Stewart’s Melville FP 21
PREMIER DIVISION TWO
SELKIRK had the daunting task of having to beat the league leaders away from home if they were to achieve a top-four finish.
And they failed, just, to a last-minute penalty which clinched the points. It had all looked so different at half-time as Selkirk led by 17-3, but they let the second period slip away. The Souters got off to a dream start, scoring a try within the first five minutes.
From a free kick awarded in the 22, the ball was quickly passed along the line for Gavin Craig to break through and score.
David Cassidy added the conversion before slotting a penalty and, just before half-time, Darren Clapperton scored Selkirk’s second try which was converted by Cassidy for a 17-3 lead, Mike Hanning having kicked a penalty for the home side.
The second half was an entirely different affair. Stewart’s started aggressively and Selkirk’s fluency and teamwork deserted them.
The visitors’ demise was not helped by a yellow card for Clapperton and the pressure began to tell when after a fluent move involving backs and forwards, Angus Lean scored with Hanning adding the conversion.
With 20 minutes to go, Stewart’s awarded a penalty, which they kicked into the corner. From the ensuing line-out, their forwards drove over for Joni Hare to touch down. Hanning added a penalty to give Stewart’s the lead for the first time.
With seven minutes left, Selkirk rallied, and after pressure resulting from a Callum Marshall charge-down, were awarded a penalty. Cassidy kicked the points to edge Selkirk ahead once more, but with time running out Stewart’s continued to press and in the last minute the referee awarded a penalty, which Hanning converted.
Selkirk: F. Harkness; R. Banks, D. Cassidy, R. Nixon, D. Clapperton; G. Craig, M. McVie; G. Patterson, S. Forrest, C. Lecour, R. Aglen, J. Everitt, R. Crockatt, C. Marshall, C. Johnston. Subs: N. Godsmark, P. Forrest, R. Taylor, E. McDougall.