GIANT-KILLING AS GHA DOWN PREMIERSHIP OPPONENTS AT INVERLEITH

GIANT-KILLING AS GHA DOWN PREMIERSHIP OPPONENTS AT INVERLEITH

GHA RFC MATCH 87: STEWART’S MELVILLE FP RFC 19 – 34 GHA RFC 

2005/2006: Scottish Cup 4th Round

STEWART’S MELVILLE FP RFC 

 GHA RFC

R. Borthwick 15 G. Maclure
D. McCall 14 R. Watson
A. Easson 13 A. Bulloch (c)
G. Shiel 12 R. West
P. McLean 11 N. Cassie
N. Wood 10 N. Barrett
R. Samson 9 A. Boag
(c) P. Wharakura 1 J. Welsh
H. Asi 2 A. Lawson
A. Statham 3 D. Prankard
S. Brewster 4 C. Mason
B. Leathes 5 D. O’Reilly
G. Lind 6 G. Harkness
S. Clark 7 J. Fitzpatrick
R. Vernon 8 C. Forrester
E. Patrison 16 W. Falconer
N. Statham 17 D. Ziolo
E. Clark 18 L. Hazelton
C. Goudie 19 A. Rushforth
Asi (2), Easson Try Cassie, TBC (4)
Borthwick (2) Con Barrett (3)
Pen Barrett
DG
Referee
Mr K. Montgomery (Dollar Academy FP)

 

GHA did a bit of giant-killing by ousting Premiership One side Stewart’s Melville 34-19 in the Scottish Cup Fourth Round.

On the third anniversary of Stewart Melville’s last defeat in the month of January, GHA duly achieved a deserved victory over a lacklustre home team. Indeed, it was hard to believe it was the same team which had turned their league fortunes around in the previous three games. It is really hard to come out with any positives from the performance, which was probably the poorest we’ve had since our traumatic visit to Bridgehaugh in October. So best not to dwell on it.

It would be wrong not to mention one of the GHA tries, scored by their 18 year old winger Niall Cassie, which was worthy of winning many a Cup match. Indeed, all you could do was applaud the skill of the young winger. If he scores many tries like that in the rest of his career, it will be some career. GHA were worthy winners, and good luck to them in the next round.

For the first twenty minutes of the game, it looked like Stew Mel’s players had never met each other before, with GHA bossing both the scrum and lineout; the home side wasted their little possession by aimlessly kicking it away.

The home side rallied slightly in the second half as GHA tired, but the best team on the day definitely won

Source: Stewart’s Melville FP RFC & The Scotsman, Sunday 22nd January 2006

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