Cumbernauld vs Glenzie
Hard fought win.
It was all hands to the pumps for Glenzie on Sunday with a combination of injuries and school exams reducing them to 14 players for this fixture. Sportingly, Cumbernauld fielded a 14 man team too, denying them any advantage and returning the favour from the first fixture.
Glenzie enjoyed the early pressure with Shannahan opening the score early, taking the ball from a 5m line out and smashing his way over the try line. The game then got bogged down between the 22m lines, with both sides committing numerous handling errors. 5 minutes from half time Cumbernauld burst through the Glenzie defence and ran in under the posts and, with the conversion secured, they took a 7-5 lead. Glenzie collected the ball from the re-start and immediately put together their best passage of play, Watson getting over the whitewash to make the half time score 10-7 to the visitors.
The second half started well for Glenzie. Muir scoring between the posts after a jinking solo run from his own half saw him dance past the Cumbernauld defence and dot down under the posts. The home side then upped their intensity and had Glenzie pinned back for a period. Eventually they saw their efforts tuned into points with a quick tap penalty, catching Glenzie off guard, resulting in their second try of the day to make the score 17-12. The visitors kept their composure, despite provocation, and got into a rhythm. The handling became more secure, the decision making started to improve and the result was a hat-trick of tries from Auld before the final whistle. Glenzie took a while to get the upper hand against an awkward to beat team, who had their fair share of possession and pressure, and they should be proud of a gutsy performance from start to finish with no substitutes to relieve the pressure.
Next match for Glenzie is away to CarthaQP/Cumnock on 14th December.