GHA WIN TRY BATTLE BUT CAN’T CONVERT IT INTO VICTORY

GHA WIN TRY BATTLE BUT CAN’T CONVERT IT INTO VICTORY

GHA RFC MATCH 40: AYR RFC 23 – 22 GHA RFC

2003/2004: Scottish Premiership One

AYR RFC

 GHA RFC

M. Goldie 15 A. Bulloch
J. Steel 14 R. Watson
K. Bruning 13 R. West
N. Lavelle 12 I. Leighton
S. Magorian 11 I. Kennedy
G. Ferguson 10 J. Noonan
K. Sinclair 9 S. Cowan
L. Bruning 1 C. Hastie
N. Meikle 2 G. Inglis
G. Sykes 3 G. Walsh
S. Lines 4 I. Smith
C. Pollock 5 J. Eddie
S. Heaton 6 L. Hazelton
P. Burke 7 J. Fitzpatrick
D. Kelly 8 A. Plastow
E. Logan 16 A. Williamson
T. Wright 17 S. O’Donnell
G. Tippett 18
19
Sykes Try  Smith, Cowan
Con
Lavelle (6) Pen  Noonan (4)
DG
Referee
Mr T. Coutts (Watsonians FC)

GHA again saw victory elude them by the narrowest of margins, as both sides showed they had improved immeasurably since Ayr won 9-3 at Braidholm earlier in the season, Ayr perhaps having matured more into an outfit capable of holding their own in Premier Division 1.

Ayr led 4-3 on the penalty kick count at half-time, Nick Lavelle and James Noonan having taken every chance offered. Lavelle opened the second half with his fifth penalty but a skewed Michael Goldie clearance allowed Rory Watson to scamper down the right wing, keep the ball alive and watch lock Ian Smith complete the job. A point ahead, Ayr increased that lead with a Gordon Sykes close-quarter try, but three minutes later scrum-half Scott Cowan crossed. Noonan failed with the conversion although his penalty a minute later put GHA ahead for the first time. Lavelle’s sixth successful penalty was enough to scrape the win.

Source: The Scotsman, Monday 12th January 2004
Image: Courtesy of Crawford Photography, Ayr

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