GHA RFC MATCH 84: GHA RFC 23 – 25 JED-FOREST RFC
2005/2006: Scottish Premiership Two
|W. Falconer||1||J. Henderson|
|TBC||Pen||Laidlaw (2), TBC|
Two late Greg Laidlaw penalties helped Jed-Forest snatch victory in Glasgow and climb to third place in Premiership Two.
In a match dogged by injuries, the Royal Blues threw away a 16-0 lead, only to comeback and reign supreme in the closing exchanges of a pulsating affair. Neil Smail, Simon Lightbody, Donald Grieve and Roy McFarlane were all forced off through injury during the contest, although the latter two did return to the field.
The head knocks, bumps and strains inspired GHA, who clawed their way back into the running to trail by only three points with 10 minutes remaining. Jed were behind twice in the frantic closing exchanges, which included drop goals from both teams. Laidlaw’s two penalties proved to be the difference, however, and the men form Riverside Park did just enough to claim an outstanding victory.
Amazingly, though, GHA could have grabbed victory with a kickable stoppage time penalty, but their loose-head prop, Willie Falconer, unwisely decided to take a quick-tap instead. And even more astonishingly, the referee awarded GHA a further two penalties but, still, the stubborn City side chose to pick and drive, before running out of time and gifting Jed victory.
Source: The Southern Reporter, Thursday 15th December 2005