BRITISH & IRISH CUP
GALA led 13-8 going into injury time at Moseley but conceded a late try and drop goal to go down 13-16 in their British & Irish Cup match on Saturday afternoon.
For the first 10 minutes of the game, the Maroons rarely got their hands on the ball and it looked like George Graham’s men were in for a torrid time as their hosts sought revenge for the previous week’s defeat at Netherdale.
The visiting defence stood up well, however, and when the hosts attempted to run the ball out with a chip and chase it was well gathered by Bryce Turner. A penalty followed shortly afterwards and Lee Millar notched the first three points for Gala.
With Moseley now on the offensive, Craig Keddie spied a loose ball at the back of a ruck just outside the Gala 10m line and, following some good work to move the ball upfield, Gregor Young made the final break and with a step inside, notched the first try, which Millar converted.
A spell of stalemate ensued before Millar stepped up for his second penalty to put the Borderers 13-0 ahead at half-time.
With Alan Emond in the sin bin at the start of the second half, having taken the rap for one too many penalties just before the break, Moseley started with a flourish. It wasn’t until the 13th minute, however, that they managed to score an unconverted try to close the gap.
As the game moved into the final quarter, the Gala faithful began to believe that their team could come away with the victory.
Even a successful penalty goal from the hosts failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the large visiting contingent.
As injury time approached, however, things began to get desperate and with Moseley driving hard at the Gala line giving away penalties was always a danger.
In the event, George Graham received a yellow card for collapsing a maul and things began to look very precarious indeed.
A series of penalties and pick and drives saw the slightest of gaps open and Moseley got through to tie the scores.
The conversion was missed and at 44 minutes pretty much everyone would have left relatively happy with the draw, but the referee chose to play on.
With still no whistle after 45 minutes, the hosts got a rare steal at a Gala line-out and worked their way infield.
A brilliant defensive effort stopped them crossing the try-line only for the helpless players to look on while a soul-destroying drop goal sailed between the posts.
Expecting the whistle, it was a surprise when the ref called for more play and this time it was Gala who gathered the kick, but despite some good work to keep the ball alive for more than two minutes, a hit from Moseley forced a knock-on and time was called after a mammoth 95 minutes of play.
Gala: B. Turner; G. Young, C. Auld, A. Emond, C. Robertson; L. Millar, George Graham;M Christie, C Mackenzie, E McQuillin, C Weir, G Graham, C Keddie, S Cairns, E Dods. Subs: C Hogg, D Marshall, R Anderson, A McLean, D Owenson, C Borthwick, G Somerville.