remaining Wight booted over a penalty to regain the Scots’ lead, but a Keeshan penalty put the visitors two points ahead before the Irish bulldozed over their third score of the half through Ger Slattery. Keeshan converted.

Damien Kelly crashed over at the other end, with Wight adding the extras, but it wasn’t enough.

Scotland Club XV: T. Brown; F. Thomson, R. Curle, D. Kelbrick, D. Fife; S. Wight, R. Sneddon; G. Reid, E. Milligan, B. McNeil, R. McKay, D. Kelly, J. Dalziel, R. Colhoun, R. Weston. Subs: A. Dymock, F. Gillies, N. Campbell, A. Dunlop, A. Dymock, M. Scott, H. Duthie.