CUP DELIGHTS UNDER THE MIDWEEK LIGHTS

GHA RFC Match 18: GHA RFC 30 – 29 STEWART’S MELVILLE FP RFC

2002/2003: Scottish Cup 4th Round

GHA RFC 

 STEWART’S MELVILLE FP RFC

A. Menzies 15 R. Borthwick
R. Watson 14 S. Bartwick
R. Armour 13 C. Bissett
A. Gibbon 12 F. Pollock
A. Scott 11 M. Welch
J. Noonan 10 S. Bowman
S. O’Donnell 9 S. Thom (c)
R. Nolan 1 S. Cully
S. MacKinnon 2 M. MacColl
D. Jamieson 3 K. Latailakepa
N. Tuwhangai 4 P. Keith
J. Reid 5 O. Smit
E. Smith 6 N. Penny
J. Fitzpatrick 7 A. MacLay
A. Plastow 8 S. Clark
T. Carmichael 16 A. Edmonstone
S. Unkles 17 D. Smit
R. Au 18 J. Healy
A. Healy 19 M. Elliott
Watson (2), Jamieson Try Borthwick, Clarke, Latailakepa, Pollock
Noonan (3) Con Pollock (2), Bowman
Noonan (2) Pen Bowman
Noonan DG
Referee
Mr M. Stevenson (Stirling County)

GHA clinched a fifth-round clash with Watsonians by the narrowest of margins at Braidholm last night.

In a dramatic finale, Rory Watson went over in the corner and James Noonan’s touchline conversion, his fifth successful kick of the night, won the match. Fraser Pollock had a chance to sneak it for Stew-Mel with the last kick of the game only for his penalty attempt to slip wide.

The decent crowd at Braidholm was an indicator of the power of word of mouth, as the switch of date for the fourth round cup-tie caught a lot of people by surprise.

Alan Gibbon made an early break for GHA, putting wing Watson in under the posts. Stew-Mel hit back, pinching a lineout in the GHA 22 and swinging the ball to the opposite corner where the brawny Koli Latailakepa barrelled over.

Bowman slotted a 40 yard penalty to give Stew-Mel the lead but GHA prop David Jamieson was driven over from a penalty five metres out. Noonan converted to make it 14-10 at the interval.

Noonan kicked two penalties after the break, but Stew-Mel hit back, Pollock going over following Stewart Clarke’s break, then Clarke himself crossing four minutes later.

A Noonan drop goal edged GHA back ahead at 23-22 before a Richard Borthwick try swung the lead back to Stew-Mel. There was one vital twist yet to come, though.

Source: The Herald, Wednesday 22nd January 2003

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